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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

25Nov 2012

7th Annual Graduate Conference in European History "Concepts of Space in recent European Historiography", Budapest, Hungary, 25-27.04.2013

“ H I S T O R I A N S I N S P A C E ”

Concepts of Space in recent European Historiography

7th Annual Graduate Conference in European History

April 25-27, 2013

Budapest, Central European University

Organized by the Central European University, Budapest in co-operation with the European University Institute, Florence and the University of Vienna.

Historicize space! This injunction has not always been on the agenda of historians. Traditionally, historians were tempted to take space for granted. The boundaries of the nineteenth century nation-state were regarded as the natural presupposition of much historical research. These established “mental maps” still continue to influence the structure of history writing today. However, historians were not entirely immune to the effects of the “spatial turn” and can probably no longer be accused to treat space as if it were “packed solidly on to the head of a pin,” as Edward W. Soja did in his Postmodern Geographies in 1989.

History is primarily about time, about what happened when. Concurrently, it should not be forgotten that events and processes took place somewhere. Historical phenomena have a setting, a location – their place. However, taking their cue from geography, anthropology and sociology, some historians have come to broaden established notions of space. The concept may not refer merely to “geographical” or “real space” which “contains” peoples, nations and cultures. Rather, it may as well point to socially and culturally constructed objects of inquiry and how these are perceived by individuals or groups. In other words, space is understood as being framed through social and cultural relations, as Henri Lefebvre showed already in his path-breaking The Production of Space (1974).

Thus, some historical phenomena are essentially marked by their spatial dimensions and can thus be better approached from the vantage point of spatiality alongside temporality. The 7th Graduate Conference in European History (GRACEH) is inviting graduate students and young researchers to reflect on the rather ambiguous relationship historians entertain with the category of “space.”

We are welcoming abstracts which interrogate the various understandings of space, those which present new methodological approaches to the topic, and case studies which are placed within a wider theoretical context. Possible topics include, but are not limited to the following:

Historians and Space: methodological and theoretical approaches Representations of space Going Global: linking local, regional, national, transnational history Symbolic geography and cultural spaces: for example ‘Europe’, ‘Central Europe’, ‘Southeast Europe’ or the ‘Balkans’, the ‘Levant’, the ‘Orient’, etc. The spatial constitution of politics: empires and nation states (territoriality, kinship) Economic history: world systems, ‘core’ and ‘periphery’, ‘backwardness’ Spatial dimensions of everyday life: approaching gender, ethnicity, class, religion Urban spaces (morphology, planning; spaces of production, consumption and exchange, urban/rural divides) Geographies of knowledge: production and transfers Space and Memory Digital technologies and tools for writing spatial history, visualizations, Geographical Information Systems The working language of the conference will be English. Please send an abstract of no more than 400 words and a brief CV to gracehatceu.hu by January 20, 2013. Full papers will be pre-circulated and grouped into thematic panels of 3 to 4 contributions. We would like to ask all participants to prepare a presentation of no more than 15 minutes, in order to allow ample time for discussion and questions.

Final papers are due on March 31, 2013.

19Nov 2012

Conference "Borders, Cooperation and Regional Conflict in Post-Soviet Contexts: Between Integration and Disintegration?', Tbilisi, Georgia, 28–30.04.2013

The end of the Cold War has fundamentally changed the nature of borders within the emerging political spaces of the former Soviet Union. The collapse of the Soviet Union created thousands of kilometres of new state borders which have been redefined in terms of national sovereignty, as frames for free and sovereign action, but which also have becomes sites of hardening, closure, of new visa restrictions and, perhaps most seriously, of territorial conflict. This conference will focus on Post-Soviet states and their borders. But it is not simply about state borders as such – it is also about border conflicts, patterns of economic, political and social interaction, and actual and potential projects of regional cooperation and the geopolitical role of the European Union in contributing to regional stability.

This conference is timely in that it will bring together researchers who been studying regional issues in Eastern Europe, the Caucasus, Central Asia and the Black Sea. Furthermore, a major objective of the conference is to debate the role and aims of the EU in redefinition, negotiation and conflict over post-Soviet space. This includes local perceptions of the evolving quality of the EU’s social and political influence within Post-Soviet contexts, e.g. in countries such as Georgia, Armenia, Belarus, Azerbaijan, Moldova, Tajikistan and Ukraine.

Possible topics for panels and papers include: Post-Soviet nation-building: e.g. through the renegotiation of state-society relations, new interpretations of history, identity-politics, etc. Post-Soviet politics of borders: e.g. in terms of visa restrictions and the shrinking of CIS free visa areas, migration policies, local border regimes, etc.

