Networking across Borders and Frontiers. A multidisciplinary Approach to demarcation and Connectedness in European Culture and Society

Robert Holton (Sociology), Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, Roberta Maierhofer, Vice Rector for International Relations, Helmut Eberhart, Graz, Jürgen Barkhoff, Dublin, László Boros (Political Science), Budapest, Hungary, Nathalia Tikhonov (History), Geneva, Switzerland, Joseph Clarke (History), Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, Peter Nynäs (Comparative Religion), Abo, Finland, Gábor Barna, (Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology), Szeged, Hungary, Fabio Mugnaini, Simonetta Grilli (European Ethnology), Siena, Italy, Timo J. Virtanen (Ethnolgy), Turku, Finland, László Mód, (Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology) Szeged, Hungary, Jurij Fikfak (Anthropology), Ljubljana, Slovenia, Susanne Österlund-Pötzsch (Anthropology), Abo, Finland,  Silke Göttsch-Elten (Cultural Anthropology), Kiel, Germany,  Kirsten Patent (Cultural Anthropology), Graz, Austria, Gillian Wylie (Peace Studies), Maria-Àngels Subirats (Music Education), Barcelona, Spain, Dublin, Ireland, Niall O’Dochartaigh (Political Science), Galway, Ireland, Jeanne Riou (Literary and Cultural Studies), University College Dublin, Ireland, Kathrin Pöge-Alder (European Ethnology), Jena, Germany.


Robert Holton. Professor of Sociology, Trinity College, Dublin

My first feelings occurred during the period the network was being physically assembled and individuals found themselves occupying nodes in the net – but before the rules of the game were clear

Why were some people facing outwards from the net and others inwards? Others noted this: an accident or sign of cosmopolitan/nationalist sentiments.

Then my imagination took off, and I used my chalk very actively

I decided to invade the space of a neighbouring, and symbolically massed troops on the border. My neighbour, with his chalk appeared to build a fort. So I changed my troops to dollars implying perhaps the spectre of globalization. All this came spontaneously, but possibly I was subconsciously thinking of hierarchies and markets!

Then the net became a reality and I could feel the pull of other persons transmitted through the strings. There was a good deal of talking, and joking. I enjoyed it but alsoI had a sense of constraint rather than empowerment, maybe because as a network we had no objective. The person in the centre with the most attached strings, ie the most networked said she didnt feel powerful. I drew the anarchist symbol. I looked up and saw the photographers and somehow hated the media. We in the net were the real world. But a good burger of Graz walked by astounded and mystified by what he saw.

I felt more constrained. How can I use the net for what I want to do as a social actor. I drew a boat for the anarchy sign


Graz (Austria)

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