Cultural Borders of Europe: Narratives, Concepts and Practices in the Present and the Past

Cultural Borders of Europe: Narratives, Concepts and Practices in the Present and the Past

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Overview

The cultural borders of Europe are today more visible than ever, and with them comes a sense of uncertainty with respect to liberal democratic traditions: whether treated as abstractions or concrete realities, cultural divisions challenge concepts of legitimacy and political representation as well as the legal bases for citizenship. Thus, an understanding of such borders and their consequences is of utmost importance for promoting the evolution of democracy. Cultural Borders of Europe provides a wide-ranging exploration of these lines of demarcation in a variety of regions and historical eras, providing essential insights into the state of European intercultural relations today.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781789200683
Publisher: Berghahn Books, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/17/2018
Series: Making Sense of History , #30
Pages: 218
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.46(d)

About the Author

Katharina Vajta is senior lecturer in French at the Department of Languages and Literatures at the University of Gothenburg, where she also is Head of Department.

Ingmar Söhrman was Professor of Romance languages at the University of Gothenburg. Among his publications is Diachronic and Typical Perspectives on Verbs (John Benjamins, 2013), coedited with Folke Josephson.

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables

Introduction

Mats Andrén & Ingmar Söhrman

PART I: THE CHALLENGES OF RELIGIOUS BORDERS

Chapter 1. Territorial and Religious Identifications in Europe

Linda Berg

Chapter 2. Europe with or without Muslims: Creating and Maintaining Cultural Boundaries

Göran Larsson & Riem Spielhaus

Chapter 3. Ilm al-Hududuyya: Un-Inheriting Eurocentricity

Klas Grinell

PART II: LINGUISTIC BORDERS IN PRACTICE

Chapter 4. When the Intercultural Goes National: Textbooks as Sites of Struggle

Katharina Vajta

Chapter 5. The Pluricentric Borders of Bavaria

Barbara Loester

Chapter 6. The Influence of Imagined Linguistic Performances

Ingmar Söhrman

PART III: MENTAL SPACES AND BARRIERS

Chapter 7. Mental Barriers Replacing Nation-State Borders

Fernand Fehlen

Chapter 8. Crossing Borders and Redefining Oneself: The Treacherous Life of Aino Kallas

Katarina Leppänen

Chapter 9. Evolving Symbolic Divides: in Basque Language Promotion Logos

Johan Järlehed

PART IV: SCHOLARS MAKING BORDERS

Chapter 10. The Controversial Concept of European Identity

Mats Andrén

Chapter 11. The EU as a ‘Large Space’? Carl Schmitt and the Contemporary Dilemmas of Political Rituals and Cultural Borders

Jon Wittrock

Chapter 12. How Prehistory Becomes Crucial for Border Making

Per Cornell

Conclusion

Thomas Lindkvist & Katharina Vajta

Index

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