Individual Projects

Spatial Politics – Shifting Regions: Baltic and European Perspectives
Prof. Norbert Götz, Principal Investigator, Stockholm (Södertörn University Stockholm)

Vai all'articoloThe project studies political region building by examining the fuzzy geography arising from the enmeshment of territory with a multitude of frameworks for regional action. It does so by examining diverging conceptions of the Baltic Sea area, Northern Europe, and Europe at large since the 1970s. Drawing on functional, relational, and administrative perspectives, the project shows how spatial definitions surrounding various regions have varied over the past fifty years, revealing those transnational connections that have been valued as worthwhile political investments.

Political Uses of the Mediterranean Metaphor from the 18th to the Early 21st Century
Prof. Rolf Petri, Principal Investigator, Venice (Ca’ Foscari University of Venice)

Vai all'articoloThe Mediterranean is not just a space of trade and seafaring, it carries also a strong figurative power, embodying a multitude of imaginings which imply space hierarchies and mental maps. The project seeks to investigate the history, longue durée and deeper structures of such imaginings. It asks whether the Mediterranean metaphors were shaped by a typically European sense of history, and how European discourses on the Mediterranean past are affected by the recent political changes in the Mediterranean area and global geopolitics.

Past and Present in the Minds of Secondary School Students: A Bottom-up Approach to Mental Mapping in the Baltic and Mediterranean Rim
Dr. Janne Holmén (Södertörn University Stockholm)

Vai all'articoloThe purpose of the present study is to investigate the mental maps and history perception of students at the last year of secondary school in the Baltic and the Mediterranean regions. It departs from a multidisciplinary approach in the intersection of the didactics of history, geography and civics. The students’ perception of and information about other countries will be investigated, attempting to establish to which extent the Baltic and Meditterranean Seas act as barriers to or carriers of information flow. The study also investigates whether the Baltic and Mediterranean regional-building projects are mirrored in the mental maps of secondary school children. Thereby it adds the critical corrective of a bottom-up-perspective to most of the project’s other studies with their emphasis of elites and discourses.

Baltic Sea and Mediterranean Region in Quasi-Parliamentary Assemblies
Associated Professor Dr. Jussi Kurunmäki (Södertörn University Stockholm)

Vai all'articoloIn the European context, the establishment of some kind of representative assembly seems to make an integral part of region-building. The study examines how the members of the European Parliament, the Baltic Assembly, and the Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean view the Baltic Sea and Mediterranean regions as political communities of their own right and how these “macro-regions” have been discussed vis-à-vis nation state, other regional or local communities, Europe, and a global demos. In this purpose, attention will be paid to the rhetoric that has been used in order to give cultural and historical backing to these regions as well as to the arguments that have questioned the relevance or the geographical and cultural content given to the two regions. These two macro-regions will be studied against the backdrop of theories of multilevel governance and transnational democracy.

Floating Islands: The Representation of Mediterranean and Baltic Islands in the 19th and 21st Century
Dr. Deborah Paci (Ca’ Foscari University of Venice)

Vai all'articoloHow do the ambiguities of spatial and mental ‘isolation’ of Mediterranean and Baltic islands affect the geopolitical meanings assigned to them since the nineteenth century? The present research examines to what extent insularism shaped the self-representation of the islanders, their predisposition to cultivate cultural peculiarities, and their sentiment of belonging. The role of the idea of a Mediterranean and Baltic Sea Region for insular identities will be assessed. Moreover, as islands are part of complex regional and global patterns of interaction, discussions and geopolitical scenarios about their future and their relation to the national mainland, the European Union, and the Mediterranean or Baltic areas are analyzed.

Layers of Spatial Identification: European Mobility from the Baltic and Mediterranean Regions to Sweden
PhD candidate Vasilis Petrogiannis (Södertörn University Stockholm)

Vai all'articoloThis PhD research will examine possible common identities in two geographical regions of great significance for Europe – the Mediterranean and the Baltic Sea – through the self-identifications of their citizens. The relationship between the two regional and two other spatial identities, the national and the European, will also be investigated. The project aims at understanding if the regional identification works as an intermediate link between the other two identities and to which extent it facilitates the creation and establishment of the European one. The focus groups of the study will be immigrants from the Mediterranean to the Baltic Sea region countries.



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