Borderlands: Central and Eastern Europe, the Balkans, the Mediterranean Region and the Arab World

This lecture-based course is designed as an English language proposal for both foreign and Polish students – Doctoral Schools students, MA and BA students of Kolegium “Artes Liberales” and Faculty of “Artes Liberales”, and as a general university course – all the students of the University (“ogun”).

Course’s authorial core are lectures designed by prof. dr hab. Jolanta Sujecka, dr Maciej Falski, and dr hab. Michał Moch, Associate Professor of IMOC PAS, in relation to their research work on the Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe, as well as the area of the Mediterranean, Middle East and Northern Africa, as well as the Arab world.

Aim of the course is reflection on questions revolving the notion of borderlands. The central problem of the borderlands will be illustrated with case studies of the Polish Borderlands (Kresy), the German Bollewerk, the Balkan borderlands of military (Croatian- Vojna Krajina, German- Militärgrenze, Serbian- Војна Крајина,  Hungarian-Katonai határőrvidék, Latin- Confiniaria militaria), religious and cultural character of the concept, and the series of lectures on Israel/Palestine and Lebanon (+ the context of other Arab countries), focused on conceptualizations of these territories as borderlands but with references to critique of the usage of an aforementioned notion. Another illustration of the specificity of the title category will be the cities and towns of the Slovenian-Italian border region, Dalmatia and eastern Poland.