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070327 VO Lecture Specialisaton 2 (2018W)

Walking Through Walls, Transgressing Frontiers Border Regimes and Phantom Borders in North America and Central Europe since 1848.

4.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 7 - Geschichte

Prüfungstermine (mündlich):
Freitag, 8.3.2019, 15:00-16:30
Freitag, 12.4.2019, 15:00-16:30
Freitag, 31.5.2019, 15.00-16:30
Ort: Dienstzimmer von ao. Univ.-Prof. Dr. Martina Kaller, Stiege 6, 2. Stock



Language: English

Examination dates


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Classes will take place on the following dates: October 5 (2 hours), 18 (3 hours) and 19 (the entire day), 2018

Friday 05.10. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 2 Tiefparterre Hauptgebäude Stiege 5 Hof 3
Thursday 18.10. 18:30 - 20:00 Hörsaal 1 Tiefparterre Hauptgebäude Stiege 1 Hof 1
Thursday 18.10. 20:15 - 21:45 Hörsaal 1 Tiefparterre Hauptgebäude Stiege 1 Hof 1
Friday 19.10. 09:45 - 20:00 Hörsaal 2 Tiefparterre Hauptgebäude Stiege 5 Hof 3


Aims, contents and method of the course

This series lecture class deals with the formation of borders between the Central American states and Mexico and border regimes in Central Europe during the 19th and 20th centuries.

It is against this backdrop that this series lecture at the University of Vienna, in cooperation with the University of Chicago, hosts the annual conference of the Cátedra Friedrich Katz.
In light of this special constellation of 2018 speakers from Mexico, Central America and Austria discuss topics related to border regimes in past and present.
Key concepts discussed will include the juxtaposition of frontiers vs. borders, central to the work of Friedrich Katz who has studied Mexico’s northern frontier at the time of the Mexican Revolution and its relevance for both Mexico and the United States; the idea of closed borders in historically intercultural spaces, such as the current idea to build a wall at the Mexican-American border or the Iron Curtain cutting through Europe over four decades; and the concept of phantom borders, i.e. the lasting impact of disappeared borders in the regions they used to separate.

October 5, 2018: Introduction to the general topic

October 18, 2018, 18:30 | HS 1, main building, staircase 1, court 1
Martina Kaller, University of Vienna, Welcome address
Berthold Molden, University of Vienna
: Border Boy. The Frontiers of Friedrich Katz
Kateřina Březinová, Metropolitan University of Praha 
: The Mexican-American Border Wall and its Impact on North
 American Integration

October 19, 2018, 09:45 to 18:30 | HS 2, main building, staircase 5, court 3
Laurin Blecha, University of Vienna: 
Along the post-1822 Mexican-Central American Border
Markus Müller, Free University Berlin : "A System of Vigorous Reprisal:" The US Borderland Indian Campaigns as
 Crucible of Imperial Violence
Andrea Komlosy, University of Vienna 
: The shifting empire. Austria-Hungary’s Reorganization in the Face of
 Nationalism: 1848 → 1867 →1918
Alberto Barrera Enderle, CIESAS Unidad Noreste, Mexico: Smuggling at the American Mexican Border in the Twentieth Century
Chair: Martina Kaller

Break 13:00 to 14:30

Claudia Kraft, University of Vienna: 
Along the former Iron Curtain in Central Europe
Daniela Ingruber, Donau University Krems:
 Challenges of Undocumented Immigration and Radical Responses: Walls,
 Fences, Military Enforcement
Jonathan Ordóñez Gaitán, University of Milan
: Borders in Central America: Origins, Functions, and Future
Chair: Berthold Molden

Exam on December 7, 2018.

Assessment and permitted materials

This is a series lecture, therefore,​ students are invited to contribute to the debates of each talk.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

The class requires a good command of​ English. The grading requires attendance in all talks held on 3 different days. Attention! Friday, October 19, 2014, the class will take place the whole day. On October 18 the class will be of 3 hours in the evening. The introduction on October 5 and the exam on December 7 will be held in the usual format of 2 hours.

Examination topics

Contents of the series lecture's talks.

Reading list

Will be announced

Association in the course directory

MA Globalgeschichte: Vertiefung 2 (4 ECTS); MA Geschichte PM 4 (4 ECTS)

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