About the Center for border town research.
With globalization, that has fostered international exchanges, the study of border regions and in particular the phenomenon of border towns has become increasingly important. Border towns are at the crossroads of political, economic, cultural and ethnic influences that encapsulate their role as a dynamic interface that polarizes flows.
Besides, living close to a border has become a factor that determines thoughts, emotions and the everyday practices of its population. This role has thus raised questions as far as the processes of the identification of border residents is concerned.
What are the different processes that characterize and define border towns? What role do they play in the preservation of the specificity of regional features and the formation of new types of identities? What mechanisms are used by the population and by the governments to resolve conflicts that arise on religious, cultural, political and legal grounds? And what role do the identification processes play in border regions?
A team of young scientists from Ukraine, France, Germany and Austria will deal with the analysis of problems and opportunities associated with the phenomenon of border towns, the processes taking place in border towns, the identification processes of their population, as part of the Center for border town research.
The creation of this center is one of the stages in the implementation of the international project entitled: “Urbana Frontera. The processes of the identification of the population in border towns: past, present, future” .
- conduct an interdisciplinary study of border towns, their types and their roles in the identification processes of border residents – who are caught between preserving the specificity of regional features and the formation of new types of identities;
- analyze the role of border towns and the participation of their residents in improving border security, the fight against terrorism, illegal migration and smuggling;
- predict the development of the border town phenomenon in the context of the social, cultural and identification processes of its residents, and give recommendations on the formation of an organic European identity of the border area.