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Fifth International Graduate Conference of Center for Eastern Mediterranean Studies: Building, Bending, and Breaking Boundaries in the Eastern Mediterranean World - 01-02-03/06/2017, Budapest (Hungary)





What is a border? What are the sites and strategies of boundary-construction and who are its agents?Boundaries shape and forge categories by enforcement and reinforcement of power ingrained within a built environment, conceptual or physical. Thus, they do not necessarily indicate territorial margins, but can also embrace theoretical, temporal, and metaphorical borders. They can be natural or artificial, sharp or blurry;they can be understood in positive and/or negative terms as means of protection or as instruments of exclusion; and they can mark conceptual territories, such as “the human,” “the holy,” “the family,” or “thenatural world.” Triggered by new waves of immigration, the meaningfulness of state borders and the necessity of their control have been subject to debate, alongside questions concerning the boundaries surrounding identities, cultures or religions. Moving beyond the border of nation-states and the “clash ofcivilizations” paradigm, the main objective of this conference is to explore the historically contingent, fluid,and dynamic nature of borders by shedding light on the intricate mechanisms through which boundaries were erected, maintained, crossed, and transgressed throughout the eastern Mediterranean world





LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: Central European University (Budapest, Hungary)

ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Matea Laginja (PhD Student, Department of Medieval Studies); Emese Muntán (PhD Student, Department of Medieval Stduies); Iuliana Soficaru (PhD Student, Department of Medieval Studies)





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