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21Aug 2018

IPSA RC 41 Third International Workshop on Geopolitics "BORDERS AND GEOPOLITICS IN THE 21ST CENTURY", Austin, USA, April 8-9, 2019


IPSA RC 41 Third International Workshop on Geopolitics



Monday, 8 April – Tuesday, 9 April 2019

Austin, TEXAS, USA


St. Edward’s University

Kozmetsky Center of Excellence





The intended Workshop: "Borders and Geopolitics in the 21st Century: the Americas, Europe/Eurasia, the Middle East" in Austin, Texas represents the third international conference organized by IPSA’s Research Committee (RC 41) on Geopolitics, following those convened in Moscow (2010) and Jerusalem (2013).

Unlike open international conferences, the Workshop framework is designed to limit panel participants to a select group of invitees - 10 to 15 people - each bringing to bear his or her disciplinary expertise or area studies specialization.

Accordingly, the Austin Workshop will be conducted in an open discussion format, with scholarly presentations divided into 3 panel sessions, with 3 – 4 papers at each session, followed by additional discussion among the academic participants, representatives of the government/policy and private sector professional communities and the St. Edward’s University student and faculty campus audience. Once the panelists have concluded their presentations, a designated discussant will then respond with a brief set of oral comments (10-15 minutes), after which each panel chair will open the floor to questions and comments (45-60 minutes) from the audience. Once the panelists have concluded their presentations, a designated discussant will then respond with a brief set of oral comments (10-15 minutes), after which each panel chair will open the floor to questions and comments (45-60 minutes) from the audience.

The 3 panel themes are devoted to:

1. Borders and Geopolitics in the 21st Century: Focus on America (Chair: Dr. Sharyl Cross, St. Edward’s University). Paper-givers will include resident specialists on US-Latin America and US-Canada border issues from St. Edward’s University and other local Texas universities.

2. Borders and Geopolitics in the 21st Century: Focus on the Middle East (Chair: Dr. Aharon Klieman, Tel-Aviv University).

3. Borders and Geopolitics in the 21st Century: Focus on Europe/Eurasia (Chair: Dr. Igor Okunev, MGIMO University).

The chosen venue -- The Kozmetsky Center at St. Edward’s University -- aims to enrich the intellectual life of St. Edward's University and to serve as a resource for informing the broader public on critical global issues. It facilitates discussions among experts, students, faculty and the broader public in a variety of forums. Past speakers include American and foreign diplomats, policy makers, university scholars, and leaders from within the business, non-profit and cultural communities. It also periodically hosts short-term resident visiting scholars and practitioners from the United States and around the world to share their expertise and diverse perspectives with the St. Edward’s University community.

Anyone wishing to participate in the 2019 RC-41 Austin Workshop and to contribute by addressing any of the above topics is invited to submit an initial paper proposal.

The Proposal and/or Abstract (limited to 750 words or less) should be sent to Professor Aharon Klieman at aklieman@gmail.com

Final date for submission 1 December 2018 (DEADLINE EXTENDED - JANUARY 1, 2019 !!!)

Notice of Acceptance 20 December 2018

No Registration fee is required.

Acceptance is conditioned, however, upon the participant’s commitment to full, active attendance at all panel sessions and discussions throughout the two days of the Workshop, in addition to one paper presentation.

Participants in the 2019 Austin International Workshop are expected to cover all personal transportation and accommodation arrangements and expenses. Limited IPSA conference travel grants may be available upon special request to help defray partial air fare costs in exceptional cases.

All Workshop sessions will be held on the campus of St. Edward’s University.



1   September 2018             Announcement & Call for Papers

1   December  2018             Submission of Proposals / Abstracts (DEADLINE EXTENDED - JANUARY 1, 2019 !!!)

20 December  2018             Notice of Acceptance

15 March         2019             Full Paper Submission

1   April            2019             Final Program



15Aug 2017

RC 41 Geopolitics Panels, IPSA World Congress, Brisbane, Australia, July 21-25, 2018

List of RC-41 panels

Subject: Invitation to submit a paper abstract to a panel

This is an invitation to have your paper included in a panel for IPSA's 25th World Congress of Political Science which will be held 21-25 July 2018 in Brisbane, Australia.

For inclusion in the panel:   Energy and Economic Interdependence             

For inclusion in the panel:  Eurasian Geopolitical Contests and Realignments

For inclusion in the panel:  The Geopolitics of China’s “One Belt, One Road” Initiative

For inclusion in the panel:  U.S. Disengagement and the Problem of International Order

Please click on the link below to submit your paper abstract by 25 October 2017.


Please note all participants at the World Congress of Political Science will have to become IPSA members before registering for the World Congress.  You do not need to be a member of IPSA until you register for the congress.

For more information about the Congress, please visit wc2018.ipsa.org. If you should have any questions, please reply to this email or contact the Congress team at wc2018@ipsa.org.


Panel Proposal (1)

U.S. Disengagement and the Problem of International Order

To what extent does a stable international order depend on continued active engagement and leadership by the United States?

For nearly seven decades the United States has created and sustained key international institutions, encouraged regional stability, provided deterrence and reassurance for allies, opposed nuclear weapons proliferation, underpinned the global economy, promoted trade liberalization and economic development, and often – but not always – encouraged human rights and democratization. However, following upon the cautious, reactive policies of the Obama administration, the “America First” rhetoric of the Trump presidency now signals the possibility of an historic reorientation of U.S. foreign relations.

An America no longer confidently acting as the “indispensable nation” would pose, in turn, a fundamental challenge to the existing international system, testing its ability to contain rising revisionist powers and geopolitical contests in East Asia, the Middle East, and Europe, thereby assuring basic global order and stability.  

Panel organizers invite submission of proposals addressing the above leading question in either of its two parts: on the one hand, U.S. capacity and purpose; on the other hand, the range of compensatory mechanisms: institutional, procedural, alliances, conflict resolution, etc. 

Convenor:         Aharon Klieman

Co-Chairs:         Robert Lieber and Aharon Klieman



Panel Proposal (2)

Eurasian Geopolitical Contests and Realignments

The balance of power in and across Eurasia is changing dramatically as the shifting interests of the U.S., Russia, China and EU conspire to redefine the structure of geopolitics on the continent. So, too, is Eurasian equilibrium increasingly influenced by social, political and economic turbulence in the adjacent regions of the east European, Middle East, central Asian, northeast Asian and Caucasus rimlands.

These changes pose serious policy challenges as well theoretical questions for students of geopolitics:

  • Are we on the threshold of a bipolar-, tripolar-, or multi-polar “moment” in Eurasia?
  • What factors are likely to determine the hierarchy of influence and power on the continent?
  • Who are the actors best positioned to lead in the rebalancing of power?
  • Where are the most readily identifiable trouble spots?

Lastly, which of these flashpoints has the greatest potential for tipping the delicately-poised scales between Eurasian peace and prosperity, on the one hand, and renewed instability and turmoil?

The Panel is sponsored by the International Political Science Association’s Research Committee on Geopolitics (RC-41). Proposals are encouraged from historical and other perspectives and disciplines as well as from area specialists on Eurasian affairs.

Convenor:      Aharon Klieman

Chair:             Igor Okunev



Panel Proposal (3)

The Geopolitics of China’s “One Belt, One Road” Initiative

Launched by Chinese President Xi Jinping in 2013, the “One Belt, One Road” (OBOR) proposal formally aims to improve connectivity and cooperation among Asian, African and European countries by linking multi-billion dollar infrastructure projects across land and maritime routes from China to Europe.

Critics of the initiative dismiss it as primarily a geopolitical undertaking, whereby China deploys economic instruments on behalf of its two principal strategic goals: sustaining investment and growth in the Chinese economy while asserting a confident leadership role in Asia and beyond. Clearly driven by China’s ambitious national domestic and foreign policies, the OBOR initiative is nevertheless of such historically unprecedented scale and scope that it must inevitably have long-term geopolitical implications for the study and conduct of world politics.

