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Border Complexities. Outlines and Perspectives of a Complexity Shift in Border Studies
Wille, Christian
2024In Wille, Christian; Grandits-Leutloff, Carolin; Bretschneider, Falk et al. (Eds.) Border Complexities and Logics of Dis/Order
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Keywords :
border studies; border complexities; border turn; complexity shift; complexity theory; bordertextures
Abstract :
[en] Border studies is seeing more and more discussion about complex borders or the complexity of borders. This article systematizes this discussion and shows that there are different views circulating about what exactly is complex at borders and that the concept of complexity is still used imprecisely. In this article, the concept of complexity will be defined in more detail and border complexities will be proposed as a perspective for an actual complexity shift in border studies. Border complexities stands for a concept that sees borders as relational structures and focuses on the unpredictable, self-dynamic interplay of their event elements and on its emergent effects of dis/order.
[de] In der Grenzforschung wird vermehrt von komplexen Grenzen oder einer Komplexität von Grenzen gesprochen. Der Beitrag systematisiert diese Debatte und zeigt, dass unterschiedliche Auffassungen darüber kursieren, was an Grenzen komplex sei und dass der Komplexitätsbegriff noch ungenau verwendet wird. Dieser wird in dem Beitrag näher bestimmt und Border Complexities als Perspektive für einen tatsächlichen complexity shift in der Grenzforschung vorgeschlagen. Border Complexities steht für ein Konzept, das Grenzen als relationale Gefüge auffasst, auf das unberechenbar-eigendynamische Zusammenwirken ihrer Geschehenselemente und auf dessen emergente Effekte der Un/Ordnung fokussiert.
Research center :
UniGR-Center for Border Studies
Disciplines :
Arts & humanities: Multidisciplinary, general & others
Sociology & social sciences
Human geography & demography
Regional & inter-regional studies
Social & behavioral sciences, psychology: Multidisciplinary, general & others
Author, co-author :
Wille, Christian  ;  University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences (FHSE) > Department of Geography and Spatial Planning (DGEO)
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Title :
Border Complexities. Outlines and Perspectives of a Complexity Shift in Border Studies
Publication date :
February 2024
Main work title :
Border Complexities and Logics of Dis/Order
Author, co-author :
Wille, Christian  
Grandits-Leutloff, Carolin
Bretschneider, Falk
Grimm-Hamen, Sylvie
Wagner, Hedwig
Publisher :
Nomos, Baden-Baden, Germany
Collection name :
Border Studies. Cultures, Spaces, Orders
Pages :
Peer reviewed :
Peer reviewed
Focus Area :
Migration and Inclusive Societies
Development Goals :
10. Reduced inequalities
Name of the research project :
R-AGR-3621 - Atelier Border Complexities (17/06/2019 - 30/04/2020) - WILLE Christian
Funders :
DFH - Deutsch Französische Hochschule [DE]
UFA - Université franco-allemande [DE]
Funding text :
funded by the Franco-German University
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