Sovereignty, geographical imaginaries, and the rebordering of Europe?

Type: Paper
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Day: 4/11/2018
Start / End Time: 1:20 PM / 3:00 PM (MDT)
Room: Studio 6, Marriott, 2nd Floor
Organizers: Paul Richardson
Chairs: Paul Richardson


Sovereignty has returned to the heart of the political ideas shaping the lives of Europe’s citizens. It has structured debates around the United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union; Hungary’s response to migrant flows; and Russia’s posturing as a Great Power and bastion of traditional values. One result of these phenomena has been a continent-wide materialisation and proliferation of borders not seen since the end of the Cold War.
This panel will explore how and why ideas of sovereignty have again become primary drivers of state policy, and the critical role that they are playing in the spatialisation of identity politics. It will evaluate the reasons and rationale behind a dangerous and destabilising detachment between representation and reality by drawing on and advancing post-modern thought on the subject. These theoretical innovations will open up radical new ways of understanding these phenomena and their challenge to the values and freedoms associated with the European project. The papers in this panel highlight a state of enhanced ontological uncertainty, where geographical imaginaries are used to reassert security by placing the border and sovereignty at the centre of national debates on identity and insecurity.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Jussi Laine*, Karelian Institute, University of Eastern Finland, Borders, identities and sovereignty: An Analysis of Politics of Fear and Difference in Europe 15 1:20 PM
Presenter James Scott*, University of Eastern Finland, Conspiracy Theories and Hungarian Border Politics: The “Soros Plan” as a Threat to National Sovereignty 15 1:35 PM
Presenter Paul Richardson*, , Sovereignty and the hyper-real 15 1:50 PM
Presenter Tom Schwarzenberg*, Leibniz-Institute for Regional Geography, Fragile processes of (re-)scaling: Cross Border Healthcare in EU Politics 15 2:05 PM
Presenter Ilkka Liikanen*, University of Eastern Finland, Remapping Finland in Shifting Post- Cold War Geographical Imaginaries of Europe 15 2:20 PM
Discussant Anna Casaglia University of Eastern Finland 20 2:35 PM

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