Border Infrastructure Changes and Socio-Cultural Impact (Past and Present)

The host University in Gdansk is offering a rich week-long programme of lectures, meetings and visits in the Gdansk/Gdynia region, with a focus on the historical evolution of this corner of the Baltic region and, specifically, discussion of borders in both geographic and metaphoric aspects. The processes of border creation, crossings, and changes will be discussed in the context of public memory and present narratives related to recent re-bordering, securitization and emergence of new border infrastructures. The nature of ‘Balticness’ will be addressed against the backdrop of sociocultural impact of border changes and resulting interactions, peculiar diversity, but also coerced population transfers and migrations. Cambridge participants should have reached a threshold level of ‘regional literacy’ connected to Poland and the Baltic Sea region.

The principal purpose of this summer school is to widen the pool of Cambridge students and academics with knowledge and experience of Baltic geopolitical issues. The programme aims to awaken interest in the subject and increase the possibility of students at all levels deciding to focus on Baltic geopolitical subjects as they move forward in their academic career. The event will add experience to academic study by providing the opportunity both to look at questions of intellectual interest in a slightly deeper and more informal context and to develop interests that might otherwise have not been explored. In addition, this summer school will, potentially, build strong networks with people in the region.



  • National Museum in Gdańsk
  • Emigration Museum
  • European Solidarity Center
  • Vilnius University
  • Memling Research Center UG