Un/Certain Borderlands: Multimodal Discourses of Border Renaissance in Polish and German Media

  • Kamil Bembnista Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus-Senftenberg


Since geopolitical crises accelerate migration from warzones or places of forced cultural homogeneity, we can notice an increasing meaning of borders today in a changing society, not only in Western but also in Eastern Europe and in-between. At the same time, findings from interdisciplinary border research emphasize precarious phenomena of ‘uncertainty’ or ‘in-between-ness’ and hybridity, suggesting that borders have a ‘liminal quality’. In the emblematic case study on re/bordering at the German–Polish borderland, traits of a renaissance of the border and territorial un/certainty, mean irritation in space, cultures, and forms of belonging. In developing discursive practices in time such as symbolic and socio-spatial phenomena of demarcation, exclusion, and transformation, this report refers to empirical phenomena like the “Rosary to the border” and “LGBT-free zones” in Poland or the “Willkommenskultur” in Germany. It juxtaposes interpretive reciprocal patterns of borders, like ‘fear’ and ‘irony’ that weave a tapestry of un/certainty. These examples show how the Polish–German borderland is affected by re/bordering practices without necessarily being geographically close to it and therefore show its liminal quality.


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Bembnista, Kamil. 2024. “Un/Certain Borderlands: Multimodal Discourses of Border Renaissance in Polish and German Media”. Borders in Globalization Review 5 (1). Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, 125–138. https://doi.org/10.18357/bigr51202421523.