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22Mar

International Research Training Group "Baltic Borderlands", Greifswald, Germany, 20-22.09.2012

From the beginning of mankind water has played an essential role by dividing and connecting different landscapes, peoples, cultures and identities. Although water has been the object of research in studies on maritime borders, dimensions of inclusion and exclusion that go beyond the mere physical character of water have often been neglected. This interdisciplinary conference intends to approach water beyond its immanent quality as a physical boundary and focuses on the character of water as a means of social, cultural, political or economic division and connection. The aim of the conference is to discuss the different roles and functions ascribed to water and what we can learn about social and mental boundaries through engaging with it.

Central aims and topics of the conference:

Throughout history water has been the basis for both inclusion and exclusion. Water bodies like oceans, lakes and rivers have often been experienced as physical borders between various geographical spaces and, consequently, as separating different peoples and cultures.

Yet, the function of water bodies as natural borders should be further scrutinised and critically reviewed. Why do some rivers and seas work as barriers, whereas others are regarded as bridges for social interaction? Obviously, narratives ascribe social meaning to them. For instance, the Mediterranean Sea has been a centre of civilization since antiquity, though today it is often considered to be the "graveyard of Europe" and a barrier walling off the "Fortress Europe". On the other hand, though interaction was impeded by ideological obstacles during the Cold War, today the Baltic Sea Region can be regarded as a prime example for cooperation and peaceful transformation. Hence, the functions and meanings of water bodies undergo shifts over time and may vary in different cultural and social contexts.

Various actors have been actively collaborating on different maritime issues like environment, transportation and tourism. In this regard, water bodies do not only separate but also link different countries and societies and thereby can be perceived as bridges - depending on the respective interpretation and action. Hence, it has to be reconsidered if the demarcating function is only ascribed to water by different actors or if physical and attributed features coincide in this regard. There should be therefore a further discussion on how and why distinct functions of water are produced, maintained and transformed and what the underlying motives of such functional shifts could be.

The manifold dimensions of water as means of connection and separation have always been in the focus of literature, arts and cinematography which have been trying to depict the mysticism associated with water. Water as the essence of biological and cultural life can also be found in the great religions where it serves as a symbol of birth, origin, fertility and purity. Many religious traditions are based on water as a central element which can both unite people of the same belief and distinguish them from groups of other religions. The functions of water therefor go beyond the mere geographical barrier/bridge dichotomy and touch social, political, economic, religious and legal aspects.

Therefore, the conference encompasses, but is not limited, to the following aspects:

- the changing meaning and functional transformation of water as barrier and bridge - water bodies (oceans, lakes, rivers) as historical physical borders and mental boundaries - water bodies as extra legal spaces (piracy, smuggling, human trafficking) - water as a resource (food, fishery, agriculture) - social and political dimensions of water as a source for conflict and cooperation - water in culture, fine arts and religion - the governance of water bodies and their legal status - water and mobility (trade, transportation, tourism)

Requirements, dates for application and organizational matters:

We invite senior scholars, young researchers (recent Ph.Ds and Post-Docs) and doctoral students from the fields of Anthropology, Cultural and Area Studies, Geography, History, Literature, Political Science/International Relations, Philosophy, Psychology, Sociology, Theology as well as neighbouring disciplines to submit paper proposals. If you are interested in contributing a paper, please submit an abstract of no more than 250 words and a short biographical note (max. 150 words) until 30 March 2012 to water@uni-greifswald.de. Successful applicants will be notified by the end of April.

More general information about the conference, programme, accommodation, travel and possibilities of financial support will soon be available on the web page of the International Research Training Group "Baltic Borderlands" (http://www.phil.uni-greifswald.de/fk/borderlands.html).

09Feb

BRIT (Border Regions in Transition) XII: Fukuoka-Busan “Borderland Voices: Shaping a New World Order”, Fukuoka, Japan, & Busan, South Korea, 13-16.11.12

