Feb 13

Call for the papers for the conference session: Beyond “Fortress Europe”? Bordering and crossbordering processes along the European Union external frontiers, at the IV EUGEO Conference in Rome, 5-7 September 2013

The fourth EUGEO (Association of Geographical Societies in Europe)  Congress will take place in Rome,  5-7 September, at the University of Rome La Sapienza and at the Società Geografica Italiana (Villa Celimontana) and will focus on the topic "Europe, what’s next? Changing geographies and geographies of change".

The session  "BEYOND “FORTRESS EUROPE”? BORDERING AND CROSSBORDERING PROCESSES ALONG THE EU EXTERNAL FRONTIERS" wish to engage participants into a wide reaching discussion about the contribution that critical border studies can offer to understand the spatialities of European integration, the construction of the EU external frontiers, the transformation of borderscapes and border regions, bordering and crossbordering processes between EU members and non-EU countries.

The proposals which deal with the following themes are  invited:

- Spatial imaginaries of European integration: “fortress Europe” vs. “wider Europe”, “concentric circles” of integration, neo-medieval and post-Westphalian Europe, etc.

- Critical analysis of narratives focusing on Europeaness, cultural bordering or crossbordering, “othering” and “ordering” processes across the EU/non-EU divide.

- Rebordering processes within the EU: distinctions between centre and periphery, the “old” and the “new” Europe, the East and the West, etc., and how those distinctions impact upon the variable geometries of European integration and enlargement. 

- EU external policies and their differentiated impact in non-EU countries, with a focus on Europeanization, policy transfers, mobile policies and transnational governance. 

- Cross-border cooperation along the EU external frontiers: territorial cooperation initiatives with pre-accession and neighbouring countries, Euroregions, European Groupings of Territorial Cooperation, etc.

- Regionalization processes across the EU external borders: macro-regional and meso-regional strategies, bordering and crossbordering processes in the Euro-Mediterranean, the Baltic, the Danubian basin, the Black Sea, etc. 

- EU external frontiers as symbolic landscapes: transformations of borderscapes and border regions, militarization, fencing and separation vs. familiarity, solidarity and connectivity, and how this impact upon everyday life. 

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Project duration: 01.03.2011-28.02.2015
Lead partner: University of Eastern Finland
Total budget: 3 386 700 €
EU contribution: 2 644 090 €