Seminar 14: Lessons from BIG


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 contemporary 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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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.

This seminar will be held on May 28, 2019, in room B007 of the Clearihue building at the University of Victoria. Please email borders[at]uvic[dot]ca to register.