Tuesday, 16 December 2014
The Åland Islands Peace Institute has developed a university-level e-course on territorial autonomy, with the Åland Example as a main case study. The course will be launched in the spring term of 2015, in co-operation with the Open University on Åland.
More information in pdf, here.Read More...
Saturday, 13 December 2014
The Åland Islands Peace Institute (ÅIPI) is running a project called “The Nordic autonomies – Experiences and Visions in a Peace Persepective” during 2014 and 2015. The project, which has been initiated by the Åland Islands Peace Institute and is supported by the Nordic Council’s Citizen’s and Consumer Committee, will result in a publication including contributions from a number of Nordic researchers specialised in autonomy issues as well as material from a conference that will take place in Mariehamn in January 2015.Read More...
Friday, 12 December 2014
The project Fair Sex, that aims to prevent sexual violence and promote gender equality, is currently concluding its third year. Results and experiences from working with workshops for students and with education and support from school staff as well as suggestions for the future are currenly being gathered in a report.
On 14 January the project will arrange an open seminar where the results will be presented. The seminar will highlight experiences of cooperation between NGO, school and authorities as well as experiences of working with a broad and long term approach. At the same time possiblities and challenges for the future will be highlighted.
The seminar will be held in Swedish at the City Library of Mariehamns, 14 January between 2 and 3 pm.
Friday, 12 December 2014
The director of The Åland Isands Peace Institute (ÅIPI), Associate Professor Sia Spiliopoulou Åkermark, has been granted a research stipend from the private Finnish foundation KONE for the project “Demilitarisation in an increasingly militarized world. International perspectives in a multilevel framework – the case of the Åland Islands.”
The research project stretches between 2015 and 2018 and funding has now been approved for its first year (86 500 €).Read More...
Saturday, 22 November 2014
Ladda ner / Download pdf.
Finansiering beviljad för ”modigt” projekt om demilitarisering / Funding granted for ”bold” research on demilitarization
E-kurs om självstyrelse och Ålandsexemplet / E-course on autonomy and the Åland Example
Konferens om nordiska självstyrelser och fred / Conference on Nordic autonomies and peace
Seminarium om Fair Sex-projektet / Seminar on the Fair Sex project
Nya ansikten på fredsinstitutet / New faces at the ÅIPI
Thursday, 13 November 2014
On 10 October 2014 the project and network Norden for peace? hosted a seminar on Iceland. Four speakers from the Nordic countries shared their knowledge on methods for peace work.
During a time frame of two and a half years, the project Norden for peace? organizes one open seminar in each Nordic country, on topics stemming from the project’s main themes – first and foremost the question about the Nordic countries and their relationship to peace, and secondly how to spread and establish peaceful approaches at a grass root level and through adult education. At the seminar on Iceland four speakers from the Nordic countries spoke about various skills and ways that may conspire to a peaceful societal development.
Ida Persson from the Åland Islands Mediation Office talked about how mediation can be used as a method for handling conflicts and about the protocol and core questions that mediators utilize. The Åland Islands Mediation Office offer optional mediation for certain crimes and contentions, in accordance with the Finnish mediation law. The mediators are volunteers, educated and impartial. Mediation is optional for the disagreeing parties and may work as foundation for nolle prosequi or a reduction of sentence. The aim is that the mediation will effect longterm results on the Åland islands by preventing recidivism and break a budding downward spiral of crime.
Ida stated that the mediation office builds on the theory of restorative justice, which emphasises on repairing the damage that has been caused by a crime or a contention. The parties are viewed as experts on their own conflicts and know how to find a suitable solution. This restorative perspective can be compared to a more traditional way of approaching conflicts, where the emphasis is on who is guilty and which penalty that would be appropriate.Read More...
Wednesday, 12 November 2014
Fanny Thalén is a communications intern at the Åland Islands Peace Institute from the 1st of November 2014 until mid January 2015. She is mainly involved in activities related to information and publications at the institute. Fanny Thalén is a final-year student of media and communication studies at Europe’s northernmost university, Luleå Technical University. She has previously worked as a radio journalist and has been studying Slavonic studies at the Humboldt University of Berlin. Fanny Thalén speaks fluent Swedish, German and English, as well as some Russian and Danish. On a good day she also speaks French and Finnish.
Wednesday, 12 November 2014
Abstract: multilingualism and language diversity still an exception says ELDIA project
The project ELDIA (European Language Diversity for All), which started in March 2010 (with funding from the EU 7th programme for research) was completed in early 2014 and most results have now been published. The project sought to contribute to multilingualism in European contexts, taking into account modern European minorities. ELDIA’s aim was to question the ideology of monolingualism and its assumption of simple interconnection between one’s language and ethnic identity. The project was rather based on the assumption that language diversity represents the very basis of equality and individual empowerment. The project has included cases of languages in migrant positions and languages with various situations of formal status. All minority languages analyzed belonged to the Finno – Ugric language family and it was for the very first time that topics like multilingualism and language diversity have been dealt in Finno – Ugrian studies to this extent. The language groups studied in ELDIA do not simply struggle against the decay of their languages but for the visibility and revitalization of them including into new domains like administration, politics and business. The analyzed language situations are: Hungarian in Slovenia, Hungarian in Austria, Estonian in Germany, Seto in Estonia, Võro in Estonia, Veps in Russia, Karelian in Russia, Karelian in Finland, Estonian in Finland, Meankieli in Sweden, Kven in Norway and North Sami in Norway.Read More...
Monday, 10 November 2014
Charlotte Winberg is responsible for the arrangements for the Kastelholm talks 2015. Charlotte will be working part-time with the arrangements, while she is finishing her Master’s studies in international law at Åbo Akademi University.
Charlotte has previously worked at the Åland Islands Peace Institute as a summer intern in 2011. She has also worked with children’s rights for PLAN Finland, with Finland’s humanitarian development policies at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland and as a volunteer in Vietnam. Charlotte holds a bachelor’s degree in international law from Åbo Akademi University and within the framework of her master’s studies at the same university she has taken most of the courses at universities in the Netherlands and in South Africa.
Charlotte is fluent in Swedish (native), Finnish and English. She also speaks some rusty German and knows the basics in Spanish and French.
Thursday, 23 October 2014
From 9 to 11 October 2014 the Department of Geography at the University of Bern in Switzerland hosted a conference on self-determination in Europe focusing on the contemporary challenges in multinational states . Peace Institute researcher Sarah Stephan had the chance to participate and collaborate with colleagues from the European Centre for Minority Issues as a chair and discussant in a panel on self-determination discourses in Eastern Europe. Sarah also presented her research on multi-level governance and the accommodation of autonomies within the EU and the Nordic Council/Council of Ministers in a panel discussing models for the accommodation of self-determination claims.Read More...