Taking the debate over China’s motivation as a starting point, this RC-41 (Geopolitics) panel will address the geopolitical underpinnings, dynamics and likely consequences of China’s “One Belt, One Road” initiative.  Papers addressing any of the following and related questions are welcome: What does China aim to achieve by OBOR? How could the initiative re-shape the Eurasian regional balance of power?  What impact will it have on global politics? Not least, what theoretical insights might the initiative offer students of international relations, and of Integration Theory in particular?

Convenor:         Aharon Klieman

Co-Chairs:        Tolga Demiryol, Aharon Klieman



Panel Proposal (4)

Energy and Economic Interdependence

Because energy supplies have always been vital for industrialization, and natural energy resources non-renewable, countries must therefore be constantly on the alert for fresh sources of supply. In today’s world, revenue from petroleum deposits and gas fields alone can suffice to make suppliers like those in the Persian Gulf independently wealthy, just as sophisticated technologies enable the excavation of previously inaccessible sources in remote areas such as the Arctic Circle. This combination of the relentless, competitive search for additional unexploited sources plus the wealth they generate connects the energy industry to the dominant geopolitical struggles of our time.

Conversely, the energy theme directly relates to economic cooperation and interdependence. The argument being that scarcity of energy resources compels exporters and importers alike into a relationship of mutual dependency. On the one hand, countries may view this economic interdependence positively, and in line with their political interests, as when energy collaboration paves the way and opens markets for broader trade. On the other hand, as frequently happens, the close link between energy and economic interdependence can prove negative, when, for instance, countries are reluctant to become overly dependent on foreign partners either because of security considerations or the suspected loss of sovereign control.

The Research Committee on Geopolitics (RC-41) invites papers addressing the strong and growing connection between geopolitics, energy and economic interdependence. Global or regional perspectives are welcome, as well as case studies of specific countries, their national energy policies and approaches to functional cooperation and interdependence.

Convenor:         Aharon Klieman

Co-Chairs:         Ziv  Rubinovitz, Aharon Klieman


15Aug 2017

“The New (Ab)Normal at Borders, AAG Annual Meeting New Orleans, USA, April 10 – 14 2018

The events of the past year demonstrated that the world entered a new period of flux and uncertainty at borders. While scholars have noted the expansion of walls, security infrastructure, migrant detention, and militarized enforcement for a decade or more, in 2017 actions that would have been unthinkable even a few years ago became the new normal. 

In Europe, the compassion for people on the move that existed in the early stages of the ‘migration crisis’ dissipated as countries built fences and walls and used force to prevent people from moving. Fortifying European spaces against migrants coincided with offshoring of migrant detention and deterrence, such as the EU deals with the troubled Libyan regime to detain people on the move in camps in Libya, despite evidence of the horrendous conditions, violence, and even slavery that occurs there. Italy also began to work with the Libyan coast guard to push boats back to Libya, rather than providing aid and shelter. Migrant aid boats were detained, and their operators were accused of aiding human traffickers. 

In the US, newly emboldened Immigration and Customs Agents targeted long-term residents with families and stable jobs for deportation. Plans were made to build new walls on the US-Mexico border, to hire thousands of additional immigration agents, and to cut legislated immigration quotas in half. In Southeast Asia, Malaysia and Thailand put in place new regulations to crack down on migrant labor through registration systems, while the persecuted Rohingya minority, the “most friendless people in the world,” were greeted by slammed doors seemingly wherever they sought refuge in the region. In 2017, in places across the globe, there was a global shift in mood towards nationalist policies and against the rights of people to move.

For the session, we are looking for papers that document and analyze the new (ab)normal at borders. What are the strategies and tactics the state, and non-state actors, use to prevent the movement of people? Where are the locations they are put into place? What impact do they have on people on the move and people who live in the ever widening borderlands? What do these changes tell us theoretically about borders, sovereignty, mobility and the state?

Potential session participants are should contact Reece Jones (reecej@hawaii.edu) and Corey Johnson (corey_johnson@uncg.edu) by 15 September (or earlier) to indicate your interest in participating in the sessions. 

02Aug 2017

2018 ECPR Joint Sessions of Workshops, Nicosia, Cyprus, April 10-14, 2018

The ECPR’s Joint Sessions of Workshops have a unique format that makes them a leading forum for substantive discussion and collaboration between scholars of political science. They are now recognised as one of the major highlights of the world's political science calendar. In 2018, the Joint Sessions will take place at the University of Nicosia in Cyprus.

Workshops are closed gatherings of 15-20 participants, which last for about five days, bringing together scholars from across the world and all career stages. Topics of discussion are precisely defined, and only scholars currently working in the Workshop's field, and with a Paper or research document for discussion, are invited to participate.  Participants may attend only one Workshop, and must stay for the duration of the event.  This format ensures intensive collaboration which often results not only in thorough critiques of the new research being presented, but in new research groups being formed to take that work forward.

The Joint Sessions of Workshops have been held in a different European city, at an ECPR Full-Member university, each spring since 1973. 

For further information please contact Marcia Taylor jointsessions@ecpr.eu / +44 (0) 1206 630045.


The call for Papers is now OPEN
Please submit your proposal via this form by Wednesday 6 December 2017.
Kindly note: Paper proposals sent directly to Workshop Directors will not be considered.

If you work or study at an ECPR member institution, you can apply for funding from 1 October 2017. We'll tell you more about it soon. If you're not sure whether your institution is a member, find out here.
For queries relating to funding, or for any general Joint Sessions enquiry, email event organiser Marcia Taylor.

14Apr 2017

Borders, Fences, Firewalls. Assessing the changing relationship of territory and institutions, Göttingen, Germany, October 19-20, 2017

Recent years have provided us with new images of a world in which persons can interact almost seamlessly regardless of distance. Various private and public institutions draw on changing means of communication and transport that seem to transcend particular spaces and times. Concepts such as liquid democracy suggest the revolutionary potential of digital media for our thinking about politics. At the same time, we are also witnessing an unbroken and even growing focus on securing territorial borders. Critiques of disembodied perspectives on norms and persons join with a new emphasis on space’s significance for human interactions, often described as the “spatial turn”. Are we moving past a territorially defined order – or do we see a return of border walls? Are territorial borders being complemented or replaced by other forms of boundaries, tighter firewalls and/or private fences?

This international conference will provide a forum for addressing the complex and shifting interrelations between territory and institutions, bringing these various perspectives into productive exchange. The general narrative is that a growing connection between territory and institutions characterizes modernity until the mid-20th century, when globalization began to disentangle the two. Is such a description adequate? To which extent does it represent a particular European perspective, and can it be countered or complemented by other histories? What normative claims result from the respective descriptions? What reactions do we see in different areas of society to tackle these developments, and what reactions might evolve in the future?

The conference will include keynotes by Prof. Margaret Moore (Queen’s University) and Prof. T. Alexander Aleinikoff (The New School).


13Feb 2017

IPSA International Conference Political Science in the Digital Age: Mapping Opportunities, Perils and Uncertainties, Hannover, December 4-6 2017

Call for Panels for Research Committees

IPSA International Conference

Political Science in the Digital Age:

Mapping Opportunities, Perils and Uncertainties

December 4-6 2017
Hannover, Germany

Program Chairs: Marianne Kneuer and Helen Milner


The International Political Science Association (IPSA) is organizing an international conference that will be held on 4-6 December 2017 in Hannover, Germany. Chaired by Marianne Kneuer and Helen Milner, the conference will take place in Hannover’s spectacular Palace of Herrenhausen, surrounded by gardens that date back to the Baroque period. You can find more information on the event website https://hannover2017.ipsa.org/

The conference, entitled “Political Science in the Digital Age: Mapping Opportunities, Perils and Uncertainties”, provides the opportunity for a reflection on the discipline and one of its most relevant challenges, namely digitalization. The conference aims to bring together officials and members of the national Political Science Associations of IPSA and members the IPSA Research Committees in order to further develop networks and cooperation among these groups. The conference will also be a platform for addressing challenges as well as developing ideas for future research within IPSA.

