The panel is devoted to the research of heritage management and practices in border areas. We invite fellow researchers to compare and discuss case-studies from different European borderlands.
During the 20th century, the borderlands of Europe had been exposed to dramatic political, economic and social changes that have determined everyday life of local communities in countless ways. Border regimes have varied widely, ranging from the virtually impenetrable Iron Curtain that separated East from West to the open borders of the Schengen Area within the European Union. The beginning of the 21st century brought with it the formation of a significantly expanded European Union, which has almost 40 internal land borders that are home to virtually one third of its population. Borders between formerly divided regions in Europe have become more open than ever before. Marginal communities along these frontiers have adapted to these new circumstances in different ways. Forgotten borderlands are often considered idyllic landscapes with rich cultural history and high level of biodiversity. Even borders themselves have been recast as sites of heritage, providing opportunities for cross-border initiatives and cooperation. We invite panel papers that focus on the mutually constitutive relationship between border changes and heritage processes from diverse perspective and at different scales, from the local to the transnational. We wish to discuss how border regions provide excellent opportunities for studying the relationship between the natural and cultural heritage, production, promotion, management and preservation of heritage, the role of nationalism and the use of history in the construction of heritage or cross-border heritagization projects.