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Societies and Spaces in Contact

Between Convergence and Divergence

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Edited By Milan Bufon, Tove H. Malloy and Colin Williams

This volume represents an inter-disciplinary discussion of some fundamental categories of convergence and divergence, focusing in particular on issues of both social integration and devolution related to ethnos as the space of identity, and demos as the space of polity. The aims of the book are to assess past developments within crucial parts of Central Europe where both conflict and coexistence potentials seem to best represent the actual “unity in diversity” managing dilemma in the continent; to provide an analysis of current approaches to minority protection, language planning, spatial and social cross-border and inter-cultural policies; and to develop an evaluation of the future trends and opportunities for co-operation and re-integration within a local and broader operational context.

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Prof. Dr. Milan Bufon was Associate Professor and Chair of the Political Geography Unit at the Department of Geography at the Faculty of Humanities of the University of Ljubljana (Slovenia) and Full Professor of Human and Political Geography at the Department of Geography at the Faculty of Humanities of the University of Primorska (Koper, Slovenia). He served as the Director of the Institute for Mediterranean Humanities and Social Studies at the Science and Research Centre of Koper (1996–2007) and as Director of the Institute for Geographical Studies at the same Centre (2007–2011), where he is currently Principal Research Fellow. He has led several national and international research programmes and projects concerning convergence and divergence social and spatial processes in Europe, and particularly in the Upper Adriatic. He served as the first Vice-Rector for research at the University of Primorska (2003–2007) and was President of the Slovene Research Institute in Trieste (Italy) in 2004–2016. He recently published the books Meje in obmejne skupnosti na Slovenskem (Borders and Border Communities of Slovenia) (2017) and Lo spazio con/diviso (2019); he also co-edited the book The New European Frontiers: Social and Spatial (Re)Integration Issues in Multicultural and Border Regions (2014).

 

Contact information: Prof. dr. Milan Bufon, Institute for Language Studies, Science and Research Centre Koper, ZRS Koper, Garibaldijeva 1, 6000 Koper, Slovenia; Email: milan.bufon@zrs-kp.si

 

Prof. Dr. Tove H. Malloy was Director of the European Centre for Minority Issues in Flensburg,...

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