10 May 2013
The workshop aims at investigating relations between the European Union and the space comprising Israel and the Palestinian territories by focusing on borders and borderlands. The conceptual starting point is the growing disaggregation of the classical functions of borders that simultaneously confined a state’s territory, its authority, and political community. The conceptual framework also stresses the hybrid nature of border- lands resulting from the coexistence of different types of legal, functional, and territorial borders.
The gradual expansion of rules and governance patterns is central to the EU’s relations to its near abroad. From this vantage point, Israel’s growing integration into the EU’s internal market is tantamount to the EU’s expansion of its disaggregated boundaries southwards. Concurrently, the EU is substantially involved in the Palestinian territories through its aid policies and support for Palestinian state-building, with the territories being linked to Israel through various types of borders, governance patterns, and unequal power relations.
Seeking to overcome the traditional division between studies of EU-Israeli relations and the body of literature dealing with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the workshop explores the network of overlapping border regimes connecting Israel and the Palestinian territories to Europe in its entirety. It invites scholars to reflect on different types and configurations of borders, governance patterns, and borderlands across the EU and Israel/Palestine, together with their political and socio-economic implications.
The workshop is part of the ERC-funded research project “BORDERLANDS: Boundaries, Governance, and Power in the European Union’s Relations with North Africa and the Middle East”, hosted at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, EUI, and directed by Prof Raffaella Del Sarto.