Marlene Paulin Kristensen Visiting Academic

8 October to 2 December 2017

Marlene Paulin Kristensen is a PhD candidate at the Saxo Institute, University of Copenhagen, and holds a MA degree in European Ethnology. Her work is focused on topics such as Europeanization processes, bordering practices, political imaginaries and uses of history in contemporary societies. Marlene has carried out fieldwork in different European countries, and has been teaching a number of BA-level courses at the department of European Ethnology, University of Copenhagen. Marlene is affiliated with Center for Advanced Migration Studies (AMIS), University of Copenhagen, and a member of the European PhD network “Transformations in European Societies”.

The PhD project “’The Good Border’ – an ethnography of border control in the European Union” studies the challenges of building a common border system for the European Union (EU) by attending to everyday practices of border control among border guards at the EU borders. Approaching the construction of EU borders as a socio-material process, the project studies the training of personnel, transformation of work routines and introduction of new working methods in the following three settings: the Danish Police Force working to implement EU regulations at the external borders of the EU, Danish police conducting border control at the Danish-German border, and the EU border mission (EUBAM) promoting EU border standards in Moldova and Ukraine. On the basis of this fieldwork, the project discusses how different approaches to border control reflect different ideals for how to demarcate the European territories, which in turn create very different versions of Europe.

The PhD project runs from 2014-2018, and is fully funded by the Faculty of Humanities, University of Copenhagen (UCPH). The project’s main supervisor is Marie Sandberg, Associate Professor in Ethnology, UCPH.