The BRIT XII (Fukuoka-Busan 2012) Organizing Committee invites all academic researchers and practitioners working on borderlands policy and border studies to participate in the BRIT XII Conference, a multi-disciplinary/area studies scientific meeting dedicated to the study of borders in all parts of the world. The conference will take place in Fukuoka, Japan and Busan, Korea, November 13-16, 2012. These locations provide an ideal setting for further understanding the realities of cooperation and conflict over Northeast Asia’s maritime and land borders. The conference will include an opportunity to participate in a special tour of beautiful Tsushima Island which lies halfway between Fukuoka and Busan. While papers on all topics and geographical areas related to border studies are welcome, the theme of BRIT XII is Borderland Voices: Shaping a New World Order. Papers addressing this theme will examine how those living in borderlands have been affected by the “bordering” processes of the state and central authority; how the voices of borderland communities can challenge the prevailing nation-state order; and the strategies and initiatives that people in the borderlands have devised in order to seize opportunities and overcome the difficulties associated with life on the border. Views from the borderlands give us fresh insights into the dynamic relationship between state and society; center and periphery; security and insecurity; politics and identity; territory and belonging. The theme of BRIT XII comes as a timely reminder that it is border communities (often marginalized, overlooked and powerless) who are most sharply affected by the global shifts represented by the terms “de-bordering” and “re-bordering.” However, these communities are not passive actors but part of a two-way process where those living in the borderlands are forming new kinds of connections and spaces. For borderland communities the power, violence and connectivity of the border are part of the very fabric of daily life. The border really matters to those living on it and border studies can uniquely engage with those metaphorically and geographically on the margins. It is a scholarly endeavor that has a humanitarian significance beyond the boundaries of academia. BRIT XII offers opportunities to use multiple lenses (from local to global) as well as cross-disciplinary approaches to refocus on the border in new and innovative ways. As part of this innovation, BRIT XII seeks to promote the development and advancement of theoretical and methodological approaches to border studies. Therefore, panels on theory and methods will be particularly welcome. Among other topics, we are also interested in accepting papers and panels on the following: •Local initiatives and borderland interest groups •Maritime border studies: conflict and cooperation •Comparative studies on land and sea boundary issues•Re-framing border discourses •Non-state dialogue across boundaries •Borders and the reconfiguration of geopolitics in Northeast Asia • “Mobile” and “hyper” borders •Natural environment and shifting borders •Borders in a world of supra-state organizations •Borders as a global-local nexus •Spaces beyond the state •Borderland identities •Locating and defining contemporary borderlands •Borders, migration and diasporas •Gender divisions on and across borders In order to advance collaboration between universities and policy makers, both academic researchers and practitioners working on border issues are warmly invited to attend. With the aim of promoting BRIT as a forum for exchanging ideas and overcoming disciplinary boundaries, individual papers will be particularly encouraged this year. These papers will be carefully considered by the BRIT XII Committee and organized into stimulating and engaging panels. Panel proposals are also acceptable though it is unlikely that panels with presenters exclusively from one country will be accepted. Panel organizers are encouraged to approach scholars from different disciplines and countries before submitting their proposal. Panel proposals must include all abstracts of the presenters involved. The Organizing Committee reserves the right to reallocate presenters in order to encourage the transgression of disciplinary boundaries. Outstanding papers will be invited to publish in journals such as Geopolitics, Journal of Borderland Studies, Eurasia Border Review and the proceedings of the conference. The final deadline for proposals is April 10, 2012 (For a limited number of Ph.D. candidates whose papers are judged by the Organizing Committee to best address the theme of this year’s conference, local accommodation in Fukuoka and Busan will be provided in the conference hotel. For those Ph.D. candidates who wish to be considered for accommodation, the deadline is March 30, 2012). The panel or individual proposal must include the title of the presentation, the name of the presenter(s), affiliation, e-mail address of the author(s), contact number and audiovisual needs. Abstracts should not exceed 200 words. Proposals should be submitted to: brit2012@borderstudies.jp After being notified of your proposal’s acceptance, you should register on our website: http://www.borderstudies.jp/brit2012/top.html

If you have further questions, please contact: Akihiro Iwashita, Coordinator of BRIT XII (Fukuoka-Busan 2012) iwasi@slav.hokudai.ac.jp Paul Richardson, Special Assistant to the Coordinator of BRIT XII paulrichardson@borderstudies.jp

06Feb

24th International Summer University on Federalism, Decentralisation and Conflict Resolution, Fribourg, Switzerland, 20.08–07.09.12

The Institute of Federalism is pleased to announce its annual International Summer University which is in its 24th year. The Summer University is a three-week course, from 20 August to 07 September 2012 that provides participants with a unique opportunity to learn and experience the current state of scholarship and practice in the area of federalism, decentralisation and conflict resolution. The Summer University is aimed at advanced students of law, political sciences, economics or journalism (with at least four years of University level studies) and young professionals keen to improve their knowledge of federalism, decentralisation and conflict resolution.

A range of international lecturers will provide their expertise. Teaching will be a mix of lectures, case studies, self‐reading, and group work; it will be enhanced by visits to local and cantonal institutions.

Please find more information and application form on our homepage: http://www.unifr.ch/federalism/en/international_centre/continuing_education/summeruni.

29Nov

3rd Conference of the Asian Borderlands Research Network "Connections, Corridors, and Communities", Kunming, China, 12-15.10.12

Deadline for applications: 1 December 2011 Conference dates: 12 - 15 October 2012

Host: Centre for Southwest Borderland Ethnic Minority Studies, Yunnan University (YU), Kunming, China

Convenors: Prof. He Ming (YU), Dr. Joy Bai (YU), Dr. Tina Harris (University of Amsterdam, UvA), Prof. Willem van Schendel (UvA) and Dr. Erik de Maaker (Leiden University)

Extensive land and maritime networks have crisscrossed Asia for centuries, providing the basis for encounters between diverse ethnic, linguistic, economic, religious, and political groups. Today, developments such as new infrastructural projects, an increase in media access, and renewed interest in shaping cross-border cultural identities serve to both underscore these long-standing linkages and create new forms of connections across Asia. During the 3rd Asian Borderlands Research Conference in Kunming, we invite submissions that address continuities and ruptures along routes and borders in Asia, broadly related to the theme, "Connections, Corridors, and Communities".

Connections: How are Asian borderlands made more (or less) visible through the study of cross-border connections? In what ways does the idea of the "borderland" remain resilient throughout political and historical ruptures? What are the characteristics of various kinds of connections that are being created (as well as cut off) in Asian borderlands?

Corridors: Are networks and paths throughout Asian borderlands being forged, reopened, diverted, or closed, and what are the effects of such processes? Can one conceive of "corridors" in relation to maritime or island borderlands, information technology networks, or bodily borders in Asia?

Communities: What constitutes a "community" or "communities" in and across Asian borderlands, and how might these be contingent upon other factors, such as politics, environmental issues, and history? What are some of the barriers and restrictions to the creation of communities in the context of Asian borderlands? In what ways is a community defined by the state, by organizations, and/or by local individuals?

Since one of the main goals of this conference is to spur collaboration and conversation across diverse fields in the hope of building up a more nuanced picture of the intersections and relationships across Asian borderlands, submissions are invited from scholars, writers, policy studies researchers, artists, filmmakers, activists, the media, and others from a wide variety of disciplinary backgrounds. We invite conceptually innovative papers, based on new research, in order to develop new perspectives in the study of Asian Borderlands.

