Minority Changemaker

“We believe in a future, where the people of Europe are united in diversity across cultural, lingual and national differences.”



A typical week’s schedule


Besides from living together, a week at the school comprises of three things: Academic classes and group discussions hosted by University of Southern Denmark; a wide choice of different classes and subjects hosted by Jaruplund Folk School; and lots of common activities from debates and excursions over new and thought-provoking lectures from gifted speakers - to long discussions about the meaning of life and/or Game of Thrones, walks in nature, and late-night parties.



Morning gathering

Academic input


Elective subject A




Morning gathering

Elective subject A


Group meetings/leisure time




Morning gathering

Academic input


Elective subject B


Common subject/guest speaker



Morning gathering

Academic work in groups


Elective subjects




Morning gathering

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Leasure time,
field trips,


An academic curriculum

The academic curriculum of the 15 ECTS-points course focuses on Europe’s history, current political debates, minorities and nationalism. The organizer of the course is the Centre for Border Region Studies at the University of Southern Denmark and course responsible is Associate Professor Martin Klatt.

The teachers are all affiliated with the Centre for Border Region Studies.

Teaching method will be active learning, where the participants are obliged to engage in classroom discussions and group work. The participants will research and present cases under the guidance of the teachers.

Important info on ECTS-credit: It is not compulsory to take an exam after the programme. This is of course necessary if you want to achieve the ECTS-credit, but you are very welcome to join the academic classes out of interest without taking the exam. Please let us know on your application what you have in mind, and also if you plan to take credits on bachelor’s or master’s level.

The University of Southern Denmark strongly expects that studies such as Political Science, European Studies, History, Social Sciences etc. will accept this curriculum as merit, but please note that any approval is depended on your home university and cannot be guaranteed by the University of Southern Denmark.

This academic course will include the following topics, which will be presented theoretically and in case studies:

·       Identity and group formation

·       Ethnicity, culture, nationalism and citizenship

·       National self-determination as a principle in international law

·       Soviet minority policies

·       Minority policies in the EU

·       Minorities and majorities: language policies

·       Minorities and majorities: religious issues

·       Indigenous people today

·       Migration and minorities

Below you can find a preliminary draft, which is subject to change.

NB: A full curriculum in details will be online in November 2019.
You can also download it as pdf.


Minorities, nationalism and political conflicts

Minority Changemaker Programme
Spring 2020
Jaruplund Højskole, Flensburg

Academic Curriculum


Week 14:
1: Introduction to the course
Rogers Brubaker & Frederick Cooper 2000
Beyond Identity. Theory and Society 29, pp. 1-47

2: Identity and groupformation
Thomas Hylland Eriksen 1993
Ethnicity and Nationalism. London: Pluto Press, pp 1- 17 & 97-120

Fredrik Barth 1995
Ethnicity and the Concept of Culture. Paper presented to the conference ”Rethinking Culture”. Harvard. Not publicized

Fredrik Barth 1969
Introduction. In: F. Barth (ed.) Ethnic Groups and Boundaries. The Social Organisation of Cultural Differences. Oslo: Universitetsforlaget, pp. 1-38

Richard Jenkins 1997
Categorization and Power. In: R. Jenkins Rethinking Ethnicity. London: Routledge, pp. 52-73

External Visits:
Visiting Europe´s Minority Capital Flensburg

Week 15:
Contingent: Participating in Youth of European Nationalities (YEN) seminar with young adults from different European minorities.

Week 16:
3: Nationalism
Ernest Gellner 1983
Nations and Nationalism. Oxford: Basil Blackwell, pp. 2-52 ISBN: 0631129928ib

Anthony D. Smith 1996
The Origin of Nations. I: Eley & Suny (eds.): Becoming National. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 106-130

Orvar Löfgren 1989
The Nationalization of Culture. Ethnologia Europaea XIX, pp. 5-24

Richard Jenkins 1995
Nationalism and Nationalisms. Towards more open Models. Nations and Nationalism 1 (3), pp. 369-90. ISSN: 1354-5078

4: EU Minoritypolitics
Council of Europe 1992
European Charter for Regional and Minority Languages. Strasbourg, pp. 1-16

Council of Europe 1995
Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities. Strasbourg, pp. 1-21

Geldenhuys & Rossouw 2001
The International Protection of Minority Rights. A special report complied for the F W de Klerk Foundation, pp. 1-24

External Visitor:
Federal Union of European Nationalities (FUEN) lecture on the Minority SafePack Initiative.