Regional practices and political language of cooperation within different regional contexts (in particular Caspian Sea, Black Sea, Southern Caucasus and Eastern Europe) Natural resources, borders and interstate conflicts within different regional contexts Europeanization and Neighborhood relations: e.g. as manifested in discourses and practices of regional co-operation and institutional engagement (partly within the context of potential EU membership) between the EU as a political actor and its neighbors The Black Sea as political/economic region and shifting Black Sea geopolitics In addition to this research focus, we will welcome panels and papers that address borders and border-related issues more generally. Organisers: Georgian Institute of Public Affairs University of Eastern Finland – Karelian Institute and VERA Centre for Russian and Border Studies University of Warsaw - European Institute for Regional and Local Development (Euroreg) Carleton University - Centre for Governance and Public Management

Fees: Participation fees of ca. 100 USD per person (75 USD for students) will be charged in order to cover local organization costs. Participant number will be approximately 40-50

Conference days are 28 and 29 April 2013 Excursion: Starting on 30 April there will be a 1 - 1,5 day excursion to border regions (TBA)

Deadlines and abstracts: Proposals for panels as well as individual presentations will be accepted. Please include the following information (max. 300 words per paper) • Name of authors/contributors • Institutional affiliations, titles • Contact: telephone, fax, email, mailing address • Title of the paper • Abstract: Subject, empirical frame, analytical approach, theme

Send your proposals via email in Word format to james.scott@uef.fi and gorzelak@post.pl Conference Dates and Deadlines: December 15th 2012 : deadline for submitting abstracts and proposals December 2012 : proposals selection and notification sent to presenters March, 15th 2013 : submission of papers to discussants April 28th-30th 2013: Conference in Tbilisi.

14Sep 2012

Call for proposals, Belgeo 2013: Modelling and benchmarking of borders

Call for proposals – Belgeo 2-2013 Modelling and benchmarking of borders

Guest editors: Anne-Laure Amilhat-Szary, Gregory Hamez, Didier Paris, Bernard Reitel, Olivier Walther

The study of cross border spaces is often conducted with reference to a specific context to the extent that no border can be understood without analysing the unique constellations of States, regional and local entities bound together by a shared history. This special issue of Belgeo intends to open new directions to overcome the monographic approach and to reach a modelling of these spaces. Modelling often implies a quantitative methodology, which can be difficult to execute in border studies where data comparability can be an issue. Therefore, this issue will also focus on qualitative approaches to border modelling and welcomes contributions that address methodological and conceptual issues. The papers will contribute to such a theoretical framework, on any of the following themes: - Modelling of cross-border spaces and their evolution (modelling in terms of spatial analysis, geopolitical analysis, spatial patterns (choreme), textual analysis, narratives analysis) - Methodological approaches to collecting and representing cross-border data. How to define a cross-border space, according to what criteria? Among other things, this raises the question of the cartographic representation as well as the innovation in standards and the MAUP – Modifiable Areas Unit Problem - The qualitative or quantitative approaches taking into account the representations or perceptions related to borders. The border is a meaningful limit which structures the identities. By what concepts approaching the degree of appropriation of cross-border spaces, and the sense of spatial belonging expressed by the people? - The qualitative or quantitative approaches to evaluate the integration and construction of cross border territories. Some cross border spaces tend to institutionalise as planning entities, especially in Europe. Are there identifiable models of cross border cooperation and of governance? Which evaluation procedures can be applied to the development strategies and governance tools? - A comparative approach to spaces. Are models necessarily constructed at the global scale, or are there distinctive continental/regional models that are emerging?

The papers may also address the question of benchmarking and the exemplary nature of interaction and integration processes across some borders, under the following themes: - Which typology of borders can account for the levels of dissymmetry, interaction and their evolution? - What are the links between “model” and “good practices”? Which links and differences occur between both approaches, and how can these be analysed? - Which analytical framework could be used to compare the cross border spaces in different regions of the world? - Can and should the European cross-border context be considered as an example for other world regions in a process of integration? Are other world regions adopting different, alternative, models of cross-border coordination?

Proposals should be sent to Belgeo’s publishing secretary and guest editors (cvdmotte@ulb.ac.be and gregory.hamez@univ-lorraine.fr) by the end of October 2012. Please provide a title and a short text outlining the subject and the aims of the paper. Full papers should be submitted before mid-February 2013 to Belgeo (cvdmotte@ulb.ac.be).

