In the 2023-24 academic year, the Center’s annual event series revolves around the theme of “Borders and Boundaries.” Heightened uncertainty about cooperation within the EU, and about the stability of the international system, often seems to translate into animosities about nearby others. The Russian invasion of Ukraine has posed anew the question of what is Europe and where does it end, and the long-awaited migration deal concluded by EU member states in June 2023 focused attention on the costs and compromises entailed by the securing of borders for a European community of values. These are only two flashpoints in a longer debate about Europe’s borders and boundaries, veering between aspirations to cosmopolitanism and anxieties about migration. We have invited scholars from history, political science, economics, sociology, and cultural studies to reflect on historical and contemporary dimensions of the topic.
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