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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.

20Jul 2012

Madrid 2012 Papers

Please find attached the papers presented at RC 41 Panels at IPSA World Congress in Madrid 2012. You can fin find more information on the event here http://rc41.ipsa.org/pages/2012-Madrid

The Emerging Balance of Institutions in the Asia-Pacific: A Game on Two Chessboards? Dr. Artyom Lukin

Artyom Lukin

The US vs. The East Asian Rising Powers: Can the US Stay on Top? Dr. Ziv Rubinovitz

Ziv Rubinovitz

What Determines Secondary Powers’ Strategy Toward Rising Power? China’s Rise and East Asian States’ Responses Mr. Jeongseok Lee

Jeongseok Lee

Central Asia and the Great Powers: Different Times, the Same Game? Mr. Paulo Duarte

Paulo Duarte

Large Refugee Populations, Resource Scarcity and Conflict Miss Heidrun Bohnet

Heidrun Bohnet

Water Resource Management and North American Paradiplomacy: The Case of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Mrs. Annie Chaloux, Prof. Stéphane Paquin

Annie Chaloux

Rethinking the "Middle East" as an Object of Study in Political Science Dr. Carimo Mohomed

Carimo Mohomed

The Shifting Hard and Soft Balance of Power in the Euro-Mediterranean Regional Security Complex Dr. Astrid Boening

Astrid Boening

Thinking Regions in the 21st Century. A Mediterranean Approach Miss Maria Ayllon

Maria Ayllon

26May 2012

Conference "Eurasia - Defining and Crossing Barriers", Warsaw, Poland, July 2014

One of the principal challenges of the 21st century is whether the division of Eurasia into Europe and Asia is still valid? Since from geological point of view there is no such thing as the continent of Europe, shouldn't we then consider Eurasia as one whole and common habitat of Eurasians? The more so that Asians have hardly accepted Asian identity as their own. Let us therefore challenge the Ural Mountains in their capacity of the border between Europe and Asia! Let us explore and ease the barriers determine continental affiliation! We the denizens of European Union are Western Eurasians and Russians, Indians and Chinese are Northern Eurasians! Our query thus will concern main aspects of human activity such as economy, politics, culture, religion, and mental barriers. The aim is to identify and describe diverse barriers that have to be brought down or sometimes scaled up to bring about the possibility of an Eurasian entity. Rector Edmund Wnuk-Lipinski welcomes our group to Collegium Civitas located in the palace of Culture and Science in the very centre of Warsaw. For our disposal will have 4 auditoria - each of them for 130 people, plus 15 class rooms with a capacity from 25 to 50 people. Also, a big auditorium with a capacity of 500 persons can be used for the inauguration and closing ceremonies. Electronic equipment is available that allows parallel participation of 12 speakers - microphones, loudspeakers and power-point facilities will be provided. Hotels in Warsaw close to the centre are anticipated to cost below $100 a night. For more information on the conference, contact:

Jacek Kugler (Claremont Graduate University), jacek.kugler@cgu. edu Tadeusz Kugler (Roger Williams University), tkugler@rwu.edu Paulina Codogni (Collegium Civitas), paulinac_2000@yahoo. com

13May 2012

Conference "Relocating Borders: a comparative approach", Berlin, Germany, 11-13.01.2013

Borders are taking on greater significance these days, even while their meaning is changing and multiplying. This conference brings together research on the way borders are currently being relocated, in every sense, both material and conceptual. While the conference focuses particularly on the eastern peripheries of Europe (whose precise location, either in terms of 'eastern' or 'peripheries' is also currently being debated), it invites researchers working on any regions of the world to participate. That will provide both a rich comparative perspective, but also allow an exploration of the shifting interrelations between locations. It is not surprising that borders are currently a key focus of attention: there are more people, things, money, debt and ideas moving across them, and they are moving at a faster pace; state power is increasingly challenged, as well as reinforced, by globalisation, while more walls, security and surveillance are constructed; intense debates are raging about environment and climate change and the apparent need to straddle borders to solve the problems they generate; information, digital and medical technologies have reshaped the relations and separations across borders, and made differences and similarities more visible; the European Union and other trans-state entities have made borders ever more complex; the balance of power across the world is changing. In short, borders appear to be relocating just now, both conceptually and materially, and this conference invites researchers from all disciplines to come together to compare notes on this major shift. On the assumption that the change is epistemological as well as ontological, the best way to explore that process is through comparison. Berlin is the right place to hold such a gathering: traces of the city's past remain despite the removal of the Wall, that icon of Cold War border in Europe. Those traces are most obvious in what used to be the gap beyond the wall: no-man's land has been filled by a jumble of contemporary buildings, creating what some say is a strip of neoliberal landscape flowing across the city where once there had been emptiness. The gentrification of many neighborhoods in East Berlin (and elsewhere) has generated internal inequalities, while the previously migrant neighborhoods have become vibrant alternative districts both socially and politically. Humboldt University, where the conference will be held, is in the immediate proximity of the Wall's trace. The conference will include a round table devoted to Berlin's special status in Europe as a city that traces and marks both past and contemporary significance of borders in Europe.

