Forward Look Workshop on Cultural Diversity, Collective Identity and Collective Action

Consequences of the opening up of national borders


Within the European Union, national borders have been opened up, but also Europe’s external borders have become permeable to a certain extent. One correlate of permeable borders is migration. Mobility of single individuals or large scale social groups has become a major factor of societies today. Mobility and migration affect home and host societies in their fundamental constituents and functioning.

The Forward Look Workshop’s aim is to outline and discuss challenges for social research concerning the  political, institutional, structural and cultural aspects and consequences of the opening up of national borders in Europe for the diversity of its respective societies, for the identity of its citizens and the rise of collective action.  Mobility and migration as large scale social processes shall be analysed and discussed with reference to the four major areas, namely Diversity, Identity, Collective Action and Integration.