Digitalization - or the integration of digital technologies into all aspects of everyday life - is the most dominant signature of the 21th century so far. Society, economy and politics are all affected by a multitude of implications that digitalization embodies. The Internet and social media have not only multiplied the communications channels in an unprecedented way but also have had a substantial impact on the interaction between politicians and citizens as well as all societal actors. Formerly more or less institutionalized channels of communication between on one side politicians and media, on the other side media and citizens have been replaced by a myriad of decentralized networks. While actors in politics and media formerly steered communications flows, digital-based networks now tend to have unpredictable effects in their scope, scale, and therefore in their impact. Opinion-building and decision-making processes are increasingly influenced by the functional logic of digital media; factors like the acceleration and synchronicity of information, the multimodality of the messages, and the interactivity and connectedness of providers and users all are reshaping social, economic, and political life. This is true for domestic as well as for international politics. The dissolution of communicative boundaries creates a new transnational space of connectedness on all levels of agency. In consequence, ideas, norms and values spread more easily and rapidly; in the same way the diffusion of policies, institutional elements, and governance techniques are facilitated.

For the discipline of Political Science the digital revolution implies at least two challenges: On one side, the subjects of research are concerned: national as well as international actors, communication between government and societal actors, the relation between politicians and citizens, aspects of political economy, aspects of regulation, e-governance and net politics, diplomacy cybercrimes and cyberwar, etc. On the other side, digitalization influences the academic sphere not only in terms of research but also in terms of teaching, learning and publishing. This latter challenge includes the more practical dimension involving political consulting and policy recommendations.

It is important that Political Scientists reflect on the current and future implications that the digital age holds for the discipline. The aim of the conference is to examine these challenges adopting a broad approach. Such a broad perspective will enable examining how digital media transforms the relations and communications between international, governmental and societal actors. The conference will comprehend five thematic sessions:



Political Theory

How do digital media influence the public sphere? Do they open new spaces for deliberation? What implications does it have for politics if the boundary between public and private increasingly becomes blurred? Where are the boundaries between gains of freedom and loss of privacy? What does it imply about political discourse now that citizens have become content providers? Does the openness of information foster more knowledge or does it facilitate the ‘transparent citizen’?


Comparative Politics

How will the digital revolution affect politics? How do politicians use digital media? What changes can we observe in electoral campaigning and elections themselves? And how do citizens use digital media? Can citizens’ online participation fill the ‘participation gap’ and enhance legitimacy? Or are emerging new participatory divides? Does the digital revolution help spread knowledge and/or allow ever more elite control of information provision? Which digital divides can be identified and which effects do they have on opinion-building and decision-making? Is the Internet prone to enhance inclusion or does is accentuate exclusiveness among people? Do e-voting, e-referenda, etc. provide new opportunities for decision-making and political accountability? How do authoritarian regimes exploit digital media? Does digitalization help keep them in power or provide means to push for more democracy?


International Relations and World Economy

How do digital communications and networks affect relations among countries? Is the digital revolution an asset or rather a stress factor for international politics? What consequences does this new ‘openness’ have for international diplomacy? Is the digital revolution a source of progress or rather an obstacle for international cooperation? What impact will cyberwarfare have? Does this represent a new domain of conflict among countries, which is more dangerous?  What are the implications of the fact that the providers of communication networks and the owners of massive amounts of personal data like Google and Facebook at the same time are firms? Will the digital revolution accelerate economic growth or retard it? Will it increase inequality given the “digital divide” among countries, or help alleviate it? Will it increase the probability of economic crises as it speeds up communications and compounds agents’ reactions? And does the availability of ever more data available to ever more people at ever faster speeds provide more benefits or more dangers?



Which new methodological tools have been facilitated by digital technology? And which new methodological approaches or tools do we need to capture online communication and interaction (e.g., online content analysis)? Which new ways of data collection are available, and what are the implications for researchers for data protection? Do we need new theories and concepts? How should studies be tailored to capture the empirical implications of digitalization in the various subdisciplines?


Teaching and Learning

Which new opportunities provides digitalization for teaching (see e.g. MOOCs)? Which teaching formats can combine digital and analogue approaches? Who can benefit from e-learning and how? How can citizenship education benefit from digital modes of knowledge and value building?


Proposal Procedure

The conference consists of different formats of panels. The Program Chairs offer the Research Committees to organize panels in the exposed Sessions. The slots for each panel are 90 minutes. Please submit panel proposals before April, 15 2017.

What to include in your panel proposal:

1)      The Session where you want to be allocated.

2)      Title of the panel.

3)      Chair and Co-Chair, discussant for the panel (names, affiliation, mailing address).

4)      Abstracts of 4-5 paper givers (names, affiliation, mailing address).

Please send the proposals to hannover2017@ipsa.org

Note that every participant must be IPSA members.


Marianne Kneuer and Helen Milner

Program Chairs

13Feb 2017

3rd International Conference Cultures, Hopes and Conflicts. The Mediterranean between Land and Sea 26-28 September 2017 University of Salerno, Italy

3rd International Conference 


Cultures, Hopes and Conflicts. The Mediterranean between Land and Sea 

26-28 September 2017 University of Salerno, Italy


The International Centre for Studies and Research (ICSR) Mediterranean Knowledge and the Consortium Mediterranean Worlds (MedWorlds) invite papers to be presented at the 3rd International Conference ICSR Mediterranean Knowledge / 8th International Conference MedWorlds to be held at the University of Salerno, Italy from 26 to 28 September 2017. 


CALL FOR PAPERS The Conference Cultures, Hopes and Conflicts. The Mediterranean between Land and Sea, jointly organized by the ICSR Mediterranean Knowledge and the Consortium Mediterranean Worlds, aims to collect contributions that address the most important questions related to the Mediterranean Basin from the point of view of different social and human sciences. The Mediterranean is a sea of cultures, as its shore witnessed the dawn of knowledge: from historiography to philosophy, from natural sciences to political sciences. The Mediterranean, furthermore, is a nexus of civilizations and ethnicities, which have constantly interacted through clashes and peaceful encounters. Indeed, the Mediterranean has always been a meeting place between East and West; this is even more true today as the Mediterranean seems to have become more fragmented and divided between different “worlds”: the secular Western Europe, the Arab-Islamic North Africa and Middle East, the orthodox Christianity of Greece and other Balkan countries, the Jewish culture of Israel, to mention only the most important. However, one should consider that each of these “worlds” reveals in its internal ethnical, territorial, and social tensions, which adds up to the richness and the peculiarity of the «Mare nostrum». The Mediterranean, furthermore, is also a sea of hopes: the hopes of hundreds of thousands of migrants who desperately try to cross the sea, on the run from hunger and conflicts; the hope of a fair and lasting peace for those who live in countries affected by civil wars and ethno-religious clashes.


The Conference is open to papers that address the broader questions concerning the Mediterranean. More specifically, we aim to develop a reflection on the following topics:

- The migratory phenomena, which have historically characterized the Mediterranean since antiquity to modern era, as approached from the point of view of both the countries of origin and destination;

- Encounters and clashes among different civilizations and cultures in the Mediterranean world from the so-called Fall of the Roman empire to the present day;

- The Mediterranean and its relations with non-Mediterranean worlds, in terms of diplomatic, cultural and economic relations (with attention to the recent phenomenon of globalization);

- The political upheavals that have affected the Arab world in recent years;

- The phenomenon of terrorism within the relations between East and West;

- The political, economic and social impact of the great Recession on different Mediterranean countries;

- The impact of knowledge on the development of the Mediterranean area and the modes of its dissemination from ancient times to contemporary era.


Insofar as the contribution proposes an original and innovative analytical approach, they can focus on individual topics, understood as case-studies, or more general interpretations, The panels of the Conference will be crafted based on the accepted abstracts.