Relocating Borders is organized by COST 2 Action IS0803

Keynote speakers: Thomas Hyland Eriksen (Oslo) Caren Kaplan (UC Davis) Saskia Sassen (Columbia)

and for a special session on Berlin, Daniel Libeskind, designer of the Berlin Jewish Museum and master planner for the design of the post-9/11 World Trade Center.

Conference Topics:

Applicants are welcome to submit either individual papers or panel proposals on any topic of their choice relevant to the conference theme. Alternatively, you may choose to submit under one of the following headings: 1. European Tidemarks 2. Money, Trade and Finance 3. Genders and Sexualities 4. Techniques and Technologies 5. Laws, Documents, Bureaucracies 6. Beliefs, Faiths and Religions 7. Architectures, Things and Objects 8. Places, Spaces and Locations 9. Histories and Futures 10. Travels and Crossings How to Apply: Please fill in the form that can be downloaded here:


Deadline: 31 May 2012

What happens next: Your proposal will be assessed by the conference committee, and you will be informed of the result by 25th June 2012. If you are selected, you must confirm your acceptance of the offer by Monday 9th July.

10May 2012

ISA 54th Annual Convention, San Francisco, USA, 3-6.04.2013

Theme: The Politics of International Diffusion: Regional and Global Dimensions

The ongoing global financial and economic crises, the upheavals throughout the Middle East, the emerging dispersion of power toward a broader G-20, and copycat protest movements across all regions highlight both the continued centrality of diffusion to contemporary international politics and the difficulty of predicting diffusion patterns. A conventional wisdom argues that the speed and reach of diffusion is unlike anything we have seen in the past. People, power, authority, capital, property rights, international law, religion, technology, democracy, electoral systems, flower and color revolutions, sub-national and supranational governance systems, conventional and unconventional weapons, wars, peace, regional institutional designs; norms about gender, minority, children and other human rights; knowledge, culture and information; financial, fiscal and economic crises; open and closed economic models; patterns of state expansion and retraction; and emotions regarding each of these categories are among the many politically-consequential phenomena that cross borders within and across regions. They do so however, at different rates, through different mechanisms, and with diverse effects. Of crucial concern is the need to assess what we know and what we don’t know regarding the sources, agents, mechanisms, speed, spatial and temporal domains, consequences, and desirability of international diffusion.

The 2013 conference will seek to improve our understanding of regional and global diffusion across several dimensions. What phenomena diffuse faster, why and how? What phenomena do not diffuse? Why is non/diffusion so hard to predict? What are the barriers to diffusion and how do they operate? What explains differential rates of diffusion across time and space? How can different epistemological and methodological tools be used to study those processes? What are the areas of consensus and dissent in the study of international and transnational diffusion? And what are the normative and policy implications of different findings? In addressing these general puzzles, we invite proposals that take stock of the following additional aspects of contemporary international/ transnational diffusion:

What is diffusion and how can it be studied? Interest in the specific content of diffusion (norms, trade, technology, etc.) has generally overwhelmed a focus on diffusion itself as a core concept in international studies. Hence, there is ample room to improve conceptualization that could enhance our ability to analyze, measure or compare the extent and rate of diffusion across time and space. Research relying on different methods, epistemologies, disciplines, regions, and core substantive interests often proceeds along different tracks, depriving the study of diffusion from potential synergies. Yet the analysis of diffusion renders itself an ideal subject for transcending particular international studies paradigms, methods, modes of analysis, and region-specific expertise.

What diffuses, what doesn’t, how and why? The rate of diffusion of different phenomena is uneven as is the spatial and temporal domain within which it occurs. Indeed there are instances of non-diffusion (democracy in Eastern Europe and the Middle East for several decades preceding 1989 and 2011 respectively); stalled diffusion (supranational regional institutions beyond Europe); and counter-diffusion (higher barriers to migration and citizenship; EU efforts to contain a spreading financial crisis). Hence, to avoid potential selection biases evident in at least some of the existing literature on diffusion, our understanding of what does not diffuse should be as central as what does.

