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Critical Dictionary on Borders, Cross-Border Cooperation and European Integration


Edited By Birte Wassenberg and Bernard Reitel

This Critical Dictionary on Borders, Cross-Border Cooperation and European Integration is the first encyclopaedia which combines two so far not well interconnected interdisciplinary research fields, i.e. Border Studies and European Studies. Organised in an alphabetical order, it contains 207 articles written by 115 authors from different countries and scientific disciplines which are accompanied by 58 maps. The articles deal with theory, terminology, concepts, actors, themes and spaces of neighbourhood relations at European borders and in borderlands of and around the European Union (EU). Taking into account a multi-scale perspective from the local to the global, the Critical Dictionary follows a combined historical-geographical approach and is co-directed by Birte Wassenberg and Bernard Reitel, with a large contribution of Jean Peyrony and Jean Rubio from the Mission opérationnelle transfrontalère (MOT), especially for the cartography. The Dictionary is also part of four Jean Monnet activities supported by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union for the period 2016-2022: two Jean Monnet projects on EU border regions (University Strasbourg), one Jean Monnet network (Frontem) and the Franco-German Jean Monnet excellence Center in Strasbourg, as well as the Jean Monnet Chair of Bernard Reitel on borders and European integration. Rather than being designed as an objective compilation of facts and figures, it should serve as a critical tool for discussion between researchers, students and practitioners working in the field of borders, cross-border cooperation and European Integration.

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The authors of this critical dictionary are of multiple origin, lecturers, professors and researchers from universities and research centres specialized in Border Studies, civil servant from European Institutions, directors, secretary generals, project managers or consultants from regional groupings or cross-border structures, etc. Some authors have contributed with one and others with several articles, some have co-authored with one, two or three colleagues or even constituted a dictionary editorial team. Some sign their article in their official function or on behalf of the structure they represent, but some also sign as private authors, independently of their employer. There is thus a large diversity in the authorship of this dictionary and the following scale only mentions each author individually with the indication of his/her professional affiliation or function, which does not necessarily mean that the article represents the view of their work structure/institution.

Alderighi, Macro Professor of Economy, University of Aosta Valley

Ansa-Held, Natalia Senior Project Manager, Euro-Institut Kehl

Amilhat Szary, Anne-Laure Professor of Geography, University Grenoble Alpes

Bancod, Sylvie Professor of International Relations, University of Aosta Valley

Beck, Joachim Professor of Administrative Sciences, Rector or the University of Applied Sciences Kehl

Belkacem, Rachid Senior Lecturer in Sociology, University of Lorraine

Berrod, Frédérique Professor of Public Law, Sciences Po, University of Strasbourg

Berzi, Matteo Professor of Geography, European Network on Territorial Cooperation, Autonomous University of Barcelona

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