09Aug 2012

Session "The geopolitics of mobility and immobility", AAG Annual Meeting, Los Angeles , USA, 9-13.04.13

Session organisers: Mat Coleman (Ohio State University, US) Mike Collyer (University of Sussex, UK) Deirdre Conlon (Saint Peter’s University, US) and Elisa Pascucci (University of Sussex, UK)

Migration, both across and within international boundaries, has long challenged the essentialisation of territory that is central to classical understandings of geopolitics. Established critical approaches to the ‘geopolitics of mobility’ (Hyndman 1997) have identified migration control or humanitarian action as key sites for the respatialisation of state authority. As embodied subjects of that authority migrants face contradictory processes of facilitation and control of movement. We are interested in the implications of these contradictions in terms of their impact on those who are, or wish to be, mobile and for understanding state practices of control. We welcome papers that explore the intersections between (im)mobility and state action, particularly those based on recent empirical work.

States’ actions around mobility, the contradictions therein, as well as their impact on (im)mobility manifest in numerous ways. Among these are inequalities in access to mobility (and immobility). Most obviously, this involves practices of radical exclusion and spatial control exercised over migrant bodies. In some cases this results in forced mobility with the aim of reterritorialising out of place bodies, such as deportation or exclusion. In other cases it may be immobility that is enforced through migrant detention or the stranding or ‘warehousing’ of asylum seekers and refugees in camps, transit centres, and off-shore sites (Conlon, 2011; Mountz, 2011). There may be a combination of both, as recent investigations of mobility within detention estates have demonstrated (Gill 2009; Hiemstra forthcoming). These practices focus on rendering certain individuals invisible to the wider public while also serving to perpetuate the figure of the migrant as problem or threat. For other groups of people it is the borders themselves that are rendered invisible by their unencumbered passage across them and implications of state involvement also include the facilitation of mobility for these privileged actors. There may be an interrelationship between these practices of facilitation and control of mobility, as ass="mark">Sparke (2006) has suggested.

We are also interested in challenges to state practices of control. The movement of border controls away from the edges of state territory, either through extra-territorial controls or through the movement inwards (Coleman, 2012) of key elements of control, has coincided with a more elaborate performance of control at the borderline itself, the construction of new border architectures and greater public attention to statistics relating to migration and control. The analysis of state performativity in this area offers an additional explanatory framework for state action. Yet another productive line of inquiry examines inter-state agreements and practices related to mobility and migrant removal (Collyer, 2012) as well as the role of institutional actors that are external to states, such as UNHCR, International Organisation for Migration (IOM), and various migrant support groups, to these processes. Coinciding with these practices of control, many states have devoted new levels of attention to attracting or influencing overseas nationals, expanding voting rights, institutionalising favourable tax arrangements or officialising forms of representation, such as diaspora ministries. Questions of ‘building’ diaspora have much in common with state building processes in their redefinition of who legitimately forms part of the nation.

In light of the above, we welcome papers that examine the geopolitics of mobility and immobility. Possible paper topics might include (but are not limited to):

§ State practices of migration control
§ The spatialised control of migrant bodies
§ Migrant experiences of mobility and (im)mobility
§ Mobility as privilege
§ Moving borders – interiorisation and/or extra-territorial mechanisms of state border control
§ Border architecture(s)
§ State performativity at border sites
§ The role of external/non-state actors in mobility and (im)mobility
§ Diasporas and state building

Please send inquiries / abstracts of no more than 250 words to Elisa Pascucci (E.Pascucci@sussex.ac.uk) by September 15th 2012

Coleman, M. (2012) The "local" migration state: The site-specific devolution of immigration enforcement in the U.S. South. Law & Policy. 34(2): 159-190.
Collyer, M. (2012) Deportation and the micropolitics of exclusion: The rise of removals from the UK to Sri Lanka. Geopolitics. 17(2): 276-292
Conlon, D. (2011) Waiting: Feminist perspectives on the spacings/timings of migrant (im)mobility, Gender, Place, and Culture. 18(3): 353-360.
Gill, N. (2009) Governmental mobility: The power effects of the movement of detained asylum seekers around Britain’s detention estate. Political Geography. 28: 186-196.
Hiemstra, N. (forthcoming) “You don’t even know where you are”: Chaotic geographies of US migrant detention and deportation, in D. Moran, N. Gill and D. Conlon (eds.) Carceral Spaces: Mobility and Agency in Imprisonment and Migrant Detention. Forthcoming with Ashgate.
Hyndman, J. (1997) Border crossings. Antipode. 29(2): 149-176.
Mountz, A. (2011) Where asylum seekers wait: Feminist counter-topograhies of sites between states. Gender, Place and Culture. 18(3): 381-399.
Sparke, M. 2006, A neoliberal nexus: Citizenship, security and the future of the border. Political Geography. 25 (2) 2006: 151 – 180.

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