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* 1. I am a

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* 2. What is your gender?

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* 3. I have been working in academia for

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* 4. I am studying or working in

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* 5. I also have studied or worked in

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* 6. Have you ever conceived the academic world as a system including and excluding certain people, ideas, activities…?

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* 7. If yes, could you tell us when and how you started to think like that?

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* 8. What do you consider the most prevalent of such bordering practices within academia?

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* 9. Do they affect you?

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* 10. If yes, how do they affect you?

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* 11. Do they affect your working environment?

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* 12. If yes, how do they affect your working environment?

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* 13. Have you engaged in changing the bordering practices you mentioned above?

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* 14. If yes, why did you do that?

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* 15. If no, why you did not?

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* 16. If yes, what have you done?

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* 17. If yes, what was the result?

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* 18. The Association for Borderland Studies 2nd World Conference experiments with shifting borders in academia along the applied dimension of border research. As Henk van Houtum wrote: “(…) a border is not and can never be an answer. It is a question.” (2001, 60)

Experiment 1: the conference border

World conferences are often organised at big universities in rich countries, or in hotels. 

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* 19. How important do you find it to change this conference border?

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* 20. How appropriate do you find our solution (to organise the conference in Vienna and Budapest)?

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* 21. What other solutions could you propose to shift this conference border?

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* 22. Experiment 2: financial borders

A year of intensive fund-raising enabled us to offer 30 percent of the total amount of 450 participants financial support. This made it possible, for example, to organise an (ex-) Habsburg Track of eleven sessions.

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* 23. How important do you find it to influence financial borders?

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* 24. How appropriate do you find our solution (intensive fund raising)?

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* 25. What other solutions could you propose to shift financial borders regarding academic conferences?

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* 26. Experiment 3: visa borders

A Grant of the German Federal Agency for Civic Education enables us to compose a Global Track, in which scholars from different continents are asked to collectively present the state of the arts in border studies. The presentations are filmed and will be made available on the internet for free, where those who could not join us on this conference because of visa regulations can watch them.

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* 27. How important do you find it to overcome visa borders?

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* 28. How appropriate do you find our solution (open access movies)?

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* 29. What other solutions could you propose to overcome visa borders regarding academic conferences?

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* 30. Experiment 4: borders of expertise

ABS World 2018 is a site of scientific investigation itself, where citizen scientists (bachelor students in the humanities from border regions throughout the ex-Habsburg area) meet border scholars as equals for a scientific experiment. The project asks what borders mean to border scholars, to young adults from the (ex-) Habsburg area, as well as what new knowledge a global encounter between citizen scientists and border scholars reveals. After the conference, the project will continue in a digital café, where participants can engage in a global collective search for the meaning of borders.

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* 31. How important do you find it to thematize borders of expertise?

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* 32. How appropriate do you find our solution (citizen science experiment)?

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* 33. What other solutions could you propose to research borders of expertise in and beyond academia?

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* 34. Experiment 5: gender borders

ABS World 2018 continues the initiative of its partner, the Central European University, to invite women to talk (Nature, 495:2013, 36). We scheduled five keynote speakers, four women and one man. All keynote speakers have never given a keynote speech before.

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* 35. How important do you find it to thematize gender borders?

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* 36. How appropriate do you find our solution (keynote speaker choice)?

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* 37. What other solutions could you propose?

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