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-- 2020 --

ABS Summer Virtual Seminars. Borders in the time of COVID

The Association for Borderlands Studies (ABS) organizes a series of virtual seminars on the Covid pandemic this summer. Two European sessions will be chaired from Sønderborg in collaboration with our colleagues Dr. Martin Klatt and Dr. Jaume Castan Pinos on June 3-4, 2020.

CFP - New Borders in Europe?

Annual meeting in the Danish European Community Studies Association, 8-9 October, 2020. The conference is organized by the Centre for Border Region Studies, Department of Political Science and Public Management, on Alsion in Sønderborg, SDU. Keynote speaker: Olivier Thomas Kramsch, Center for Border Studies, Radboud University.

CFP - Danish-German Borderlands Conference

The University of Southern Denmark and the Europa-Universität Flensburg organize a joint conference from October 1-2, 2020 in Sønderborg and Flensburg  to commemorate the centennial of the Schleswig referendum. The conference will share interdisciplinary perspectives on borderlands in general, and also on German-Danish borderlands, specifically. The organizing team invites researchers from both universities to submit proposal abstracts in either of these topical areas. In their contributions scholars are invited to explore historical and present-day processes of organization and (re)negotiation of space, with a special focus on the German-Danish borderlands. The call for papers is here.

100th anniversary of the Schleswig plebiscites

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the 1920 Schleswig plebiscites organized to determine the border between Denmark and Germany. Our team will participate in several events during the year. Our colleagues Dorte Jagetic Andersen and Martin Klatt explain the importance of this historic event for the region in a special issue of NOTER (223). Learn more about the celebration on the genforeningen2020 and FLEO2020 websites (in German, Danish and English).

New Jean Monnet Network funded by the European Commission

Our Centre has received a new grant from the European Commission to establish a Jean Monnet network of scholars working on European border regions. Led by Sciences Po Strasbourg, the Frontem network will examine emerging models of border management. More information here and from our partners.

-- 2019 --

New edited book on the Russian Revolution

Professor Gerhard Besier and CBRS Associate Professor Katarzyna Stokłosa just published an edited book on the Russian Revolution with Taylor and Francis. Titled "1917 and the Consequences", the new publication examines how the Russian Revolution triggered social revolutions and reformations across Europe, while authoritarian systems shaped their societies according to the Russian model. The book focuses on the periphery of Europe, which has been under-explored until this volume.

Borders in Globalization video with Prof. Klatt

Is Denmark trapped in territoriality? Watch Prof. Martin Klatt's video here. The video was recorded at the Borders in Globalization (BIG) panel of the Association for Borderlands Studies' Annual Conference, April 24-27, 2019, San Diego, California.

Interviews from BIG's conference

A series of 21 interviews with border scholars , including our colleague Martin Klatt, is now available on YouTube. The interviews were conducted during the second international conference organized by the Borders in Globalization (BIG) project led by Prof. Emmanuel Brunet-Jailly in Ottawa in 2017. 

Young Minorities in the Danish-German Borderlands

Our colleague Dr. Tobias Haimin Wung-Sung has published a new book entitled "Beyond the Border. Young Minorities in the Danish-German Borderlands, 1955-1971" with Berghahn this year. Beyond the Border reconstructs the experiences of both Danish and German minority youths living in the area from the 1950s to the 1970s, a period in which relations remained tense amid the broader developments of Cold War geopolitics. Drawing on a remarkable variety of archival and oral sources, the author provides a rich and fine-grained analysis that encompasses political issues from the NATO alliance and European integration to everyday life and popular culture.

New edited book on borders and memories

Our colleague Dr. Katarzyna Stoklosa recently published a book entitled "Borders and Memories. Conflicts and Co-operation in European Border Regions" with LIT Verlag. The book deals with European border regions that have experienced numerous changes over the 20th century. Because of this changeable, frequently painful past, different human stories – mostly tragic or romanticized – individual and collective memories, mythologies with heroes, and divergent perceptions of history developed. Most authors in this volume deal with conflicts and co-operation that can either be remembered or forgotten. The book will be launched at the Leipzig Book Fair in March 2019.

New Ph.D. thesis on European borders and migration

We are happy to announce that Lola Aubry will join our Center  in April 2019. Ms Aubry obtained her Masters in international relations from Sciences-Po Aix-en-Provence in France where she wrote a thesis on the externalization policies of European borders. After completing her degree, she worked for two years, notably as a public sector consultant and advisor. She is interested in topics related to formal and informal processes of border making. At CBRS, Lola Aubry will work on the performative effects of solidarity on citizenship and borders in the light of recent migration to Europe.