Only a small number of individual papers will be selected. We therefore encourage you to submit a full panel or roundtable proposal. We will consider proposals for panels and roundtables that have a thematic focus, are of a comparative character, and involve scholars or practitioners affiliated with different institutions.*

  • New to this Asian Borderlands conference, the roundtable format is

intended to allow for a more open forum on a broader theme. Typically, panelists will each address the main issue or topic of the roundtable, and the remainder of the time is open for an informal discussion between the panel members and a more extended question-and-answer period with the audience. Some examples of wide themes in relation to Asian borderlands may include, but are not limited to: migration; security; gender; technology; environmental issues, etc.

Please visit http://asianborderlands.net to submit proposals. The deadline is 1 December 2011.

Participants will be notified towards the beginning of the year 2012.

Very limited financial support may be made available to specific scholars residing in Asia and some junior or low-income scholars in other parts of the world. If you would like to be considered for a grant, please submit along with your abstract for a panel and/or paper a short letter stating the motivation for your request. Please also specify the kind of funding that you have applied for or will receive from other sources. Please note that the conference operates on a limited budget, and will not normally be able to provide more than a partial coverage of the costs of travel.

Further information about registration fees, the venue, and logistics will be provided on the ABRN website once the panels have been accepted.

For more information, please visit the website at http://asianborderlands.net, or email info@asianborderlands.net

27Nov

Political Geography and Critical Geopolitics IGU Preconference 2012, Frankfurt am Main, Germany, 24-25.08.11

The conference will provide a forum for exchange for political geographers prior to the IGC 2012 meeting in Cologne with the goal of moving forward current conceptual, methodological and empirical research agendas in Political Geography and Critical Geopolitics. During the conference two strands will be running parallel: The conference will provide a forum for exchange for political geographers prior to the IGC 2012 meeting in Cologne with the goal of moving forward current conceptual, methodological and empirical research agendas in Political Geography and Critical Geopolitics. During the conference two strands will be running parallel:

Strand A: Integration and Disintegration of the Nation State. The role of the nation state and the territorial order of the world’s political map have significantly changed over the past two decades. In the face of ongoing economic globalisation the geopolitical influences of transnational corporations and networks of financial speculation have become ever more palpable. In the political realm, networked players such as terrorist networks, regional warlords and new social movements are growing in importance. Simultaneously, ongoing inter-state conflicts, debates on homeland security, the biopolitics of citizenship, hardening borders and reinvigorated state institutions in the face of financial and fiscal crisis in the EU and the US show that the nation state is far from disintegrating into a space of flows. The conference seeks to invite contributions that discuss these challenging developments from different theoretical perspectives as well as through different case studies.

Strand B: Critical Geopolitics 2012. Four years after the Critical Geopolitics 2008 conference at Durham University, we seek to invite contributions addressing the state of Critical Geopolitics and its evolution as an interdisciplinary research approach across the social sciences. Particular attention shall be paid to Critical Geopolitics’ interdisciplinarity in both conceptual and methodological terms as means of exploring inter-dependencies between the global and the local. How do geopolitical conditions affect local settings and the daily lives of people and how do localized social relations and seemingly mundane practices develop wider implications? The conference seeks to investigate both how the geopolitical is enacted in local settings and how specific personal, social and institutional arrangements shape the geopolitical. Furthermore, it seeks to address how these developments are dependent on, and influenced by, different underlying spatial arrangements and scale interdependencies.

In addition to paper and roundtable session in each strand, there will be two plenary lectures by Alec Murphy (http://geography.uoregon.edu/murphy/) and Joanne Sharp (http://www.ges.gla.ac.uk:443/staff/jsharp). Abstracts will soon be available here.

The conference will be held at the university’s Campus Westend (Grüneburgweg 1, 60323 Frankfurt, Germany). It is organized by the Commission on Political Geography (CPG) of the IGU and the German ‘Arbeitskreis Politische Geographie’. It is sponsored by the journal Political Geography and will be hosted by the Department of Human Geography of the Goethe-University Frankfurt am Main.

For more information, please follow the links on the left or send an email to precon2012@humangeographie.de

15Nov

European ABS Conference "Borders and borderlands. Today's Challenges and Tomorrow's Prospects", Lisbon, Portugal, 12-15.09.12

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Portugal

27Oct

Conference "Between the Global and the Local: Actors, Institutions and Processes", Prague, Czech Republic, 24-26.06.12

Joint CISS/Keynote Conference

When: June 24 - 26, 2012

Where: Prague

Website: www.prague-ciss.com

The joint 2012 CISS/Keynote conference seeks to address key dimensions of the interplay between the global stage and local in the context of the unique and, in many respects, unprecedented challenges and opportunities of the 21st century. Proposals for papers/panels/roundtables focusing on the following topics are invited: growing trends in global governance and the responsibilities of the states within international society the evolving relationship between international, state, and non-state actors the role of normative values and socio-cultural considerations in determining the perceptions and conduct of the various actors within the system the nature and scope of traditional and non-traditional challenges that confront humankind in the 21st century

Deadline for Proposals: November 30th,2011

22Oct

Conference "fY+20: New perspectives on former Yugoslavia", Oxford, Ohio, USA, 15-17.03.2012

Supported by Miami University: Havighurst Center for Russian and Post-Soviet Studies Department of Geography International Studies Program College of Arts and Science Office of the Provost Supported by Miami University:

Havighurst Center for Russian and Post-Soviet Studies

Department of Geography

International Studies Program

College of Arts and Science

Office of the Provost

Miami University Organizers

Carl T. Dahlman, Department of Geography

Scott Kenworthy, Department of Comparative Religion

Neringa Klumbyte, Department of Anthropology

Plenary Session Speakers

John Agnew, a political geographer whose work on contemporary configurations of sovereignty and territory includes an examination of the states of the former Yugoslavia.

