European Regions and Boundaries: A Conceptual History

Tuesday, 15 May 2018, 6:00pm - 7:30pm, IWM library

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It is difficult to speak about Europe today without reference to its constitutive regions—such as “Scandinavia,” “Eastern Europe,” and “the Balkans.” Such notions are so ubiquitous that they are frequently treated as empirical realities rather than a series of shifting, overlapping, and historically constructed concepts. References to regional differences are central to cultural and political discourse all over the continent and a proper historicization of these concepts helps us understand the underlying mechanisms of regional narratives. However, there has never been a synthetic volume presenting a synoptic view of these regional concepts together with the historical and disciplinary contexts where they had emerged. This volume is the first to provide a synthetic account of these concepts and the historical and intellectual contexts in which they emerged. Bringing together prominent international scholars from across multiple disciplines, it systematically and comprehensively explores how such “meso-regions” have been conceptualized from the 18th to the 21st century.

European Regions and Boundaries. A Conceptual History, Diana Mishkova and Balázs Trencsényi (Eds.), Berghahn Press 2017

Ulf Brunnbauer is Managing Director of the Institute for East and Southeast European Studies (Regensburg, Germany) and holds a chair for Southeast and East European History at the University of Regensburg. He is also Co-Speaker of the Graduate School for East and Southeast European Studies (University of Regensburg and LMU Munich).

Ivan Krastev is chairman of the Centre for Liberal Strategies, Sofia, and Permanent Fellow at the IWM.

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