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Guest lectures

The past decades have led to important transformations in the forms and functions of borders, which must now guarantee security while also enabling increasing flows of commodities, people, capital, information, and knowledge. Contemporary borders have become increasingly mobile, networked, and diffused. They are no longer the external limits of territorial sovereignty, delimited by fixed lines, but are control networks that extend into states as on the peripheries of regional blocs. Far from having disappeared, contemporary borders have shifted from border posts to a multitude of locations, such as airports, detention centers, sea vessels, gated communities, and logistics centers, where mobility can be controlled by the state. The purpose of our lectures is to explore these new forms and functions of borders.

Recent lectures - 2017

  • British Foreign Policies, 31 March

By HE Dominic Schroeder, British ambassador to DenmarkThe ambassador will give a talk on British foreign policies and participate in an open dialogue with students and staff afterwards. All welcome in the auditorium, U101, at 10:20am.

  • Right-Wing Populism And The Future of Mexico-US Border Relations, 16 February

By Dr Guadalupe Correa-Cabrera, Associate Professor at the Department of Public Affairs and Security Studies, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and a residential fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. Dr Guadalupe Correa-Cabrera is President-elect of the Association for Borderlands Studies. Her areas of expertise are Mexico-U.S. relations, energy policy, border security, immigration, and organized crime. Her teaching fields include comparative politics, Latin American politics, U.S.-Mexico relations, U.S.-Mexico border policy, energy and security policy, comparative public policy and public administration, and Latino politics. More information on the lecture.

Past lectures - 2014-2016

  • Exploring the Explanatory Power of Modern Paradigms in Economic Geography, by Robert Hassink, Kiel University, November 7, 2016. 
  • Debating Modern Paradigms in Economic Geography, by Robert Hassink, Kiel University, September 22, 2015. 
  • Cross-Border Cooperation and Peace-Building in Europe, by Birte Wassenberg, University of Strasbourg, June 9, 2015. 
  • EU Cross-border Cooperation as Conflict Transformation, by Cathal McCall, Queen’s University Belfast, June 2, 2015. 
  • Employment growth, institutional differences and regional development in Denmark and Sweden, by Høgni Kalsø Hansen, University of Copenhagen, May 26, 2015. 
  • Rethinking Borders for Israel/Palestine: Deterritorializing the Two State Solution, by David Newman, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, May 5. 
  • Bounded spaces? The politics of borders and identities in a relational world, by Anssi Paasi, University of Oulu, December 1, 2014. 
  • Theorizing Border Disputes in the 21st Century, by Emmanuel Brunet-Jailly, University of Victoria, November 17, 2014. 
  • Conceptualizing the Economic Geographies of Border Areas, by Christian Schulz, University of Luxembourg, October 27, 2014. 
  • Bringing History Back in Border Studies, by Liam O’Dowd, Queen’s University Belfast, October 6, 2014. 
  • Redesigning Borderlands, by Henk van Houtum, University of Nijmegen and Bergamo, September 22, 2014. 
  • Borders and the EU Neighborhood Policy, by James Scott, University of Eastern Finland, September 8, 2014. 

Contact: Olivier Walther, PhD., Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Southern Denmark, DK-6400 Sønderborg, Denmark,, +45.6550.83.93 (office)


Last Updated 29.05.2017