Minority and Majority

Week 17:
5: Minority and Majority - Languages
Michael Billig 1995
Banal Nationalism. London: Sage Publications, pp. 13-36

Janne Bleeg Jensen 1999
Politics of Language and Language of Politics: Corsican Language Activism and Conflicts between External and Internal Representations of National Identity. Folk Vol.41, pp. 77-98. ISSN: 0085-0756

Donall O Riagain 2001
Many Tongues but only one Voice: A Personal Overview of the Role of the European Bureau for Lesser Used Languages in Promoting Europe’s Regional and Minority Languages. In: Camille O’Reilly (ed.): Language, Ethnicity and the State. N.Y.: Palgrave, pp. 20-39

Jan Blommaert and Jef Verschuren 1998
The Role of Languages in European Nationalist Ideologies. In: Schieffelin et. al. (eds.): Language Ideologies, practice and theory. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 189-210

6: Minority and Majority - Religion
Dawn Lyon & Debora Spini 2004
Unveiling the Headscarf Debate. Feminist Legal Studies 12, pp. 333-344. ISSN: 0966-3622

Elaine Thomas 2006
Keeping Identity at a distance: Explaining France’s new legal restrictions on the Islamic headscarf. Ethnic and Racial Studies, Vol. 29, No. 2, pp. 237-59. ISSN: 0141-9870

Sawitri Saharso 2007
Headscarves: A comparison of public thought and public policy in Germany and the Netherlands. Critical Review of International and Political Philosophy, Vol.10, No. 4, pp. 513-30

External Visits:
Daytrip to Aarhus

Week 18:
7: People of the Earth: Sami people
Robert Paine 1985
The Claim of the 4th World. In: Jens Brøsted et al (eds.): Native Power. Oslo: Universitetsforlaget, pp. 49-66 ISBN: 82-00-07291-6 hf

Vigdis Stordahl 1991
Ethnic Integration and Identity-Management-Discourses of Sami Self-awareness. North Atlantic Studies Vol. 3, No. 1, pp. 25-30 ISSN: 0905-2984

Robert Paine 1991
Trails of Saami Self-Conscoiusness. North Atlantic Studies 1(2), pp. 22-31 ISSN: 0905-2984

Vigdis Stordahl 1987
The Difficult but Challenging Complexity of Contemporary Saami Reality – Comments on Robert Paine’s Article ”Trails of Saami Self-Consciousness”. Anthropologica XXIX, pp. 189-94

8: Guest Lecture:
On specific minority and/or case

External Visits:

New Nation-States – New Minorities

Week 19:
8: Post-Soviet Minorities
Pille Pettersoo 2007
Reconsidering otherness: constructing Estonian Identity. Nations and Nationalism 13(1), pp. 117-33. ISSN: 1354-5078

Veronika Kalmus 2003
Is interethnic integration possible? Ethno-political discourses of two ethnic groups. Discourse & Society, Vol. 14, No. 6, pp. 667-97

Rogers Brubaker 1996
Nationhood and the National Question in the Soviet Union and its Successor States: an Institutionalist Account. In: Rogers Brubaker: Nationalism Reframed. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 1-11. ISBN: 052157224x

9: Conflict on the Balkan
Tone Bringa 1995
Being Muslim the Bosnian Way: Identity and Community in a Central Bosnian Village. Princeton: Princeton University Press, pp. Xv-xxi; 3-36; 233-38

Mary Kaldor 1999
Bosnia-Herzegovina: A Case Study of a New War. I: New and Old Wars. Polity Press, pp. 31-68

Anthony Oberschall 2000
The Manipulation of Ethnicity: From Ethnic Cooperation to Violence and War in Yugoslavia. Ethnic and Racial Studies, Vol. 23, No. 6, pp. 982-1001

Bette Denich 1994
Dismembering Yugoslavia: Nationalist Ideologies and the Symbolic Revival of Genocide. American Ethnologist 21 (2), pp. 367-90

Movie: Tone Bringa´s “We’re all Neighbours”

External Visits:
Daytrip to Hamburg

Week 20:
Study trip to ex. Kosovo or Europeada 2020

The question about rights

Week 21:
10: Citizenship and immigration
Ulla Holm 2002
The Implication of the Concept of the French Nation-State and ’Patrie’ for French Discourses on Immigration. Working Paper. Amid, pp. 1-36

Mary Fulbrook 1996
Germany for the Germans? Citizenship and Nationality in a Divided Nation. In: Cesarani and Fulbrook (eds.): Citizenship, Nationality and Migration in Europe. Routledge, pp. 88-105

Verena Stolcke
Talking Culture. Current Anthropology, Vol. 36, No. 1, pp. 1-24

11: Student presentations
Analyze and discuss the different citizenship laws of France, Germany, Netherland, Denmark, UK

External Visits:
Lecture on the EU mission in Africa
Daytrip to Viking Trade Town Hedeby/Haithabu near Slesvig/Schleswig

Week 22:
11: Roma
Michael Stewart 1997
The Puzzle of Roma Persistence: Group identity without a nation. In: T. Acton & G. Mundy (eds.): Romani Culture and Gypsy Identity. Hartfield: University of Headfordshire Press, pp. 82-203. ISBN: 0900458763

Zoltan Barany 1994
Living on the Edge. The East European Roma in Postcommunist Politics and Societies. Slavic Review, vol 53, no 2, pp. 321-44 ISSN: 0037-6779

Petrova, Dimitrina 2003
The Roma: Between a Myth and the Future. Social Research,Vol.70, No. 1, pp. 111-128

European Commission 2004
The Situation of Roma in an Enlarged European Union, pp. 17-53 ISBN: 92-894-8186-2

External Visits:
Guestlecture on the work of the Council of German Sinti and Roma
Visiting the project Maro Temm (Romanes: Our country) in Kiel

Week 23:
Q & A
Daytrip to the North Frisia & Hallig Hooge


Week 24:
Finishing week & oral exams