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Creating, maintaining, reusing: border commissions as the key for understanding contemporary borders

Research activity

Code Science Field Subfield
6.01.00  Humanities  Historiography   

Code Science Field
6.01  Humanities  History and Archaeology 
borders, border commissios, administrative legacy, creating borders, maintaining borders, reusing borders
Evaluation (rules)
source: COBISS
Data for the last 5 years (citations for the last 10 years) on February 28, 2024; A3 for period 2018-2022
Data for ARIS tenders ( 04.04.2019 – Programme tender, archive )
Database Linked records Citations Pure citations Average pure citations
WoS  189  1,447  1,217  6.44 
Scopus  389  2,657  2,030  5.22 
Researchers (24)
no. Code Name and surname Research area Role Period No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  38892  Neja Blaj Hribar  Historiography  Technical associate  2020 - 2024  53 
2.  27510  PhD Mateja Breg Valjavec  Geography  Researcher  2020 - 2024  191 
3.  30791  PhD Rok Ciglič  Geography  Researcher  2020 - 2024  417 
4.  24282  PhD Filip Čuček  Historiography  Researcher  2020 - 2024  175 
5.  23948  PhD Primož Gašperič  Geography  Researcher  2020 - 2024  191 
6.  35035  PhD Matjaž Geršič  Geography  Researcher  2020 - 2024  239 
7.  08394  PhD Bojan Godeša  Historiography  Researcher  2021 - 2024  456 
8.  29512  PhD Jurij Hadalin  Historiography  Researcher  2020 - 2024  109 
9.  57104  Saša Hajzler  Historiography  Researcher  2023 - 2024  81 
10.  39165  PhD Nataša Henig Miščič  Historiography  Junior researcher  2020  44 
11.  13179  PhD Mauro Hrvatin  Humanities  Researcher  2020 - 2024  363 
12.  28155  PhD Petra Kavrečič  Historiography  Researcher  2020 - 2024  157 
13.  28529  PhD Jernej Kosi  Historiography  Researcher  2020 - 2024  178 
14.  08543  PhD Žarko Lazarevič  Historiography  Researcher  2020 - 2024  596 
15.  52012  PhD Erik Logar  Geography  Junior researcher  2020 - 2022  72 
16.  38129  PhD Maja Lukanc  Historiography  Researcher  2020 - 2024  65 
17.  24014  PhD Aleksander Panjek  Historiography  Researcher  2020 - 2024  241 
18.  08294  PhD Drago Perko  Geography  Researcher  2021 - 2024  1,044 
19.  21848  PhD Rok Stergar  Historiography  Researcher  2020 - 2024  327 
20.  54735  Blaž Štangelj  Historiography  Junior researcher  2021 - 2024  76 
21.  38267  PhD Jure Tičar  Geography  Junior researcher  2020 - 2021  220 
22.  33837  PhD Manca Volk Bahun  Humanities  Researcher  2020 - 2024  325 
23.  21670  PhD Marko Zajc  Historiography  Head  2020 - 2024  346 
24.  22245  PhD Matija Zorn  Geography  Researcher  2020 - 2024  1,226 
Organisations (4)
no. Code Research organisation City Registration number No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  0501  Institute for Contemporary History  Ljubljana  5057116000  5,218 
2.  0581  University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Arts  Ljubljana  1627058  97,411 
3.  0618  Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts  Ljubljana  5105498000  62,523 
4.  1822  University of Primorska, Faculty of Humanities  Koper  1810014001  9,781 
All borders are historical. The history of any border is not merely an underlying story, but is ingrained in its very structure. The way in which it has been constructed and maintained (why, how, when, where, and who has created it) contributes to the characteristics of contemporary borders. The border commissions that have created and/or maintained a specific border are of vital importance for its detailed understanding. Conclusion: It is not possible to understand the current borders without knowing the work of the border commissions. The repeated strengthening of the borders is one of the greatest challenges in contemporary Europe (securitisation of migrations, border fences, Brexit). If before 2015 the borders within the EU were seen as an anachronism, the 2015 Refugee crisis showed that the specific characteristics of the individual borders were exceedingly important. Only the knowledge of the complex heritage of individual borders allows for a successful and humane management of state borders. Border commissions are a legal tool for political entities to settle their mutual borders on an equal basis. Commission members include officials and experts. Border commissions may also be implemented by the political entities that are not independent. Some border commissions also include the "third factor": the federal authority, representatives of superpowers, etc. It is difficult to define the difference between bilateral joint commissions and multilateral commissions. According to their function, commissions can be divided into the following: a) those that define the border; b) those that maintain the border. In terms of duration, we can divide them as follows: a) permanent (e.g. border commissions addressing border rivers); b) special, "ad hoc" (addressing particular issues/disputes). SCIENTIFIC BACKGROUND: “Back to the line” / borders as objects The material and historical aspects of the borders are at the forefront of our research. As objects, borders constitute a part of dynamic border processes (Passi 2012). “Borders last longer than states” Political borders can outlive the states that created them. In this sense, borders are more persistent as states. Phantom borders and administrative legacy Phantom borders are the former political borders that keep structuring the modern world. Administrative legacy is closely connected to the development of the modern territorial state Basic research questions (RQ) in the longue durée perspective: Creating borders, Maintaining borders, Reusing borders OBJECTIVES Scientific objectives: A better understanding of the manner in which borders as objects can conserve the past and co-create space and time. Social objectives: 1. The potential influence on the public: overcoming the nationalistic, anachronistic, and deterministic outlooks; a better understanding of the complex processes of boundaries. 2. The potential influence on the practice of border management in the Republic of Slovenia and the EU: the understanding of the legacy of the concrete borders is vital for the management of borders as objects. Research areas (RA): RA1: Space RA2: Identifications, loyalties RA3: Border permeability RA4: Border disputes RA5: Relations between entities, diplomacy Project management Advisory board (AB): Leadership/coordinators of the Interdisciplinary Centre “Border Crossings - Crossing Borders. Berlin Centre for Transnational Border Research”, Humboldt University of Berlin (HU): Work packages (WP): WP1: project management WP2: contemporary Slovenian-Austrian border WP3: contemporary Slovenian-Hungarian border WP4: contemporary Slovenian-Italian border WP5: contemporary Slovenian-Croatian border WP6: dissemination, digitisation, promotion Partners: Anton Melik Geographical Institute of the Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts Department of History, Faculty of Humanities, University of Primorska, Koper Department of History, Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana, Ljubljan
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