The project has been conducted in two phases. The first, exploratory, phase, The “Long European Post-War Period” in Communicative Memories and (Trans)National Public Spheres: Case Studies in Border Communities, was developed by Berthold Molden together with the institute’s founding director Oliver Rathkolb and was coordinated by the former from 2005 to 2010. The interview material and case study reports produced during this phase were collected in an electronic archive and are available to affiliated researchers for further study.
In Spring 2010 the project moved into its second phase, Border Communities: Microstudies on Everyday Life, Politics and Memory in European Societies from 1945 to the Present. The focus has moved to the everyday life experience at the border and to microstudies of societies under communist rule, centering on the issues of belonging and dealing with the communist past as exemplified by border communities.
LBI EHP cooperates with other institutions and individual researchers (see “Affiliated researchers”) concerned with the subject of borders. In 2009, a cooperation with the Chair for Southeast and East European History at the University of Regensburg was established. In 2010 institutional agreements resulting from successful individual cooperations in the first phase of the project were signed with Selye János University in Komárno (Slovakia) and Babeş Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca (Romania).
Five case studies were conducted in the first phase of the project under the coordination of LBI EHP in Vienna:
Inner Eastern Bloc borders