Marlene Paulin Kristensen

Marlene Paulin Kristensen

Part-time lecturer

My PhD project (2014-2018) studies the continuous bordering of Europe as performed through the everyday conceptualizations and practices of border officials working with the enforcement of state borders in the realm of the European Union and Schengen regulations and legislation. The end of the Cold War marked a point of acceleration for tighter cooperation regarding the management of both territory and mobility between countries within Europe, and the specific kind of cooperation that was initiated involved alterations both materially, spatially and methodologically. Taking such alterations as the object of study, the dissertation studies the training of personnel, the everyday conceptualization of cooperation and transformation, the allocation of resources and the disappearance and reappearance of places as sites of border enforcement. This is done based on ethnological field research carried out in the following three settings: with Danish Police at the airport of Copenhagen; with Danish Police at the Danish-German border; and with deployed border experts in the EU Border Assistance Mission (EUBAM) in Moldova and Ukraine. Primary supervisor Associate Professor Marie Sandberg.

Teaching experience from dep. for European Ethnology: Cultural Analysis, Global Modernities, Cultural processes of Europe, qualitative methods, thesis supervision.

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