Atelier Bordertextures

Public lecture series “Atelier Bordertextures” – theories and methods of cultural border studies


Atelier Bordertextures thus aims to unite theoretical and methodological lectures by researchers undertaking conceptual examinations of borders and border regions and their cultural representations. These lectures offer insights into and disclose bordertexture-related issues and illustrate disciplinary relationships and interdisciplinary connections. Atelier Border Textures provides a space for explorative investigation of potential approaches for cultural border studies with the aim of ensuring a better grasping and understanding of (re)production processes and various ways of (re)presenting borders and border regions.

Detailed descriptions (pdf) (in German)

Program Atelier Bordertextures

December 14, 2017

Infrastrukturen der Grenze (“Infrastructures of the border”; lecture in German)
Hannes Krämer (European University Viadrina Frankfurt/Oder)

December 14, 2017
3:30-5:00 p.m.
Universität Luxembourg
Campus Belval | Maison des Sciences Humaines | salle Black Box (RDC)

Borders do not exist out of nothing; they require material and symbolic creation processes. They thus rely on infrastructures, i.e. on the efficacious and often invisible principles of connection and separation, which, as some kind of “substrate,” offer the basis for social processes. The understanding of borders as infrastructural formations allows accessing the individual dimensions of the multiple bordering processes as well as a description of the relationality of border dimensions. This lecture reconstructs the potential of the concept of infrastructure for the analysis of border and boundary processes and illustrates the praxeological reformulation of such an understanding of a “border.”

Dr. Hannes Krämer is scientific coordinator of “Grenzforschung” (Border Studies) and director of the research group “Border & Boundary Studies” at the Viadrina Center B/ORDERS IN MOTION. He studied social sciences and communication and received his doctorate with a thesis on an ethnography of creative labor. His research fields are border studies, practice theory, labor and organizational research, mobility studies, and time research.

June 7, 2017

The Work of Global Border Writing
Claudia Sadowski-Smith (Arizona State University)

June 7, 2017
4-6 p.m.
Saarland University, Campus,
Building C 5 3, room 119

This presentation places US-Mexico border theory in the larger context of global discourses about contemporary 
human border crossings. Dr. Sadowski-Smith will discuss how a growing body of writing about bordercrossings to the United States and the European Union complicates the prevailing focus in American Studies on the relationship of a particular population to a specific geographical border.