F1: In:Security in Border Regions (Workshop)

Dr. Nadja Douglas (ZOiS)

Workshop description

As a result of the Russian full-scale invasion of Ukraine in 2022 and ensuing global political¬†events, security perceptions and discourses have changed, notably in those regions that¬†border or are in close proximity to the Russian Federation. Security concepts, orders and¬†visions have become even more contested today. Yet, in times where hard security themes¬†and state centrism are once again on the rise, we want to look beyond and provide room for¬†the discussion of lay understandings of security ‚Äúfrom below‚ÄĚ. This implies paying particular¬†attention to ordinary people‚Äôs perceptions of security and insecurity and the changes in¬†respective security discouses. Thus, this workshop endeavours to bring together experts¬†from academia and think tanks with practioners from civil society on the ground. The¬†theoretical basis, also in view of an envisioned future publication, will consist of a¬†combination of border and critical/vernacular security studies. We will approach the topic,¬†however, in a policy-oriented manner.

The workshop will focus on the following guiding questions:

  • How have perceptions of borders/neighbourhood changed since February 24, 2022?
  • How have border regions changed materially (in terms of border control/management, militarisation etc.)? And how has this affected border crossing practices?
  • Which new insecurities and threats have emerged and exacerbated ever since? What role do parallel dynamics, as international migration, extraordinary measures in the context of the pandemic or trade restrictions/embargos play?
  • What new needs, demands and expectations in relation to security exist among different actor groups (contrasting perspectives of state, experts/think tanks, civil society/ordinary people)? Which role do borders take in changing discourses with regard to in:security?


Online expert workshop on 8 June 2023

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