Békéscsaba and Debrecen (Hungary)
September 21.– 27. 2003
BRIT conference is especially timely. It takes place only a few months
before the first round of EU enlargement eastward is scheduled to go
ahead. Hungary, the host country of this sixth event, will (along with
Estonia, Poland, Slovenia, the Czech Republic and other countries) become
a member state and its borders with Romania, the former Yugoslavia and
Ukraine will become the external limits of this enlarging community.
This will have important consequences for border cities and cross-border
interaction as more restrictive visa and border-control formalities
enlargement is occurring simultaneously with processes operating at
larger spatial scales and in more global political contexts. As the
Union accommodates ten new members, the EU itself is seeking a clearer
foreign and security policy profile. The development of a more decisive
geopolitical role for the EU can be seen as an antipode to a putative
“unipolarity” in the present-day world system, a system which is characterised
by increasing transatlantic tensions and the “war against terrorism”.
keeping with BRIT’s more general objectives, this conference encourages
theoretical, empirical and practical discussion on borders, border regions
and geopolitics. While the conference will take place in Hungary and
EU enlargement will feature prominently, wider international comparisons
are also encouraged.
conference will also feature a special session dedicated to the EXLINEA
research project, funded by the European Union. EXLINEA will scrutinise
the development of cross-border interaction and governance at the EU’s
external boundaries over the next three years.
conference varies from the standard BRIT formal in that it is conceived
as a “travelling” event. BRIT VI will begin in the Southern Transdanubian
city of Pécs, where the opening address and first session will take
place. The conference then travels on through Croatia and Serbia to
Békéscsaba in Hungary’s Great Plain region where further sessions will
be held. After a second excursion that will take the group through Romania,
BRIT VI will hold its final panel sessions in the East Hungarian city
of Debrecen. The conference closes with an excursion to the Ukrainian
Borderlands or another nearby border area. The exact routes of the conference
excursions will depend on the relative “permeability” of the Serbian
(i.e. Yugoslavian) and Ukrainian border to non-Europeans.
Thematic focal points
organisers welcome abstract and suggestions for panels that address
basic border-related issues. Several especially salient (and interconnected)
areas of focus are identified below but these are not meant to exclude
the submission of other proposals.
Theorising Borders, Boundaries and Identities within Processes of
Political and Economic Integration
Scrutinising the “New Regionalism”: The Second Great Transition?
Discourses of “the Other” in National/Regional Identity-Formation
Geopolitics of EU Enlargement
Northern and Other Dimensionalities of the EU
Enlargement and its Impacts on Internal/External Borders of the
Border Area Case Studies: Environment, Economics, Minorities, and
Other Governance Issues, Sociologies of Cross-Border Interaction
Specific Hungarian Border Region Case Studies
Presentation and discussion of the EU-project “Exlinea”
organisers of BRIT-VI hope to welcome you to Hungary and to what promises
to be a very stimulating conference!
venue, transportation and accommodation
09. 2003 (Sunday)
Arrival at Pécs.
09. 2003 (Monday)
Registration, opening ceremony, an evening reception.
Field trip by bus from Pécs to Békéscsaba, via Vukovár (Croatia)– Szabadka
(Serbia) – Szeged (Hungary). An evening reception in Békéscsaba.
Paper sessions. Congress venue: Fenyves Hotel congress hall, Békéscsaba
Field trip by bus from Békéscsaba to Debrecen, via Nagyvárad (Rumania).
An evening reception in Debrecen.
Panel session. Congress venue: still being discussed.
Field trip by bus to Ungvár (Ukraine) via Záhony (Hungary). Return to
Debrecen in the evening. Closing of the congress.
bus transfer (Airport Minibus) is available from Airport Ferihegy to
the main railway stations of Budapest.
Budapest Déli Pályaudvar (Main Station South) to Pécs for those who
arrive on the 21th and 22th of September.
From Budapest Keleti Pályaudvar (Main Station East)to Békéscsaba for
those who arrive on the 23th and 24th of September From Budapest Nyugati
Pályaudvar (Main Station West)for those who arrive on the 25th and 26th
timetable of the Hungarian Railway Co. is available on the website http://www.elvira.hu.
for participants are available in the following hotels and pensions.
Reservations could be done either by fax or by e-mail.
Address: H-7621 Pécs, Király u. 5.
Phone/fax: +36 72 514-252
Address: H-7621 Pécs, Rákóczi út 3.
Phone/fax: +36 72 514-277
Address: H-7625 Pécs, Kálvária u. 58.
Phone/fax:+36 72 512-222
Address: H-7621 Pécs, Hunyadi J. u. 2.
Phone/fax: +36 72 311-680
Address: H-5600 Békéscsaba, Ifjúsági tábor 1701
Phone/fax: +36 66 456-126
Address: H-5600 Békéscsaba, Szent István tér 2.
Phone/fax: +36 66 443-243
Grand Hotel Aranybika
Address: H-4025 Debrecen, Piac u. 11-15.
Phone: 36 52 508-600; 508-601; 508-602;
Fax: 36 52 421-834
Cívis Hotel Kálvin
Address: H-4026 Debrecen, Kálvin tér 4.
Phone/fax: 36 52 418-522
Termál Hotel Debrecen Gyógyszálló****
Address: 4032 Debrecen, Nagyerdei park 1.
Phone: +36 52 514-111; 514-182
Fax: +36 52 311-730
Address: 4032, Debrecen, Thomas Mann u. 49.
Postal address: 4015 Debrecen, PoBox 7
Phone: +36 52 412-177
Fax: +36 52 410 909
Address: 4026 Debrecen , Péterfia u. 54.
Adress: 4026 Debrecen, Péterfia u. 37/b.
Phone/fax: +36 52 418-246; 423-583
Address: 4026 Debrecen, Péterfia u. 37/a.
Phone/fax: +36 52 416-193; 442-843
the participants from foreign countries, the registration fee is 180
EUROS that include the registration fee, congress proceedings (a book)
and the cost of the field trip. The rest of costs (i.e. accommodation
fee) is to be paid by the participants themselves locally.
For the participants from neighbouring countries, who will be present
only on a single day of the congress (either in Pécs, or Békéscsaba
or Debrecen) the registration fee is 100 EUROS (registration+ congress
proceedings). All other cost should be paid by the participants locally
(including accommodation and field trip, the latter costs 70 EURO).
For the participants from Hungary, the registration fee is 12000 HUF
(registration+field trip+congress proceedings). All other costs should
be paid by the participants themselves locally (accommodation).
Please download and send completed Registration
Imre Nagy C.Sc.
Centre for Regional Studies
Hungarian Academy of Sciences
5600 Bekecsaba, Szabó D. 40-42.
Tel./fax: (+36)-66-328-577, (+36)-66-441-801
List of contributors and titles of abstacts.
The official language of the congress is English.
Selected papers will be published in conference proceeding. Deadline for
submiting papers(Word F., max 35000 characters): 31. October
Participants should arrange their visa to Croatia, Serbia, Rumania and
The program of conference
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