Creating Europe from the Margins

Sandra Ponzanesi et al.

Omslag van het boek 'Creating Europe from the Margins'

Creating Europe from the Margins, edited by Sandra Ponzanesi, Kristín Loftsdóttir, and Brigitte Hipfl, explores the idea of Europe through a focus on its margins. The chapters inquire critically into the relations and tensions inherent in divisions between the Global North and the Global South, as well as internal regional differentiation within Europe itself. In doing so, the volume stresses the need to consider Europe from critical interdisciplinary perspectives, highlighting historical and contemporary issues of racism and colonialism.

Different kinds of Europes

While recent discussions of migration into ‘Fortress Europe’ seem to assume that Europe has clearly demarcated geographic, political, and cultural boundaries, this book argues that the reality is more complex.

The book explores margins conceptually and positions margins and centres as open to negotiation and contestation and characterised by ambiguity. As such, margins can be contextualised in relation to hierarchies within Europe, with different processes involved in creating boundaries and borders between different kinds of Europes and Europeans.

Geopolitical hierarchies

Deploying case studies from different places, such as Iceland, Italy, Poland, Spain, Turkey, the UK, Romania, Cyprus, Greece, Sicily, European colonies in the Caribbean, and the former Yugoslavia, the contributors analyse how different geopolitical hierarchies intersect with racialised subject positions of diverse people living in Europe, while also exploring issues of gender, class, sexuality, religion, and nationality.

Some chapters draw attention to the fortification of Europe’s ‘borderland,’ while others focus on internal hierarchies within Europe, critiquing the meaning of spatial boundaries in an increasingly digitalised Europe. In doing so, the chapters interrogate the hierarchies at play in the processes of being and becoming ‘European’ and the ongoing impacts of race and colonialism.

Chapter 11 of this book is freely available as a downloadable Open Access PDF at under a Creative Commons 4.0 license.