Mapping & understanding EU borders: towards a more innovative approach

A workshop inviting artists, researchers, politicians & policy- makers to rethink the visualisation of borders and their impact in EU border regions

Friday, September 2nd 10:00-17:00
Maastricht, The Netherlands

There are about 100 border- and cross-border regions in the member states of the EU and the Council of Europe. Border regions are characterized by the presence of nation-state borders within their territory, and by the influence these borders have on the daily life of citizens. The performativity of these borders is not adequately captured by simplistic representations of nation-state borders – such as a dotted or black lines on maps.

LIMES, ITEM and Dear Hunter have launched several initiatives over the past years, which seek to understand the impact of borders on people interacting with them. As a result, they organise a one-day workshop in which the various concepts and methods of understanding borders and the empirical results of research will be explored. The purpose of the workshop is to raise awareness about the different ways of thinking about, mapping and experiencing borders and to explore potential collaborations.

The number of participants will be limited to 25, to allow in-depth discussion and exchange.


Maastricht University/FASoS
Grote Gracht 90-92
NL-6211 SZ Maastricht

Special guest & keynote lecturer:
Nathalie Verschelde
DG Regional and Urban Policy, European Commission

Planning and program (tbc)


Presentation of the results of the Border Encyclopedia by Dear Hunter, including an individual mapping exercise/session to get to know the BCA-instrument and navigator.
Presentations of selected LIMES-participants’ PhD-research on (mapping) borders. 

Lunch break


Working sessions on how to continue and expand the presented research projects. Three parallel subgroups will be formed, working on the following questions: 

1. What do the different research projects teach us about the dynamic character of borders, both through time as well as in contemporary Europe; how to cre-ate possible synergies between the different research projects? Chair: Representative of LIMES.

2. How can new ways of research and presenting borders going beyond current cartographic conventions help us to grasp the role and impact of borders? Chair: Representative of Dear Hunter.

3. How can research on borders find its way to the policy world? How can citi-zens and researchers be brought in contact with each other? Chair: Representative of ITEM.

Plenary session to report on the findings of each group and to outline an action plan for future collaborations and exchanges, including the further development of the Border Encyclopedia.

Keynote lecture and reflection on the day by Nathalie Verschelde (European Commission, DG Regional and Urban Policy).

Closure and drinks: A summary of the main findings and follow-up agreements regarding further collaboration and exploitation of the results. 

Workshop made possible through a financial contribution by Studio Europa/Maastricht Working on Europe.

LIMES has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 847596.