This workshop aims at examining and understanding aspects of geopolitical and symbolic border crossings as they are lived and experienced by groups and individuals in the interactions between each other and between themselves and state and other power agencies in SEE.
Southeastern Europe's past and present have been marked by claims, struggles and wars over the meaning, possession and use of objects, persons, territories and symbols. In the post-socialist era, the region has been experiencing continuous transformations which have resulted in the increase of cross-border communication and a high level of socio-economic change. Yet, the effort to define the national soil, geopolitical borders, cultures and identities seems to be repeating itself in each dispute over economic, political and cultural issues. These include change of national borders, conflicts between states and other polities over their supposed sovereign territory, cross-border movement of refugees, immigrants and workers, regional clashes over self-determination and nationhood, minority discourses and identity politics. This workshop wishes to invite papers with ethnographic material on boundary making and boundary breaking processes from various sites of SEE. Focusing comparatively on borderlands, political and symbolic boundaries, we intend to contribute to the study of politics, culture, power and the state in SEE. Moreover, we want to offer perspectives on the interconnection between local, regional, national and supranational institutions and organisations and their role in determining the current social situation in the area.