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More-than-human borderlands and mobilities in Central and Eastern Europe

Date de début : 1 Décembre 2022 09:00
Date de fin : 2 Décembre 2022 17:00
Lieu : Halle/Leipzig
Organisé par : Leibniz ScienceCampus - Eastern Europe – Global Area

Source de l'information :


Organisers: Larissa Fleischmann, Jonathan Everts (University of Halle-Wittenberg), Kristine Beurskens, Bettina Bruns (Leibniz Institut for Regional Geography)

This workshop seeks to integrate our complex relations with viruses, animals, objects and technologies in the study of borders and mobilities. For this purpose, we suggest to look at borders as more-than-human compositions spanning a multitude of both human and nonhuman elements. We ask how borders and other spatial barriers filter, channel, or block (non)human mobilities in Central and Eastern Europe. We are also interested in how ‘unruly’ border crossings of all kinds of beings and matters co-constitute, challenge or subvert practices and infrastructures of border control. In the past years, posthumanist and more-than-human approaches have experienced a rise to prominence across the social sciences. This workshop explores the relevance of these perspectives for mobility and border studies.

Our starting point is the shared concern that a sole focus on humans and their mobilities cannot explain the profound bordering processes that have gained momentum in Central and Eastern Europe in the past years. The advent of African swine fever has led to a proliferation of fences that target potential border crossers of a nonhuman kind: wild boars acting as vectors of the pig virus, which is currently depicted as the most threatening animal disease. The COVID-19 pandemic has been met with massive restrictions on mobilities and set in motion profound (re)bordering processes across Central and Eastern Europe. At the same time, the uninterrupted flow of materials and (lively) commodities is framed as a central priority for the securitization of food and energy supplies. Cross-border mobilities are also dependent on material infrastructures of control, such as digital technologies and logistics. Nonetheless, animals, plants and humans continue to cross borders and thus challenge administrative concerns and jurisdictions, while rivers, natural earth formations and the like continue to play a role in supporting the boundary character of state borders in symbolic, practical and even dangerous ways.

The aim of the workshop is to unravel some of these complex and paradoxical more-than-human assemblages that come together in mobilities and bordering processes and to strengthen these emerging debates in exchange with researchers across Central and Eastern Europe. In particular, we invite contributions that engage with the following topics and perspectives:

  •    (Im)mobilities of material and biological matter
  •    the role of materials, technologies, logistics and infrastructures in bordering processes

and control

  •    concepts of security and insecurity in relation to non-human mobilities and bordering
  •    spatial and social dynamics of infectious diseases and disease management practices,

including the current COVID-19 pandemic and African swine fever

  •    (Im)mobilities of animals and plants, as well as wildlife management
  •    export and import of lively commodities
  •    More-than-human Geographies, New materialism, Posthumanism in the context of

mobilities and borders

Informations pratiques :

A limited number of places is still available for this workshop. Funding (travel, accommodation) is available for a small number of participants. Funding will be provided by EEGA (Leibniz ScienceCampus Eastern Europe-Global Area). Please send your abstracts (of 250 words) to by July 31st, 2022. To enable a vivid and fruitful exchange of research topics and experiences in this field we choose a format with a small number of contributions. Work in progress is equally welcome as discussions of research results or conceptual/methodological approaches.