Archive: Aprile, 2013

• Planning/conflict – cities and citizenship in times of crisis

International research conference: planning / conflict – cities and citizenship in times of crisis

Lisbon, October 9-11, 2013

The second international research conference of the AESOP Planning/Conflict thematic group is hosted by the Instituto de Ciências Sociais – Universidade de Lisboa (ICS-UL) in partnership with the Centro de Investigação e Estudos de Sociologia – Instituto Universitário de Lisboa (CIES-IUL) and sponsored by the Association of European Schools of Planning (AESOP).

This conference aims at bringing together different perspectives on conflicts around urban planned developments, with a focus on the role planning practices may play both in defining/framing and in possibly solving/reframing conflicts. This event builds on the experience of the conference “planning/conflict – critical perspectives on contentious urban developments” held at TU Berlin in October 2011.

The conference invites contributions focusing on (although not necessarily limited to):

*  the changing features of urban development policies and their impacts on local societies and communities;
*  the changing nature of urban planning practices and their influence on public opinion formation, including forms of protest and social mobilization in opposition to planned developments;
*  the effectiveness and legitimacy of established planning practices in responding to protest and social mobilization and in dealing with possibly resulting conflicts;
*  the transformative potential that may be entailed in reflexively addressing protest and social mobilization and in dealing with conflicts;
*  the potential integrative and innovative contribution of political agonism and social conflict to the democratization of urban policy and planning.

Abstracts (in English, max 500 words) and a brief biographic note of the author(s) (English, max 200 words) should be sent to:

Key Dates
June 15th – Deadline for the submission of abstracts.
June 30th – Notification of acceptance
September 1st – Deadline for the submission of full papers.

For more information visit:

Contact the organizers at:

• The Border Crossing Seminar

The Border Crossing Seminar – Second Meeting

From the Polis to the City: Perspectives on Global Justice

(Milan, 10-15 June 2013)


Call for Applications for graduate students to attend The Border Crossing Seminar: an international political theory conference and summer school, 10-15 June 2013, University of Milano-Bicocca, Milan, Italy.


The Border Crossing Seminar is a joint program between the University of Milano-Bicocca (Italy) and the University of Notre Dame (USA), sponsored by the U.S. – Italy Fulbright Commission. The seminar is affiliated with Pragsia (Public Reasoning and Global Society in Action), a research center of the University of Milano-Bicocca. The co-organizers are Marina Calloni (social and political philosophy) and Eileen Hunt Botting (political theory).


The theme of the June 2013 seminar is “From the Polis to the City: Perspectives on Global Justice.” This conference and school, for faculty and students, is the second meeting of “The Border Crossing Seminar”. This year’s seminar examines the evolution of the city within European and non-European political theory and practice, from the polis of the ancient Greeks, to the cosmopolis of contemporary theories of global justice, to the present diversity of the city of Milan. We will explore how the urban space of the modern city reflects or reinforces its peoples’ perspectives on national and international justice. We will look at the contemporary issue of migration to and from European cities, and how it affects social justice at national, European Union, and global levels. Milan itself will be our primary case study. Walking tours of the city’s cultural and urban spaces, and meetings with local people, are part of the experiential learning component of the seminar. The seminar will feature lectures by expert faculty from the University of Notre Dame, the University of Milano-Bicocca, and other universities from around the globe, in fields such as political theory, political philosophy, anthropology, sociology, political science, and geography.



Graduate students, at the master’s or doctoral level, should apply to participate by 10 May 2013 at:

