Call for Articles for a Special Issue of The Journal on Ethnopolitics and Minority Issues in Europe : « Ethnic Issues in Central Asia »

About the journal


The Journal on Ethnopolitics and Minority Issues in Europe (JEMIE) is a peer-reviewed
electronic journal edited under the auspices of the European Centre for Minority Issues. JEMIE
is a multi-disciplinary journal which addresses minority issues across a broad range of studies,
such as ethnopolitics, democratization, conflict management, good governance, participation,
minority issues and minority rights.

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Call for papers: Special Issue on Ethnic Issues in Central Asia

With the fall of the Soviet Union a period of thorough changes has begun in the region of Central
Asia. Each of the newly created independent states – Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan,
Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan – faced a set of complex challenges of geopolitical, economic and
social natures, among others. Amid these challenges, ethnic issues of varying complexity were
and continue to be of primary importance, as each Central-Asian country hosts significant
minority communities (for example Russians reside in Kazakhstan, Uzbeks in Kyrgyzstan and
Tajikistan, and Tajiks in Uzbekistan). In each country it leads to specific consequences: fairly
recent inter-ethnic clashes (Kyrgyzstan), communities unsuccessfully striving for formal
recognition (the case of Pamiris in Tajikistan) or the uneasy combination of functioning as both a
kin-state and a host state (Uzbekistan). Furthermore, significant Central Asian diasporas reside in
countries which neighbour the region: Uzbek and Tajik communities in Afghanistan; Kazakh and
Kyrgyz communities in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region in China; Tajik economic
migrants in Russia. Besides peculiarities concerning ethnic issues in each of the Central Asian
republics, to a significant degree they also share certain similarities: underdevelopment of
specific minority-related legislation, lack of credible census data, absence of outside monitoring
mechanisms, predominance of ethno-centric approaches to identity or relatively weak
representation/participation of minority communities in public affairs.
In light of the above-indicated complexities, the Journal on Ethnopolitics and Minority Issues in
Europe takes the opportunity to invite contributions for a special issue on ethnic issues in Central
Asia. Case studies or comparative analyses from a wide array of academic disciplines are
encouraged (for example law, political science, sociology).
Topics of importance which could be addressed may be, for example:

  • Drafting and implementation of legal frameworks concerning ethnic issues
  • Formal status of minority communities
  • Participation of non-dominant ethnic groups in political, social and economic life
  • Media discourses concerning minority communities
  • Minority media
  • Ethnic issues within the context of regional international relations and cross-border
    cooperation
  • Identity-building and the question of ethnicity
  • Ethnicity and memory cultures
  • Minorities within minorities (e.g. female or youth activism)
  • Patterns of ethnic mobilization
  • Cultural and language education for non-dominant ethnic groups
  • Reconciliation in post-conflict societies

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Submission guidelines

Contributed papers should be submitted to the journal editor Dr. Tamara Hoch at hoch@ecmi.de
by the 1 st of September 2019
, for selection and review by the special issue guest editors (Dr.
Sergiusz Bober and Aziz Berdiqulov) and one external reviewer having expertise in the topical
area.
Papers should not exceed 8,000 words and have to be accompanied by an abstract and a
complete list of references.
The Style Guide of the Journal on Ethnopolitics and Minority Issues in Europe is available at
http://www.ecmi.de/publications/jemie/jemiesub/
Publication of this special issue is expected by the 1 st of March 2020.


Thank you for your interest in contributing to the Journal on Ethnopolitics and Minority Issues in
Europe.


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