2022 Summer School on National Minorities in Border Regions

12th Annual Summer School on National Minorities in Border Regions | 24 - 31 July 2022 | Oñati, Basque Country

Events / Sun 24 Jul 2022

In 2022, the Annual Summer School on National Minorities in Border Regions will examine the participation of national minorities in political life. This topic encompasses a broad range of phenomena, starting with the legal definition of citizenship (that provides rights to participation), and continuing with political representation (parties), collective mobilisation (social movements), transnational frameworks (European norms) and minority representative bodies (national councils).

While many of these phenomena are related to political science, others are sociological and legal. As a result, the Summer School will also be multi-disciplinary in scope and will thereby speak to many different audiences. Likewise, the Summer School will not only highlight conceptual lenses, but also profile practical examples and case studies. This will cover not only profiles of minority political
parties, but also successful social movements, mechanisms for monitoring of European norms, and analyses of national minority councils.

The German-Danish border region as well as the Basque Country provides an ideal source-base for these topics, since the minorities here embody all of these levels of participation.

Topics covered

  • Citizenship: How has the notion of citizenship evolved? How has this affected political participation of minorities? What challenges has it created for non-citizen minorities? What is the relevance of dual citizenship for minorities?
  • Legal and institutional frameworks: What are the key international norms allowing for the political participation of minorities? What international institutions oversee implementation of these norms? What role do supranational bodies such as the EU play in these processes? How much have transnational minority organisations contributed to this infrastructure?
  • Forms of political participation of minorities: how efficient and effective are different forms of political participation? Do they reflect recent developments in the notion of representation? How do online communication channels affect the way in which minorities mobilise and participate? How are minority women and minority youth represented?

Planned activities

The programme  combines traditional and non-formal educational methods, interactive sessions and networking activities and will thus inspire the participants to engage with the topics of the course critically and from different perspectives and disciplinary approaches.

The course includes:

  • Keynote lectures delivered by prominent scholars, academic lectures and practitioners’ seminars
  • Interactive workshops conducted by trained professionals and discussion sessions
  • Meetings and networking with local minority stakeholders, panel discussions
  • A study trip to local institutions and museum excursions in the Basque country
  • Presentation and research exchange among the participants
  • Social events (visits to selected museums/exhibitions, international evening).


24 July 2022 - Day 1 - Orientation

From 17:00

Icebreakers and introduction to the programme | Aziz Berdiqulov & Stanislav Černega (ECMI)

25 July 2022 - Day 2 - Conceptual Foundations

09:00 - 09:30
Official opening

Vello Pettai (ECMI) and Iñaki Irazabalbeitia (Coppieters Foundation)

09:30 - 11:00
Lecture: Ethnicity, Nationalism & Ethnopolitics

Vello Pettai (ECMI)

11:30 - 13:00
Workshop: Ethnicity, Nationalism & Ethnopolitics

Vello Pettai (ECMI)

14:00 - 15:30
Lecture: Three Tales for One Concept: Citizenship, What’s in It, What Is It for, Where Does It Get You?

Francesca Strumia (The University of Sheffield / City, University of London)

16:00 - 17:30
Interactive Session: Citizenship

Francesca Strumia (The University of Sheffield / City, University of London)

26 July 2022 - Day 3 - The Margins of Citizenship

09:30 - 11:00
Lecture: Non-Citizenship and Dual Citizenship in Contexts of Migration and Shifting Borders PART 1

Rainer Bauböck (European University Institute / Central European University)

11:30 - 13:00
Lecture: Non-Citizenship and Dual Citizenship in Contexts of Migration and Shifting Borders PART 2

Rainer Bauböck (European University Institute / Central European University)

14:00 - 15:30
Panel Discussion: EU Citizenship and Minorities

Moderated by Vello Pettai
Panelists: Rainer Bauböck, Francesca Strumia

16:00 - 17:30
Simulation Debate on Citizenship

Aziz Berdiqulov & Stanislav Černega

27 July 2022 - Day 4 - Local context

08:00 - 22:00
Day Trip to Donostia
  • Visit to Etxepare
  • Walking Tour
  • Visit to San Telmo Museum

28 July 2022 - Day 5 - Institutionalised Political Participation of Minorities

09:30 - 11:00
Lecture: Ethnic Minority Parties in Europe

Edina Szöcsik (University of Basel)

11:30 - 13:00
Lecture and Case Studies: Ethnic Minority Parties in Europe

Edina Szöcsik (University of Basel)

14:00 - 14:30
Academic Input: Redistribution of Political Power Within Mainstream Political Parties: Ethnicity and Gender Considered

Oana Buta (ECMI)

14:45 - 16:30
Discussion Session: Women Political Representation: An Inside Perspective

Marta Rosique (Spanish Congress Deputy)

Iria Epaltza (Eusko Alkartasuna)

Moderated by Oana Buta (ECMI)

