Reviewed by: Cheryl LaGuardia, Research Librarian, Widener Library, Harvard University
The Journal on Ethnopolitics and Minority Issues in Europe (JEMIE) is a multi-disciplinary journal addressing “minority issues across a broad range of studies, such as ethnopolitics, democratization, conflict management, good governance, participation, minority issues and minority rights. It is devoted to comparative analyses of current developments in minority-majority relations in the wider Europe.” The editors seek “to publish critical analyses of policies and developments in European institutions and member states, their relations with the countries of the European neighbourhood and other immediate neighbours… [and] welcome contributions on non-European perspectives on ethnopolitics in the wider Europe and on minority issues in Europe in a global context.” This is a journal designed to stimulate “debates between varied theoretical approaches; also strongly encourage[ing] policy debates on topical issues that combine conceptual and empirical analyses.” The editors are also eager to provide “a forum where young scholars and practitioners can exchange ideas.”
JEMIE is published by the European Centre for Minority Issues (ECMI), which “conducts practice and policy-oriented research, provides information and documentation, and offers advisory services concerning minority-majority relations in Europe… serv[ing] European governments and regional intergovernmental organizations as well as non-dominant groups throughout…, co-operat[ing] with the academic community, the media and the general public through the timely provision of information and analysis.” The ECMI was “founded in 1996 by the governments of Denmark, Germany and Schleswig-Holstein. It is an independent and inter-disciplinary institution which draws upon an international core staff, supplemented by a number of non-resident Senior Research Associates from all over Europe and beyond.” JEMIE has international advisory and editorial boards, and the wide-ranging, yet focused work of the ECMI is reflected in the articles to be found here in both general and special issues.
Issue 3 of 2016 offers the three articles: “Claiming the diaspora: Russia’s compatriot policy and its reception by Estonian-Russian population,” “Unfinished Building: Kurdish Language Rights During the First AKP Ruling Period from November 2002 to June 2015,” and “The Protection of Linguistic Minorities in Italy: A Clean Break with the Past,” as well as a book review of Those Who Count: Expert Practices of Roma Classification. Issue 2 of 2016 is a special issue on The 1990 CSCE Copenhagen Document, East-West encounters and evolutions of the minority regime in Europe. The articles in this issue began as papers at an ECMI conference in June 2015 that was dedicated to “the inception of the European minority rights regime at the end of the Cold War; the regime’s subsequent evolutions, affected by the re-drawing of the dividing lines in Europe; and the new challenges created by the recent turmoil in Eastern Europe.” They include, “Introduction: The 1990 CSCE Copenhagen Document, East-West encounters and evolutions of the minority regime in Europe,” “Who Are The Minorities? The Role of the Right to Self-Identify within the European Minority Rights Framework,” “Minority Cosmopolitanism: The Catalan Independence Process, the EU, and the Framework Convention for National Minorities,” “The background of the Soviet Union’s involvement in the establishment of the European minority rights regime in the late 1980s,” “The Continuing Relevance of the Copenhagen Document – Muslims in Western Europe and the Security Dimension,” and “The EU’s Lack of Commitment to Minority Protection.”
The quality of writing and research throughout is scholarly, thought-provoking, and polished. For researchers studying minorities across Europe this will be an important resource.