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Towards a decentred history of the Middle East: Transborder spaces, circulations, frontier effects and state formation, 1920-1946

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Project "BORDER" data sheet

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 Coordinator Country Switzerland [CH]
 Project website
 Total cost 1˙997˙675 €
 EC max contribution 1˙997˙675 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2016-COG
 Funding Scheme ERC-COG
 Starting year 2017
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2017-09-01   to  2022-08-31


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UNIVERSITE DE NEUCHATEL CH (NEUCHATEL) coordinator 1˙997˙675.00


 Project objective

While the crisis of the territorial nation-state in the Middle East has once again been brought to a head by the wars in Iraq and Syria, it cannot be simply understood as the logical consequence of an imported political construction. Based on two epistemological notions – borderlands as histoire-problème (history-as-problem) and the co-production of borders between state and society – this research project proposes to rethink the classical historical narrative about the emergence of the post-Ottoman Middle East. Taking its cue from trans-border phenomena and thus paying attention to the circulation of people, goods and ideas as well as to everyday encounters between local actors and state representatives, the project will be guided by four principle objectives to offer:

• A socio-historical analysis of state violence in the borderlands of the Middle East; • An examination of the capacity of border populations to create the history of the borderlands, nation-states, and the region as a whole; • A study of the frontier effects based around the notions of subjectivity, space and time, and involving various levels of observation (macro, meso and micro) in order to identify the ruptures and continuities evoked by the delineation of new borderlines; and • A historical lens through which to make sense of current events in Syria and Iraq, and possibly orient conflict-resolution practitioners.

Through the exploitation of a wide range of sources (diplomatic, administrative and military records, missionary documents, newspapers) and by looking at the social construction of international frontiers at the borderlands located between Turkey, Iraq and Syria in the interwar era, the research project will provide a much more holistic yet finely-grained understanding of the formation of the territorial state in the region in the aftermath of the First World War as well as a historical perspective on the on-going armed conflicts.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2020 Jordi Tejel
« Des femmes contre des moutons »
published pages: 35, ISSN: 2649-664X, DOI: 10.3917/vin.145.0035
20 & 21. Revue d\'histoire N°145/1 2020-04-15
2020 Ramazan Hakkı Öztan
Republic of Conspiracies: Cross-Border Plots and the Making of Modern Turkey
published pages: 2200941988462, ISSN: 0022-0094, DOI: 10.1177/0022009419884627
Journal of Contemporary History 2020-04-15
2020 Victoria Abrahamyan
Citizen Strangers: Identity Labelling and Discourse in the French Mandatory Syria, 1920–1932
published pages: 40-61, ISSN: 2351-9916, DOI: 10.1163/23519924-00601004
Journal of Migration History 6/1 2020-03-13
2020 Jordi Tejel
States of Rumors: Politics of Information Along the Turkish-Syrian Border, 1925–1945
published pages: 1-19, ISSN: 0886-5655, DOI: 10.1080/08865655.2020.1719866
Journal of Borderlands Studies 2020-03-13
2020 Jordi Tejel, Ramazan Hakkı Öztan
The Special Issue ‘Forced Migration and Refugeedom in the Modern Middle East’ Towards Connected Histories of Refugeedom in the Middle East
published pages: 1-15, ISSN: 2351-9916, DOI: 10.1163/23519924-00601002
Journal of Migration History 6/1 2020-03-13
2020 Ramazan Hakkı Öztan
Settlement Law of 1934: Turkish Nationalism in the Age of Revisionism
published pages: 82-103, ISSN: 2351-9916, DOI: 10.1163/23519924-00601006
Journal of Migration History 6/1 2020-03-13
2018 Jordi Tejel Gorgas
Making borders from below: the emergence of the Turkish–Iraqi Frontier, 1918–1925
published pages: 811-826, ISSN: 0026-3206, DOI: 10.1080/00263206.2018.1462165
Middle Eastern Studies 54/5 2019-04-18

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