Robert Donia, a historian at the University of Michigan whose scholarship contributed to his expert testimony in the trials of Slobodan Milosevic and others in The Hague.

Robert Hayden, an anthropologist at the University of Pittsburgh whose work on Yugoslavia’s constitution and dissolution has set important themes for other scholars.

Scope: A two-day multidisciplinary conference promoting new and continuing scholarship on the countries and peoples of the former Yugoslavia. The timing and title of this conference recall the changes wrought by the violence that began two decades ago. We welcome scholarship dealing broadly with the dissolution, changes, and outcomes of the former Yugoslavia, especially the post-Yugoslav scene and its current prospects. We encourage scholars whose work deals with the transformative effects of the last 20 years on the social, political, cultural, and economic life of any part of the former Yugoslavia.

Targeted Participants: The disciplines we hope to have represented include any of the social sciences, humanities, and fine arts. We are especially eager to include younger scholars whose PhD or post-doctoral research draws from new conceptual perspectives and/or empirical sources to shed light on the persistent questions raised by the experience of people living in the former Yugoslavia. Travel support will be provided for select young researchers (see below).

Organization: The conference will utilize an online social networking site to facilitate conference organization, encouraging scholars to engage with each other prior to writing their papers and to share their work during the drafting phase. We expect that this model will help the group develop their ideas more fully while identifying crosscutting themes that will be used for session organization. This model will also help to coalesce diverse perspectives around themes that can be used for publication proposals.

Outcomes: During and after the conference, select young researchers and other invited scholars will be expected to prepare a prospectus for an edited volume or special issues of journals.

Deadlines:

November 15. Deadline for abstracts and travel support applications.

February 10. Paper submission. Deadline for fees.

Abstract Submission:

Please send an abstract (250-500 words) outlining the scope of your paper appropriate for a broad scholarly audience. Include your curriculum vitae. Please email to fYplus20@listserv.muohio.edu by November 15, 2011.

Selection Criteria:

The conference space limits the number of participants we can accept (approximately 25-30). The organizers seek papers that translate the author’s specialization with the broad themes of the conference. Selection will favor quality scholarship but the organizers will also consider the mix of topics and disciplines represented.

Financial Support for Young Scholars: The organizers have funding to help young scholars attend the conference. We can support up to 12 people and will cover their fees, accommodation, and $500 of their travel expenses. We define young scholars to include PhD (or similar degree) students who are writing their dissertation (ABD) and faculty who have received their terminal degree since 2005. Others may be considered in consideration of specific circumstances, which they should explain in their application. Young scholars seeking support should include with their abstract submission, a written request for support. Awardees will be notified as quickly as possible.

Additional information:

Additional information about the conference will be posted to http://fyplus20.wordpress.com/

10Aug

XXII IPSA World Congress of Political Science, RC 41 Geopolitics Panels, Madrid, Spain, 8-12.07.2012

During the upcoming IPSA 2012 World Congress in Madrid on July 8-12, our Research Committee on Geopolitics (RC-41) is planning to organize 4 panels:

1. THE GEOGRAPHY, POLITICS AND ECONOMICS OF PROJECTED GLOBAL RESOURCE SCARCITY

2. THE IMPACT OF THE ‘ARAB SPRING’ ON EURO-MED RELATIONS

3. BACK TO THE BALANCE OF POWER? ASIAN-PACIFIC CONTESTS AND REALIGNMENTS

4. BUSINESS MEETING. WHERE DO WE GO FROM MADRID?

Please find the full description of the panels below.

If you are planning to submit one or more abstracts to any of these panels, please contact the specific panel convener/chair by e-mail indicated in the full description below.

Please note, however, that formal submission of paper proposals must be filed -- directly and officially – to the Organizers of the Conference.

Additional information on the Congress and about the abstracts submission procedure can be found on the official IPSA web-site (www.ipsa.org).

Panel 1

THE GEOGRAPHY, POLITICS AND ECONOMICS OF PROJECTED GLOBAL RESOURCE SCARCITY

Organized jointly by Research Committee RC-15: Political Geography and Research Committee RC-41: Geopolitics

Conveners & Co-Chairs: Aharon Klieman (RC-41) aklieman@gmail.com, Sanjay Chaturvedi (RC-15) csgiorg@gmail.com, TakashiYamazaki (RC-15) Takashiyamataka@lit.osaka-cu.ac.jp

“Scarcity is the new norm”.

The warning has been sounded of a new and unprecedented era now emerging in which food scarcity in particular will increasingly dominate and shape world affairs. At issue are the most basic staples for sustained human life and social development, questioning the mobilizing and carrying capacity of the earth -- and our own professional ability as students of political geography to contribute meaningfully both at understanding and alleviating the crisis.

“Maldistribution” has long endured as one of the primary causes frustrating the emergence of a strong international system. Yet, what Mackinder referred to as “the science of distribution” remains sorely underdeveloped even as signposts of this looming resource crisis appear.

The cause is patently simple. We are using up the Earth’s resources far faster than they can be sustainably replenished. In effect, we are eating into the future.

This panel, marked by a sense of urgency, aims at probing the deeper underlying causes (an expanding global population, increased consumption, water shortages, climate changes) as well as the potential dire consequences (social unrest, bread riots, upheaval and even revolution; intensifying competition for sources of food supply; armed conflicts; failed states).

