Research Seminar 3: The History of Borders

Victoria, Canada | October 9, 2018

This seminar was held on October 9th, 2018. It was open to all and hosted both virtually and in-person at the University of Victoria.

In the realm of contemporary border studies, there is tendency at times to overlook or minimize the changeable, dynamic context of the existence of borders and just accepting borders as a given. So, in researching the history of borders in globalization, it is necessary to shake this idea up, to give its centrism a bit of a poke. By looking at the evolution of borders and borderlands, in this seminar, we hope to emphasize how organic these places are, how they evolve over time to become different kinds of spaces, and how borderlands and their histories are far from homogenous.


D. Power, Frontiers: Terms, Concepts, and the Historians of Medieval and Early Modern Europe, in Frontiers in Question: Eurasian Borderlands, 700-1700. Eds. Daniel Power and Naomi Standen. Basingstoke/New York: Macmillan Press/St. Martin’s Press, 1999. 1-12, 28-31.

B. J. Parker, Archaeological Manifestations of Empire: Assyria’s Imprint on South-eastern Anatolia, American Journal of Archaeology, Vol. 107, No. 4 (Oct., 2003), pp. 525-557

D. Charpin, The History of Ancient Mesopotamia, An Overview, History and Culture In J.M. Sasson (Ed.), Civilizations of the Ancient Near East: II, Part 5 History and Culture, 807-829. New York: Hendrickson Publishers, 1995

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 3: The History of Borders