Olivier Thomas Kramsch
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EU cross-border Passagenwerk

Chapter 1 explores a layering of time and space along the border between Germany and the Netherlands. At one time heavily patrolled, the Dutch-German border has been reduced to near-insignificance by recent EU decisions; but borderland signifiers encourage observers to remember and challenge both past and present meanings. The border can be seen as a montage which gives time a spatial representation. It enables a flaneur-like gaze on memory and mobility; a variety of signs present a palimpsest of meanings and historical referents, revealing the strangeness of a ‘blocked temporal passage’ between different types of border regimes. The flaneur recounts the spatial experience of relics of the past, whose afterlives awaken the observer to new conceptual constellations. Indeed, the juxtaposition of arbitrary relics, randomly witnessed, denaturalises assumed truths about the present and about borders, including the spatial power relations of conflicting border regimes

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Migrating borders and moving times

Temporality and the crossing of borders in Europe


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