If you are interested into giving a paper you are required to send an abstract in English or Italian of your proposed contribution (maximum length 350 words) and a short biographical note summarizing your scientific activity (maximum length 150 worlds) to the following e-mail address: info@ mediterraneanknowledge.org, with the tag [ICSR Mediterranean Knowledge / MedWorlds Conference 2017]. Each participant will be allowed to deliver only one paper. All papers must be delivered in English or Italian and in person by the author of the paper. We cannot accommodate speakers wishing to present using Skype (or similar), or proxy presentations.


Language of the Conference will be English.



Launch of call: January 2017 Deadline for abstracts: 31 March 2017 Communication on the acceptance of contributions: 20 April 2017 Final program: May 2017 Paper submission (to be considered for publication): 15 December 2017 Paper selection for publication: February 2018 For additional information please contact us through conference’s email: info@mediterraneanknowledge. org 

29Oct 2015

Borders, Walls, Violence - CFP - Montreal 2016

Borders, Walls and Violence
Costs and Alternatives to Border Fencing 

International conference organized by the Raoul Dandurand Chair at the University of Quebec at Montreal

June 1-3, 2016
Montreal, Quebec, Canada

More border walls and border fences are being built every year all across the world. Bulgaria, Greece, Turkey, Morocco, and Tunisia are among the latest to announce yet another border fence. Twenty-five years ago it was believed that the fall of the Berlin Wall and the reconfiguration of international relations would open an age of globalization in which States would become obsolete, ushering in a world without borders. In the wake of 9/11, however, borders came back in light, new borders were created and new border walls erected. In the wake of the Arab Spring, came even more border barriers and walls, symbols that were thought to have disappeared with the collapse of the bipolar international system. Today, they reinforce borderlines the world over, transforming both soft and semi-permeable borders alike into sealed, exclusionary hard borders. Walls are symbols of identity reaffirmation, markers of State sovereignty, instruments of dissociation, locus of a growing violence.


Fields: Political Science, Geography, Anthropology, Sociology, Law, Economics, Art, Design, Biology, Environmental studies, Area Studies, Gender studies, Zoology, Medical studies (this list is intended to be suggestive rather than inclusive).

Organizers/Scientific Committee: Élisabeth Vallet (Raoul-Dandurand Chair UQAM – Canada), Anne-Laure Amilhat-Szary (Geography, Université Joseph Fourier – France), Emmanuel Brunet-Jailly (Borders in Globalization, University of Victoria – Canada), Reece Jones (Geography, University of Hawaii – USA), Kenneth D. Madsen (Geography, The Ohio State University – USA), Said Saddiki (Law, Al-Ain University of Science and Technology – UAE)

Students are especially encouraged to submit a proposal.

Conference Theme:
This conference seeks to understand border walls as a global trend in International Relations. As a growing number of walls are being built along international borders and as migrants and inhabitants of those borderlands are experimenting more and more violence, we seek to understand the local perspectives and views on border fences and replace it in a multiscalar perspectives in order to see if there are viable alternatives to fences and security approaches. How much do they cost (both monetary and socially) ? How well do they work ? How do they affect borderlands? How are security discourses shaping the landscape to build border walls ?

In a globalized world in which interdependence is viewed as a necessity and the norm, border walls appear to be things of the past, obsolete manifestations of the institution of State. Nevertheless, walls have been spreading steadily since the end of the Cold War. And the boom in wall-building after the attack on the World Trade Center actually has its roots, at least attitudinally, in the pre-9/11 period, for the walls derive not from a specific fear of terrorism but rather from the global insecurity bred by globalization. Paradoxically, in a security-conscious world, globalization has led not to the elimination of borders but rather to the recomposition of territory and the erection of new “ramparts”. The wall has become a solution to the quest for security of the State, the boundaries of which never truly disappeared, a solution sublimated through an increasingly security-centric discourse in the wake of 9/11, and further fueled by post-Arab Spring events.


Participants are encouraged to critically examine the role of border walls in security discourses and in the framing of the local political and sociological landscape to consider some of the following themes:

Theme 1. Impacts of border walls
Theme 2. Legal aspects of border walls
Theme 3. Costs and economies of border walls
Theme 4. Violence of border walls
Theme 5. Alternatives to border walls
Deadline for abstract submission: October 5, 2015
(for both panel sessions and poster sessions)

Please note that papers may be considered for both panel sessions AND poster sessions.
Proposal: please include the following information (300 words)
·        Name of authors/contributors
·         Institutional affiliations, titles
·        Contact: telephone, fax, email, mailing address
·        Title of the paper
·        Abstract: Subject, empirical frame, analytical approach, theme (approx. 300 words)
Languages: Proposals can be submitted in French, English and Spanish. However the conference will be held in English and French.

Conference Dates and Deadlines:

      • Oct.5, 2015 : deadline for submitting abstracts and proposals
      • Dec.2015 : proposals selection and notification sent to presenters
      • March 31, 2015 : submission of papers to discussants
      • May 2016 (25-26 to be confirmed) : Conference to be held in Montreal.

Send your proposals via email in Word format to Élisabeth Vallet at UQAM:BordersandWalls@gmail.com

11Oct 2015

International Conference "The Return of Geopolitics", University of Arizona, April 4-5, 2016

Call for Papers



The Return of Geopolitics


University of Arizona, April 4-5, 2016


An International Conference Sponsored by the World Society Foundation





The forces of globalization seem to be giving way to those of geopolitics. And while it is still important to focus on what is common to the global community, we are also compelled to try and understand those shifting tectonic forces that are drawing the world back to geopolitical tensions  epitomized by the Russian annexation of Crimea and support for pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine, the continuing disorder and migrant crises in the Middle East, and disputes over islands, atolls, and air space in the South and East China Seas.  There are, obviously, many other examples.


Return of Geopolitics seeks to provide a forum for experts from different countries and disciplines to meet, exchange views, and assess the extent to which today’s geopolitical resurrection of boundaries has eclipsed yesterday’s de-bordering globalization processes.  The conference will also consider the implications of this rise of geopolitics for future international tension, conflict, and war.


We welcome papers related – but not restricted to – the following topics:

·       The Geopolitics of the EU’s Economic Crisis
·       The Migrant Crisis in Europe
·       The rise right-wing parties in Europe
·       Hegemonic Decline and Emerging Conflicts
·       New Directions in Geopolitical Thinking/Theory
·       Russia and the Ukraine
·       German and Russian Relations Today and Tomorrow
·       The Geopolitics of Disorder in the Middle East
·       Iran and Saudi Rivalry
·       The Islamic State (ISIS, ISIS, Daech)
·       Turkey’s Geopolitics
·       Iran and Nuclear Weapons
·       The US and the Middle East
·       Russia and Syria
·       Geopolitics of the Syrian Civil War 
·       China and the US:  Competition and Cooperation
·       Russia and China:  Competition and Cooperation
·       Maritime claims in the South China Sea
·       Re-Militarization of Japan
·       North Korea and East Asian Politics
·       The Future of War:  Is Symmetric War Coming Back?
·       The Geopolitics of Cyber Security
·       China’s New Silk and Maritime Roads
·       Conflicts and competition in the Indo-Pacific
·       The Geopolitics and the Environment
·       China vs. US trade:  RCEP vs. TPP


Venue: The Conference will be held April 4-5, 2016 at the University of Arizona (USA).


Conference Format:  The Return of Geopolitics conference is spread over two days, Monday, April 4th and Tuesday, April 5th.


Travel Grants: The World Society Foundation will provide financial support for travel to and from the conference.  Hotel accommodations will be for three nights (Sunday to Wednesday).  It is incumbent on those who wish to stay longer (earlier or later) to make their own hotel arrangements.


Abstract Submissions will take the form of a 1-page abstract.  Send your abstract via email to: geopoliticsconf@gmail.com.  The deadline for abstract submission is November 15, 2015.  Authors of accepted abstracts will be invited to elaborate their proposal into a draft paper (of 15-20 pages).  Notification of acceptance or refusal of abstracts will be given end of November 2015.  The deadline for delivering the draft paper is January 15, 2016.  The authors of the most outstanding papers will be invited to the conference. Notification of selected papers will be given end of January 2016.


