Seminar 3: The History of Borders

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

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 October 9th, 2018, in room B007 of the Clearihue building at the University of Victoria. Please email borders[at]uvic[dot]ca to register.