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European Borderlands Workshop

Workshop

Borderlands play a significant part throughout European history. On the grounds of borderlands, Europe has seen a wide array of political disputes and cultural construction of borders. Outside Europe, borderlands were laid out when the Europeans met the peoples across the oceans and European states turned to expansionist ventures eastwards. Within Europe, the significance of borderlands are related to processes as a growing number of recognized nationalities and Europeanisation.

The aim of the workshop is to enhance reflections on European borderlands. We want to bring together the researchers who are studying borderlands and the setting of borders throughout history. We want to accomplish a better knowledge of what we are accomplishing in this field and attempt to find common research questions.

As a common platform, we use the brief description of the new course European Borderlands at the European master program at the University of Gothenburg. 'Throughout history, people have erected borders against the outside, the unfamiliar, and "the other." Lines of separation have appeared in different forms and for different reasons. Borders have sometimes been the result of conscious choices, other times of unintended developments and contingencies. Walls and fences, maps, legislative acts, new technologies and discoveries, ideological constructions, scientific (and pseudo-scientific) categorizations, cultural expressions, and social customs have all served to organize territory and shape perceptions of community and identity. But borders, whether spatial or mental, physical or cultural, have neither been static nor impermeable. For centuries, new lines of divisions, new perceptions of ¿us¿ and ¿them,¿ and new mechanisms for exclusion and inclusion have emerged, moved, and dissolved while in the process defining and shaping the European experience. Within and between dominant political, economic, and cultural regimes, there have always been spaces of considerable fluidity and exchange. Spanning from the earliest encounters with the peoples and societies of the New World to the rise of the European nation-states, this course builds on the multidisciplinary and rapidly growing field of borderland studies to examine the historical underpinnings of the great challenges facing Europe today.' (http://kursplaner.gu.se/pdf/kurs/en/EU2114)


For additional information, contact Mats Andrén: mats.andren@lir.gu.se

Föreläsare: Daniel Andersson, religion Gabriella Elgenius, sociology Björn Billing, history of ideas Ann-Kristin Jonasson, political science Martin Öhman, history Katarina Leppänen, history of ideas Linda Berg, political science Klas Grinell, history of ideas Andreas Moberg, law Mats Andrén, history of ideas

Datum: 2019-05-09

Tid: 13:00 - 17:00

Kategorier: Humaniora

Arrangör: CERGU

Plats: Humanisten, Lundgrensgatan 1B
Room H820

Kontaktperson: Angie Sohlberg

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