Finnmark University College and Barents Institute receive major grant for joint border research programme

The University College of Finnmark in Alta and the Barents Institute have competed successfully together with a joint research proposal addressed to the University College Strategic Programme of the Research Council of Norway.
The joint research programme is called “The Construction and Negotiation of Borders: Discourses Related to the Border between Norway and Russia” and has been granted funding for three years. The overarching research question in this project is: How do people on different arenas cross and negotiate the border in performing their lives, professionally or privately, and how are different discourses concerning the border, borderland and the border discourses created and inscribed in these processes?

Barents Institute fellows involved in this are Urban Wråkberg, Jessica Shadian and Helena Jokila. Jokila will have the main part of her funding for a post-doc from this programme. The research will commence in 2008 and be partly related to the collaboration between the Barents Institute and the University College of Finnmark regarding the Barents International School: Campus Kirkenes. This up-coming border study research programme is presented in more detail on the BAI research web pages.

Opening a gate in the Russian security fence at Rajakoski during an excursion of the 2006 Connection Barents cultural workshop. By kind permission of the Border Guard Service of Russia. Photo Urban Wråkberg.

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