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Journée de l'Europe de l'Est 2012 - ASCN 2012


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Dieses von der Gebert Rüf Stiftung geförderte Projekt wird von folgenden weiteren Projektpartnern mitgetragen: Interfakultäres Institut für Ost- und Ostmitteleuropa IIOOE der Universität Freiburg

Project data

  • Project no: GRS-031/12 
  • Amount of funding: CHF 20'000 
  • Approved: 26.06.2012 
  • Duration: 07.2012 - 04.2013 
  • Area of activity:  ASCN, 2009 - 2018

Project management

Project description

On 15-16 November 2012 the University of Fribourg organized its annual Eastern European Days. The event was dedicated to issues of cultural diversity in the macro-regions of post-socialist Eastern and Southeast Europe.

The aim of the conference under the scientific guidance of Prof. Christian Giordano and Prof. François Ruegg was to analyse and to compare the situation of ethnic minorities and related political and public discourses in the Baltic states, in Southeast Europe and in the Southern Caucasus. Undoubtedly these regions are quite diverse not only concerning their historical, political and religious traditions but also concerning their status as EU-members or non-members. And indeed the introduction of international standards for the protection of minorities and the implementation of measures for the adjustment of the living conditions of disadvantaged social segments represent important accession criteria as well as a basis for EU-funding.

The conference was opened on 15 November with a keynote speech by Antoinette Primatarova (Sofia) entitled «The Fifth Enlargement of the European Union: Reunification of Divided Europe or the Reinventing of Eastern Europe?». The second day consisted in presentations by the participants.

What is special about the project?

The conference identified important characteristics, developments and new dimensions concerning multicultural cohabitation, migration and diaspora building.


The organizers expect to publish a book with the best papers presented during the conference.


Persons involved in the project

Prof. Dr. Nicolas Hayoz, Universität Freiburg/Fribourg, Projektleiter, nicolas.notexisting@nodomain.comhayoz@unifr.notexisting@nodomain.comch
Denis Dafflon, Projektkoordinator, Universität Freiburg/Fribourg, phone +41 (0)26 300 79 82, denis.notexisting@nodomain.comdafflon@unifr.notexisting@nodomain.comch

Last update to this project presentation  17.10.2018