Lecture by Zef Segal in the International Conference for Border Research (BRIT 14) in Belgium and France

During November 2014, the international conference for border research (BRIT 14) was held in Belgium and France. This year’s conference emphasized the border as a source for innovation and activity, and was convened in the cities of Lille, Arras (France) and Mons (Belgium) along the French-Belgian border. “Daat-Hamakom” research fellow, Dr. Zef Segal, with the support of the center, lectured in a panel dealing with the interrelations between borders and maps, which included speakers from France, Spain, Netherlands and Israel.

Segal’s paper examined various ways in which the border is constructed, and in particular depicted the story of the 19th century borders of the state of Bavaria. The border, as claimed in the paper, is much more that an administrative decision and a physical-geographical line implementing that decision. The border is a constantly changing dynamic region, which is constructed by cartographic and symbolic images, the existence or absence of infrastructures that enable movement, and especially human interactions that stop at the border or cross it (migration, trade and communication).

The paper presented conceptual ideas and methodologies that were developed as part of the research taking place at “Daat Hamakom”, which explores 19th and 20th century Jewish communication networks and the way they affect and shape spatial perceptions.

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