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Institute of Advanced Study

IAS Fellow's Public Lecture

Speaker: Professor Emmanuel Brunet-Jailly

Date: 22 November 2011

Time: 5.30pm

Venue: The Birley Room, Hatfield College

Title: Understanding Borders and Borderlands

Durham County, in England, is only footsteps away from one of the world's oldest known boundary lines, the Hadrian Wall. Why did Roman Emperor Hadrian build such a wall, and more generally why do we, humans, build walls such as the China wall, the U.S. / Mexico wall, the Jerusalem wall? Emmanuel Brunet-Jailly will address these questions and discuss and illustrate why and how human communities border themselves. He will specifically discuss what 'borders,' 'borderlands,' 'boundaries' and 'frontiers' are, and how these words help us understand contemporary issues such as the European Schengen Agreement and the idea of a fortress Europe, or, the current suggestion that borders are disappearing within Europe; indeed, have these borders really vanished? Taking examples from around the world Emmanuel Brunet-Jailly will suggest new ways to understand borders. 

Emmanuel Brunet-Jailly studied Law and Political Science at Paris - Sorbonne and did a PhD in Political Science at the University of Western Ontario, Canada. He has taught at the University of Notre Dame, US, and is now an Associate Professor of Public Administration at the University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, where he is Jean Monnet Chair in European Urban and Border Region Policy and Director of the European Union Centre for Excellence. He is the editor of the Journal of Borderland Studies. Author of many articles and chapters, and books and special issues of scholarly journals in urban and border studies, his recent publications include Borderlands (2007), and Local Government in a Global World (2010). While at IAS Durham he is finishing a manuscript titled Understanding 21st Century Borders.