Research Seminar 1: Introduction to Border Studies

Victoria, Canada | September 11, 2018

This seminar was held on September 11th, 2018. It was open to all and hosted both virtually and in-person at the University of Victoria.

Throughout history, the functions and roles of borders have been continuously changing. They can only be understood in their context, shaped as they are by history, politics and power, as well as cultural and social issues. Borders are therefore complex spatial and social phenomena which are not static or invariable, but which are instead highly dynamic. Border Studies (or Borderland Studies) is an interdisciplinary field of research that focuses on Borders and its rich array of meanings and interpretations.

Readings for this seminar:

Emmanuel Brunet-Jailly (2005) Theorizing Borders: An Interdisciplinary Perspective, Geopolitics, 10:4, 633-649, DOI: 10.1080/14650040500318449

Noel Parker & Nick Vaughan-Williams et al. (2009) Lines in the Sand? Towards an Agenda for Critical Border Studies, Geopolitics, 14:3, 582-587,

C. Johnson, R. Jones, A. Paasi, L. Amoore, A. Mountz, M. Salter, and C. Rumford, ‘Interventions on Rethinking ‘The Border’ in Border Studies’, Political Geography 30/2 (2011) pp. 61–69.

T. M. Wilson and H. Donnan (eds.) (2012), A Companion to Border Studies, Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell, 620 pages.

Eurobordescapes, Working Paper 4 Selected Conceptual Issues in Border Studies Vladimir Kolosov and James W. Scott October 2013

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 1: Introduction to Border Studies