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"Cross Border School": Knowledge and Practice on the Border

On 24 October 2017, the Association for European Border Regions (AEBR), together with the Nijmegen Centre for Border Research at the Radboud University in the Netherlands, will organize the first edition of the “Cross Border School”, as part of the Annual Event of the AEBR in Extremadura.

As a growing cross-border cooperation community “is haunting Europe and other continents” in terms of researchers, practitioners, and beneficiaries and an important amount of EU funds and national co-financing is devoted systematically to this type of cooperation every year, there is a stronger demand of for showcasing practises, results and impact.

The “Cross Border School” originates from the frequently perceived communication gap between science and practice, not only in terms of communicating research to professionals, but also in terms of feeding and feedback from professionals to academics. The mission of the “Cross Border School”, therefore, is to create and nourish an environment where academics and professionals are equals, and share and learn from each other’s experiences in a more horizontal, interactive manner.

For this first edition of this “Cross Border School”, which is scheduled to become an annual event, the chosen broad theme is “Knowledge and Practice on the Border”.

Program and Topics

TThe one-day program will consist of an introduction and two keynote-events in the morning provided by David Newman (Ben Gurion University), Henk van Houtum (Radboud University/University of Eastern Finland) and Emmanuel Brunet-Jailly (University of Victoria, Canada).
In the afternoon concurrent lectures and workshops of different forms such as discussion and poster-sessions are scheduled. Themes featured within the overarching theme are:

  • Cross-border flows
  • Cross-border sustainability
  • Cross-border security
  • Cross-border entrepreneurship
  • Cross-border governance
  • Migrant settlement
  • Overcoming (re)borders
  • Cross-border culture
  • Cross-border health
  • Cross-border water management (and other natural resources)

Papers that already have been accepted will cover more specifically themes like European Integration, Cross-Border and Euroregional Cooperation and Resurgent Nationalism and Identity Formation. You are welcome to contribute to these existing themes, or add themes to the program.

Registration and more information here.