As part of the UNITA European University Alliance (https://www.research.univ-unita.eu/en/about-us.html), a fully-funded PhD contract is available on the theme of ‘The Politicisation of Borders and the Shaping of Identity’. It is part of a Horizon Europe Marie Skłodowska Curie programme co-funded by the European Union. The PhD programme is under joint supervision between Savoie Mont Blanc University and the University of Turin.
Applications are open until March 22nd, 2024. For more information: https://www.research.univ-unita.eu/en/choral-project/phd-offers.html
Recruiting university : USMB (France) / Co-supervising university : UNITO (Italy)
Thirty years ago, it seemed that national borders were breaking down, as the Cold War came to an end and the Maastricht Treaty introduced a borderless space within the European Union. Today, conversely, the notion of a borderless world appears ever-more elusive as borders are constantly reinforced and extended. The UK serves as a fascinating case -study of these trends where successive governments have sought to reinforce territorial boundaries, most recently by ending freedom of movement for EU migrants and introducing strict new migration controls that risk contravening international law. EU and UK efforts to reinforce their borders have proved largely inefficient. The UK has seen a significant net increase of illegal migration since 2018. Yet, the strengthening of the border serves an important symbolic function in political terms, notably providing an illusion of security in an unstable world. The politicisation of the border also serves to demarcate national identities, as borders are presented by populist leaders as a means of protecting a supposedly homogeneous people from external threat. These processes in turn create significant threats to human rights and reinforce cultural and symbolic borders within national territories. This interdisciplinary project will draw on methodologies and critical tools from Politics, Sociology and Linguistics to examine how some political groupings within the UK are developing alternative ways of thinking about borders as dynamic, open and inclusive, thus allowing the construction of inclusive, positive identity narratives that promote human rights, tolerance and diversity – key elements of the intangible cultural heritage of European nations.Full description of the project
Full Description USMB-UNITO-02.pdf