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Decolonising Borders

Re-imagining Strangeness and Spaces

John Sodiq Sanni

also propose a re-imagination of the other that emerges from the decolonisation of borders in Africa. This re-imagination seeks to debunk what I consider a colonial conception of the borders that I argue has remained within African understanding of

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Bryonny Goodwin-Hawkins

their borders. My interest, then, is to understand how epidemiology could construct and legitimate the nation as bordering threat and promising safety. I take as my (unstable) object not the nation but ‘the’ border. After 1989, ‘breathless

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Cross-Border Cultural Cooperation in European Border Regions

Sites and Senses of ‘Place’ across the Irish Border

Giada Laganà and Timothy J. White

peacebuilding undertaken by private actors, with the support of EU institutions, the British and Irish governments and cross-border, transnational policy networks. The objective was to provide a new and effective approach to tackle the transnational socio

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David Owen

As of April 22, 2020, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) estimates that 167 countries have so far fully or partially closed their borders to contain the spread of the virus ( UNHCR 2020 ). Free movement in the Schengen zone

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Amy Reid

practice in Cyprus, conducted during fieldwork in 2018 and 2019. In addition to this, I also consider in closer detail how Gordon Allport's (1954) intergroup contact theory explains the success of the TCCH in working towards cross-border cooperation in a

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Imposture at the border

Law and the construction of identities among undocumented migrants

Stefan Le Courant

In early 2001 Masséré Sissoko left his village in the Malian region of Kayes and began a journey to France. He travelled under the name of Mahamadou Diarra, an identity with which he obtained a visa. Years later, as he was undocumented in France, Sissoko reused this identity in order to obtain ‘papers’ that could reduce the effects of his irregularity and eventually maximise his possibilities of regularisation. This meant fabricating an existence for his double by producing documents in his name (i.e. tax declarations, bank receipts) and even sometimes by embodying this identity. The multiplicity and wide range of documents that Sissoko and his fellow ‘undocumented’ migrants manipulate thus allow them to free themselves from the omnipresence of the border and to construct a life. However, identity documents, and all other documents, are constantly subjected to authenticity tests and inquiries of veracity. What does it mean to exist when you cannot live under your own name? By following the personal journey of Masséré Sissoko and his double, this article explores the connections between identification, identity and the (im)possibilities of existing within a regime of illegality.

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Laurie Kain Hart

effects made visible in the material-infrastructural world. The presence of scores of abandoned but architecturally impressive buildings in the border zone landscape of the Prespa Lakes in northwest Greek Macedonia puzzled me on my first visit in 1993. The

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People and things in the ethnography of borders

Materialising the division of Sarajevo

Stef Jansen

This article addresses the contrasting pull of two tendencies in anthropology: (a) calls to redress the purification of human from non‐human actants and (b) calls to denaturalise notions of borders as things, foregrounding borderwork. The resulting dilemma – do we treat people and things as equivalent actants on a ‘flat’ plane or not?– is explored through an ethnographic exercise on the border that divides Sarajevo. This case study crystallises methodological possibilities, implications for critique and matters of accountability presented by either path. Ultimately, I argue, a focus on things is productive insofar as it functions within a focus on human practice.

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Philip McDermott and Sara McDowell

across a range of socio-economic, political and cultural contexts and experiences. A particular feature of the articles in this forum is the way in which heritage can create macro, metaphorical borders around the concept of Europe itself while also

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Elisabetta Nadalutti

). It follows that this article focuses on the ethical dimension of the EU cohesion policy by considering cross-border cooperation (CBC) activities. These activities are important to the Cohesion Fund scheme in order to achieve the EU overall project