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Mobile bodies, travelling theories

Öresund / Gibraltar

A webinar series on borderland formation at Europe’s antipodes
14 September - 7 December 2022

A collage of images. To the left, the Oresund Bridge. To the right, the Gibraltar sound. The photographs overlap in the middle.

This series was organised by William Kutz in collaboration with Centre for Oresund Region Studies and Think Tanger. It took place from September-December 2022. The seminar series underscored the multiplicity of bordering perspectives and the plasticity of border trajectories as a way to construct alternative imaginaries of borderland formation as they pertain to Scandinavian and Mediterranean contexts. During each meeting, two contributors presented their work, with one local and one international guest respondent commenting on the respective issues raised during the talks. This was followed by a moderated discussion among wider audience members and speakers. A final session was dedicated to considering the creation of a borderland working group linking CORS to other research groups.

You find the program for the series here, or in the navigation bar to the left. Several of the seminars were recorded. You find information about access to the recordings on the program page. 


Medine Altiok | Pei-Sze Chow | Marie Northrup Christensen | Mouna Deghali | Eugénie Denarnaud | Lisa Babette Diedrich | Cecilia Fredriksson | Hicham Gardaf | Sarah Green | Annette Hill | William Kutz | Gini Lee | Marco Mogiani | Nina Grønlykke Mollerup | Randa Maroufi | Kristian Olesen | Lina Olsson | Christer Persson | Maria Hellström Reimer | Mathilda Rosengren | Kristine Samson | James W. Scott | Christophe Sohn | Burcu Yigit Turan

About the series

The seminar series is a starting point for a multi-sited, interdisciplinary investigation into the territory, place-making, and politics of borderland formation at the peripheries of Europe. Focusing on cross-border regions in Scandinavia (Öresund) and the Mediterranean (Gibraltar), the meetings will bring together researchers, artists, and regional practitioners to debate, characterise and visualise these spaces from a decidedly comparative perspective –
across cultural contexts, geographical scales, and cartographic perspectives. The interconnections between different voices, images and analyses aims to generate new understandings of the ways borderlands are constituted and politicised as dynamic environments in the making. To do so, several overarching questions will be taken up over
the course of the seminar series:

  • How is borderland formation constituted? What tools and techniques can we harness to map the complexity of these territorial spaces?
  • What types of material resources, social practices and symbolic representations characterise the territorial identity of each borderzone as relatively stable, coherent locations?
  • How are ordinary cross-border relations and bordering tendencies negotiated or contested by political actors at different territorial scales?
  • In what ways do these circulations and practices shape one’s sense of place and belonging?
  • How might such tendencies impact different articulations of territorial citizenship, social cohesion and political solidarity among social groups in the respective regions?

Putting these observations into conversation with each other, the seminar aims to pluralize the diversity of actors typically understood to perform the “border work” defining each region; to consider novel forms of hybridity, porosity, dependency and engagement alongside more conventional demarcations of geopolitical frontiers; and finally, to question the presumed legitimacy and utility of discourses that seek to naturalise region-building efforts
and their attendant outcomes.


Johanna Rivano Eckerdal

Head of Centre for Oresund Region Studies

johanna [dot] rivano_eckerdal [at] kultur [dot] lu [dot] se (johanna[dot]rivano_eckerdal[at]kultur[dot]lu[dot]se)
+46 46 222 30 35