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Frontiers and Mobilities: The Frontiers of the Roman Empire and Europe

  • Richard Hingley (a1)
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This article addresses questions relating to the ‘Frontiers of the Roman Empire World Heritage Site’ and seeks to introduce into this initiative some concepts derived from recent writings on contemporary mobilities and bordering, exploring the possibility of creating greater engagement between the two academic fields of ‘border studies’ and ‘Roman Frontier Studies’. By examining the relationship between the Roman Frontiers initiative and the European Union's stated aims of integration and the dissolution of borders, it argues in favour of crossing intellectual borders between the study of the present and the past to promote the value of the Roman frontiers as a means of reflecting on contemporary problems facing Europe. This article considers the potential roles of Roman Frontier Studies in this debate by emphasizing frontiers as places of encounter and transformation.

L'article ci-dessus traite du site du patrimoine mondial que constituent les « Frontières de l'Empire romain » et cherche à introduire dans cette initiative certains concepts formulés dans des écrits récents sur la mobilité et la délimitation des frontières contemporaines dans le but d’étudier la possibilité de créer une collaboration plus étroite entre les deux domaines que sont l’étude des frontières actuelles et l’étude des frontières romaines. L'examen des rapports entre l'initiative sur les « Frontières de l'Empire romain » et les objectifs fondamentaux d'intégration et de dissolution des frontières de l'Union européenne nous mène à proposer une approche qui transcende les frontières intellectuelles entre l’étude du passé et celle du présent et de promouvoir les valeurs que représentent les frontières romaines comme moyen de réflexion sur les problèmes auxquels l'Europe se trouve confrontée aujourd'hui. Dans cet article nous examinons l'influence que les études sur les frontières romaines pourraient avoir dans ce débat en soulignant le rôle des frontières comme lieux de rencontre et de transformation. Translation by Madeleine Hummler

In diesem Artikel wird das Weltkulturerbe „Grenzen des Römischen Reiches“ besprochen, und es wird versucht, einige Konzepte, die von neueren Veröffentlichungen über Mobilität und Begrenzungen in der heutigen Welt beeinflusst sind, in diese Initiative einzuführen; es wird auch versucht, eine engere Zusammenarbeit zwischen den wissenschaftlichen Feldern, die sich den modernen Grenzen und den römischen Grenzen widmen, zu fördern. Die Auswertung der Zusammenhänge zwischen dem Projekt „Grenzen des Römischen Reiches“ und den grundsätzlichen Zielen der Integrierung und Abschaffung der Grenzen innerhalb der Europäischen Union führt zur Empfehlung, intellektuelle Grenzen zwischen dem Studium der Gegenwart und der Vergangenheit zu überschreiten, um den Wert der römischen Grenzen als Mittel einer Betrachtung der aktuellen Grenzproblemen Europas zu fördern. Die potenzielle Bedeutung der römischen Grenzen in dieser Debatte, vor allem ihre Rolle als Orte der Begegnung und des Wandels wird hier betont. Translation by Madeleine Hummler

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