• Borders and walls

Direct link here:
Borders, Walls and Security
International conference organized by the Raoul Dandurand Chair at the
University of Quebec at Montreal in association with the Association for
Borderlands Studies
University of Quebec at Montreal, Quebec, Canada
October 17th and 18th, 2013
Fields: Political Science, Geography, Anthropology, Sociology, Law,
Economics, Design, Biology, Art, Environmental studies, Feminist Studies.
Grad Students are welcome to submit a proposal.
In the post-9/11 world, fences and towers reinforce and enclose national
territories, while security discourses link terrorism with immigration, and
immigration with illegality, criminal violence and radical Islam. The
European Union (EU) claims to tear down walls, while building external walls
ever higher. At the same time, the US considers how best to deploy towers
and walls along its border zones while implementing an integrated border
management regime. This development is not limited to these two world
regions, however. Elsewhere in the global world walls dissecting borderlands
are becoming higher. In Asia, India is finishing up its fence around
Bangladesh. On all four continents, changes in border policy go along with a
heightened discourse on internal control and a shift from borderlines to an
ubiquity of control. Such walls are Œwalling in¹ as well as Œwalling out¹.
By this we mean that the traditional geopolitics of bordering are
supplemented, rather than fully replaced, by a national biopolitics,
involving new definitions of who belongs and who does not belong, who is
potentially represented as a threat and a risk internally, and who should be
removed from the body of the state.
The experience of migrations, asylum-seekers, targeted ethnicities, and
non-citizen residents has also been profoundly touched by securitization
assessments rooted in geopolitics emanating from assessments of conditions
outside of the state. Law-enforcement agencies at national and even
international level, problematize ethnicity and identity in context of
terrorism and criminality, or associated geopolitical orientations based
upon nationalist and ethnicity. Systems and facilities for monitoring and
gathering data on migrants and asylum seekers, are a product of the
opportunity offered by border control, and are now an important component of
a counter-terrorist agenda. They too, demand walls in which to embed their
Participants are encouraged to critically examine the role of wall in
security discourses, particularly with respect to immigration and
citizenship, and to consider some of the following questions:
Theme 1. Border fences, walls and identities
Construction of national and local identities
Theoretical limology, walls and epistemology
Anthropological approaches to border walls and fences
Sociology of the walls/fences and their borderlands
Theme 2. Impacts of border walls
Social and environmental impacts
Economical impacts
Bypass strategies
Security industry and border fences & walls
Art, Borders and Walls
Theme 3. Legal aspects of border walls
Separation and legitimation
Border walls: failure or success?
International, national and local
Legal aspects: Human rights and the wall, norms and the wall
Theme 4. Biopolitics of border walls
Security discourses, geopolitical and biopolitical assessments, and walls
9/11 security discourse, marginality and border fences
Spatialization of insecurity and border fences

Deadline for abstract submission: April 20th, 2013
Practical Information

Please include the following information (300 words):
Name of authors/contributors
Institutional affiliations, titles
Contact: telephone, fax, email, mailing address
Title of the paper
Abstract: Subject, empirical frame, analytical approach, theme
Send your proposals via email in Word format to Elisabeth Vallet at

Proposals can be submitted in French, Spanish and English. However the
conference will be held in English and French.

April 20th 2013 : deadline for submitting abstracts and proposals
June 2013 : proposals selection and notification sent to presenters
August, 24th 2013 : submission of papers to discussants
October, 17th and 18th, 2013 : Conference to be held in Montreal

• Workshops ‘Diplomatic Cultures’

A call for participation in the second of three workshops of the ‘Diplomatic Cultures’ research network:
This workshop will focus on the role of space and spatiality in diplomatic exchange and will take place on Friday 21- Saturday 22 June 2013 at University College London. Confirmed keynote speakers are Iver Neumann (International Relations, LSE), John Watkins (English, University of Minnesota) and Herman van der Wusten (Geography, University of Amsterdam). There are a small number of places available for early career researchers working on relevant issues. Priority for places at this workshop will be given to such researchers based in the UK for whom funding for travel is available. Participation involves preparing a 10 minute presentation on the (changing) spaces of diplomacy viewed through the lens of your research and contributing to group discussions relating to the broad theme of ‘translating diplomatic cultures’ (details here: We are particularly interested in hearing from scholars working on issues around:
– Digital/ virtual diplomacy
– Embassies and ambassadorial networks
– The UN and other international diplomatic fora
– The production of diplomatic spaces through performance
To apply for a place please contact Fiona McConnell ( with a 200 word summary of your research interests and a short biography by 19th April 2013.
Podcasts of presentations at the first workshop in this series, held at the University of Cambridge in February, are available here: and a third workshop will be held in The Hague on 8-9 November 2013. To join the email list for the network please enter your contact details here:

• Assistant Professor, Human Geography (Hawaii)

– Position # 0087258T
– 9-month appointment, temporary, special funds, full-time, non-tenure track
– To begin August 1, 2013, subject to position clearance and availability of funds.


Duties: To teach introductory and upper-level undergraduate courses (2-3 teaching load); advise undergraduate and graduate students; maintain an active research program; seek extramural funding; engage in departmental, university, professional, as well as community

Minimum Qualifications: Ph.D. in Geography or allied field from an accredited college, university or foreign equivalent. Record of scholarly and instructional achievement or promise in the field as evidenced by teaching, publications, and research.
Desirable Qualifications: Any specialty in human geography considered but expertise in Geopolitics or Environmental Governance preferred.
Salary Range
: Commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Inquiries: Dr. Krisna Suryanata; email:
In addition, a representative of UH Geography will be at the Los Angeles AAG meeting and can schedule a meeting with conference attendees to answer any questions.
To Apply: Send cover letter stating how you satisfy the minimum and desirable qualifications and a statement summarizing your teaching and research interests, a CV, names and contact information of three referees, a writing sample, and evidence of teaching effectiveness.

Full review of applications will begin on April 29, 2013 and will continue until the position is filled. Applications received by that date will be given priority.

The University of Hawai‘i is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

• Postdoctoral Fellowship in Environmental Security

Colgate University.
Postdoctoral Fellowship in Environmental Security.

