Europe – construction and perception

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Thinking about Europe, everyone has a specific picture in mind that depicts the composition or the extent of the continent’s body and quite often these pictures differ vastly. Some simply signify the European Union as Europe. However, if the question concerning the continent’s highest Mountain is raised – is it Mont Blanc in the Alps or Mount Elbrus in the Caucasus Mountains – the geographical assignment begins to differ. It seems to be a question of cultural and social conventions how the borders of Europe are constructed.To allow a different view, the map shows only silhouettes of a European geobody, in each case defined by the countries‘ membership to specific international organisations. By choosing an institution, the shape of Europe changes and the spatial imagery is likely to become unrecognisable.