The Centre for Border Region Studies in Sønderborg continues a long tradition of research in the Danish-German border region. The Centre was established in 2016 as a cooperation between the Faculty of Humanities and the Faculty of Business and Social Sciences at the University of Southern Denmark. It aims to promote aspects of European border regions in research, teaching and knowledge exchange.
The Centre has an interdisciplinary approach to research in European border regions. It counts scholars from different disciplines within the humanities and social sciences, such as political science, sociology, anthropology, geography, law and history. In different ways and from different perspectives they all work on border region related questions.
The scholars also represent a diverse and internationally oriented group with strong ties to the academic world in the rest of Europe and North America. At the same time, the centre take pride in a strong local anchoring in the Danish-German border region. It has close contacts to archives, museums and the regional community, and is actively engaged in knowledge exchange in the region. The centre has an obligation to do research and cooperate with the German minority.
The Centre for Border Region Studies focuses on four main research areas:
You can find a profile description of the research at the Centre for Border Regions Studies here