Colgate University’s Department of Geography seeks to appoint a one-year postdoctoral scholar in the field of Environmental Security to begin Fall semester 2013.
We encourage applications from candidates whose own expertise lies at the intersection of Ecology and Security Studies, and whose research focuses on the effects of environmental insecurity on vulnerable populations. Preference will be given to candidates holding a Ph.D. in Geography, but applications from candidates in relevant Social Science fields who are capable of linking environmental dimensions of geopolitics to threatened populations will also be considered. The Postdoctoral Scholar will teach three courses, share their research work with the community, and actively participate in and contribute to the life of the Geography Department. Applicants should have received their Ph.D. no earlier than 2011; persons holding tenure-track appointments are not eligible to apply. Ph.D. candidates must have degree in hand by the time of appointment. This position carries a competitive salary with full benefits and some research and/or travel support. Colgate’s Geography Department currently consists of ten full-time faculty. It is housed in the recently-constructed Robert H.N. Ho Interdisciplinary Science Center whose facilities include well equipped GIS and visualization labs, both with lab technician support. For additional information see the Geography Department web page (
With 2800 students and more than 250 faculty, Colgate combines the intimacy of a leading liberal arts college with the breadth and depth of a research university. Developing and sustaining a diverse faculty, staff, and student body further the University’s educational mission.
Colgate University is an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action Employer; women and minorities are encouraged to apply.
Please submit an application letter and supporting materials (CV, three recommendation letters, and sample of written work not to exceed 20 pages; cover letter should indicate what research or writing the candidate will be engaged in while at Colgate) as soon as possible to
Review of completed applications will begin April 15, 2013.

• ABS 1st World Conference

Call for Papers: ABS 1st World Conference

9-13 June 2014, Joensuu, Finland – St. Petersburg, Russia

The Association for Borderlands Studies (ABS) invites proposals for individual papers and posters as well as complete panels and roundtables related to multi-disciplinary study of borders, border areas and cross-border interaction. Contributions from all world regions are encouraged. The organizing theme for the 2014 World Conference is:
Post-Cold War Borders: Global Trends and Regional Responses
Since the end of the Cold War era, state borders have increasingly been understood as multifaceted social institutions rather than solely as formal political markers of sovereignty. The changing significance of borders has been partly interpreted as a reflection of global “de-bordering”, and of optimistic scenarios of globalization and international cooperation. However, such notions of “de-bordering” have been challenged by or even succumbed to the reality of ethnic and cultural tensions and increasing complexity and instability in the world system. It is time to ask how often contradictory global tendencies are reflected on the ground. We can recognize global megatrends that are changing the nature of borders but also regional and local processes of border-making and border negotiating.
The unprecedented expansion and transformation of the global economy and the concurrent fluidity of people and goods within a context of increased securitization, signifies fundamental societal challenges that directly relate to borders. On this view, borders help condition how societies and individuals shape their strategies and identities. At the same time, borders themselves can be seen as products of a social and political negotiation of space; they frame social and political action and are constructed through institutional and discursive practices at different levels and by different actors.
Despite new border studies perspectives that favor a broad cultural, economic and complex governance view of borders and borderlands, a strict top-down international relations view of borders continue to dominate policymaking. This current era of heightened globalization requires that we pay attention not only to the tendency of increased governance of borders and border regions, but also at the regional responses to such development.
Through regional responses to globalization, borders are reproduced, for example, in situations of conflict where historical memories are mobilized to support territorial claims, to address past injustices or to strengthen group identity – often by perpetuating negative stereotypes of the “other”. However through new institutional and discursive practices contested borders can also be transformed into symbols of co-operation and of common historical heritage
The general theme encompasses a wide range of topics and approaches. Please consult the conference website for inspiration (a more detailed list of possible topics will be added shortly). We invite proposals that focus on empirical research and case studies, conceptual and theoretical issues, and/ or policy relevant aspect of border studies alike.
Confirmed Keynote Speakers:
– Prof. Oscar J. Martinez, University of Arizona
– Prof. Paul Nugent, University of Edinburgh
– Prof. Anne-Laure Amilhat Szary, Université Joseph Fourier/CNRS-PACTE
– tbc
– tbc
For further information, updates regarding the conference, and to download forms for submitting proposals, please see the conference website at:
Submission deadline for complete panels/roundtables: October 31, 2013
Submission deadline for individual papers/posters: November 30, 2013
Please send your proposal to
The Association for Borderlands Studies 2014 World Conference is organized by the VERA Centre for Russian and Border Studies at the University of Eastern Finland in cooperation with the Centre for Independent Social Research and the European University at St. Petersburg.
The organizers wish to thank ABORNE – The African Borderlands Research Network and the Finnish Association for Russian and East European Studies for their financial and scientific contribution.

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