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LIMES: Cultural Regionalistics

Published/Hosted by Vilnius Gediminas Technical University. ISSN (printed): 2029-0187. ISSN (electronic): 2029-0209.

The Latin word limes means a limit, a borderline, a boundary, a mark, or a margin. The phenomena of a boundary and a limit are as old as human civilization. The borders not only separate territories, states and nations; they also establish the neighbourhood between them. A border can be understood as a wall on the one hand, as a door on the other, or as a bridge. In any case, a border has influence the ethos of a borderland, presupposing the way of life, the identity and historical memory of a local settlement. It is not accidental that the borderland studies and researches belong to the number of the most dynamic branches of contemporary humanitarian and social knowledge. Every borderland is unique in a particular way. The Polish-Lithuanian-Belarusian borderland is one of the most interesting regions to be researched. While existing in the geographical centre of Europe, this region has been a topos for ages, where both differences and coexistence have taken place, while political, ethnic-cultural and confessional factors interconnect. During one generation, configurations and functions of the borders of the three neighbouring countries have been changed. Nevertheless, this borderland as a historical-cultural phenomenon has been preserved with its characteristic features as the perpetual being of the Other. The borderlands researches in the perspective of cultural regionalistics become the trans-limited and interdisciplinary forum on philosophy, history, sociology, political, communication and information sciences. The journal accepts research articles on cultural regionalistics, which are original, previously were not published and are not under consideration for publication elsewhere, including such humanitarian and social fields as philosophy, history, sociology, political, communication and information sciences. Also, the journal publishes the survey papers and academic chronicles on its concept. Each research article has to undergo fair and constructive peer review, based on Managing Editor screening and anonymized refereeing by two Editorial Board members or by other appointed experts, corresponding to a certain scientific trend. Each journal issue has a theme.

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