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CONFIGURING THE NEW MAP OF EUROPE.  BORDERS,

TERRITORIES AND IDENTITIES IN CONFLICT

 Director : Aitzpea LEIZAOLA

Basque Visiting Fellow, European Studies Centre

St Antony’s College, University of Oxford

OBJECTIVES OF THE COURSE

One of the most visible consequences of the present economic globalization is the creation of supra state structures. The European Union is, with no doubts, the most evident example in the European context. Together with integration discourses within the EU, we assist to a striking continuity and even strengthening of state structures. Now that transnational communities and migration movements in general are more significant than ever, now that economy has enforced globalization, states still hold on tightly to their borders.

Taking the anthropological perspective as a starting point, but including broader overviews from other disciplines, such as geography and sociology, this course intends to focus on topics that are particularly relevant today, such as the meaning of borders and the re-definition of territory and its implications in the global era. Special attention will be paid too to the reformulation of the concept of identity, challenged by the effects of migration and transnationalism particularly when dealing with concepts as nationhood and citizenship.

6th September:

GLOBALIZATION AND BORDERS. NEW PERSPECTIVES, OLD PROBLEMS

9 am From economic marginality to social constructs: Geographical research on borders and border regions in Europe, an overview.

Lecturer: Henk van Houtum, Nijmegen Centre for Border Research, University of Nijmengen       

10:15am  The difference borders make: explaining the power of borders and identity in everyday life

Lecturer: Henk van Houtum, Nijmegen Centre for Border Research, University of Nijmengen

11:30  Drawing the line in the global era. An overview of an anthropology of borders

                

Lecturer: Aitzpea Leizaola, European Studies Centre, University of Oxford

12:45  Globalization and transnationalism: culture, identity and citizenship.

           Lecturer: Joan J. Pujadas, University of Tarragona

7th September:

BORDERS WITHIN: CONTRASTING EXPERIENCES FROM THE IBERIAN PENINSULA

9am The disintegration of a borderland society: the case of Gibraltar and its hinterland

           Lecturer:Dieter Haller, Europa University Viadrina, Frankfurt/Oder

10:15   Citizenship and national identity in two border enclaves: Andorra and Cerdaña..

Lecturer: Joan J. Pujadas, University of Tarragona

11:30 Andorra, a micro-state in the globalizing world

                

Lecturer: Dolors Comas d’Argemir, University of Tarragona

12:45 The demise of international borders? The Reification of the border in the Basque Country

                

Lecturer: Aitzpea Leizaola, European Studies Centre, University of Oxford

17 :00 Round-table:

Towards a European identity? National identities, citizenship and transnational communities

Participants:

Dieter Haller, Europa University Viadrina, Frankfurt am Oder

Piero Vereni, Univ. Ca' Foscari,Venezia

Pamela Ballinger, American Academy, Rome

Joan J. Pujadas, University of Tarragona

Moderator: Aitzpea Leizaola, European Studies Centre, University of Oxford.

8th September:

EUROPE, AN EXPANDING FORTRESS

9am  The mobile frontier of Europe: Slovenia, Istria and the Balkan Borderlands

                

Lecturer: Pamela Ballinger, American Academy, Rome

10:15  National discourse and people’s voices in the margin of Europe: a tentative comparison between the Irish border and the Greek-Macedonian border

Lecturer: Piero Vereni, University Ca' Foscari, Venezia

11:30 Invisibly present: Gibraltar as an outer EU borderland

Lecturer: Dieter Haller, Europa University Viadrina,     Frankfurt am Oder

12:45 The « new Europeans »: migration experiences in the Basque County

Lecturer: Pedro Albite, EHU, University of the Basque Country

 

 

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