IRM - INSTITUT FÜR REGIONAL- UND
- INSTITUTE FOR REGIONAL
Borders: Social – Political – Cultural
Thursday, July 4, 2002 thru Friday, July 5, 2002
Karl Marx Study Center Trier (Johannisstr. 28)
“Borders” conceptually represent the separations and distinctions that
exist or come to exist between people or between social, political and
cultural areas which have been delineated. Simultaneously this also refers
to interrelationships, to the sense of belonging and differentiation of
practice, which have come into being on one side or the other of a border.
Distinguishing characteristics of regulations, regarding borders and the
manner in which borders are established, are brought out and made more
apparent. Hence “borders” mark an “in-between”, a place from which one is
separated from another; they can be defined as both a barrier - that which
serves to exclude - as well as an area of transition. However, in this "in-between",
the regulations of this side and that of the other lose their validity. The
“in-between” is a place of international commuters, who, rejected and
dismissed, are permanently on the edge and marginalized, being neither on
this side nor on that, belonging neither here nor there.
In the context of the conference the problems pertaining to borders will be examined from very different perspectives. The political considerations that affect the mapping of borders, as well as the social and cultural implications, will be addressed. In the discussion concerning the literary description of limits, their thematic usage, as an act of collective as well as individual self-assurance, becomes clear. However, borders will also be examined in their manifest sense of restricting the freedom of movement of people. This social dimension is treated particularly with reference to regional contexts. Here the social, political and cultural consequences of drawing up and shifting borders are specifically analysed.
Thursday, July 4, 2002
19.00 – 21.00 h
Welcoming and the opening of the conference
Thomas Geisen, M.A. Sociology/ Political Scientist (Trier)
Plenary 1: Refugees and the National State
Friday, July 5, 2002
9.00 – 12.30 h
Plenary 2: Region und Development
13.00 – 14.00 h Lunch
14.30 – 18.00 h
Plenary 3: Borders and Literature
Plenary 4: Borders and/or Borderless?
The Institute for Regional und Immigration Research (IRM) Trier
The Institute for Regional and Immigration Research (IRM) intends to examine specific aspects of the change of ideas relating to mobility and their effects upon the alteration of individual and collective mentalities. A particular emphasis of the research activities of the Institute is to examine the processes and conditions relating to migration. Since mobility is always undertaken in well-defined areas, the Institute for Regional and Immigration Research (IRM) Trier has set as its goal, an examination of the conditions and results of specific migration processes, as well as their economic and social impacts regionally. Thereby both aspects of this theme are topics for inter-dependent research concepts.
Place of the Event:
Karl Marx Study Center
Institute for Regional and Immigration Research (IRM) Trier
Gervasiusstr. 2, 54290 Trier
Multicultural Center of Trier