Interactive Borderland? Re-thinking Networks and Organizations in Europe

Baltic Borderlands Annual Conference 2015 in Riga

25th September 2015, Keynote by Leonidas Donskis

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The International Research Training Group (IRTG) “Baltic Borderlands: Shifting Boundaries of Mind and Culture in the Borderlands of the Baltic Sea Region”, a collaborative programme between the universities of Greifswald, Lund and Tartu, has invited papers which examine the interaction and flows of people and their impact on current and historical spaces. Hereby, the borderland is a result of omnipresent intergroup and cultural interaction. We understand the borderland as present wherever people of different cultures meet. The scope of the borderland goes beyond the territorial dimension to encompass mental and cultural interaction in abstract space.

Whilst our understanding of spaces and their construction is predominately geographical, we assume that the active creation of networks and organizational structures depend very much on social and cultural interactions which create, draw, dissolve and redraw borders. Therefore, it is worth redirecting the focus towards these processes of networking and organizing which have a considerable impact on the nature, form and size of the borderland and adjacent “larger entities such as empires, nations, or global networks”.

We have invited papers which deal with intellectual, artistic, theological, political, historical, literary, economic, etc. networks and organisations, which had a considerable impact on the structural, regional and trans-regional development of Europe through the eyes of these networks and organisations.