A regional approach to culture, history and politics has long since been established as an important alternative to the narratives of the nation states. During the last few decades regions and regional developments has gained a prominent position within the European Union as instruments of integration and cooperation. At the same time many border regions still represent areas of tensions and are considered symbolic for national identities.
A regional dimension is present in most research of the Centre for Border Region Studies (CBRS). With several disciplines represented regional aspects always form a basis for discussions and research projects. Regional studies should always be comparative and open for interdisciplinary research. Obviously this also goes for studies in border regions, a subcategory, which we have a long tradition for profiling ourselves in.