Conference Publication:  Outstanding conference papers will be published in a conference volume.  Author’s full papers are required after the conference if they want them to be considered for the conference publication.


Organizing Committee: Albert J. Bergesen (University of Arizona), Sallie Marston (University of Arizona), Christian Suter (University of Neuchâtel), Thomas J. Volgy (University of Arizona).


Conference Sponsorship: The main sponsor of the conference is the World Society Foundation (Zurich, Switzerland). In addition the conference is supported by the International Studies Association and the School of Sociology, University of Arizona.  For more information on the World Society Foundation and its activities, please check out the web site: http://www.worldsociety.ch/.

23Sep 2014

IGU Moscow Regional Conference, 17-21.08.15

Call for Session Proposals for the IGU Commission on Political Geography

IGU Regional Conference in Moscow, Russia 17-22 August 2015 http://www.igu2015.ru/

Conference theme: Geography, Culture and Society for Our Future Earth

The Regional Conference of the International Geographer's Union (IGU) will take place in Moscow next summer for the third time since the international Geographical Congress of 1976, when over 2,000 participants from around the world gathered in the Soviet capital for lectures, discussions, workshops and excursions. The pace of global change has since accelerated in directions that once seemed unimaginable. The 2015 Regional Conference will be an opportunity to reflect upon these changes as well as the future course of human civilisation in relation to pressing socio-environmental challenges.

IGU Moscow 2015 will focus on five main themes: Urban Environment, Polar Studies, Climate Change, Global Conflict and Regional Sustainability.

The organising committee for the International Geographical Union Regional Conference in Moscow is accepting proposals for sessions until 15 October 2014. Sessions can take the following forms: 1) plenary sessions, 2) commission and task force sessions, 3) thematic sessions.

Thematic sessions may be organized by conference participants to gather experts specialized in a particular research topic in order to discuss selected research issues. You may also organize workshops and special sessions for young scholars and university teachers, school geography teachers and students. When submitting a session proposal, please include the session type, name of the proposed chairperson, and a brief paragraph to outline the topic.

If you are interested in organizing a thematic (or other) session, you will need to complete a session proposal form (see attached or click on this link: http://www.igu2015.ru/index.php?r=36) and submit it to the organisers by 15 October 2014.

The IGU Commission on Political Geography would like to invite you to submit a proposal under the Commission, or jointly with another Commission. As the proposals for Commission sessions are to be ultimately vetted by the relevant Commission, please contact the Commission to coordinate efforts. Discuss your proposal with and/or submit your form to Virginie Mamadouh at v.d.mamadouh@uva.nl and/or Takashi Yamazaki at yamataka@lit.osaka-cu.ac.jp , as early as possible and no later than Friday 10 October.

For more information about the IGU 2015 Regional Conference, please refer to the conference website: http://www.igu2015.ru

IGU-CPG also sponsors a post-conference in Kaliningrad. Details will follow soon.

03Aug 2014

Call for Papers: Geopolitical Economy

Geopolitical Economy: States, Economies and the Capitalist World Order

Research in Political Economy, Volume 30 (2015)

Edited by Radhika Desai

Submission deadline: 1 October 2014

Proposal Acceptances: 15 October 2014

Final papers due: 1 December 2014

This issue advances geopolitical economy as a new approach to understanding the evolution of the capitalist world order and its 21st century form of multipolarity. Neither can be explained by recently dominant approaches such as ‘U.S. hegemony’ or ‘globalization’: they treat the world economy as a seamless whole in which either no state matters or only one does. Today’s ‘BRICs’ and ‘emerging economies’ are only the latest instances of state-led or combined development. Such development has a long history of repeatedly challenging the unevenness of capitalism and the international division of labour it created. It is this dialectic of uneven and combined development, not markets or imperialism, that spread productive capacity around the world. It also ensured that the ‘hegemony’ of the UK would end and that of the US would never be realised, despite repeated attempts.

In geopolitical economy the role of states in developing and regulating economies is central. States’ mutual interactions – conflicting cooperative and collusive – and the international order they create are understood in terms of the character of national economies, their contradictions, and the international possibilities and imperatives they generate. Geopolitical economy as an approach to the world order is clearly anticipated in classical political economy up to and including Marx and Engels, though this becomes clearest if we take a fresh look at it untainted by neoclassical economics and associated discourses of neoliberalism, globalization and hegemony. Further intellectual resources for geopolitical economy include the classical theories of imperialism, the theory of uneven and combin
ed development as well as 20th century critics of neoclassical economics such as Keynes, Kalecki, Polanyi, Minsky and the developmental state tradition going back to List and Serra and forward to Amsden and Wade.

Papers that investigate any aspect of the world order, its theories or its historiography – whether contemporary or historical – in a way that relates to geopolitical economy as described above, or poses important objections to it, are welcome for consideration.

A non-exhaustive list of potential themes would include:

The international relations of early capitalism

Capitalism, imperialism and imperialist competition

Capitalism and the state
Combined development, capitalist and non-capitalist
Wars in Uneven and Combined development
International economic governance
International relations and international political economy theories in light of geopolitical economy
Development theory, the demand for a NIEO and the ‘rise of the rest’
The BRICs and emerging economies as combined development
Challenges to states’ economic roles: sources, strength, implications for geopolitical economy
Proposals should be sent to Radhika.Desai@umanitoba.ca by 1 October 2014
Proposal Acceptances will be sent out by 15 October 2014. Papers will be due by 1 December 2014.

- See more at: http://www.emeraldgrouppublishing.com/products/books/call_for_papers.htm?id=5364#sthash.kfgrg3wY.dpuf

14Jun 2014

21st Annual Critical Geography Conference: How Power Happens, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, November 7-9, 2014

Hosted by Temple University’s Department of Geography and Urban Studies, the 21st Annual Critical Geography Conference hopes to include a wide array of scholars and activists doing work in critical geography. This year’s overarching theme connotes an exploration of how we understand, follow, imagine, feel, utilize, yield to and alter the workings of power. Power has been theorized from the top down and the bottom up, as structure and as capillary, as productive and destructive, and as both immaterial and material. We hope to use geography’s diverse engagements with power as an entry point for generating discussions across the ‘divides’ of critical geography – specifically divides between approaches attending to structural forces, focusing on knowledge production and meaning making, and/or tracing power into bodies and matter/materiality. As our logo <tucriticalgeography.org> seeks to make clear, the conference locates the question of “how power happens?” at the core of these three areas of inquiry, and calls upon critical geographers to create fruitful conversation and debate within the apparent areas of overlap.

The conference will begin on Friday, November 7th, 2014. The opening evening will feature a keynote address by Dr. Mona Domosh from the Department of Geography at Dartmouth College.

The program on Saturday, November 8th and Sunday, November 9th will consist of paper sessions, panels, round table discussions, and sessions with alternative formats.

We invite you to submit abstracts or proposals for sessions, by the deadline of August 10, 2014. Abstracts or proposals should be 250 words in length, and we ask that you include contact information and any titles or affiliations you would like placed in the program. Sessions may include papers, panels, roundtables, workshops, performances, or sessions with alternative formats. We are especially interested in participants organizing their own sessions, and we also want to encourage perspectives and styles of communication from beyond the academy. If you would like to organize a session, please let us know in advance and you can then issue a CFP through the appropriate mailing lists. Papers submitted individually will be reviewed by the program committee after August 20, and will be accepted for committee-organized sessions as space allows. Please send your abstract or proposal to Sarah Stinard-Kiel at sarah.sk@temple.edu

Further information on the conference, including accommodations, program, and conference events will be updated on the conference web site as the information becomes available, www.tucriticalgeography.org. You can also find updates on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tucriticalgeography. Please feel free to email any further questions to the conference planning committee via Sarah Stinard-Kiel at sarah.sk@temple.edu or Allison Hayes-Conroy at anhc@temple.edu. The conference will be a caregiver and child friendly space.