Martin Klatt appointed to COST Action on European Non-Territorial Autonomy

Associate Professor Martin Klatt has been appointed to the Management Committee of the COST Action CA18114 European Non-Territorial Autonomy Network (ENTAN), running from 2019- 2023. The project aims at understanding processes that can reduce inter-ethnic tensions within a state and accommodate the needs of different communities while preventing calls to separate statehood. The European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) provides funding for the creation of research networks, called COST Actions. It receives EU funding under various research and innovation framework programmes, such as Horizon 2020.

Europas Grænser

Efter årtier med drømme om grænseløshed fylder grænser igen meget i Europa. Nogle forlanger nye, andre vil have gamle tilbage, og atter andre så helst, at grænser helt forsvandt. Kontrol, mure, toldtariffer og indvandring tegner overskrifterne. Men grænser er ikke bare grænser. Der er tale om et geografisk mangfoldigt og historisk foranderligt fænomen. Europas grænser diskuterer de væsentligste problemstillinger, som optager grænseforskere i og uden for Europa. Den giver et indblik i de mange måder, sikkerhed og kontrol forvaltes på i Europa, og den undersøger de problemer, stridigheder og konflikter, der historisk og aktuelt er på dagsordenen for de europæiske grænser. Bogen er redigeret af Steen Bo Frandsen, der er professor og leder af Center for Grænseregionsforskning ved Institut for Statskundskab, SDU og Dorte Jagetic Andersen, der er lektor samme sted.

-- 2018 --

New book on refugees in Europe

A new edited volume entitled How to Deal with Refugees? Europe as a Continent of Dreams discusses the causes and impacts of migration flows in Europe. This new publication is co-edited by Gerhard Besier, who is currently Director of the Sigmund Neumann Institute in Germany and Associate Professor Katarzyna Stokłosa, University of Southern Denmark. The book will be presented at the Frankfurt Book Fair next week.

Katarzyna Stoklosa elected to the board of directors for ABS

Our colleagues Katarzyna Stoklosa has been elected to the Board of Directors for the Association for Borderlands Studies (ABS), the leading association dedicated to the study of borders and borderlands in the world.  Dr Stoklosa will join an international team of border scholars led by current ABS President Dr. Francisco Lara-Valencia. More information about ABS can be found here.

-- 2017 --

New United Nations grant on markets and gender

Associate Professor Olivier Walther received a grant from the United Nations World Food Programme to work on the Gender and Markets: Empowering Women in West African Markets initiative. In collaboration with Dr. Leena Hoffmann and Mr. Paul Melly (Chatham House), the project will conduct a gendered analysis of context-specific regulatory, political and social frameworks that impact on women’s empowerment in agricultural markets and value chains in West Africa. 

New edited book on European borders

Our colleagues Katarzyna Stoklosa and Martin Klatt contributed to the book "Advances in European Borderlands Studies" edited by Elzbieta Opilowska, Zbigniew Kurcz and Jochen Roose (Nomos). The book can be purchased here. Download the flyer here.

New OECD report on cross-border cooperation

 The OECD launched its new report on cross-border cooperation in West Africa on January 16. Co-edited by SDU Associate Professor Olivier Walther, this publication examines how policy actors involved in cross-border co-operation contribute to the regional integration process in West Africa. It uses a pioneering methodology, known as social network analysis, to visualise the formal and informal relationships between actors involved in cross-border policy networks, showing that borders have notable and diverse impacts on exchanges of information and the relative power of networks. The 220-page report then analyses a range of regional indicators of co-operation potential, visually demonstrating that borders can also affect the ability of sub-regions within West Africa to develop cross-border initiatives in a number of ways. Combining these two analyses with the perceptions of regional policy makers as to which border areas they consider as priorities for regional integration, the publication concludes with the analytical foundations for more effective place-based policies that can enhance cross-border co-operation in West Africa. The full report can be downloaded here.

Tobias Haimin Wung-Sung defends his PhD

Tobias Haimin Wung-Sung will defend the PhD thesis entitled “Beyond the border: A history of minority youth identities in the Danish-German border region, c. 1955-1971” on 25 January 2017 at 13:00 in room U101 at SDU, Sønderborg. The title of the lecture is “Beyond the border: A history of minority youth identities in the Danish-German border region, c. 1955-1971” . The PhD thesis will be assessed by a committee comprising Affiliate Professor Hans Schultz Hansen (Chair), University of Southern Denmark, Dr. Kathryn Castle, London Metropolitan University, and Research Director Mogens Rostgaard Nissen, Forskningsafdelingen ved Dansk Centralbibliotek for Sydslesvig.

CBRS receives 1.2 million kr. from Sønderjyllands Forskningsfond

The Centre for Border Region Studies is happy to announce that it has received 1.2 million kr. (€158,000) from the Southern Jutland Research Fund (Sønderjyllands Forskningsfond) this Fall. Tobias Haimin Wung-Sung was awarded 1,105,000 kr. for a postdoc project entitled "From fifth column to poster child? Danish perceptions of the German-minded minority in South Jutland". Dorte Jagetic Andersen and Ingo Winkler were awarded 60,000 kr. for their project "Cross-border Commuting and the Consequences of Being Mobile". Olivier Walther was awarded 16,500 kr. for the preparation of a book on "Transnational Extremist Organizations".

