Migrating borders and moving times

Temporality and the crossing of borders in Europe

Edited by Hastings Donnan, Madeleine Hurd and Carolin Leutloff-Grandits

Migrating borders and moving times


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Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-1538-6
  • Pages: 200
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £75.00
  • Published Date: April 2017
  • BIC Category: Society & social sciences / Migration, immigration & emigration, Political Geography, Society & social sciences / Sociology & anthropology, Political geography, Sociology & anthropology, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / General, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Emigration & Immigration, POLITICAL SCIENCE / General, Migration, immigration & emigration, Sociology
  • Series: Rethinking Borders


Migrating borders and moving timesanalyses migrant border crossings in relation to their everyday experiences of time and connects these to wider social and political structures. Sometimes border crossing takes no more than a moment; sometimes hours; some crossers find themselves in the limbo of detention; for others, the crossing lasts a lifetime to be interrupted only by death. Borders not only define separate spaces, but different temporalities. This book provides both a single interpretative frame and a novel approach to border crossing: an analysis of the reconfiguration of memory, personal and group time that follows the migrants' renegotiation of cross-border space and recalibrations of temporality.


Hastings Donnan is Director of the Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice at Queen's University Belfast

Madeleine Hurd is Senior Lecturer in the Department of History at Södertörn University

Carolin Leutloff-Grandits is Lecturer at the Centre for South Eastern European History and Anthropology, University of Graz


Introduction: Crossing borders, changing times
Madeleine Hurd, Hastings Donnan and Carolin Leutloff-Grandits
1 EU cross-border Passagenwerk
Olivier Thomas Kramsch
2 Negotiating 'neighbourliness' in Sarajevo apartment blocks
Zaira Lofranco
3 Border crossings, shame and (re-)narrating the past in the Ukrainian-Romanian borderlands
Kathryn Cassidy
4 Travelling genealogies: tracing relatedness and diversity in the Albanian-Montenegrin borderland
Jelena Tosic
5 Living on borrowed time: borders, ticking clocks and timelessness among temporary labour migrants in Israel
Robin A. Harper and Hani Zubida
6 New pasts, presents and futures: time and space in family migrant networks between Kosovo and western Europe
Carolin Leutloff-Grandits
7 Silenced border crossings and gendered material flows in southern Albania
Natasa Gregoric Bon
8 Missing migrants: deaths at sea and unidentified bodies in Lesbos
Iosif Kovras and Simon Robins

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