01Apr 2014

International workshop "Borders at the interface: Bordering Europe, Africa and the Middle East". Beer Sheva and Jerusalem, Israel, 7-11.12.2014

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

International Geographical Union (IGU) Commission on Political Geography (CPG)

Geopolitics Journal

IPSA RC 41 Geopolitics


International Workshop

In Cooperation with the FP7 EUBORDERSCAPES Consortium


Beer Sheva and Jerusalem, Israel

In its geopolitical context, Israel is located at the interface of three major regions – Europe, Asia (the Middle East part of Asia) and Africa. The region itself is the interface of regions, cultures and the worlds great monotheistic religions, partly explaining the fact that it continues to be one of the world's geopolitical shatterbelts and the focus for ethnic, religious and territorial conflict. As well as being an interface, it is also a transition region, where cultures and peoples have mixed as they cross from one area to another. It is as much as cross-border region as it is a border , and this is reflected in culture, language and food. Hybridity and meeting is reflected in notions of Eurasia and Mediteranean as alternative places for cultural mixing along with political conflict. In cooperation with the FP7 consortium on Euroborderscapes, the newly founded Geopolitics Chair at Ben-Gurion University, along with three dynamic research centers, the Herzog center for Middle Eastern Studies, the Center for the Study of European Politics and Society (CSEPS) and the Tamar Golan center for African Studies invite scholars with an interest in borders and in any one of the relevant regions to submit papers for an international workshop aimed focusing on the interface between the three regions. This will take place as part of the ever growing community of border scholars worldwide, ranging across the borders of the academic disciplines and examining the changing significances and functions of borders as they cross cultures.

Tentative Itinerary Dec 7-8: - FP7 Workshop and Meetings Dec 8-9: - Conference Sessions, Ben-Gurion University Dec 10: Field Trip – Borders and Geopolitics in Israel / Palestine Dec 11: AM –Field Trip - Borders, Territory and Conflict in Jerusalem Dec 11: PM – Conference Sessions, Jerusalem.

The conference will start in Ben-Gurion University in Beer Sheba, will include two geopolitical field trips in areas of cultural and political contestation within Israel/Palestine and Jerusalem, and will conclude its final sessions in Jerusalem. Scholars are invited to submit abstracts on the conference themes to the following email address: reneny@post.bgu.ac.il no later than April 30, 2014. There will be a conference fee of $120 to cover the main organizational costs and conference dinner. The field trips will be covered by the conference organisers. Participants will cover their own travel and accommodation costs. Final technical details will be sent in a second circular in June 2014.

ABSTRACT REGISTRATION: Name: Affiliation: Email: Title of Abstract: Abstract:

01Feb 2014

14th international conference BRIT (Border Regions In Transition) The border, a source of innovation, Arras-Lille-Mons, 4-7.11.14

BRIT (Border Regions in Transition) is an international network of researchers and practitioners dealing with issues on borders. More details on BRIT and BRITXIV is given here.

The objective of this conference is, with a transdisciplinary approach (geography, political science, economics, sociology, anthropology, history), to contribute to a collective reflection on innovations related to border and cross-border dynamics.

The decision to set BRIT next to the Franco-Belgian border in 2014 falls within the symbol. A century after the declaration of the Great War, the aim is to trace the evolution of the border between France and Belgium, which started from “front” border to end with « sewing » border. If it once represented a split between two territories, the border has now come to represent an element of welding these two territories. The field day will offer a contact with these concrete realities.

More information about BRIT XIV is to be found http://www.brit2014.org/index.php/about-britxiv/.

Call for abstracts and papers

The list of sessions is given in call for papers - http://www.brit2014.org/index.php/call/.

Abstracts will be sent until March 15, 2014.

Agenda and places

November 4, 2014 : Arras (France)

November 5, 2014 : field day from France to Belgium

November 6, 2014 : Lille (France)

November 7, 2014 : Mons (Belgium)

Contact : contact@brit2014.org

28Jan 2014

International workshop "Living in European Borderlands", Luxembourg, 20-22.11.2014

20-22 November 2014, University of Luxembourg

Call for Papers

Border studies are broadly interested in national borders and the movement across these by people, goods, services and communication. The emerging ‘borderlands studies’ further strengthen this interest by considering the specificity of what is developing alongside the lines on the land at the border. Borderlands studies with the conceptual assumption that borderlands are distinct due to intensive exchange across the border and ensuing forms of reciprocal influence, look beyond the historical facticity of territorial borders by reflecting their porousness and the actual processes of their crossing and maintenance. Borderlands studies are simultaneously inspired by two different considerations: on the one hand they relate the perceived increase in integration and movement across national borders to globalisation and the concurrent acceleration and shrinking of the world; on the other hand, they regard the short-distance (and often regionally confined) crossings of national borders as a discrete (and not necessarily modern) phenomenon. The claim that borderlands are distinct implies a thematically more inclusive approach beyond a focus on mobility. Borderlands studies thus stimulate empirical research that looks at everyday practices in borderlands more broadly and from various disciplinary angles, including practices that relate to mobility and others that relate to sedentariness.

We invite scholars from different disciplines (anthropology, sociology, human geography, history and related fields) working on European borderlands to present their research on everyday practices and experiences of living in a borderland at a workshop that will take place from 20-22 November 2014 at the University of Luxembourg. The workshop is hosted by the research project “Cross border residence. Identity experience and integration processes in the Greater Region” (CBRES), realized conjointly by the Institute for History at the University of Luxembourg and the CEPS/INSTEAD Luxembourg. The project looks at German villages in the Luxembourg/German borderland that have experienced a significant influx of new residents from Luxembourg. Using qualitative and quantitative methods and comparing four different villages we are trying to understand the ways in which these emerging borderland social constellations shape, and are shaped by, everyday practices and how they impact upon individual and collective identities.

We are thus particularly interested in contribut
ions dealing with cross border residential migration in other European borderlands. Starting from this specific research field, where “living in borderlands” is understood in the narrow sense of residing at a border – including the processes of settling and homemaking across the border and the experiences of gradually getting acquainted with new neighbours stemming from the other side of the border – we also welcome work on other aspects of daily borderland practices.

Papers can be empirical and/or conceptual relating to the following themes:

• Dwelling, work and consumption in borderlands transnational action spaces; (un)familiarity as an element of daily practices; interactions between residential and daily mobility

• Identity constructions in borderlands intersection of local, regional, national identification and various aspects of socio-cultural differentiation

• Historical perspectives on borderlands processes of de-bordering and re-bordering; border memories

• Cross-border suburbanisation and urban/rural relations rural urbanity; urban development and urban sprawl differentials

• Sedentariness and mobility in borderlands conceptual problems, methodological approaches, the relationship of Borderland Studies to research on migration and globalisation

• Comparative approaches looking at particular borderlands

Please submit 250 word long abstract to elisabeth.boesen@uni.lu and gregor.schnuer@uni.lu by 31 March 2014.

05Dec 2013

2014 IGU Regional Conference, Kraków, Poland, 18-22.08.2014

We are pleased to invite you to participate in the 2014 IGU Regional Conference which will be held in Kraków, Poland, 18-22 August, 2014. It will also be an excellent opportunity to discover the beauty and variety of the environment and the culture of Central and Eastern Europe. The main theme of the conference is Changes, Challenges, Responsibility. Modern geography faces significant challenges focusing on the recognition of and response to contemporary changes in the environment, society and economy. All this calls for our responsibility. The conference aims to create a forum at which these issues can be addressed. It is open to all geographers across the spectrum who specialize in all fields of the discipline. The conference is going to be an event contributing to efforts undertaken, for example, by ICSU/ISSC Future Earth, and aimed at defining pathways towards sustainability and responding effectively to the risks and opportunities of global environmental change. Kraków, the former capital of Poland, is the seat of the second oldest university in Central Europe, established in 1364. The Jagiellonian University is the seat of the first ever Chair of Geography in Poland, established in 1849. We believe that the 2014 IGU Regional Conference will be an important and meaningful event, bringing together geographers from all over the world and contributing to a better understanding of the changes and challenges faced by the world and our discipline as well as the responsibility we all share.

