Assessing Accession Symposium


2012 assessing accession Research Symposium

Minorities and the EU Eastern Enlargement: Past, Present and Future Experiences

Tartu, Estonia
Centre for EU-Russia Studies (CEURUS), EuroCollege, University of Tartu

14-15 June 2012

The issue of minorities and minority rights in the context of EU eastern enlargement is a well studied and documented topic. But it is also one that continues to offer great scope for ongoing and new research tying into broad institutional, policy and social developments within Europe. The 2012 assessing accession Research Symposium seeks to address many of the past, present and future experiences of minorities (national, ethnic, linguistic etc) and the states within which they reside, probing such questions as the linguistic rights in era of integration, challenges to diversity policies in wider Europe, mobility and spatial behavior and the questions of Roma representation and recognition.

The symposium keynote speech will be given by George Schöpflin, MEP for Hungary and formerly Jean Monnet Professor of Politics, University of London.

See the full programme as .pdf

14 June 2012

Venue: Juhan Peegli Auditorium, Lossi street 36

9:00 – 9:30           Registration, coffee

9:30 – 10:30         Opening panel discussion: Minorities in the EU after enlargement
Chair: Eamonn Butler (University of Glasgow)

Michail Beis (EU Fundamental Rights Agency), Clare McManus (University of Glasgow), Aidan McGarry (University of Brighton).

10:30 – 11:00        Coffee

11:00 – 12:30        Session I

Panel 1: Language policy in the era of integration (see Panel 1 paper abstracts)
Chair: Ada-Charlotte Regelmann (University of Glasgow)

Raivo Vetik (Tallinn University), Positions and dispositions in the Russian-language school reform in Estonia

Ewelina Tylec (Central European University), Right to minority language. Linguistic rights of the Polish national minority in Lithuania

Jaroslav Mihálik & Juraj Marušiak (University of Ss. Cyril and Methodius), The Dynamics of Slovak – Hungarian Minority Relations – the national populism over the civil society


Panel 2: Romanis: status, recognition and education (see Panel 2 paper abstracts)
Chair: Raluca Bianca Roman (University College London/University of Helsinki)

Aidan McGarry (University of Brighton) & Timofey Agarin (Queens University of Belfast), Political participation of Roma in Europe: differentiating the politics of presence and influence

Elena Marushiakova & Vesselin Popov (Bulgarian Academy of Science), The Roma movement in the Baltic States and CIS: past, present and future

Ana Pantea (Romanian Academy of Science – Iasi), Recognition and exclusion of otherness. The case of the Roma from Eastern Europe

Monica Andriescu (University of Bucharest) & Sergiu Gherghina (GESIS Cologne), The political representation of Roma after the EU enlargement

12:30 – 14:00 Lunch


14:00 – 15:30      Session II

Panel 3: Diversity policies and multiculturalism in a wider Europe (see Panel 3 paper abstracts)
Chair: Timofey Agarin (Queens University Belfast)

Ada-Charlotte Regelmann (University of Glasgow), After multiculturalism? The future of social integration in heterogeneous societies

Roland Gjoni, Integration of Serb minority in Kosovo and the future of Western Balkans into EU

Zoltan Kantor (Research Institute for Hungarian Communities Abroad), Kin-state politics in Hungary after 2010

Tawhida Ahmet (University of Reading), The EU, diversity and minority rights: reflections post-Lisbon


Panel 4: EU conditionality in the Balkans (see Panel 4 paper abstracts)
Chair: Tom Hashimoto (University of Tartu)

Stefano Braghiroli (University of Oslo) & Irena Fiket (University of Siena), Pro bono membership? Assessing the impact of EU-sponsored legislation on minority rights in the Balkans

Leonas Tolvaišis (Vytautas Magnus University), Kosovo Serb enclaves and EU integration of the Western Balkans: legal, political and social aspects

Bilge Yabanci (University of Bath), Reluctant ‘minorities’: Kosovo Serbs and Turkish Cypriots between EU norms and titular state policies

Lauren Tognela, Macedonia, interethnic relations, and EU integration

15:30 – 16:00 Coffee break


16:00 – 17:30      Session III

Panel 5: Mobility and spatial behaviour (see Panel 5 paper abstracts)
Chair: Clare McManus (University of Glasgow)

Jakub Isanski (Adam Mickiewicz University), Networks and migrants’ communities. Case of Polish migration after 2004

Siiri Silm & Rein Ahas (University of Tartu), Differences in spatial behaviour between Estonians and Russians: case study on the residents of Tallinn

Daiva Tereščenko (Centre for Quality Assessment in Higher Education), Reciprocal interest: East European migration patterns and higher education policy in Lithuania after 2004

Chris Moreh (Northumbria University), European mobility and the question of new minorities: the case of Romanians in Spain


Panel 6: Representation of Romani communities (see Panel 6 paper abstracts)
Chair: Aidan McGarry (University of Brighton)

Michail Beis (EU Fundamental Rights Agency), FRA Pilot Survey findings: The situation of Roma in the European Union

Raluca Bianca Roman (University College London/University of Helsinki), Questioning ethnic solidarity and the concept of Roma ‘nation’: Finnish Roma elite on Romanian Roma migrants in Finland

Sofiya Zahova (Bulgarian Academy of Sciences), The Roma discourse in the EU integration strategies of Western Balkans states: the case of Montenegro

17:30 to 18:00     Session IV: panel discussion

The Rocky Road to Human and Minority Rights: Theory and Practice in Central Europe and Russia

Benedikt Harzl, Sergiu Constantin, Alice Engl (Institute for Minority Rights of the European Academy Bozen/Bolzano)

19:00 Reception


15 June 2012

Venue: Juhan Peegli Auditorium, Lossi street 36

10:00 – 11:30     Session V

Panel 7:  Minority and evolution of nation state in the CEE (see Panel 7 paper abstracts)
Chair: Eva-Clarita Pettai (University of Tartu)

Noelle Peach (McGill University), The political participation of the Russian diaspora in post-Soviet states

Nuri Ali Tahir (University of Trieste), Comparative evaluation of minority rights in Bulgaria and Greece in the process of European integration

Magdalena Dembinska (University of Montreal), Silesian identity: nationbuilding in transnational and identity fluctuating contexts

Monika Frejute-Rakauskiene (Lithuanian Social Research Centre Institute for Ethnic Studies), European, regional and local identities of Russians in Lithuania and Latvia: the comparative aspect

11:30 – 12:00 Coffee break with light snacks

12:00 – 13:00 Closing session and keynote speech:

George Schöpflin, MEP for Hungary and formerly Jean Monnet Professor of Politics, University of London


The symposium is promoted by assessing accession: central and eastern europe in the eu in conjunction with the ‘EU‐Russia’ and ‘Romani’s and the EU’ UACES sponsored collaborative research networks.

The symposium is hosted by the Centre for EU‐Russia Studies (CEURUS) and EuroCollege at the University of Tartu in Estonia. The symposium is funded by the Centre for Russian, Central and East European Studies (CRCEES), University Association for Contemporary European Studies (UACES) and the Centre for EU-Russia Studies (CEURUS).