Plebiscites and Border Drawing in Schleswig

Although Denmark had not been a belligerent country during World War I the situation in Schleswig was considered by the victorious powers in Paris. The former Danish duchy had been annexed by Prussia in 1864 in spite of a strong Danish majority in the northernmost part. The results of the plebiscites of 1920 led to the division of the region.
 
The 1920-border remains the Danish-German border to the present day. It is generally celebrated as an evident solution to the difficult problem. The division of Schleswig, the drawing of the border, the plebiscites and their outcomes were highly controversial. On both sides the proposed lines and the results were contested. Irredentist positions remained strong for decades.
 
National interpretations still dominate the narratives of the plebiscites and the border drawing. A regional dimension is often ignored. The new border divided a historical region where no border had ever existed before. The economic consequences were heavy and the Schleswigians had to adjust to a new reality. National minorities on both sides of the border introduced a new element to the region and to the politics of the two neighbouring states.
 
We would like to analyse the border shaping process, discuss how people lived within and beyond their new geographical borders, how the switch was remembered during the 20th century, and how the borderlands turned from spots on the map of Europe into lived social places.
 
The centennial of the Danish-German border will be celebrated in 2020, and we want to use this panel (and the cluster) to emphasize the international dimension of this event. The panel should not be hagiographical and we especially welcome papers that present new / critical and comparative approaches to the drawing of this nation state border.

Abstracts can be submitted here!

The deadline for abstract submissions is September 30, 2017.

The 2018 Association for Borderlands Studies World Conference will take place from July 14-18, 2018, in Vienna and Budapest. For more information about the conference, please visit the conference website.