Research Seminar 15: Lessons from BIG

Victoria, Canada | May 28, 2019

This seminar was originally meant to be held on June 11th, 2019, but was moved to May 28th, 2019. It was open to all and hosted both virtually and in-person at the University of Victoria.

B.I.G is an innovative and integrative network of experts working on the management of borders and borderlands worldwide. Two primary hypotheses have been tested. The first is to challenge the well-established conception that borders are primarily understood as sovereign territorial boundaries that emerge out of international treaties. The second is that con- temporary borders in globalization are “a-territorial” processes. We have found that more than ever before, border state policies straddle their sovereign boundary lines. Contrary to territorial bordering, a-territorial bordering obeys a fundamentally different logic: it is functional and driven by the development of mechanisms based on trust.


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Discussion Lead: Emmanuel Brunet-Jailly joined the UVIc School of Public Administration in 2001. He was the Jean Monnet Chair in European Urban and Border Region Policy (2014-16), then Jean Monnet Chair in Innovative Governance (2017-20) and is currently Jean Monnet Chair in European Union Policy and Governance (2021-24). Alongside being the Director of BIG (2013-20), he is also the Director of the European Union Jean Monnet Center and the Jean Monnet Network research programs (2013-19). His Research Interests include comparative and policy relevant research, comparative urban and borders studies, policies, politics and governance, comparative border and migration studies, and policy governance.

Research Seminar 15: Lessons from BIG