Sønderjylland i 1940 – spionage, sindelagskamp og spadeslag

1940 blev et skæbnesvangert år i Sønderjyllands historie. Tysklands besættelse af Danmark den 9. april fik gennemgribende betydning både for landsdelens danske flertalsbefolkning og det tyske mindretal. Tyske og danske nazister satte grænsen og den demokratiske regering under pres. I fire forelæsninger vil dr.phil. Hans Schultz Hansen, områdeleder ved Rigsarkivet i Aabenraa og adjungeret professor ved Center for Grænseregionsforskning behandle de centrale begivenheder og udviklingstræk.
Forelæsningsrækken begynder den 29. september, hvor det drejer sig om den tyske invasion og kampene i Sønderjylland den 9. april 1940. Med udgangspunkt i planerne for den tyske operation ”Weserübung” og de danske forsvarsplaner, de involverede styrker og deres bevæbning skal vi følge kamphandlingerne rundt omkring i Sønderjylland, indtil ordren om at indstille modstanden nåede frem til de danske styrker. Næste forelæsning den 6. oktober handler om det tyske mindretal og den 9. april. Forud for angrebet var medlemmer af mindretallet involveret i spionage vendt mod Danmark. De blev dømt ved en sønderjysk ”spionageproces” ved Retten i Tønder i 1947. På angrebsdagen ydede andre fra mindretallet hjælp til besættelsesmagten, som blev budt velkommen af endnu flere. Mindretallets håb om en flytning af grænsen blev vakt, men skuffet.
Tredje forelæsning den 12. oktober omhandler sindelagskampen og samarbejdspolitikken. Efter den 9. april hed det over hele landet: ”Nu er vi alle sønderjyder”. I denne forelæsning skal vi følge de danske sønderjyders reaktioner på besættelsen. Sindelagskampen blev skærpet, og alsang og kongedyrkelse skabte en national samling. Samarbejdspolitikken blev grundlagt med Dansk Samråd som det centrale organ. Men der var også frafald fra den danske lejr.
Fjerde og sidste forelæsning den 27. oktober har som sit emne ”Spadeslaget” i Haderslev den 8. december. 1940 sluttede med et dramatisk opgør mellem de danske nazister i Frits Clausens DNSAP og dansk politi. Her trodsede SA uniformsforbuddet ved en march gennem byen og angreb politiet med spader uden for Højskolehjemmet, men efter tilkaldelse af forstærkninger og brug af tåregas og brandsprøjter blev SA’erne arresteret.
Forelæsningerne arrangeres i samarbejde med Folkeuniversitetet og finder sted torsdage 16.00-17.45 i den røde boks på Alsion i Sønderborg. Deltagerbetaling for alle fire forelæsninger er 360 kr. Tilmelding snarest muligt på Sønderborg Folkeuniversitet eller senest ved den første forelæsning.

-- 2016 --

Workshop on Transnational Extremist Organizations

On September 19-20, the Division of Global Affairs at Rutgers – The State University of New Jersey will be hosting an international workshop on “Transnational Extremist Organizations”. The workshop builds on an exploratory collaboration between the Department of Political Science at the University of Southern Denmark, Northeastern University, and the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Executive Directorate. The aim of this workshop funded by the Danish Agency for Science, Technology and Innovation (DASTI) and coordinated by Associate Professor Olivier J. Walther is to address the development of transnational extremist organizations from a multidisciplinary perspective.

New book by Gerhard Besier & Katarzyna Stoklosa explores Ukraine Crisis

Recent events in Ukraine and Russia and the subsequent incorporation of Crimea into the Russian state, with the support of some circles of inhabitants of the peninsula, have shown that the desire of people to belong to the Western part of the Europe should not automatically be assumed. Discussing different perceptions of the Ukrainian-Russian war in neighbouring countries, this forthcoming book offers an analysis of the conflicts and issues connected with the shifting of the border regions of Russia and Ukraine to show how ’material’ and ’psychological’ borders are never completely stable ideas. The contributors – historians, sociologists, anthropologists and political scientists from across Europe – use an interdisciplinary and comparative approach to explore the different national and transnational perceptions of a possible future role for Russia.
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15th Border Regions in Transition (BRIT) Conference

Cities, States and Borders: From the Local to the Global. Hamburg (Germany) – Sønderborg (Denmark) 17-20 May 2016. The objective of the 15th Border Regions in Transition (BRIT) Conference organized by the University of Southern Denmark, the University of Hamburg and the HafenCity University Hamburg was to rethink the complicated relationships that bind cities, urban development and state borders. You can find the conference website here.

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Last Updated 28.05.2020