From 10 until 14 July 2018, on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the dissolution of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, border scholars from around the globe came together in Vienna and Budapest to discuss borders. This world academic conference on borders became a site of scientific investigation itself, where 66 citizen scientists (bachelor students in the humanities from border regions throughout the ex-Habsburg area) met 24 border scholars as equals for a cross-disciplinary (border/citizen science) experiment.
This Citizen Science project asked:
The Experiment consisted of two aspects:
A special focus was put on potentially common narratives among citizen scientists in articulating the meaning of borders. How was the border verbally drawn and how did it evolve during the further global conversations? The project aimed to offer a solid empirical data basis for future research in border studies. It also aimed to draw attention to the limits of public expertise in the knowledge and information society of the 21st century, as well as the limits of the production and consumption of science.
Interviewed by students, 19 April 2018
University of Vienna
Institute for Eastern European History
Machteld Venken, PhD
Spitalgasse 2 Hof 3