I’m Virginia, a postgraduate student from the UK, and I’m currently completing a 2-year Erasmus Mundus Master’s degree in European Society, Politics and Culture, jointly at the University of Groningen (the Netherlands) and the University of Uppsala (Sweden). Thanks to the mobility involved in my Master’s degree, over the first 6 months of 2017 I crossed a total of 26 borders within Europe. Some were simple, some were arduous, some were even invisible.
Given the subject matter of my studies and in the context of the current debate on the fate of the Irish border, I found myself interested in further exploring what borders represent and how they actually impact people’s lives. The result of my research into the topic is this website: ‘A Journey across Borders’.
It came about as part of the University of Groningen’s Honours College, which I’ve been completing alongside my Master’s degree. The Honours College comprises various masterclasses, workshops, a group leadership project, and finally an individual project such as this.
For this final project I decided to experiment with my writing style, combining both academic and informal tones into a style called ‘popular narrative non-fiction’, also known as a ‘longread’. I’ve tried to blend the storytelling style of my travel blogging over at The Well-Travelled Postcard with the real world issue of border management in Europe, into this standalone website that illustrates this topic through 8 separate trips that I’ve taken in 2017.