The course “Ethnographic exploration of border regions” took place as a block week in February 2019. It was the first exploratory course – and thus the first case study – in the “Values of Humanities” project and was organised by the Center for Humanities and Cultural Studies at the University of Liechtenstein.
Border region of Liechtenstein
Liechtenstein is an area that is geographically, nationally and politically defined and that offers a cultural system of order. But what defines this “border region”? How is it perceived individually, how is it experienced, what history and what stories are entwined around it? Which structures and rules have a specific effect, which are symbolic and what does the material design of this border region look like?
During the course, the border region was explored ethnographically by means of figures, images, and stories. Together with students, exploration took place as to which boundaries are effective politically, socially, symbolically or in everyday cultural ways and what junctions, transgressions and movements are generated by these boundaries.