All borders fade?

Came across two items online this week that together made me reflect on borders and imagined communities.

The first one: How Africa Would Look Like if its Borders Were Defined By Ethnicity and Language. By George Peter Murdock, 1959.

africa boundaries

The second one was a photo essay by Mark Minkjan entitled After Schengen, published on the site Failed Architecture. The essay features photos of abandoned structures at abandoned border crossings in Europe as these became obsolete following the enactment of the Schengen Treaty between EU countries. (I’d show you some of them but can’t figure out if I’m allowed.)

My reflection? Borders are mostly imagined and change over time. Don’t get too attached.

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