Lecture: The Dynamics of Minority-Majority Relations in Europe

The Raoul Wallenberg Institute is hosting a lecture titled, “The dynamics of minority-majority relations in Europe: Emerging paradigm shift, or old wine in new bottles?” on May 31.

The lecture will be delivered by Professor Tove H. Malloy, who teaches at the Europa-Universität-Flensburg, Germany, and heads up the European Centre for Minority Issues’ research cluster Citizenship and Ethics.

This lecture will focus on ethno-cultural groups linked to the formation of the ‘nation state’ system in Europe, i.e. religious, national and linguistic minorities. All are non-dominant groups, not only in numbers but also in cultural practices and traditions, and they usually self-identify as not belonging to the majority nation, except in the civic sense of respecting peaceful co-existence.

By tracing the formation of four discursive approaches to minority-majority relations in earlier and contemporary European history, and by exploring the contemporary narratives of ethno-cultural minority actors and actions, the lecture will discuss the legacy of peaceful co-existence as the predominant paradigm for minority-majority relations in democratizing societies in the 21st Century.

It will question whether there is evidence of an emerging paradigm shift in minority-majority relations that might put us on a track for both a new understanding of diversity management and a new research agenda on ethno-cultural issues.

Date & Time: Wednesday 31 May, 16:30-18:30

Location: Pufendorf Lecture Hall, Lilla Grâbrödersgatan 3, Lund 

More about Prof. Malloy

Prof. Malloy is a political theorist by background specializing in the political and legal aspects of national minority rights in international law and international relations, especially in the European context. Her areas of expertise cover the major international organizations, the European Union as well as individual countries.

In addition to being Director at the European Centre for Minority Issues (ECMI), Prof. Malloy teaches at the Europa-Universität-Flensburg, and she heads up ECMI’s research cluster Citizenship and Ethics. She has been called upon for expert advisory opinions by local and national governments, the Council of Europe, the OSCE and the European Commission.

Prof. Malloy is currently a member of the Council of Europe’s Advisory Committee on the European Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities elected by the Committee of Ministers in respect of Denmark, and she serves as the Committee’s Gender Equality Rapporteur.

Prior to her academic career, Prof. Malloy has served in the Danish Foreign Service at home and overseas. Her current research interests include minority citizenship, agonistic democracy, ethno-ecologism, minority indicators, and inter-sectional discrimination. Prof. Malloy is the author of National Minority Rights in Europe (OUP, 2005) as well as numerous articles on national minority issues, and she currently edits an OUP series on non-territorial autonomy. She holds a doctorate in Government from the University of Essex (UK).

For more information contact: Gabriel Stein.