It is our great pleasure to introduce to you a new project we are taking part in – B-SHAPES (Borders Shaping Perceptions of European Societies)!
WHAT IS IT?This initiative focuses on borderlands: what’s happening there, how is it happening, and how is it perceived and acknowledged in policies, politics and – most importantly – in daily life? By joining this project, we wish to give the spotlight to citizens and policymakers – to listen to them, understand their worries and hopes, and to get to know their perspectives on their region, heritage and landscape. Our goal is to create an inclusive platform for communication, education and change.
SO... WHAT ARE YOU ACTUALLY DOING?Funny you should ask! On 12th September a few members of our consortium gathered in Opole, Poland, to present their preliminary research during the “Borderlands facing a polycrisis in the 21st century” conference (co-organised by B-SHAPES work package leader, Elżbieta Opiłowska). The topic of the conference beautifully aligned with our project! During two discussion panels, we had the opportunity to discuss the media narratives in the Hungarian-Slovak, Danish-German, and Italian-Austrian-German border regions. We also talked about the cultural heritage of borderlands, as well as the Euroscepticism, so omnipresent in those regions. A lot of questions were answered, and even more was raised. The meeting in Opole was a great way to not only discuss the research, but also get to know the members of the B-SHAPES consortium better.
HOW DO I GET INVOLVED?You are very welcome to become a member of our community. Learn with us and give us your feedback, suggestions and comments! Follow us on social media:
CAN I LEARN MORE ABOUT B-SHAPES?B-SHAPES is a part of the European Union’s research program Horizon Europe and is coordinated by the Centre of Border Region Studies at the University of Southern Denmark (SDU).