Practical, down-to-earth recommendations (individual, national, multilateral) are invited from different disciplines, approaches, perspectives.

Panel 2

THE IMPACT OF THE ‘ARAB SPRING’ ON EURO-MED RELATIONS

Convener and Chair, Pere Vilanova, Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals pvilat@yahoo.es

The Mediterranean Sea area is widely considered to represent a distinctive geopolitical region of the world system, with common features and a dynamic of its own. Objectively, therefore, the analyst ought to be able to understand conflict, cooperation and coexistence within this geopolitical framework of a single Mediterranean regional complex.

While generally accepted, the hypothesis of a unified physical and geographic space is questionable, however. Our panel presents an alternative construct of the Mediterranean as a fragmented and heterogeneous space -- a space where conflicts, cooperation processes, negotiations and all kind of interactions (cultural, political, economic, etc) take on a quite different dynamic.

Special attention will be paid to recent, ongoing transformations associated with the so-called “Arab Spring” that offers an exceptional case of “regional transition”, with deep consequences on at least three levels:

• the change, reform or continuity of State political systems and regimes,

• the impact upon the Mediterranean as a region of stability, security and development,

• broader repercussions at the international level.

The session on “fragmented regionalism” is open to papers exploring any of the following suggested specific topics: consequences of the “Arab spring” on some of the enduring conflicts in the region; its implications for greater regional integration; the reaction of EU and NATO policies and attitudes towards democratic change.

Paper presentations will lead to a general discussion on the prospects for a genuine Mediterranean regional process, as well as its global relevance in the second decade of the 21st century.

Panel 3

BACK TO THE BALANCE OF POWER? ASIAN-PACIFIC CONTESTS AND REALIGNMENTS

Convener and Chair: Igor Okunev, Moscow State Institute of International Relations, okunev_igor@yahoo.com

The expansive Asian-Pacific region (Northeast and Southeast Asia, the South Pacific basin and North America) is assuming greater prominence in world politics. This shift of strategic emphasis from the North Atlantic zone and Europe poses a series of questions for geopolitics.

To what extent are regional realignments a function of Great Power contests (USA, China, Russia, Japan)? In light of its maritime buildup, what pivotal role should we anticipate China, in particular, to play? What place do other significant regional players like Australia, Canada, Indonesia and Vietnam have in shaping this emerging balance? And what are prospects for the smaller nations in the shadow of stronger actors to preserve their independence and room for maneuver?

Similarly, how will this rebalancing of power influence the opposing poles of integration and separatism throughout the region? What is advisably the best formula for regional stability? Bilateral ties, or multilateral frameworks like ANZUS? Mutual security pacts, or regional economic integration structures modeled on APEC and ASEAN? Should realignments already underway prove destabilizing, what are plausible scenarios for regional conflict centering on North Korea, Taiwan and rival territorial claims in the South China and Japan Seas?

From the perspective of the international system, to what extent can developments in the Asian-Pacific region influence the global agenda and the nature of international relations? Lastly, which concepts and methods for the scientific study of geopolitics deepen our understanding of processes at work in this region of both promise and peril?

Panel 4

BUSINESS MEETING

WHERE DO WE GO FROM MADRID?

Relating Geography to Politics: Our Research Agenda for the Next 2 – 5 Years

Convenors: Aharon Klieman aklieman@gmail.com, Pere Vilanova pvilat@yahoo.es, Igor Okunev okunev_igor@yahoo.com

This planning session is open to RC-41 members, as well as all others interested in Geopolitics from a multidisciplinary perspective wishing to pool resources with us and join our range of professional and research activities.

20Jul

Joint BISA-ISA International Conference "Diversity in the Discipline: Tension or Opportunity in Responding to Global Challenges", Edinburgh, UK, 20-22.06.2012

BISA was established in 1975, making it one of the longest established subject associations in the discipline of International Studies; ISA is the largest such association in the world. For only the second time in their history they will be holding a joint conference. This will bring together scholars from across the world, at all career stages, in probably the largest International Studies conference ever held in Europe.

Call for papers

Contemporary international relations is shaped by a series of global challenges. These include the financial crisis, political revolution in the Middle East, rising powers from the Global South, concerns over terrorism and the projection of Western military power. Alliances are being reconfigured, institutions are evolving and security is being articulated in new ways.

In addressing these issues, International Studies is characterised by diversity. We invite papers and panels which explore this diversity, particularly in relation to how competing approaches define and understand contemporary global challenges, and how those competing approaches have led to quite different proposals for responding to those challenges.

We welcome proposals for panels which consist of a diverse grouping of scholars from various countries and regions, from different career stages and which represent both genders. Joint submissions from ISA Sections and BISA working groups are warmly encouraged.

Location The conference will be held at two hotels on the Royal Mile, the mediaeval heart of Edinburgh with the Castle at one end and Holyrood the other, and in the historic Scotsman hotel overlooking Princes Street Gardens and the Scott Memorial. Edinburgh is a UNESCO city of culture, home to the International Festival and Fringe. The conference will be held at the same time as the Edinburgh International Film Festival and the Royal Highland Show.

Deadlines for proposals Panels, papers and roundtables: proposals by 1st September 2011 Submit proposals via the bisa website conference pages, here or copy and paste this link into your web browser http://www.bisa.ac.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=203&catid=35&Itemid=63

Contacts Please check the BISA conference pages (link above) for advice before emailing any of the following contacts

Joint Programme Chairs - Prof Colin McInnes (BISA) and Prof Karen Rasler (ISA) email: bisa-isa2012@isanet.org. (For enquiries about panels, papers and roundtable and conference programme generally)

Conference Organiser - Gail Birkett (BISA) email: bisa-conference@aber.ac.uk (For more general conference enquiries about venues, hotels, travel etc)

18Jul

Conference Borderscapes III, Trieste, Italy, 28-30.06.2012

Please see the attached file.

