I'm participating at the upcoming OSCE's Supplementary Human Dimension Meeting, which focuses on the implementation of the OSCE's action plan on Roma and Sinti. The event is organized at the occasion of the 10th Anniversary of the adoption of the 2003 OSCE Action Plan on Roma and Sinti. The meeting takes place in Vienna on 7 and 8 November 2013. On the 8th I'm moderating a session on the integration of Roma and Sinti with a particular focus on women, youth and children. More information and the programme of the event can be found here.
The book Political Participation of Minorities: A Commentary on International Standards and Practice, edited by Marc Weller and Katherine Nobbs, is now available from Oxford University Press. I contributed a chapter on "Minority Associations: Issues of Representation, Internal Democracy and Legitimacy."
This is from the description on the OUP website: "This Commentary provides the reader with a review of international standards and practice relating to the political participation of minorities. Political participation has been increasingly recognized as a foundational issue in the debate about minority rights. It is argued that minorities are more likely to feel co-ownership in the state if they have the opportunity to participate freely and effectively in all aspects of its governance, and that sustained and meaningful engagement will guard against the sense of alienation and exclusion among minorities that often emerges in ethnically divided societies."
On 14 and 15 January I'm participating in a conference on "Romani Mobilities in Europe: Multidisciplinary Perspectives", organized by the Refugee Studies Centre at the University of Oxford. The programme can be found here. My paper is called "Between Europeanization and Discrimination: The Roma as a Special Focus of EU Policy". And this is the abstract:
Since the accession of ten post-communist countries to the European Union (EU), various EU institutions have expressed their concern about the precarious social position of the Roma in these new member states. The EU has singled out this group for extra attention. This strategy is based on the assumption that the Roma need support "from above" because they - in contrast to other minorities in this region - have no clear national lobby or external homeland to defend their interests. The EU is thus considered to be the Roma's best ally. This paper sets the benefits of such special EU concern against the problem of its politicization. The EU has managed the put the Roma on the political agenda by considering them a category of people who are exceptionally vulnerable and therefore in need of special attention; but this EU attention - although well intended and, in certain aspects, not unlikely to produce some positive effects - can have problematic unintended consequences once it becomes politicized in the domestic arenas of countries where politicians try to mobilize voters on an ethnic basis and seek to win the support of Euroskeptic citizens.
On July 6, 7 and 8, I'm giving three guest seminars at the Central European University in Budapest as part of the summer course on "Multi-disciplinary Approaches to Romany Studies - a Model for Europe". Below are the abstracts for the three sessions.
My article on "National Minorities and International Change: Being Ukrainian in Contemporary Poland" has appeared in the May 2009 issue of Europe-Asia Studies. The paper explores how interstate relations affect domestic processes of minority mobilization. It focuses on Ukrainian minority activism in Poland against the background of the changing relations between Poland and Ukraine. I argue that the influence of interstate relations on national minority activism is more complex than a traditional view of kin-state politics might make us assume. There is not always a direct link between national minorities activists and "their" external homeland. In case of the Ukrainian minority in Poland, for example, it is clear that activists not always want to base their actions on the idea that they "belong" to Ukraine. Although these minority activists oppose assimilation - they seek to maintain and even revive Ukrainian culture - they confine their action largely to issues that relate to the Polish public arena, and they want to present themselves as loyal Polish citizens. They seek to construct themselves as migrants, not from Ukraine, but from the past. They are a minority from another Poland, a multiethnic country that does not exist in the same way anymore.
On April 23 I'm presenting the paper "Along ethnic lines: minority organizations in Europe and the limits and opportunities of institutional representation" at the 14th Annual World Convention of the Association for the Study of Nationalities (ASN), Columbia University, New York.