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# To walk across the border, to tell a different tale: Schengen heritage from below


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First name Jana Middle name Last name Milovanović
Title MA Anthropologist Organization / Institution Terra Vera NGO Department
Address Grajska cesta 8, Kostanjevica na Krki Postal / Zip code 8311 Country Slovenia
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Abstract

Abstract title

To walk across the border, to tell a different tale: Schengen heritage from below

Abstract text

European Schengen border agreement as a broad region of division that has already been affected by enhanced migration flow, is now witnessing new obstacles due to COVID-19 restrictions. As an anthropologist situated in border intersection I document and respond to the circumstances that deeply affect our lives. I focus on the site of Žumberak/Gorjanci mountain along the border between Slovenia and Croatia. Capturing the views and experiences of people living by the border, I question how the policies relating to COVID-19 restrictions influence their sense of self and their environment. Furthermore, I investigate oral histories with a focus on abandoned cross-border walking paths that served the sustainable economic means of people beforethe establishment of the border and contextualise them in the present moment. The paper investigates underlying realities of the borderlands, capturing experience-based counter narratives to restrictions, informed by enhanced migration flow and COVID-19. It emphasizes the importance of cross-border cooperation by focusing on old walking paths inside oral histories of people living in the borderlands, past and present. Finally, I will present the EU funded project ‘Rural Migrantour - Paths to Recovery’ that aims to establish historical testimonies of cross-border solidarity and mutual cooperation through digital and physical means, hoping that the aftermath of the COVID19 pandemic will contribute to forging new ways of being and of relatedness in spite of differing forms of governance, policy and practice.

Conference topic

Panel no. 06 - Feminist-inspired Activist Imaginaries for Making Change: Social Making Legacies and Methodological Framings

Preferred format

Oral

Abstract Review

This abstract was reviewed on 2021-01-05 22:15h by pantau

Reviewer decision

Accepted