Call for Papers: Europeanization and Changes in Minority Inclusion in Central and Eastern Europe

Posted Date: 2016-06-22
Expiry Date: 2018-02-19

Guest editors: Zsuzsa Csergő (Queen’s U, Kingston, Canada) and Balázs Vizi (Institute for Minority Studies, Centre for Social Sciences, HAS)

It is widely acknowledged that two decades of “Europeanization”—conceived as both the physical expansion of the European Union and the diffusion of European norms and practices—have had a profound influence on ethnic relations. Although the pacifying impact of European integration in post-communist Europe is widely acknowledged, significant questions remain open about the future of peaceful and democratic interethnic relations.  The scope of this special issue is to provide a framework for scholars to discuss the specific ways in which conditions for minority inclusion have changed in Central and Eastern Europe.  We conceive of political and social boundary-making as intertwined in significant ways, requiring scholars to bridge research agendas and pool resources in an effort to tackle the complexity of questions involving minority inclusion.  We believe the journal Intersections provides an ideal venue for this approach, given its mission to open space for scholars from diverse disciplinary backgrounds and create linkages among scholars in diverse regions.

We invite both empirical and theoretical contributions that address changes in institutional spaces, elite strategies, interethnic trust and understanding, as well as studies about the question of how minority political and social actors perceive their future prospects in their states.  We wish to include case studies and comparative work focused on different parts of Central and Eastern Europe.  Research about Central and Eastern Europe has been fundamentally important for the advancement of ethnicity and nationalism studies, and of democratization studies.  We expect that this special issue will continue that tradition, adding significant contributions to these areas of research.


Please send 300-500  word abstracts & max 300-word short bios

For further questions contact our guest editors: Zsuzsa Csergő ( and Balázs Vizi (



If you encounter technical problems contact István Hegedűs (


Deadline for abstract submission 30 November 2016. Deadline for article submission 15 March 2017. Please use “EU and Minority inclusion in CEE” in the subject line.



Zsuzsa Csergő (Ph.D. in Political Science) is Associate Professor of Political Studies at Queen’s University, Canada.  She is also President of the Association for the Study of Nationalities (ASN).  Before joining the Queen’s faculty, she was Assistant Professor of Political Science and Coordinator of the Women’s Leadership Program in U.S. and International Politics at the George Washington University.  She specializes in the study of nationalism in contemporary European politics, with particular focus on post-communist Central and Eastern Europe (CEE).  She is currently writing a comparative book about the conditions of minority inclusion in new EU member states of CEE.  Her first book, Talk of the Nation: Language and Conflict in Romania and Slovakia (Cornell University Press, 2007) focused the impact of democratization and Europeanization on majority-minority contestations over language use.  Her articles have appeared in Perspectives on PoliticsForeign Policy, Nations and Nationalism, East European Politics and Societies, Europe-Asia Studies, and other journals.  She received a number of prestigious academic awards and fellowships, including the 2005 Sherman Emerging Scholar Award from the University of North Carolina; the Fernand Braudel Senior Fellowship from the European University Institute in Florence, Italy (Fall 2006); research grants from the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the Institute for the Study of World Politics, the American Council of Learned Societies and Social Science Research Council, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada; and a Distinguished Alumna Award from the George Washington university.


Balázs Vizi graduated in law at the Eötvös Loránd University (Budapest) and received PhD in political science from the University of Leuven (KUL) in 2006. He has specialized in international human and minority rights law. From 2002 he works at the Institute for Minority Studies, Centre for Social Sciences at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. He is associate professor at the Department of International Law, Faculty of International and European Studies of the National University of Public Service, and lectures at the Institute of Political Sciences, Faculty of Law, „Eötvös Loránd” University. He is senior non-resident research associate at the European Centre for Minority Issues (ECMI). He is author of several publications on minority issues in the context of the European integration and co-editor of several books on minority rights protection.