This workshop rethinks the role of borders in shaping ideas of heritage and belonging in Europe. While recent historical research has taken increasing account of transnational movements, debates often remain fragmented according to national lines and fail to consider the ways in which a wide set of European, imperial and global encounters and processes interacted. Bringing together scholars and creative practitioners, this workshop addresses this gap by analysing the shifting presentation of borders from the nineteenth to the twenty-first century, with attention to sites across Europe in a global perspective. These sites may have been on the peripheries of nation-states, but they were at the centre of a range of other processes that shaped notions of belonging. Thus, the workshop seeks to advance the fields of historical research, heritage studies and border studies by placing thinking about the role of fluid and closed borders at the heart of historical thinking and heritage practice.

The Workshop is funded through the University of Bayreuth’s Humboldt Centre Strategic Scientific Workshop Grant and hosted by the Chair for European Historical Cultures at the Institute for Franconian History, Thurnau.

Workshop Coordination:

Dr Alison Carrol, Reader in European History, Brunel University London, a.carrol@brunel.ac.uk

Prof. Dr. Astrid Swenson, Professor for European Historical Cultures, Institute for Franconian History, University of Bayreuth, astrid.swenson@uni-bayreuth.de

Creative Workshop Leads:

Dr. Artemis Ignatidou, Lecturer in European Historical Cultures, University of Bayreuth & Evi Nakou, Sound Artist and Audience Engagement Officer, Athens.

Exhibion Borders/Grenzen

Curatored by the Students of the University of Bayreuth lead by Prof. Dr. Astrid Swenson, Dr. Artemis Ignatidou and Valentine Koppenhöfer (Szenographie Valentine Koppenhöfer)