Course date

30 June - 18 July, 2003
Application deadline:
15 February, 2003
Course Director(s): 

Maria M. Kovacs

Nationalism Studies Program, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary
Course Faculty: 

Erica Benner

London School of Economics, International Relations, London, United Kingdom

Florian Bieber

Central European University, Nationalism Studies , Budapest, Hungary

Andras Kovacs

Nationalism Studies, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary

Will Kymlicka

Department of Philosophy, Queen's University at Kingston, Canada

The purpose of the course is to explore how western models of dealing with ethnocultural diversity can be adopted in Eastern Europe. From the point of view of Eastern European countries interested in European integration, Western European countries are not simply offering such models for possible consideration, but rather are pressuring Eastern Europe to respect pan-European standards. The decision of Western European organizations to insist on respect for pan-European standards is a serious test-case for the feasibility and desirability of "exporting" western standards to the rest of Europe.

Given this background, the course will focus on two important topics. First, it will attempt to clarify the theoretical basis of western models of dealing with ethnocultural diversity so as to distinguish the underlying principles from the myriad of local variations in the way that these principles are institutionalized. The course will distinguish the fundamental principles from the contingent practices and ask questions about the extent to which those principles are applicable elsewhere. Second, the course will attempt to involve participants, scholars, advanced students and practitioners, in a transnational and intercultural dialogue on problems of self-determination, federalism and minority rights and on how these problems are linked to democratization.