Please find here the sessions organised by the Commission on Political Geography:


More information on the Conference Website: http://www.igu2014.org/

The travel grant application process for attendance at the next IGU Regional Conference in Krakow, Poland 18 th to 22 nd August 2014 is now open. Details, together with an application form, are here.

05Dec 2013

ABS 2014 World Conference, Joensuu, Finland – St. Petersburg, Russia, 9-13.06.2014

The Association for Borderlands Studies (ABS) invites proposals for individual papers and posters as well as complete panels and roundtables related to multi-disciplinary study of borders, border areas and cross-border interaction. Contributions from all world regions are encouraged. The organizing theme for the 2014 World Conference is:

Post-Cold War Borders: Global Trends and Regional Responses

Since the end of the Cold War era, state borders have increasingly been understood as multifaceted social institutions rather than solely as formal political markers of sovereignty. The changing significance of borders has been partly interpreted as a reflection of global "de-bordering", and of optimistic scenarios of globalization and international cooperation. However, such notions of "de-bordering" have been challenged by or even succumbed to the reality of ethnic and cultural tensions and increasing complexity and instability in the world system. It is time to ask how often contradictory global tendencies are reflected on the ground. We can recognize global megatrends that are changing the nature of borders but also regional and local processes of border-making and border negotiating.

The unprecedented expansion and transformation of the global economy and the concurrent fluidity of people and goods within a context of increased securitization, signifies fundamental societal challenges that directly relate to borders. On this view, borders help condition how societies and individuals shape their strategies and identities. At the same time, borders themselves can be seen as products of a social and political negotiation of space; they frame social and political action and are constructed through institutional and discursive practices at different levels and by different actors.

Despite new border studies perspectives that favor a broad cultural, economic and complex governance view of borders and borderlands, a strict top-down international relations view of borders continue to dominate policymaking. This current era of heightened globalization requires that we pay attention not only to the tendency of increased governance of borders and border regions, but also at the regional responses to such development.

Through regional responses to globalization, borders are reproduced, for example, in situations of conflict where historical memories are mobilized to support territorial claims, to address past injustices or to strengthen group identity – often by perpetuating negative stereotypes of the "other". However through new institutional and discursive practices contested borders can also be transformed into symbols of co-operation and of common historical heritage

The general theme encompasses a wide range of topics and approaches. Please consult the conference website for inspiration. We invite proposals that focus on empirical research and case studies, conceptual and theoretical issues, and/ or policy relevant aspect of border studies alike.

Confirmed Keynote Speakers:

Prof. Oscar J. Martinez, University of Arizona Prof. Paul Nugent, University of Edinburgh Prof. Anne-Laure Amilhat Szary, Université Joseph Fourier/CNRS-PACTE Prof. Anssi Paasi, University of Oulu Prof. Alexander F. Filippov, Higher School of Economics/Russian Academy of Sciences

The Association for Borderlands Studies 2014 World Conference is organized by the VERA Centre for Russian and Border Studies at the University of Eastern Finland in cooperation with the Centre for Independent Social Research and the European University at St. Petersburg.

The organizers wish to thank ABORNE – The African Borderlands Research Network and the Finnish Association for Russian and East European Studies for their financial and scientific contribution.

06Jul 2013

Call for Applications for IAPSS Think Tank

The International Association for Political Science Students (IAPSS) is looking for a new team for its own Think Tank. We are looking for 16 (sixteen) Political Science students and young researchers aiming at developing their research for the IAPSS Think Tank.

This year’s topic will be Global Governance and New Trends: Analysis and Prospects. In there, researchers will analyse the new geopolitical strategic trends on the global world, under four main geographic subdivisions (corresponding to an equal number of working groups):

1. US Foreign Policy and Asia-Pacific;

2. African and Latin American Political Regimes;

3. The European Union as a global player;

4. The economic rise of the Asian “tigers”

The topics will be addressed by the groups in a policy-oriented perspective. Contributions will be added from various angles: human security, military power, regional cooperation, multilateralism and international organizations, youth and social networks; other relevant related perspectives.

In order to apply, please send us your CV + cover letter containing your motivation to be part of this Think Tank and what you consider to be your main contribution to this Think Tank.

The deadline is set to July 26th. Candidates will get the results of their application by July 29th . We are looking forward to receive your applications.

Best regards,

Ana Isabel Xavier Think Tank Coordinator International Association for Political Science Students thinktank@iapss.org

Rodrigo Vaz Head of the Academic Department International Association for Political Science Students academic@iapss.org

23May 2013

ISPRS/ IGU/ICA Joint Workshop on Borderlands Modeling and Understanding for Global Sustainability, Beijing, China, 5-6.12.2013

Organized by: - Beijing Normal University (BNU) - National Geomatics Center of China (NGCC) - Peking University (PKU) - Lanzhou University (LU)

Sponsored by: - International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS) - International Geographical Union (IGU) - International Cartographic Association (ICA) - Geographical Society of China (GSC) - Association of American Geographers (AAG)


Achieving sustainable development is a consensus of the international community, as declared by the Rio+ 20 Outcome Document. How to accomplish this task is a big challenge facing the government, private sector and academia. Nowadays the United nations (UN) are exerting great efforts in mobilizing the world to come up with a post-2015 development agenda based on inputs from all walks of life. It is the moral obligation of the borderland-related research community to have our thought and say, thus making our due contribution.

Borderlands are physical spaces adjoining national boundary lines and geographic units with unique characteristics in terms of geography, natural resources, demography, economy, and culture. In most cases, they unite as a continuum with the same ethnicity, economic pattern and natural resource, and share more common features with the neighboring country instead of the inner land of the mother country. These similarities and identicalness do no respect and cannot be divided by the artificial boundary lines which are politically dictated. People, goods, services and ideas flow across boundaries from state to state in a very easy manner. The borderlands are becoming more and more important in the context of global sustainable development and regional cooperation, and deserve special attention for policy-makers and researchers.

A better understanding of borderlands can be advanced through an integrated multi-disciplinary researches and the utilization of new technologies. During the past few years, we have witnessed recent scientific achievements and technological development in earth observation, global geographic information, geopolitics, geographic modeling, international relations and many other related subjects. This makes it possible to conduct a more comprehensive research of the borderlands areas in our planet through multi-disciplinary collaboration. New concepts and theories, methods and algorithms, as well as the advanced geo-computing tools/ platform can be developed to support the planning, monitoring, and management of borderlands. Scientific innovation and excellency in this domain will not only contribute to the socio-economic development and human well-being in border areas, but will also benefit the global understanding and sustainability.

This workshop aims to promote scientific research and academic exchange on digital modeling, advanced analysis and comprehensive understanding of borderlands. It will provide a forum for leading scientists and young researchers to present their latest research results, exchange new ideas and discuss the possible collaboration in this field.

