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Minorities in Times of Transition

Dr. Ondřej Klípa

Mittwochs, 14:00-17:00 Uhr
Block: 8.06.-13.07.2016
1. Veranstaltungstermin: 08.06.2016
Termine: 08.06, 15.06, 22.06, 29.06, 06.07, 13.07.2016
Raum: AM 204
MA-Seminar, 3/6/9 ECTS
ALT: MICS Migration, Ethnicity, Ethnocentrism // MASS Migration, Ethnicity, Ethnocentrism
NEU: MASS: Migration, Ethnizität und Ethnozentrismus

The course will focus on two interdisciplinary topics: 1) development of minority policies and 2) social and identity changes of ethnic minorities in Central and Eastern Europe. Within the first topic, we will discuss especially ideological sources of Communist model of minority protection and the legacy and transformation of this model into the post-Communist period. Within the second topic, we will pay attention to changing identification of minorities with state nations and vice versa. Transformation of understanding of the term “nation” as such will be our primary focus. Another aspect of this topic is changing social situation of minorities in times of transition, resulting in some cases into social exclusion. Mechanism and realms of social exclusion as well as possible ways how to resolve it will be examined. The Roma as a typical marginalized group will be in the centre of our interest. Roots of the social exclusion of the Roma will be studied from the Middle Age to nowadays. However, particular attention will be paid to the Communist period and the political and economical transformation in the 1990s.

Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:

  • understand anthropological and political background of national minority protection;
  • argue with an in-depth knowledge in discussions on multiculturalism, diversity management, and social cohesion in context of CEE; 
  • understand way of transformation minority policies form the Communist to post-Communist period;


  • Pan, Ch.; Pfeil, B. S.: National Minorities in Europe (Wien: Braumüller, 2003)
  • Rechel, B. (ed.): Minority Rights in CEE (London and New York: Routledge, 2009) 
  • Köles, S. (ed.): Minorities in Transition in South, Central, and Eastern Europe. ICDT Papers No. 1. (Budapest, 2008) 
  • Doroszewska, U.: Rethinking the State, Minorities, and National Security, In: Kymlicka, W., Opalski, M. (eds.): Can Liberal Pluralism be Exported? Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002, pp. 126-134.
  • Petrova, D.: The Roma: Between a myth and the future. Social Research, 70. 1 (Spring 2003), pp. 111-161.

Hinweise zur Veranstaltung:
Students are requested to attend to classes in order to get graded. More than 2 absences will automatically lower your final grade after your point total is calculated, unless you can document that all the absences are related to an illness and/or official university event. For each additional absence your final grade will be lowered by 1/3 (a B becomes a B-, etc.).

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