Seminar 1: Introduction to Border Studies

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 Bordeland 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

Researcher: Emmanuel Brunet-Jailly is a Full Professor in the School of Public Administration at the University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, where he holds a Jean Monnet Chair in Innovative Governance and serves as Director of the Jean Monnet European Union Center of Excellence. Dr. Brunet-Jailly also directs two large research programs: the Jean Monnet Network Comparing and Contrasting EU Border and Migration Policies and Borders in Globalization, a SSHRC Partnership grant. He is the author of nearly 90 articles and chapters, and eight books and special issues of scholarly journals in urban and border studies. His most recent book is a three-volume Encyclopaedia of Border Disputes, ABC Clio-Praeger (2014). He is the President Elect of the Association of Borderlands Studies.

The seminar will be held on September 11th, 2018, in the CFGS boardroom at the University of Victoria. Please email borders[at]uvic[dot]ca to register.