Reflecting Boundaries: A Discussion of Frontiers, Borders, and Processes of Spatialization

Miriam Pfordte, Binyao Li, Thorben Pelzer (all Leipzig U) & Megan Maruschke (U Duisburg Essen)

The weekly colloquium of the Collaborative Research Centre provides a forum for presentations by external guests as well as by members of the SFB 1199 within a tailored thematic framework. The format helps to create a common ground for discussion between guests, the Collaborative Research Centre, as well as the wider academic public. The complete program can be found here.

In this week’s colloquium, Miriam Pfordte, Binyao Li, Thorben Pelzer (all SFB 1199) and Megan Maruschke (U Duisburg Essen) invite the audience to discuss spaces ‘in between.’ These realms of hybridity have been—as contact zones, as imaginations of wilderness, and as zones of conflict—the focal point of extensive analyses in different disciplines as well as transdisciplinary contexts of the last decades. They have been discussed, among other terms, as borderlands, frontiers, and as the “third space” (Bhabha). In the past years, several publications have attempted to bridge the gap between border studies and the theoretical framework of the Collaborative Research Centre (e.g., Pisarz-Ramirez/Wöll 2018, Miggelbrink 2019, Werthmann 2020).

However, we feel that there is still a greater potential for interdisciplinary exchange from which our research projects and common theory can profit. Therefore, we want to share our thoughts on applying concepts of boundaries to the analysis of space. These thoughts draw from experiences gained in the research study group on borders, and in our individual research projects, which include perspectives from China’s Northwest and the Inner-German border.

The event will take place in a hybrid online and live format. To join online please click here.