Living on the Edge: Experiences and Responses to Europe's Changing Borderlands

This project explores the experience of living in border communities.
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This project connects new research on the experience of living in border communities in the early modern period with contemporary policy about the reformulation of Britain's and Europe’s borders post-Brexit. The research team questions how individuals and communities living on the edges of Europe - especially in port cities and transport hubs - experience trade, migration and sovereignty in their day-to-day lives. Drawing on interdisciplinary methodologies, the aim is to demonstrate how borders and borderlands represent complex ecosystems, acting both as barriers and crossing-points, points of contact and conflict, and places of exchange and enforcement. The research team hopes to shed new light on Europe's past and use it to shape a response to the challenges the world faces today.

Principal Investigator: Dr Edmond Smith, University of Manchester

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