29 July 2022 - Day 6 - Between Formal and Informal Participation

09:30 - 11:00
Lecture: Informality of Political Participation and Social Movements

Kyriaki Topidi (ECMI)

11:30 - 13:00
Lecture: Minority Participation Through Non-Territorial Autonomy Arrangements

Ljubica Djordjević (ECMI)

14:00 - 17:00
Science Slam

Aziz Berdiqulov & Stanislav Černega

30 July 2022 - Day 7 - Minorities as Active Citizens

09:30 - 11:00
Lecture: Minority Language Media as Political Participation Platform

Sergiusz Bober & Craig Willis (ECMI)

11:30 - 13:00
Workshop: Poster Session on Minority Language Media

Sergiusz Bober and Craig Willis

14:00 - 16:00
World Café Session

Experts: Kyriaki Topidi, Ljubica Djordjević, Sergiusz Bober, Craig Willis
Moderated by Aziz Berdiqulov & Stanislav Černega

31 July 2022 - Day 8 - Goodbyes

09:30 - 11:30
Wrap-up: Discussion, feedback and evaluation, certificates, and coffee

Summer School Team

You can download the 2022 Summer School brochure here.

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Registration for this summer school is now closed.

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Eligibility and application procedures

The Summer School team aims to select a total number of 22 junior scholars, researchers or practitioners, having the following professional background:

  • Students from relevant fields of studies (MA and PhD students), and/or
  • Practitioners from the public sector, NGOs, mass-media.

Applicants are required to submit a completed online application form. To finalise the submission of an application, applicants must also submit their detailed CV via email to summerschool@ecmi.de no later than 20 April 2022. Please state “NMBR SuS22 Application” in the subject line. The application will not be considered for the selection process unless the required documents are submitted via email.


Applicants who submit their completed applications before the Early Bird deadline will be eligible for a reduced fee in the event that they are selected for the program. Fees will be due to be paid in late June/early July.

The tuition fee for the Summer School 2022 is:

  • 200 EUR if the completed application is submitted until 3 April 2022 (EARLY BIRD
  • 250 EUR if the completed application is submitted after 3 April 2022.

The fee covers:

  • The week-long programme of lectures and workshops
  • All reading materials before and during the Summer School
  • Accommodation and breakfast in Antia Residence in Oñati in twin bed rooms from 24 – 31 July 2022
  • Lunches and light refreshments for seven days of the Summer School, plus two dinners
  • A field trip
  • Participation in all additional Summer School activities (city tour, social activities, visits to museums/exhibition)
  • Support with bureaucratic matters during your visa application (if needed). Please note that visa fees will not be reimbursed.

Travel costs, as well as visa and health/travel insurance costs will not be reimbursed.

Cancellation policy

Cancellation until 30 June 2022: 80% of the tuition fee will be refunded, minus any additional incurred costs.

Cancellation after 30 June 2022: no refund.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, the ECMI and Coppieters Foundation are developing contingency plans which will allow us to proceed with the Summer School programme should disruptions occur due to travel restrictions for lecturers. These contingencies include some flexibility in the teaching and activities of the programme, including interactive online teaching options and sourcing locally-based lecturers to step in. Additionally, if confirmed participants are unable to attend the Summer School due to travel restrictions relating to the crisis, they will be fully refunded for any fees paid up to that point. In the event that the programme is cancelled entirely, any fees paid will be refunded in full.

Venue and partners

The 12th Annual Summer School on National Minorities and Border Regions is organised by the European Center for Minority Issues together with Coppieters Foundation and is kindly hosted at the Oñati International Institute for the Sociology of Law in Oñati, Basque Country, Spain.

Support for students fleeing conflict zones

The European Centre for Minority Issues (the ECMI) and the Coppieters Foundation will support the participation of three persons forced to flee conflict zones in the 12th Annual Summer School on National Minorities in Border Regions. The expenses related to the travel, accommodation, and meals will be covered by the organizers.

With this support, the organizers aim to support the uninterrupted academic work of the applicants, which was affected by conflict, and integrate them into European scientific networks.

In order to be considered, applicants need to meet the following criteria:

  • left their home country no longer than five years ago at the moment of application due to armed conflicts and crises;
  • possess residential status in Europe related to an asylum or equivalent procedure;
  • have demonstrated interest and experience in national minority issues through studies or work;
  • be Masters or PhD level students, or practitioners dealing with national minority-related initiatives;
  • be able to travel to Oñati, the Basque Country, Spain.

All interested applicants should follow the regular application procedure for the Summer School and contact the organizers ( summerschool@ecmi.de) regarding the scholarship.

Download the Call for Participants here.

Have a look at the 2021 Summer School programme here.


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This event is financially supported by the European Parliament. The European Parliament is not liable for the content of the event nor the opinions of the speakers.

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This Summer School is a joint initiative of Coppieters Foundation and ECMI .

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