This year’s TEIN annual conference took place on 15 and 16 December 2022 at the University of Luxembourg as a hybrid event and was all about the temporality of borders. Since border studies is an interdisciplinary field of research but primarily spatially oriented, the conference shed light on research that focuses on the temporal dimension of borders, borderlands and border regions in and beyond the 19th and 20th century Europe. Scholars presented papers on topics such as identity, historical memory, cross-border experiences or regionalism and highlighted as well methodological and conceptual considerations of researching borders in and through time and space.
During the two days of conference, three keynotes were given as well as a wide range of contributions from international and European researchers during 4 panels on
Borders and the Elasticity of Time
Border-Making Processes: Changes over Time
Remembering as Bordering
Approaches to Border Temporalities
Between keynotes and panels and over coffee and pastries, participants had enough time for exchange and discussion and enjoyed this gathering on-site after the years of pandemic.
Special thanks to the Luxembourg Centre for Contemporary and Digital History (C²DH) which organised this wonderful event together with TEIN and in collaboration with the Borders in Globalization (BiG), the UniGr Center for Border Studies and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.
After an introduction and warm welcoming by Johanna Jaschik and Machteld Venken from the Luxembourg Centre for Contemporary and Digital History as well as Anne Thevenet from TEIN and deputy director of the Euro-Institut in Kehl (Germany), Carolin Leutloff-Grandits presented the first keynote. The social anthropologist and senior researcher at the interdisciplinary Viadrina Center B/ORDERS IN MOTION at the European University Viadrina (Germany) spoke about border temporalities along EU’s external border in the Western Balkans.
Chair for this first panel on borders and the elasticity of time was Birte Wassenberg from the Institut d’études politiques, University of Strasbourg (France); since many years, the IEP Strasbourg is as well a member of TEIN. TEIN and C²DH were very happy to welcome David Newman from Ben-Gurion University in the Negev in Israel as discussant to this first panel.
Contributions to this panel were given by Lidia Kuzemska from the Forum Transregionale Studien in Berlin and Mafalda Carapeto from the University of Lisbon (Portugal) and Luca Daminelli, University of Genoa (Italy).
During the lunch break, participants could take a look at the posters presented by three doctoral researchers from the region and discuss with them about:
Energy Borderlands in Flux: the Example of the SaarLorLux Region by Alexandra Lampke, Saarland University (Germany) and UniGR-Center for Border Studies
Borders in Northern Quebec’s “Wilderness”. From Colonial Dividing Lines to Postcolonial Links, by Isis Luxenburger, Saarland University (Germany)
Fun Fairs in Border Areas – A National, Transregional and Transnational History of the “Schueberfouer”, by Véronique Faber, Luxembourg Centre for Contemporary and Digital History, University of Luxembourg
Machteld Venken from the Luxembourg Centre for Contemporary and Digital History chaired the 3rd panel and Alena Pfoser from Loughborough University, took on the role of the discussant.
In this panel, Dorte Jagetic Andersen from the Centre for Border Region Studies at the University of Southern Denmark, David Newman from Ben-Gurion University in the Negev in Israel and Pedro Albuquerque, University of Seville, Uniarq and Centre of Global Studies, Aberta University (Spain) presented their research work.
The second conference day began with a keynote by Emmanuel Brunet-Jailly, professor of Public Administration and director of Borders in Globalization (BiG) and 21st century borders research projects at the University of Victoria, Canada. Emmanuel Brunet-Jailly was introduced by Anne Thevenet, deputy director of the Euro-Institut, founding member of TEIN, who chaired the panel.
The 4th and last panel on approaches to border temporalities was chaired by Christian Wille, University of Luxembourg and UniGR-Center for Border Studies. Discussant to this panel was Carolin Leutloff-Grandits from the European University Viadrina.
In this panel, Elisabeth Boesen, University of Luxembourg, Michal Frankl, Masaryk Institute and Archives of the Czech Academy of Sciences and Machteld Venken from the Luxembourg Centre for Contemporary and Digital History presented their research.
→ Machteld Venken focused in her presentation on Arrival Declaration Forms. A New Gateway for Mapping Migration to Luxembourg. Her paper, written together with Arnaud Sauer, University of Luxembourg can be found here.
After a day and a half of interdisciplinary research and perspectives on how to address the issue of border temporality, the annual TEIN conference ended after an intense morning on the second conference day. The participants can look back on interesting contributions, valuable input and discussions. We thank everyone for participating and especially the Luxembourg Centre for Contemporary and Digital History for organising this interesting conference!