Baltic Borderlands: Shifting Boundaries of Mind and Culture in the Borderlands of the Baltic Sea Region
Interdisciplinary Research Training Group 1540, funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG).
The interdisciplinary International Research Training Group (IRTG) “Baltic Borderlands: Shifting Boundaries of Mind and Culture in the Borderlands of the Baltic Sea Region”, a collaborative programme between Lund, Tartu and Greifswald, advances the investigation of the cultural and mental implications of border change within the entire Baltic Sea Region (B.S.R.). The
development and perception of borders and borderlands is dependent on processes of bordering. Against this background, the IRTG will explore the underlying processes of de- and re-bordering in cases studies, in order to unlock the theoretical and analytical potential of concepts of borderland for the humanities and social sciences. The scope of the borderland goes beyond the territorial dimension to encompass mental and cultural interaction in abstract space. In this context, the IRTG will explore de- and re-bordering in four overarching themes: (1) the emergence and transformation of historical borderlands; (2) the cultural contexts of cross-border action in borderland areas; (3) the economic permeability and persistence of borders; and (4) new border regimes: the political dimension of border formation and dissolution.
Dr. Alexander Drost
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Mercator-Fellow (Summer 2016)
Department of Slavic Languages and Literature
- "A Tale of Two (Four?) Cities in History, Culture, and Literature: Danzig/ Gdansk and Wilno/Vilnius" - Prof. Dr. David Frick
Monday, 16:00-18:00 c.t., SR 1.23 (Rubenowstr. 2)
Spring 2016 (4 April - 11 July)
In this course, we will investigate the fates of two contested Baltic cities.
M. Grzechnik (ed.), Beyond the Sea. Reviewing the Manifold Dimensions of Water as Barrier and Bridge, Köln 2015.
A. Drost/M. North (eds.), Die Neuerfindung des Raumes. Grenzüberschreitungen und Neuordnungen, Köln 2013.
Review on A. Drost's and M. North's (eds.) book "Die Neuerfindung des Raumes"
Guest Professor Peter Borschberg at Night School - Fundamental Concepts in Social Sciences and Humanities by BFM 89.9 The Business Station – Listen to the interview!
Reviews on Peter Borschberg's book "The Memoirs and Memorials of Jacques de Coutre"