Bordering, Political Landscapes and Social Arenas: Potentials and Challenges of Evolving Border Concepts in a post-Cold War World (EUBORDERSCAPES)

Duration of the project: June 2012 – May 2016

EUBORDERSCAPES is an international research project that tracks and interprets conceptual change in the study of borders. The project will run from June 2012 unto May 2016. It is a large-scale project and the consortium includes 22 partner institutions from 17 different states, including several non-EU countries. The EUBORDERSCAPES project will study conceptual change in relation to fundamental social, economic, cultural and geopolitical transformations that have taken place in the past decades. In addition, major paradigmatic shifts in scientific debate, and in the social sciences in particular, will also be considered. State borders are the frame of reference, rather than ethnographic/anthropological boundaries. However, this approach emphasises the social significance and subjectivities of state borders while critically interrogating “objective” categories of state territoriality and international relations. The research proposed here will, furthermore, not only be focused at the more general, at times highly abstract, level of conceptual change. This approach will also allow us to compare and contrast how different and often contested conceptualisations of state borders (in terms of their political, social, cultural and symbolic significance) resonate in concrete contexts at the level of everyday life.


Some results of the project were presented at:

Publications for project result

  1. Andronova Alena and Nikiforova Elena (2015) St. Petersburg under the Food Embargo: Informal Finnish-Russian Cross-Border Trade as a Coping Strategy // Euborderscape Newsletter June 2015 #5
  2. Nikiforova, Elena (2016). Introduction to the monograph by Alexander Izotov, Soviet identity politics and local identity in a closed border town, 1944–1991, Slavic Eurasian Papers No. 8, University of Hokkaido, pp. xi –xiii.