Blog | Borders

24. February 2023

Migration als Menschenrecht? – Ein Feldbericht aus drei Mercosur-Staaten in Südamerika

Zoé Perko | Dorothea Biaback Anong

Zwei Forscherinnen des SFB Teilprojekts „Grenzen der Welt II“ berichten von ihrem Feldaufenthalt in Argentinien, Uruguay und Brasilien. Die drei Länder sind Teil des Wirtschaftsbündnisses Mercosur. Dort forschten sie zu Makroterritorialisierungsprozessen, in denen Migration nicht mehr nur auf nationaler, sondern vermehrt auch auf makroregionaler Ebene gesteuert wird. Diese Refiguration führt zu neuen Konflikten und Spannungsfeldern, die sich stark auf den Alltag von Migrant*innen auswirken. Um dem auf den Grund zu gehen, wurden Interviews mit circa 30 Akteur*innen aus nationalen und regionalen Institutionen und Personen aus der Zivilgesellschaft geführt. Hier sollen erste Erkenntnisse und Überlegungen beschrieben werden.

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11. November 2022

Harems: Navigating physical and intangible borders

Sanaa Asim

The mystery surrounding the harem has resulted in rumors of what life behind its high walls actually looks like. Images of beautiful women, sexual pleasure, endless overindulgence have been projected over the reality of this strictly maintained gendered space. It’s easy to dismiss its existence as an example of archaic gender boundaries which have no place in the 21st century. But why? By delving into historical reactions to the harem, we can explore how gendered spaces are constructed and how this bears on our understanding of “freedom”.

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22. January 2021


Laura Isabelle Simak

This report from Beirut presents the topic of tangible and intangible borders-in-flux, which underlie the complexities of social space in modern Beirut Central District (BCD), on account of top-down planning after the civil war and the accumulation of the latest disruptive events, peaked by the port-blast on August 4th. Along with Lefebvre's triad (1974) —the people-less and conceptualized space of 'conceived' dimensions, the navigation of spatial practices or 'perceived space', and the signs and symbols of 'lived space'— it points out the changes in the urban fabric and linked contemporary borders. After introducing BCD, I will focus on Martyrs' Square due to its unique position in Beirut's former demarcation line, the main venue for political protests, and impacted area after the blast.

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4. June 2020

Shifting b/orders in times of the pandemic

Dr. Norbert Cyrus | Dr. Peter Ulrich

In a nutshell, the measures taken to stem the Covid-19 disease consist basically in the drawing of new and the thickening of existing borders. The strategy of bordering practices, as Norbert Cyrus & Peter Ulrich summarize these interventions against the spread of the Corona virus, was pursued first time in Wuhan, China: The right to leave and enter the city area had been restricted and movements across city borders became the subject of surveillance. Also, within the city area, the citizens’ freedom of movement was strictly restricted by imposing a curfew. Moreover, access to stores and working places was only allowed under certain restrictions.

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