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European Borders and Encounter Regions in Transition

Europe: Border and Encounter Regions Universität Wien

Conference on the occasion of the European Cultural Heritage Year „SHARING HERITAGE!“ 2018 in Vienna from April 12th till 14th, 2018

Borders are shifting, spaces are changing and with them collective identities. In addition, different types of borders were overlapping: confessional, political, linguistic and cultural boundaries were homogenized only in the 20th century–and this was associated with considerable suffering, displaced persons and fatalities. Until then, they were normally not only in Europe identical. Only the contemporary history of Europe could until recently been characterized by overcoming borders. The following European borderlands are at the center of the conference for the investigation of constitutive demarcation processes:

• The Eichsfeld
• The Danewerk
• The Danube area
• South Tyrol
• France-Germany
• The EU - Non - EU area

Within six panels, each with about three to four speakers, these six geographic borderlands are to be discussed in an interdisciplinary perspective from the Romans to the present. Based on the dynamics of boundaries, the focus lies on ensuing constitutive practices and discourses. In this context, the lectures should pay particularly attention to the connection of borderlands and border landscapes as well as the cultural characteristics of neighborhoods in Europe. Theoretical approaches should be combined with historical case studies and discussions of actual places and cultural objects or monuments. The conference intends to be a kick-off event for the theme "Europe: Border and encounter regions" defined by the European Cultural Heritage Year 2018.