Topics: - Scientific challenges in borderlands studies - Conceptual and theoretical achievements in borderlands studies - Modeling and representation of digital borderlands - Reliable information of borderlands - Geo-computing infrastructure for borderland studies - Analytical and quantitative methods for borderlands - Understanding the relation of land cover and culture in border areas - Understanding cross-border economies and communication - Understanding non-traditional security in border areas - Others

Scientific Committee: Prof. Dahe Qin (Chair, IGU Vice President, Academician of Chinese Academy of Sciences, China) Prof. Jun Chen (Co-Chair, ISPRS President, NGCC/BNU, China) Prof. Yanhua Liu (Co-Chair, GSC President, China) Dr. Douglas Richardson (Co-Chair, AAG Executive Director, USA) Prof. William Cartwright (Co-Chair, ICA Past President, RMIT University, Australia) Prof. Giuliano Bellezza (IGU Vice President, Universities of Roma La Sapienza and Viterbo-Tuscia, Italy) Dr. Derek Clarke (ICA Vice President, Surveys and Mapping, SouthAfrica) Prof. Yifang Ban (ISPRS WG IV/II/VIII Chair, KTH, Sweden) Prof. Debin Du (East China Normal University, China) Dr. Jie Jiang (ISPRS Com II President (NGCC, China) Dr. Peter Jordan (ICA Com. Chair on Atlases, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Austria) Dr. Shuying Leng (National Natural Science Foundation of China, China) Prof. Songnian Li (ISPRS Com IV President, Rayson University, Canada) Prof. Weidong Liu (Chinese Academy of Sciences, China) Prof. Yaolin Liu (ICA Vice President, Wuhan University, China) Mr. Sukendra Martha (ICA Vice President, Board of Geospatial Information, Indonesia) Prof. Alexander Murphy (AAG Past President, University of Oregon, USA) Prof. Matin Pratt (Durham University, UK) Prof. Mark Rosenberg (Queen’s University, Canada) Dr. Changqing Song (National Natural Science Foundation of China, China) Prof. Shu Tao (Peking University, China) Prof. Vladimir Tikunov (ICA Com. Chair on GI for Sustainability, M. V. Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia) Prof. Jiayao Wang (Information Engineering University, China) Prof. Shangyi Zhou (Beijing Normal University, China)

Organizing Committee: Prof. YuejingGe (Chair, Beijing Normal University, China) Prof. Hui Deng (Peking University, China) Prof. Yixin Hua (Information Engineering University, China) Dr. Horst Kremers (ICA Com. Co-chair on GI for Sustainability, Co-Chair (Germany) Prof. Qingwen Qi (ICA Com. Co-chair on Atlases, CAS, China) Dr. Bo Qu (China Foreign Affairs University, China) Dr. René Sieber, ICA Commission on Atlases, Co-Chair (Switzerland) Mr. Faliang Wang (NGCC, China) Prof. Shengtian Yang (Beijing Normal University, China) Prof. Tingjun Zhang (Lanzhou University, China) Dr. Zhuodong Zhang (Beijing Normal University, China)

Secretary: Dr. Yang Cheng (Beijing Normal University, China)

Abstract and paper submission: - Abstract with approx. 500 wordsin English should be submitted before August 10, 2013. The submission system will be available on the workshop webpage. - Notification of acceptance will be sent out by September 10, 2013 with instructions for the submission of draft papers by October 10, 2013 for circulation at the workshop.

Registration fees: All participants, except non-attending co-authors, must pay the registration fees of $200 (or 1200 RMB) at the workshop. The fees will be used for renting venue, printing workshop documents, providing food services, inviting keynote speakers, and preparing conference proceedings. This workshop offers a reduced registration fee of $100 (or 600 RMB) for graduate students.

Contac information: Dr. Yang Cheng School of Geography, Beijing Normal University, China No. 19, XinJieKouWai St., HaiDian District, Beijing 100875, P. R. China Phone: (86)-10-58807473, Ext.1340 Fax: (86)-10-58806955 E-mail: chengyang@bnu.edu.cn

Important Dates: Abstracts:August 10, 2013 Notification of acceptance: September 10, 2013 Full paper: October 10, 2013

05Feb 2013

IPSA RC 41 Second Conference on Geopolitics


An International Workshop on Emerging Regional Contests and Contestants

Tuesday, 26 November – Wednesday, 27 November 2013



The contours of today’s evolving global system suggest two contradictory futures. The first predicts a “Great Convergence” of mankind, whereas the second foresees an emerging “G-Zero” leaderless planet Earth.

That the international system could go either way owes to the unprecedented economic and technological globalization shaping our world in one direction -- even as a major reshuffling and circulation of power worldwide is leading us in the opposite direction.

Economic, domestic and regional uncertainties in the United States, Europe, the Middle East and Asia further challenge students of international affairs to define the political superstructure of tomorrow’s world.

The International Political Science Association’s Research Committee on Geopolitics (RC-41) is pleased to announce an International Workshop on “Geopolitics and Great Powers”, aimed at professionally addressing these concerns.

The Jerusalem International Workshop format offers the opportunity for close, careful consideration of such questions as:

 Are we on the threshold of a unipolar-, bipolar-, tripolar-, or multipolar “moment” in world politics?

 In the 21st century what determines any country’s ranking in the hierarchy of power, influence and leverage?

 What distinguishes a Great Power from middle-range and smaller state actors?

 Who are the actors (both state-and non-state) best positioned to lead in a major rebalancing of power?

 To what extent does the United States remain indispensable for today’s world order?

 Where are the so-called “flashpoints” with the greatest potential for tipping the delicately-poised scales between stability and instability, development and stagnation, integration and fragmentation, peace and war?

Portions of the IPSA RC-41 Workshop Program will be devoted to specific regional problems and contests already on the geopolitical horizons in both the eastern Mediterranean-Persian Gulf zone and the Pacific Basin. These individual case studies on the impact of Great Powers on Geopolitics are meant to reinforce more general insights at the theoretical level.


Unlike open international conferences, the Workshop framework is designed to limit participation to a smaller and rather select group of invitees - on the order of 16 to 18 people - each bringing to bear his or her disciplinary expertise or area studies specialization.

Accordingly, the Jerusalem Workshop will be conducted in a Round Table format, with scholarly presentations dividing into 8 panel sessions, with 2 – 3 papers at each session, followed by open discussion among the direct Round Table academic participants and invited guests drawn from the diplomatic and policymaking communities. The 8 panel themes are devoted to:

1. The New International System/ “Power” and “Influence” Redefined

2. The Emerging Great Powers

3. Regionalization in a World of Sub-Systems - Regional Contests and Power Balances

4. The Mediterranean & Middle East

5. The Asia-Pacific Theater

6. Central Asia / Southeast Asia

7. Positioning the United States

8. Summing Up: Theoretical Insights and Implications

The intention is for the Jerusalem Workshop schola
rs and specialists to then reconstitute themselves into a continuous Working Group for the purpose of presenting a Panel session at the IPSA international conference scheduled for Montreal, Canada in 2014. This follow-up session will enable members of the Working Group to offer a reassessment as well as update of their 2013 observations in the light of intervening events.

It is also intended to publish original papers presented at the “GEOPOLITICS AND GREAT POWERS” workshop in book form, or as independent articles in leading professional refereed journals.


Tuesday 26 November

9:00 - 18:00 Opening Reception Greetings & Keynote Speaker Paper Presentations & Discussion Panels 1 - 4

Wednesday 27 November

9:00 - 17:00 Paper Presentations & Discussion Panels 5 - 8 18:00 Concluding Remarks: “Toward Montreal"

Thursday 28 November (optional) Group Tour / Policy Meetings

General Information:

Anyone wishing to participate in the 2013 RC-41 Jerusalem Workshop and to contribute by addressing any of the above topics is invited to submit an initial paper proposal.

The Proposal and/or Abstract (limited to 750 words or less) should be sent to Professor Aharon Klieman at aklieman@gmail.com.

Final date for submission 10 May 2013

Notice of Acceptance 20 May 2013

No Registration fee is required.

Acceptance is conditioned, however, upon the participant’s commitment to full, active attendance at all panel sessions and discussions throughout the two days of the Workshop, in addition to one paper presentation.

Participants in the 2013 Jerusalem International Workshop are expected to cover all personal transportation arrangements and expenses. Limited IPSA conference travel grants may be available upon special request to help defray partial air fare costs for junior scholars or in exceptional cases.

Hotel accommodations and meals during the Workshop will be provided for direct participants courtesy of The Leonard Davis Institute for International Relations of The Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

All Workshop sessions will be conducted on the Mount Scopus campus of The Hebrew University.


Announcement & Call for Papers February 2013
Submission of Proposals / Abstracts May 10, 2013
Notice of Acceptance May 20, 2013
Full Paper Submission October 15, 2013
Final Program November 1, 2013

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