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Topological Atlas: Mapping Contemporary Borderscapes

Objective

Contemporary borders operate in ways that are more complex than in the past. They have been variously conceptualised as porous, shifting and solidified. Where a border may be open for some, for others it is an impenetrable wall. Combined with the mobility of geopolitical territorial formations that operate beyond legal frameworks, such as the formation of ISIS and the situation in Europe where borders are being opened and closed against agreed treaties, the very concept of the border is being radically questioned. We need new ways to make sense of these increasingly complex spaces. This proposal aims to develop a transdisciplinary research programme for mapping, analysing and intervening in border areas in the form of a digital atlas.

Topological Atlas is developed as a methodology for producing visual counter-geographies at border sites. It is ground breaking in its use of digital technologies combined with a participative approach that attends to those who are at the margins of traditional geopolitical inquiry. The project uses topology as conceptual framework and methodology to make maps that produce ‘seamless transitions’ from the space of the migrant to that of the security apparatus that creates barriers to her movement. In doing so it seeks to disrupt the cartographic norms that are being reinforced through the prevalence of GIS technology and mapping platforms such as Google Earth. It investigates forms of visual and co-produced research adapted to situations of crisis and proposes a new model for researching border areas beyond the current top-down international relations or security perspective. At the same time it acknowledges the intertwined relationship between the practice of academic inquiry, the knowledge it produces and what such knowledge can do.

The project is organised around the following research question: How can mapping be used to represent borders as topological entities through the experience of those who encounter them?

Host institution

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT DELFT
Net EU contribution
€ 903 487,80
Address
Stevinweg 1
2628 CN Delft
Netherlands

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Region
West-Nederland Zuid-Holland Delft en Westland
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 903 487,80

Beneficiaries (4)

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT DELFT
Netherlands
Net EU contribution
€ 903 487,80
Address
Stevinweg 1
2628 CN Delft

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Region
West-Nederland Zuid-Holland Delft en Westland
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 903 487,80
THE UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD

Participation ended

United Kingdom
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Address
Firth Court Western Bank
S10 2TN Sheffield
Region
Yorkshire and the Humber South Yorkshire Sheffield
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00
UNIVERSITY OF CUKUROVA
Türkiye
Net EU contribution
€ 25 375,00
Address
.
01330 Adana

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Region
Akdeniz Adana Adana
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 25 375,00
GOLDSMITHS' COLLEGE
United Kingdom
Net EU contribution
€ 569 486,20
Address
Lewisham Way
SE14 6NW London

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Region
London Inner London — East Lewisham and Southwark
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 569 486,20