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Non-Territorial Autonomy as a Form of Plurinational Democracy

Call for Papers

Theme: Non-Territorial Autonomy as a Form of Plurinational Democracy
Subtitle: Participation, Recognition, Reconciliation
Type: 1st ENTAN Conference
Institution: European Non-Territorial Autonomy Network (ENTAN)
Location: Belgrade (Serbia)
Date: 22.–23.11.2019
Deadline: 5.9.2019

The European Non-Territorial Autonomy Network (ENTAN) invites
applications to participate in its first conference in Belgrade.

ENTAN is a recently approved Action from the European Cooperation in
Science and Technology (COST) Association. ENTAN is mandated to study
how modalities of Non-Territorial Autonomy (NTA) can help resolve or
alleviate national and ethnic conflicts in states were national and
ethnic communities demand the recognition of their collective rights.
Liberal democracies produce vital notions of citizens’ rights, but
citizens are often understood as homologous quantities, leaving
little room for the political recognition of difference and
pluralism, and, for national minority collective rights. At the same
time, in the international arena, the concept of National Self
Determination (NSD) is understood to mean the creation or
consolidation of nation-states for aggrieved national communities.
However, the number of national communities outnumbers the number of
nation-states by far, and, in most cases, different ethno-national
populations overlap in the same territorial space, making a
territorial solution unworkable and destructive. In various parts of
the world, these unfulfilled demands have led to bloody and
entrenched conflicts.

The problem of scattered minorities’ representation is not new, and
there have been historically, important attempts to create modalities
of NSD that do not require the creation of nation states. Among the
most influential are the National Cultural Autonomy (NCA) model
developed by the Austrians Otto Bauer and Karl Renner, the latter a
former president of Austria. However, while NCA was for a period
important and influential in Central and Eastern Europe, it had
limited influence in Western Europe and other parts of the world.
There are, however, many other modalities of NTA that emerge
simultaneously in different parts of the world, showing that the
problem of minority self-determination is recurrent in many different

The aim of the first ENTAN conference is to examine how and in what
context modalities of NTA can improve the value of democratic
participation in Europe, by enhancing the collective incorporation of
national minorities. The conference will also evaluate the relation
between democracy and collective rights, and how NTA can improve
minority recognition and foster reconciliation in areas of conflict.
The conference addresses both theoretical questions and importantly,
empirical case studies. We call upon scholars and practitioners
interested in NTA as a solution to ethnic conflict in empirical and
theoretical dimensions, to submit paper and panel proposals for our

Possible but not exclusive areas of discussion are:

- The nation state and NTA, how can they work together?
- Plurinational states and the implementation of NTA
- European demoicracy and NTA
- Historical cases of NCA or NTA illustrating what value they have for contemporary discussions
- Human Rights and modalities of NTA
- Central and Eastern Europe and modalities of NTA
- The Balkans and modalities of NTA
- Liberal Democracy and NTA
- NTA and scattered minorities (e.g. Roma)
- Indigenous Peoples and NTA (e.g. Sami)
- Non-European models of NTA, how useful they are in the European context
- Migration and NTA
- Refugees and NTA
- Women and NTA
- Risks of NTA models
- NTA and its implications for cultural identities and identity boundaries
- Тhe role of non-territorial autonomy of ethno-cultural groups in regional and socio-economic development
- The role of ethno-cultural and national minorities in cross-border cooperation

The working language of the conference is English. The conference
welcomes papers and panel proposals by both scholars and PhD
students. Early career investigators (ECI) and participants from
inclusiveness target countries (ITC) are especially encouraged to
take part (Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech
Republic, Estonia, Croatia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Montenegro,
North Macedonia, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, and
the Republic of Serbia).


Maximum 300 word abstracts (of papers or panels) can be submitted by
email to: Abstracts should be written in Word or
RTF formats, font Times New Roman size 12, following this order:
author(s), affiliation, email address, title of abstract, body of
abstract, 5-7 key words. A short biography (max. 150 words) of the
author(s) is also required.

Abstract submission deadline:
5 September 2019.


The conference is supported by COST and there is no conference fee.

Authors of papers or panel presenters who are ENTAN members are
eligible for reimbursement of travel and accommodation costs in line
with Section 5 in the COST Vademecum

Authors of papers or panel presenters from COST participating
countries whose abstracts have been accepted can also apply for
partial reimbursement of travel and accommodation costs based on
availability of funds; priority will be given to ITC and ECI
participants (Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia,
Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Hungry,
Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Montenegro, North
Macedonia, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain,
Switzerland, United Kingdom).

To apply for reimbursement, authors should register on the e-Cost
( and send a separate letter of
motivation and CV along with their abstract submission.

Notification of acceptance of abstracts will be sent by 20 September


Demjan Golubov
University American College Skopje
North Macedonia