The study of borders and border regions has gained great momentum during the last 20 years. In the context of borders, political, social, economic, environmental, legal and cultural aspects can be investigated. Borders (e.g. state boundaries) are discussed as an expression of social, political or economic processes and not just as a geopolitical phenomenon.
The key area of "Border Studies" was selected by the presidents and vice chancellors of the UniGR partner universities because it represents a distinctive feature of the Greater Region: The separation by national and regional boundaries is still strictly implemented in some areas of the Region, such as in legislation or local government. In the professional, social or cultural life of the inhabitants of the Greater Region, the crossing of borders is, however, hardly an issue; it has become commonplace for many people.
This has been recognized by many researchers at the UniGR partner universities from the departments of law and economics, linguistics, history, geography, regional planning, and Cultural Studies as a topical and important issue.
In order to allow for improved coordination of the many disciplines and scientists involved, the key area of Border Studies has been subdivided into three sub-groups, which are open to other participants:·
- Regional planning
- Cultural and linguistic studies, history