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Minority Partipation and Representation, joint project with EURAC

On December 12-13 a group of six scholars has met in HAPP Queens to discuss issues related to political participation and representation of minorities in nationally constituted societies.

Andrzej Pukszto, Joseph Marko, Patrick Utz, Boriss Cilevics, Martin Klatt inside Belfast City Hall

Minority participation is one of the most important challenges for contemporary politics. Both internationally and in the individual European states, societies are bound to be identified with a nation-state positing considerable challenge for multiple diversity governance. The normalization of the privileged status of the majority population; ethnic citizenship regimes; consolidation of societies around culturally defined democratic institutions all out minorities in a less advantageous position when engaging with and contributing to formal political process. Boriss Cilevičs (MP Latvia), Prof Martin Klatt (University of Southern Denmark), Prof Andrzej Pukszto (Vytautas Magnus University), Prof Joseph Marco (University of Graz), Patrick Utz (University of Edinburgh), Prof John Coakley and Timofey Agarin of Queen's University Belfast have discussed the challenges the nation-state consolidation poses for participation of the members of four Europe’s divided nations in Northern Ireland, South Tyrol, South Schleswig and Polish-speakers in Lithuania.