Borderscapes III

05Jul

18th Annual Critical Geography Conference: Constructing a radical politics in an age of crisis, Worcester, USA, 4-5.11.2011

Co-sponsored by the Graduate School of Geography at Clark University and the journal Human Geography, the 18th Annual Conference on Critical Geography seeks to bring critical geographers together to engage with a world in crisis. Historically, crises have been viewed as moments of political opportunity; as points in time where hegemonic contradictions are revealed and contested. This conference views crisis as an entry point into questions of how critical geographers can construct a responsive, radical politics. If the point of critical social theory is not only to understand but to change, we seek to question what notions of change, politics, and action underlie contemporary critical and radical geographies.

The conference will begin on Friday, November 4th, 2011. The opening evening will feature a keynote address by Neil Smith, Distinguished Professor of Anthropology and Geography and Director of the Center for Place, Culture, and Politics at the CUNY Graduate Center.

The program on Saturday, November 5th will consist of paper sessions, panels, and round table discussions. Saturday evening will feature a keynote panel addressing the theme of the conference. Sunday, November 6th will include additional sessions.

We invite you to submit abstracts or proposals for paper sessions, panels, roundtable discussions, or sessions with alternative formats by the deadline of August 15, 2011. 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. We are especially interested in participants organizing their own sessions. If you are interested in organizing a session, please let us know in advance and you can then issue your own CFP through the appropriate mailing lists. Papers submitted individually will be reviewed by the program committee after August 15, and will be accepted for committee-organized sessions as space allows. Please send your abstract or proposal to criticalgeography@clarku.edu.

Further information on the conference, including accommodations, paper sessions, and the conference synopsis will be available at the conference web site, www.criticalgeography.org. Please feel free to email any further questions to the conference planning committee at criticalgeography@clarku.edu

07Jun

International Conference on Bringing Migration and History into the Equation: Re-Imagining Nationhood and Belonging, Berlin, Germany, 5.-7.10.11

International Conference on

Bringing Migration and History into the Equation: Re-Imagining Nationhood and Belonging

5-7 October 2011, Jewish Museum Berlin, Germany

Organized by: Network Migration in Europe e.V.

in cooperation with

Bahçeşehir University, Istanbul Jewish Museum Berlin Zentrum für Türkeistudien und Integrationsforschung, Essen

Migration poses challenges to European societies as we know them today; indeed, the inclusion of immigrants in these societies has become a controversial issue in most European countries. Both of these statements are reflected in ongoing debates in numerous European countries. All too often, immigrants are seen as "Others" when it comes to constructing national cohesion and patterns of belonging and identity. The "Othering" of immigrants, perhaps best seen as a process of social construction and engineering, is closely interrelated with social, economic, linguistic and, increasingly, religious questions. However, immigrant inclusion and exclusion cannot be regarded without reference to historical, cultural and symbolic questions. Thus the analysis of identity formation and collective identities in multiethnic societies brings the political scope of identity politics, historical representations and national narratives to the fore. It entails theoretical and practical questions of (newly) constituting nationhood and transcultural belonging, as well as re-positioning ethnic/migrant minorities in the public sphere. This conference, Bringing Migration and History into the Equation: Re-Imagining Nationhood and Belonging, will address this intersection of migration, identity formation and belonging from comparative and historical perspectives. The emphasis will be on the intersection of history, politics and commemorative practices/strategies. Case studies as well as theoretical contributions are welcome. We invite the submission of papers on the following topics: - Migrant inclusion and political/historical representation; - (Re)formation of nationhood and identities under conditions of diversity; - Writing, teaching and displaying history in immigrant societies; - Social and cultural practices/strategies of institutions, organisations and communities to represent migrants and their cultures/histories; - Transnational and mediated public spheres; - Borders and belongings: From guest workers and refugees to post-migrants; - Methodological and theoretical contributions with regard to identity formation, identity politics and historical representation of migration;

The conference will be composed of: - an opening panel for a larger audience, including invited spokespeople from politics and art; - a keynote opening lecture; - panels based on academic papers; - roundtables with short statements to generate new questions and ideas; Contributions may be either (longer) academic papers or (shorter) input statements for roundtables, focused on innovative and relevant topics. The conference will be framed by the 50th anniversary of the German-Turkish labor recruitment contract in October 2011. Its commemoration raises a number of questions which will be contextualized in a comparative and international framework. The conference will take up the case of fifty years of German-Turkish labor agreements to shed light on more general issues stated above.

A follow-up conference will be held in Essen in spring 2012, focussing on Lieux de mémoire places/sites of memory of migration history. The October 2011 conference is open to scholars in the Humanities and the Social Sciences in the widest sense (anthropology, ethnology, geography, history, law, political sciences, sociology etc.). Abstracts for papers or contributions to roundtables will be considered on a competitive basis. The number of speakers for panels will be limited to 25. Limited financial support for participants to subsidize expenses for accommodation is available upon request. Submissions of abstracts (max. 600 words) and a short biographical note (not more than two pages) including a list of (selected) publications are welcomed until June 30, 2011. Papers and contributions will be circulated in advance and must be received by September 25, 2011. Please indicate if you intend to give a full paper or wish to participate in a roundtable.

