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The ESF exploratory workshop “Borders through time and space: towards an ontology” will take place on the 29th-31st of October, 2014, at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona.

It is funded by the European Science Foundation.

On this website, you’ll find:

  • a presentation of the rationale and methodology of the workshop
  • the programme
  • working papers

The objective of the workshop is to contribute to a better understanding of bordering processes in a long-term perspective and at different institutional and geographical scales, through the exploration of a trans-disciplinary modelling approach and the proposal of a common ontology.

The methodology of the workshop consists in combining: a) specific case studies, from social sciences, chosen with the aim of covering a broad variety of borders types; b) tools to elaborate an ontology of borders, relying both on classical conceptual analysis (philosophy) and semantic modelling (knowledge engineering & representation). The aim of the workshop is to pave the way for further transdisciplinary work.