|Welcome to the 11th annual international conference on European Integration
BORDERS, IMAGINED AND REAL
Skopje, Thursday 26 May 2016
The major goal of the conference is to take an in-depth examination of the concepts of borders and boundaries, as well as the acts of crossing them. This conference will especially seek to explore the development and growth of real or imagined borders which through the years have demonstrated to have strong presence and impact on societies, their development and growth. With this academic conference we seek to raise awareness of the importance of the study of borders, whether they are territorial or policy-driven, by looking into their dynamic structures and elements. The aim of this conference will be also to explore new and alternative scenarios of shaping and visualization of borders versus the concept of European integration from a critical and forward looking perspective.
Major issues to be addressed include, but are not limited to:
- Old and new borders on the European continent: trends of secession and integration
- Challenges to regional, cross-border and trans-border cooperation in Europe
- Open vs. closed borders: free movement, migration control, and the future of the Schengen Agreement
- Border security and management
- Dealing with social, ethnic, linguistic and religious boundaries within Europe
- Overcoming the digital divide
- Education without borders: transnational exchange and mobility programs
- Economic boundaries in the age of globalization
- Historical, philosophical and cultural perspectives on the concept of borders
For centuries the influence and ideas coming from the academia had been shaping the world. We look forward to your participation in the one-day conference in Skopje on 26 May, 2016. Join the number of scholars and professionals who will offer their thought-provoking visions and responses to the contemporary challenges that we face.
Prof. Marjan Bojadjiev, PhD