Who are the agents and what are the causal mechanisms carrying out or blocking diffusion? When are agents and power structures mutually enabling or disabling diffusion? Governments, regional and international institutions, non-governmental organizations, inter-governmental associations, multinational corporations, social movements, hedge funds, political/moral entrepreneurs, and networks, among others, acts as agents of diffusion through top-down or bottom-up mechanisms. Some state bureaucracies may seek to halt immigration whereas others encourage it. States may seek to block or accelerate the diffusion of power through war, balancing, soft power, or international institutions. Causal mechanisms of interest also include coercion, persuasion, emulation, socialization, adaptation, translation, resistance, competition, bargaining, signaling, emotions and learning.

What are the spatial and temporal domains of diffusion? While analysis of global diffusion rode the wave of post-1989 globalization studies, regional processes of diffusion in the last couple of decades, and the relationship between the regional and the global, demand closer attention. What diffuses (or doesn’t diffuse) more commonly or more rapidly at the regional than the global levels? Conversely, what makes global (systemic) diffusion more likely? What diffuses from the West to the rest and vice-versa? What patterns of diffusion can be observed across different regions? When is global-to-regional, regional-to-global, or region-to-region diffusion more common? What phenomena diffuse across democracies (or autocracies) at different rates than they otherwise would?

What are the outcomes of diffusion? Will democracy be the outcome of the 2011 Arab uprisings? How does global diffusion alter the boundaries of regions? How does it affect in/equality? Some regard the diffusion of capital, technology and markets as harbingers of more egalitarian economic capabilities around the globe; others see such diffusion as perpetuating skewed distributional effects. Some see the spread of international power and authority to more states increased multipolarityas inducing greater equality; others foresee a dilution of human rights norms as a result. Some regard the rapid diffusion of bilateral and plurilateral trade and investment agreements as beneficial to a world of open economies; others foresee weakened global rules.

How desirable is diffusion? Beyond disagreements over empirical findings, intellectual excitement over the potential diffusion of public goods must be tempered with sober assessments of undesirable diffusion of public bads. Furthermore, there are bound to be contested normative standpoints regarding the diffusion of particular political phenomena. And even where consensus on the desirability of diffusing democratic institutions and human rights may exist, debates over appropriate mechanisms and their unintended effects remain. Many agree that international contagion of financial crises is an undesirable outcome but disagreement remains high on the solutions, given their implications for the kinds of arrangements in state-society relations that may emerge after the crisis. Studies of human migration can dwell on its normatively desirable and undesirable consequences.

These are suggestive rather than comprehensive sub-themes that can be complemented with other ongoing research on the nuts and bolts of international, transnational, and regional diffusion. Panel proposals that bring together methodologically and epistemologically diverse groups of scholars interested in diffusion will be of particular interest. They may lead to productive collaborations in the effort to untangle the sources, nature, speed, mechanisms, and firewalls in the diffusion of international political phenomena.

The deadline for paper and panel proposals, made through the MyISA system, is June 1, 2012. Inquiries to the program chairs should be directed to isa2013@isanet.org. The call for papers has been archived on our website here .

11Apr 2012

Local Actions in a Global Context. Paradiplomacy by Subnational Jurisdictions, Longyearbyen, Norway, 15-17.01.13

Local Actions in a Global Context will consider how subnational jurisdictions and non-state actors use paradiplomacy to seek influence beyond their borders. As globalisation reduces the ability of national governments to independently implement effective policies, subnational jurisdictions – towns, cities, and regions – are finding that sovereignty is no longer essential for entrance to the global stage. Local governments and unrecognised states are using paradiplomacy and informal diplomacy to promote their interests internationally in such areas as trade, culture, tourism, politics, and environment.

Paradiplomacy presents concerns as well as opportunities. Local governments may lack the vital skills and democratic structures to engage competently and responsibly in a global context. Subsidiarity and multilevel governance could also complicate international decision-making and reinforce disparities of wealth.

This conference will consider the implications of subnational and unrecognised jurisdictions exercising foreign policy and how such actions could benefit and harm communities and the world at large. It will also explore the apparatuses of paradiplomacy (tourism offices, trade boards, etc.), network governance, and the nature of interactions between subnational jurisdictions and other actors. Jon Pierre and Eric Clark will act as keynote speakers.

The deadline for proposals is 1 June 2012. Talks last 20 minutes and are in English. Proposals are considered on a rolling basis: If you make a proposal early, you may be able to register at a reduced rate. If you have any questions or would like to join the conference mailing list, e-mail Adam Grydehøj at agrydehoj@islanddynamics.org


07Apr 2012

19th Annual Conference on Critical Geography "The Near Future: Volatility, Opportunity, and Critique", Chapel Hill, USA, 2-4.11.2012

The Geography Department at UNC Chapel Hill invites you to join us in a discussion about the future of the political. As struggles around the world capture our collective imaginations, the legitimacy of existing social orders and previously acceptable avenues of political action have been called into question. What comes next? What connections between body and world, knowledge and practice, and reclamation and revolt are working through and beyond the limits of the current moment? What future worlds are emerging from the conflicts, contradictions, and movements that characterize the now? While informed by our mutual commitment to developing new knowledge and practice that responds to these struggles, our task is to commit focus to the discordant realities that inform our research and political engagements with the world. We invite a wide range of academics, non-academics, activists, and artists to present on these volatile times and the possibilities they portend.