For further information please visit http://www.network-migration.org/workshop2011 (accessible from June 1, 2011) or contact ohliger@network-migration.org. Submission deadline: June 30, 2011 Please send your application to ohliger@network-migration.org The selection committee will select and notify the participants by early July 2011

04May

AAG 2012 Annual Meeting, New York, USA, 24-28.02.2012

The Association of American Geographers invites scholars, researchers, and students to begin making plans to attend its 2012 Annual Meeting in New York for the very latest in research and applications in geography, sustainability, and GIScience. The conference will be held from February 24 to February 28 at the Hilton New York. The AAG Annual Meeting is an interdisciplinary forum open to anyone with an interest in geography and related disciplines. All scholars, researchers, and students are welcome to submit abstracts for papers and presentations beginning May 15. The deadline for submitting abstracts is September 28, 2011. Details on the call for papers will be published in the June issue of the AAG Newsletter and at www.aag.org/annualmeeting/call_for_papers. The four-day conference is expected to host more than 7,000 geographers from more than 60 countries and feature over 4,000 scientific presentations, posters, workshops, and field trips by leading scholars and researchers. Sessions will be organized around topics and special themes such as political geography, natural hazards, cartography, geography education, climate change, human geography, GIScience and technologies, physical geography, planning and international development, and social justice. Special events will include special guest speakers, a reception for international attendees, World Geography Bowl, awards luncheon, and an exhibition hall showcasing recent publications and new geographic technologies. Geographers and graduating students seeking new career opportunities can participate in career development sessions and the Jobs in Geography Center, a career fair highlighting numerous job opening in all fields of geography. Attendees also will have several options to explore the rich cultural and physical geography of New York and the surrounding region through informative field trips and excursions. Visit www.aag.org/annualmeeting on May 15 to register for the meeting and submit a paper.

27Mar

Summer School of the Mediterranean, Barcelona, Spain, 11-15.07.2011

The second edition of the IBEI Summer School of the Mediterranean will take place at the Institut Barcelona d'Estudis Internacionals (IBEI) during July 11-15. The objective of IBEI's Summer School is to offer different short courses on significant topics in international relations and the mediterranean area, taught by experts of international prestige. The direction and coordination of the summer school will be provided by Prof. Pere Vilanova (Universitat de Barcelona).

The summer school is aimed at graduate students, professors and researchers in the areas of political science, economics, and international relations and international studies who are interested in learning first-hand about the latest advances in research on Mediterranean politics and international relations. The courses offer a discussion and evaluation of the ongoing process of transition and transformation of the Arab countries of the region, under the light of this year's events.

The Institut Barcelona d'Estudis Internacionals is a graduate teaching and research institution created through the initiative of the five universities in Barcelona (the University of Barcelona, the Autonomous University of Barcelona, Pompeu Fabra University, the Open University of Catalonia, and the Technical University of Catalonia). The Institut Barcelona d'Estudis Internacionals supports research in all fields of international political economics, international relations, international security, foreign policy and comparative public policy.

The price of each course is 300 euros. However, there is a discount for early registration. Before June 6th, the price of each course will be 240 euros.For second course (and successive) the price will be 225 euros each one of them.

Courses:

  • Armed Islamist Movements: Jihadism and Beyond (Dr. Omar Ashour, University of Exeter) - July 11/15
  • Middle East Armies: Political, Social, and Economic Roles and Impacts (Prof. Yezid Sayigh, King’s College London) - July 11/15
  • Limits of International Interventions and the Role of the EU (Besa Shahini, Freelance Policy Analyst) - July 11/15
  • The Economics of Euro-Mediterranean Integration (Prof. Alfred Tovias, Hebrew University Jerusalem ) - July 11/15
  • The Mediterranean as a Geopolitical Unit (Prof. Pere Vilanova, Universitat de Barcelona; Dr. Eduard Soler i Lecha, CIDOB) - July 11/15

Each course will be taught over a period of one week, in a format of a daily two-hour sessions (10 hours). During these weeks, the teaching staff of the IBEI Summer School of the Mediterranean will also be available to participants hours to discuss their research projects.

Further information and registration form can be found at www.ibei.org

Mediterranean

20Mar

International Conference on Territorial Identity and Geopolitics. Kyiv-Crimea, Ukraine, 13-23.09.2011

The main objective of the conference is to discuss the state of research in the field of territorial identity, the impact of globalization on its evolution in different geographical and geopolitical conditions, the relation between the problem of identity with other directions of geographical studies, their practical importance in the understanding of current shifts in social and political processes in the world and in state-building in different countries. The conference is sponsored by the IGU Commission on Political Geography, National Committee of Geographers of Ukraine, Institute of Geography of The National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Tavrian G.I. Vernadsky National University

Ukraine

20Mar

International Conference on (Re)Integration and Development Issues in Multicultural and Border Regions, Portorož, Slovenia, 22-24.09.2011

The Conference is open to scholars of various disciplines who may contribute to the analysis of the geopolitical, historical, cultural, social and economic aspects related to divergence and convergence processes and (re)integration perspectives and policies in multicultural and border regions. The aim of the Conference is to give an assessment of past developments and conflict resolutions, an analysis of current situations and problems concerning spatial and social cross-border and inter-cultural integration/disintegration, and an evaluation of the future trends and opportunities for co-operation and development within a broader European and global context.

The conference will be held in the seaside resort of Portorož (Slovenia), nearby the border with Croatia and Italy, on September 22 - 24, 2011. The official language of the Conference is English. All participants are required to send the title of their papers/presentations along with a one-page long abstract, and the registration form to the Organizer by April 30, 2011.

