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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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The intimate borders of epidemiological nationalism

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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Open Borders and the COVID-19 Pandemic

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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Fredrik Nilsson

Understanding borders from different perspectives has been important to ethnological research since the beginning of the twentieth century. This article will revisit early discussions on borders as well as the more elaborated ethnological border studies of the end of the twentieth century. As some principal themes of these ethnological border studies are brought forward, the article demonstrates how a focus on speed informs contemporary border studies with insights regarding borders and border zones. The illegal liquor trade in the Baltic Sea during the 1920s will serve as the case being discussed, thus establishing analytical distance to contemporary European border processes.

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Heritage, Reconciliation and Cross-Border Cooperation in Cyprus

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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Internal and Internalised Borders of Havana

Oskar Lubiński

In this ethnographic snapshot, I reflect on the experience of the internal borders of Havana. I consider how these borders become internalised, impacting everyday lives and the movements of my research partners across the city. I focus on the marginalised citizens whose legal status and place of living make the borders especially apparent. My interest lies in how the internal borders are set up and embodied in the context of Cuba and reflected in everyday experiences. I use my encounter with Ramón to present the varied experiences of the border through two radically different positionalities: that of Cubans who migrated to Havana and myself as a foreigner being able to move freely through the city.

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The Material Life of War at the Greek Border

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.