The conference will take place November 2-4, 2012 and will be hosted by the Department of Geography at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. On Friday, November 2nd, our opening plenary will feature Heidi Nast (DePaul University). Arturo Escobar (UNC Chapel Hill) will host a brunch conversation on possible political futures on Sunday November 4, 2012, as our closing event.

Work, Collaborate, Present This year, the conference will be organized around four broad themes that foster inquiries into the near future (see themes below). We encourage you to propose panels that speak to the issues described here to foster dialogue and collaboration. If your panel crosses more than one theme or asks new or different questions, let us know and we will work with you to make accommodations. Please let us know as early as possible if you require additional technical support or if you have questions about the conference.

Join us in extending the traditional conference proceedings by submitting proposals for your work in a wide range of formats. We encourage paper presentations, panel discussions, interactive workshops, collaborative roundtables, visual presentations of film, dance and art, and alternative offerings that generate new theory, practice and opportunities for future work. Deadline for submissions is Friday, August 31. Abstracts or proposals should be 250 words. Please include contact information, titles, and institutional/organizational affiliations. Also include information on which of the themes below (1 through 4) your panel addresses. We strongly encourage you to think about how your proposal can build better connections between research and practice, particularly with non-academic audiences.

Proposals can be sent to: criticalgeography@unc.edu.

Additional information about the conference is coming soon. Please check back for additional information about conference programming, and details regarding logistics and accommodations.

We look forward to seeing you in November!

Themes (1) Occupation and Decolonization in the Current Crisis Three years after the peak of the financial crisis of 2008, people took a cue from the Arab Spring uprisings and took to the streets of major US cities, highlighting the plight of the 99% while denouncing the concentrated power of the 1%. We invite papers and panels that address the following: What are the contemporary dynamics of this crisis? What is the relationship between the often-highlighted sector of finance in this crisis, and the broader functioning of capital as a whole? What is the composition of the contemporary struggles responding to this crisis? And how might an attempt to shift the theoretical and empirical focus from occupation to decolonization assist or impede the conversation about building a movement that is most likely to enact profound social change?

(2) Living and Dying in a Material World Political ecologies, bio/necropolitical analyses, and materialist engagements explore the making and intertwining of social and natural worlds. Central to these inquiries is the stuff of political life: how the political is constituted and redefined around things/bodies and through contests over ontology and meaning, and how this informs struggles over spaces, resources, rights and territory, life and death. In what ways do engagements with things/bodies allow us to rethink and address current moments of crisis, be it financial, ecological, energetic, institutional, or territorial? We invite work that provides a forum for these debates and engagements, including but not limited to questions of circulation and the movement of value, energy, waste, decay, and consumption, metabolisms of nature and capital, and geographies of crisis.

(3) Embodied Knowledge as Practice Feminist geographers, queer theorists, and a wide range of non-representational scholarship have situated the body as a complex yet crucial focus of geography, calling to task the political, economic, and social imbrications that are tied up in the creation of bodies. Just as importantly, work around the body brushes against the limits of the translatable, raising both theoretical and methodological difficulties yet also untested potentials, as bodies everywhere form new knowledges, practices, and actions to meet the challenges of contemporary precarity and flux. We invite work that either uses the body as a site of empirical research or seeks to embody research-as-practice in ways that push the boundaries of traditional research exploration and presentation.

(4) Territories of Resistance Over the last decades we’ve witnessed a series of revolts on the world stage, ranging from El Alto in Bolivia to the Arab Spring. We’re interested in papers that inquire into these tremors, specifically: their relation to prior struggles, neoliberalism, occupation, global colonialism, war, and austerity; the geopolitical implications of their international encounters; and the conceptions of space, claims to territory and subjectivity, and visions of collective life at work in them. We’re also interested in papers situated domestically, where anti-neoliberal struggles – largely informed by the continued legacy of race radicalism – have centered on the construction of just cities. Often, communities of color are seen as mere objects of neoliberal policy; in contrast, we are interested in papers that recognize them as producers of viable post-neoliberal forms of urban life.

22Mar 2012

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 2012

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 2012

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 2011

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 2011

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 2011

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

Please, see the attached file.


27Oct 2011

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 2011

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.


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 2011

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:





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


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


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


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



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 2011

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)

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