ECMI participates in the Conference “A Borderless Europe?” at the University of Southern Denmark 30 September to 2 October

The creation of regional spaces for politics across national borders and the role of national minorities in border regions is the theme of a paper delivered by Dr. Tove H. Malloy, ECMI Director at the Conference taking place in University of Southern Denmark’s Sonderborg Campus, Denmark. The aspect of national minority in regional politics is under-explored in regional studies, Dr. Malloy argues. Taking starting point in how regional and minority actors in the Danish-German border region collectively mobilize to build cross-border capacity, Dr. Malloy will discuss how regions as spaces for politics may be de-linked from formal boundaries to embrace territorial hybridity and de-territorialization of politics, and how national minorities in the Danish-German border region have emerged as key actors contributing to the construction anew an ‘old’ border region through politicization of regional territory; re-framing ideologies of EU polity-building; mobilization of intra-regional networks; usage of intra-state territorial politics.

Since the late 1990s, the European Union has had a new focus on the peripheries and borderlands of Europe. From considering them enclaves of stagnation and as more or less passive recipients of subsidies, the new profile in EU regional policies is that border regions are motors in the European integration process and encouraged to act as entrepreneurs of their own and the European developments. This shift marks new possibilities for cross-border and inter-regional cooperation.

The Conference “A Borderless Europe?” will address the following questions from theoretical and empirical as well as practical perspectives:

1. How can we theoretically as well as methodologically conceive and conceptualise the complex character of European borders?
2. How are borders experienced in European everyday life – not least among those living outside or at the external EU-borders?
3. Which kinds of challenges are connected to the governance of regions and cross-border cooperation?
4. How persistent are historical memory, discourse and imaginings in maintaining European borders?
5. What effect do EU’s regional policies have on cross-border mobility and the economic landscape of regional disparities in Europe?
6. How does new external EU-borders (Schengen) influence everyday life in border-regions?

For more information, visit the homepage of the conference.

Dr. Malloy’s paper is part of a research effort to assess national minority citizenship in Europe within ECMI’s research cluster on Citizenship and Ethics.


Place and Date: Sonderborg, 30. Sept.-02. Oct. 2010
For further information, contact: info@ecmi.de

ECMI founders:

The German Federal GovernmentThe German
Federal Government
The Danish GovernmentThe Danish
The Federal State Schleswig-HolsteinThe Federal State