Slovenia

12Mar

Workshop "Performing Geopolitics", Durham, UK, 22-23.06.2011

A 2-day workshop organised by the Politics-State-Space and Lived and Material Cultures Research Clusters

This workshop seeks to open up a conversation concerning the interplay between subjectivity, spatiality and materiality as constitutive features of the geopolitical. In response to recent calls for a critical geopolitics that challenges the centrality of Western elite practices and representations, the workshop aims to conceptualize how political subjectivity and materiality intersect in and through geopolitical space and asks what this might mean for the way in which the geopolitical is performed.

The workshop draws inspiration from a range of contemporary geographical approaches: recent feminist scholarship on the embodiment of political subjects, research on transnational citizenship and subaltern geopolitics on the value of theorising the geopolitical from the margins; and recent work on the geographies of materiality and affect and the roles they play in shaping contemporary geopolitical orderings. By considering these approaches together, the workshop aims to work toward a reconceptualisation of the everyday enactments of the geopolitical. The workshop is furthermore concerned with questions of methodology, namely with the methods available for tracing the material through the geopolitical.

We are now inviting submissions of abstracts for papers in a variety of formats, including 10-minute position papers and 20-minute research papers on these themes. Participants might, for instance, explore how recent critiques of scale inform critical geopolitical thought (Marston 2000, 2004, Marston et al 2005, Jones et al 2007, Law 2004, Gibson-Graham 2002), or the material assemblage of contemporary geopolitical orders (Ong and Collier 2005, Bennett 2010).

We are particularly keen to encourage submissions by postgraduate researchers and have a small number of postgraduate bursaries available to assist with travel expenses. Please let us know, if you are interested in applying for one of these.

Confirmed Participants: Professor Audrey Kobayashi (Queen's University, Canada) Dr. Merje Kuus (University of British Columbia, Canada) Professor Lynn Staeheli (Durham University, United Kingdom) Professor Joe Painter (Durham University, United Kingdom) Dr. Martin Müller (University of St. Gallen, Switzerland)

Participants not intending to give papers are also welcome to register.

Deadline: 15 April 2011

Please submit your abstract to: Kathrin Hörschelmann (kathrin.horschelmann@durham.ac.uk); Matthew Kearns (m.b.kearnes@durham.ac.uk), or Andrew Baldwin (w.a.baldwin@durham.ac.uk)

12Mar

Summer Course Geopolitical Analysis of International Relations, Geneva, Switzerland, 11-16.07.2011

The objective of the course is to introduce the basic concepts of geopolitical analysis. The course will adopt a multidisciplinary approach that incorporates strategic, geographic, historic, cultural and economic dimensions in order to facilitate a more profound understanding of contemporary international relations. The central themes will include the concepts and methodology of geopolitical analysis, geopolitical schools of thought, identity factors and geopolitical representation, as well as an application of geostrategy and geo-economics. Case studies will be presented on the various geopolitical configurations that significantly impact the current world system. Conferences will be held by leading international experts.

Target group of participants: Persons working for International Organisations and Government Agencies, Diplomats, University Students, Company Managers and other interested individuals.

Dates: Program starts on Monday 11 July and ends on Saturday 16 July 2011.

Duration of the programme: 40 hours.

Place: Domaine de Penthes, 18, Chemin de l’Impératrice, Geneva, Switzerland.

Participation fee: 1800 CHF (900 CHF for students). This fee does not cover travel, accommodation, meals and health insurance fees.

Modules can be arranged if someone can not attend the whole program.

A certificate of participation will be awarded by ICGS upon completion of the course.

Registration form

Deadline for registration: 6 June 2011

http://www.geopolitics.ch/en/summer_course_2011_geneva_geopolitics.html

03Mar

Political Geography and Sexuality and Space Specialty Groups Pre-Conference, Tacoma, USA, 10-11.04.2011

This year the Political Geography and Sexuality and Space Specialty Groups are co-sponsoring a pre-conference on the University of Washington Tacoma campus immediately prior to the start of the Association of American Geographers conference in Seattle. We have extended the submission deadline for this pre-conference for one more week. The new deadline is March 8, 2011. We have some great papers and panels thus far. We welcome additional paper and panel proposals on a wide range of topics related to political geography, sexuality and space, and/or the overlaps and interconnections between the two. Participation is not limited to specialty group members. To submit a paper or session proposal, please send a title, abstract, and complete author/organizer contact information ! to Larry Knopp (knoppl@uw.edu) or Mark Pendras (pendras@uw.edu) no later than March 8, 2011.

The pre-conference will begin midday on Sunday, April 10 and will feature a Keynote Address by Dr. Lynn Staeheli, Professor of Geography at Durham University in the United Kingdom. The conference will continue through Monday, April 11. Additional registration details, including fee and fee payment details, are available at http://www.tacoma.uw.edu/events/pgs.

The University of Washington Tacoma campus is located in downtown Tacoma’s vibrant and beautifully renovated museum district. Accommodations within walking distance include the Courtyard by Marriott (http://www.marriott.com/hotels/hotel-information/travel/seatd-courtyard-tacoma-downtown/) and the Hotel Murano (http://www.hotelmuranotacoma.com/). The Best Western Tacoma Dome (http://www.bestwesternwashington.com/hotels/best-western-tacoma-dome-hotel/) is a very short (2-3 minute) free tram ride away. All three of! fer room rates that are considerably cheaper than hotel rates ! in downtown Seattle (including AAG conference rates). In addition, downtown Seattle and Tacoma are accessible to one another via commuter train and express busses from early morning until late evening. The trip takes less than an hour.

Special thanks to the two specialty groups, UW-Tacoma administration, and the UW-Tacoma Office of Advancement, for their support of this pre-conference. Thanks also to the local organizing committee comprised of geographers and fellow-travelers in the Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences and Urban Studies programs at UW-Tacoma and the Department of Geography at UW-Seattle.

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