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Border Realities 2022/2023: Transformation of the border and new conceptual challenges 

For the past two decades, a resurgence of borders has been observed. On the one hand, this is shown by the remarkable increase in border controls, border walls and fortified border installations. On the other hand, however, it shows above all the progressive proliferation or multiplication of borders: they penetrate far into the spectrum of society, they manifest themselves very differently and figure spatially fragmented. This transformation of the border is no longer tangible with the familiar concept of the line, but is reflected in interconnected materialities, localizations, temporalities, corporealities, discourses, and multiple efficacies. These new forms of the border are not only challenging for political actors; also border scholars who engage with the changing border realities are confronted with new conceptual challenges.

The online lecture series starts from this point and aims to discuss the transformation of the border by means of empirical case studies as well as conceptual issues. International border researchers from the social sciences and cultural studies are invited to relate their own research and reflection results to the recent resurgence of borders and to elaborate on their new forms.

The online lecture series is open to the public and is aimed at researchers, students, and the interested public.

The public lecture series is organised by the UniGR-Center for Border Studies (University of Luxembourg) and the Centre for Regional and Borderlands Studies at the Institute of Sociology (University of Wrocław).

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