B-SHAPES: Borders Shaping Perceptions of European Societies

As of 1 April 2023, the University of Southern Denmark (SDU) will be coordinator of the collaborative research project Borders Shaping Perceptions of European Societies (B-SHAPES), granted support from the EU’s research program Horizon Europe. The consortium includes eight universities and a research institute: SDU (DK), Brunel University London (UK), European Academy Bozen (IT), Oulu University (FI), Eötvös Loránd University (HU), Halmstad University (SE), Technical University of Liberec (CZ), University of Wrocław (PL), and Université de Strasbourg (FR). Further participants are the National Museum of History (BG), the Association of European Border Regions (DE), The Foundation of European Remembrance and Solidarity (PL), Kreatus Consultancy (PL), and Lungomare Art Collective (IT).

B-SHAPES will focus on the role of borders shaping perceptions of European societies in the 21st century, confronted with the challenge of re-bordering processes in Europe. Borders continue to play a key role in our perceptions of societies, culture, heritage and belonging. Three empirical working packages will scrutinize the role of borders shaping perceptions, respectively focusing on Euroscepticism in border regions, national minorities, and border landscapes. The results of B-SHAPES will open for a reconfiguration of heritage policies, replacing national approaches with transborder European approaches to heritage. These will empower citizens, but also economic sectors to contribute to the creation of more inclusive visions of culture and values, increasing the quality of life not only in border regions.

For more information, please contact Coordinator Martin Klatt (SDU) or project participant Péter Balogh (Institute of Geography and Earth Sciences, ELTE).

Tolnai Gábor | 2023.01.18.