The basic characteristic: Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) is a peculiar geopolitical, social and cultural region sharing common post-communist legacy, but still characterized by significant differences when it comes historical experience, cultural identities and political institutions. Specific identity and position of Central and Eastern Europe has been reinforced by the full scale invasion of Russia against Ukraine in February 24, 2022, displaying common interestsof the countries of the region determined by geopolitical location. But, at the same time, the aggression exposed differences between the nations of CEE showing variety of political reactions, challenges faced and opportunities for the future development. The war in Ukraine affects the whole CEE leading to questions going beyond reflection on military aspects of confrontation. It articulates variety of challenges faced by the region in XXI century like strength and weakness of liberal democracy, disinformation penetrating social imagination, migration policies in the time of intensified international migrations, different dimensions of security and risks triggered byradical nationalism. The seminar will be a platform for discussing these problems and building stronger academic community in the region of CEE.

International Scientific Conference: Borderlands facing a polycrisis in the 21st century. Resilience and future perspectives of cross-border relations
  • Time and location: 10-13 September 2023 , Wrocław – Opole, Poland
  • Organizer: Centre for Regional and Borderlands Studies at the Institute of Sociology, University of Wrocław;Institute of Political Science and Public Administration, University of Opole; Department of Social-Scientific European Studies, Saarland University; Jean Monnet Network: “Borders, Human-to-Military Security Database”, University of Victoria

  • The basic characteristic: The 21st century faces a ‘global polycrisis’ as crises that occurred in multiple systems became causally entangled (Lawrence, Janzwood, Homer-Dixon 2022). In particular borderlands that are situated at the intersection of at least two national territories, political systems, cultural orders, and social spaces have been impacted by numerous disruptions that violated their stability and the sense of security. The so-called migration crisis, Brexit, the Covid-19 pandemic, the Polish-Belarusian humanitarian border crisis, and the recent war in Ukraine have affected the function of borders and also changed the lenses through which borders are perceived. The revival of borders as separating lines between sovereign states and societies, the rise of nationalist movements, new social divisions, ethnic or religious exclusions can be perceived as problems that seemed to fade in the optimistic vision of European development but that have returned with redoubled force. These new processes pose a challenge not only for political authorities but also for researchers who are trying to grasp the dynamically changing social reality and new public discourses. What short- and long-term consequences result from these changes? How to handle the multiplied crises? What are the adaptation strategies of individuals, communities, and political authorities? To what extent are they resilient to these disruptive events? We invite you to Wrocław and Opole to discuss the new changes that occur in borderlands and the challenges faced by multiple actors as raised above.


To find out more about the conference programme, its aims and scope and important deadlines see the website:

12th EURINT INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE: Challenges and future prospects for a resilient Europe
  • Time and location: 19-20 May 2023, Iasi, Romania
  • Contact person: prof. Gabriela Carmen Pascariu (e-mail:
  • Organizer: Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi
  • The basic characteristic: The EURINT conference series was launched in Iasi by the Centre for European Studies in 2013 in the frame of the Jean Monnet Life Long Learning Programme. Since 2013 the EURINT conference has established itself as one of the most visible academic events in field of European Studies from Central and Eastern Europe. The 2023 edition will focus on “Challenges and future prospects for a resilient Europe”. By organizing this conference, the aim is to create a favourable framework for dialogue and analysis on the issues facing the European Union, as well as other relevant related topics. The event is addressed to all those interested in the broad spectrum of aspects that the European Union incorporates. To find out more about the topics of possible contributions and important deadlines see the conference’s website

Interdisciplinary online lecture series: Border Realities

The Centre for Regional and Borderlands Studies at the University of Wrocław invites  researchers and students interested in border studies to participate in the series of lectures Border Realities. Transformation of the border and new conceptual challenges. The online lecture series aims to discuss the transformation of the border by means of empirical case studies as well as conceptual issues. International border researchers from the social sciences and cultural studies are invited to relate their own research and reflection results to the recent resurgence of borders and to elaborate on their new forms. More >>>

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International Summer School: Spotlight – Audiovisual capturing of dynamics of place attachment and identity in Central European borderlands
  • Time and location: 11th-17th September 2022, Opole, Poland
  • Contact person: Agnes Eross, Ph.D., (e-mail: )
  • Organizer: University of Opole (Poland), University of St. Gallen (Switzerland), Geographical Institute, Research Centre for Astronomy and Earth Sciences, ELKH, (Hungary), University of Ostrava (Czech Republic), University of Ss. Cyril and Methodius in Trnava (Slovakia), International Visegrad Fund’s Small grant programme
  • The basic characteristic: The Summer School’s program offers a strong theoretical basis and practical skills training for university students. The organizers planned activities designed to empower the participants with audiovisual skills, which they can use both as a research method and as a dissemination of their research results. Twelve participants were selected from seven countries with diverse educational backgrounds (Arts, Humanities, Social sciences) and skill sets. They will work in groups and create 5-10 minutes’ long audiovisual etudes in collaboration with the citizens of Opole, and with experts working in local institutions. The short audiovisual etudes will be screened on 17th of September from 18:00 pm in Kino Meduza. The screening will be followed by a friendly conversation with invited lecturers and filmmakers. The closing event is open to the public

International Summer School: Cross-border Co-operation in Central Europe in the Times of Re-bordering: Story of Success (?)

  • Time and location: 8 – 19 August 2022, Liberec (with field trips to other 2 European countries), Czech Republic
  • Contact person: Hynek Böhm, Ph.D., (e-mail: )
  • Organizer: Technical University of Liberec; University of Opole (with support of the Erasmus + and CEEPUS programmes)
  • The basic characteristic: The goal of the program is to provide the students with an intensive interdisciplinary insight into the cross-border co-operation (CBC), which is often labelled as a laboratory of European integration at the micro-scale. The participants will learn, on the basis of geography, political science, and history, how is the CBC conducted in the EU, with special focus on differences in CBC conduct in individual EU countries with the post-communist background. More >>>