Today, June 2nd, was the first day of the conference ‘Non-Territorial National-Cultural Self-Government: The Ukrainian Perspective’ held by the European Centre for Minority Issues, the Kuras Institute of Political and Ethnic Studies at the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, and the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Glasgow. It was held as a part of the ECMI Eastern Partnership Programme “National Minorities and Ethnopolitical Issues. Belarus – Moldova – Ukraine”.
The topic of this conference is non-territorial cultural self-government, or autonomy. Generally, this concept and its analogues denote a multiplicity of organizational forms, which envisage that some issues relevant to certain ethnicities are handled within these groups themselves through mechanisms of self-government, while avoiding the creation of territorial autonomy. Given that there is no uniform and commonly accepted understanding of what non-territorial cultural self-government exactly means, which shapes it can take and what opportunities it opens up, it is important to discuss future research, practical solutions, and the direction of future cooperation between scholars and practitioners in Ukraine and Europe.
The conference was opened by Dr. Oleg Rafalskiy (Director of the Kuras Institute for Political and Ethnic Studies of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine), Prof. Dr. Tove H. Malloy (Director of ECMI) and Dr. David H. Smith (Professor of Baltic History and Politics at Glasgow University).
The detailed programme is available here: