Cities, Borders and Identities Winter School

The interdisciplinary winter school Cities, Borders and Identities explores processes of place-making and identity construction in border cities. Bringing together participants from various disciplines, the winter school examines how differing approaches from both humanities and social sciences shed new light on the changing cultures that mark our contemporary urban and European societies.

Cities, borders and identities

With the ongoing refugee crisis on the one hand, and the continuing aftershocks of the financial crisis of 2008 in the other, identity politics have re-emerged throughout Europe, surfacing in spaces that are divided in cultural, political, social and economic terms, and whose borders are increasingly contested. 

European border cities have historically been crucial sites within which these processes of identity-making and contestation are particularly visible. Cities such as as Nicosia, Lviv and Maastricht, each located at a European or state border, as well as Rome, Istanbul, Paris, and Belfast have all been marked and transformed for centuries by intense physical, cultural and social borders. As such they have become central to the study of identities from a range of different disciplines

Rome as an explorative tool

This winter school takes the city of Rome as an explorative case study in its thematic focus on border cities. It considers European border cities as paradigmatic urban contexts where identity questions are particularly salient. They lend themselves to novel conceptualisations of cultural difference and sameness.

Bringing together Research Master’s, PhD students, and early career researchers from (Art) History, Cultural Studies, European Studies, Archeology, Anthropology and Human Geography, the winter school aims to foster an interdisciplinary discussion of the changing cultures of urban border identities. By observing and analysing the urban landscape through the lens of the course themes and methodologies, the city of Rome functions as an essential tool in the winter school.

Course information

Course dates:

18 November – 26 November

Application deadline:

15 May 2017
Apply early to ensure your participation

Academic director:

Prof. Luiza Bialasiewicz


Milou van Hout, Enno Maessen, and Tymen Peverelli


6 ECTS / Certificate of Completion

Tuition fee:

Free for participants from Dutch universities. Others: €400 incl. accommodation.


Open to Research Master's students and PhD candidates, as well as early career researchers in the Humanities and Social Sciences working on historical or contemporary urban contexts.


Cities, Borders and Identities

6 EC, 9 dagen

Gepubliceerd door  Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen