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Special issue: Cultural Production and Negotiation of Borders
(selected papers from the ABS European Conference in Kirkenes in 2008)
eds. Johan Schimanski and Stephen Wolfe

Johan Schimanski and Stephen Wolfe

Cultural Production and Negotiation of Borders: Introduction to the Dossier 39-49

Timothy Saunders

Roman Borders and Contemporary Cultural Criticism 51-58

Tatjana Kudrjavtseva

Cultural Boundaries and Intercommunication in Two Films from the North-West of Russia 59-65

Holger Pötzsch

Challenging the Border as Barrier: Liminality in Terrence Malick’s The Thin Red Line 67-80

Kristina Aurylaitė

Living Racial B/order in First Nations Canadian Novels: Richard Wagamese’s Keeper’n Me and Lee Maracle’s Ravensong 81-98

Maria de Fátima Amante

Local Discursive Strategies for the Cultural Construction of the Border: The Case of the Portuguese-Spanish Border 99-114

Other selected papers have appeared in special issues of Nordlit (24, 2009) and the Journal of Northern Studies (2009/1).

some new publications, some with University Library Tromsø signatures

new publications 2010 by Johan SchimanskiJohan Schimanski, 20 Jul 2010 10:55

Symposium: Challenging Colonialism and Homogenizing Modernity: Theory, Methodology and Literary Analysis, arranged together with the DINO (Diversity in Nordic Literature) network, Tromsø 6−9 October 2010 - call for papers deadline extended to 20 June 2010

borders panel: Homogenization processes in the continual work of nation-building and reaffirmation of national identity are predicated on the establishment of geographical boundaries, accompanied by efforts to bring these boundaries together with political, cultural, linguistic and economic borders. External and internal colonizations are also vitally connected to the expanding movement and consolidation of borders. Such borders are however deeply ambivalent: They symbolically signify a relativization of the unity of the nation state, as they admit to the possibility of the other; they are dissolved and disseminated into uncanny, hybrid border zones; and they reemerge in metropolitan centres, within the heart of national homogeneity. This panel will examine the intersections of cultural, political, gender and other identities in the real and symbolic places constituted by national and other topographical borders as they are experienced, remembered, imagined and narrated in Nordic and related literatures. It will give special emphasis to the interplay between bottom-up, performative formations of identity and the top-down prespectives of national pedagogies. (contact on.tiu|iksnamihcs.nahoj#on.tiu|iksnamihcs.nahoj)

Symposium arranged by the Border Poetics Group, University of Tromsø (, in cooperation with the Dino network (Diversity in Nordic Literature,, University of Tromsø, 6−9 October 2010

The organizers welcome paper proposals (title and abstract of ca 200 words + ca five keywords) which explore transformations of the present-day literary landscapes of the Nordic countries as they relate to ethnic and linguistic diversity, changing notions of gender and sexuality, migration and diaspora, as well as to histories of colonialism and homogenizing modernity. We particularly welcome contributions which investigate theoretical perspectives and methodologies which may be deployed in the analysis of emerging Nordic literatures which challenge established notions of identity, nationality and/or gender. Intersections of ethnicity/race, linguistic pluralism, senses of place/belonging, border experiences, world views/religions, regionalism, Europeanization and globalization are relevant themes for exploration in workshops. We also welcome analyses of various aspects of diversity in Nordic literatures. The deadline for paper proposals is 1 June, 2010. Please mail proposals with your name and institutional affiliation to: on.tiu|htieh.enna#on.tiu|htieh.enna

Keynote speakers:

Harald Gaski, University of Tromsø
Satu Gröndahl, Uppsala University
Vuokko Hirvonen, the Sámi University College in Guovdageaidnu
Kirsten Thisted, University of Copenhagen
Rita Paqvalén, University of Helsinki

announcement as pdf


this is the first announcement and Call for Papers for an International
"Navigating Cultural Spaces: Images
of Coast and Sea"
Symposium at the English Department at the Christian-Albrechts-University of
Kiel, Germany.
three-day conference Oct. 1-3, 2010

Michael Valentin, dr. UMT:
The Transformer: Borders and Disorders, Zones and Fluxes in Djibril
Diop Mambety’s Touki Bouki (The Hyenas’ Journey).
Tuesday 19 January 10:15-12:00
Room: 6.221 Visual Cultural Studies

arranged by
Indigenous peoples and multicultural societies

for announcements of lectures

lectures by Johan SchimanskiJohan Schimanski, 14 Jan 2010 16:16

The  2010  European  Conference  of  the  Association  for  Borderland  Studies 
Department  of  Spatial  Planning  and  Development,  Aristoteleion  University  of 
Thessaloniki 23‐25 September 2010 Veroia – Greece 
Call for papers: 12 March 2010


In Ottawa, on January 15-16, 2010, Fulbright Canada and Carleton University will be hosting an international conference entitled “RE-IMAGINING THE CANADA-UNITED STATES BORDER: DESIGNING PUBLIC POLICY FOR AN UNCERTAIN FUTURE”, which will address the future public policy implications of political, economic, and security developments currently affecting the Canada-U.S. border.


The University of North Dakota Institute for Borderland Studies Presents-
The Great Plains, the Prairies, and the US/Canadian Border

An international, interdisciplinary conference focused
on the role played by the US-Canadian border in the
American Great Plains and the Canadian Prairies.

An International Conference
held in Tromsø, Norway
June 9-12 2010

The Decadence does not respect the decorum of social life, but provokes and challenges the way of life of the bourgeoisie. In the esthetics of Decadence, shocking transgressions play an important role.

Transgression means going beyond established bounds or limits, whether
these are set by law or by religious, ethical or any other authoritative
commandment or convention. We have, of course, special names for
transgressions in different areas: infringing on religious commandments
is called sin; violating laws is crime or, when it is collective and has
political ends, rebellion or revolution; bypassing moral rules is vice,
and so on. The seriousness of the act of transgression is dependent on
the importance of the system of rules violated, but we can speak of
transgression even when we are dealing with literary rules, and, as we
know, the starting-point for speaking of literary decadence in the 19th
century, had to do with transgressing the rules of poetics, the
deliberate emulation of a style of decadence compared to the writing of
Roman decadence.

The conference proposes to examine and interpret the provocative aspects as well as the varieties of transgression in Decadent literature. This means, at the same time, questioning the nature of these transgressions. It is legitimate to ask to what extent the Decadent literature remains a captive of the age and keeps recycling and confirming its prejudices in regard to women, homosexuality and racial issue, for example.

Kindly send your proposals for papers in English or in French before December 15, 2009, to the following addresses:


Location: New York
Deadline: 2010-05-03
Description: The intriguing concept of borders involves discussions of identity, nationality, ethnicity, hybridity, and community. The Liberal Arts and Sciences Department at Farmingdale State College/ SUNY announces a one-day interdisciplinary conference exploring the nature of borders on October 16, 2010.
Contact: ude.eladgnimraf|janoffig#ude.eladgnimraf|janoffig

Call for Papers for Panel "Moving beyond National, Cultural, and Disciplinary Boundaries," for Pacific Coast Branch of the AHA annual conference (Sta. Clara, CA, August 2010).

This year's over-all theme is "Moving beyond National, Cultural, and Disciplinary Boundaries." I am currently working on a project on the development of a Mexican-American identity during the California agricultural strikes of the 1930s, as portrayed through the media (Daily Worker, La Opinion and LA Times). I suggest a panel might more broadly define "boundaries" as both the imagined constraints and elasticity of identity, as well as geographical boundaries that often influence such efforts. Your own work need not be on Mexican-Americans; indeed, a broader ethnic, "national, racial, gendered, cultural, religious, or social" focus is explicitly in the CFP.

The proposals are due by January 15. To allow time to coordinate efforts, I'd appreciate hearing from anyone interested soon, and we can then refine the panel based on your interests. Please respond off-line to me at ude.oplav|nosnaHrekcalB.ylleN#ude.oplav|nosnaHrekcalB.ylleN.

Paris, 6th and 7th May 2010

Within the framework of a research programme entitled "ANR Frontafrique, African boundaries: arbitrary or historically embedded? New approaches on the historicity of African boundaries", a round-table is organised on the theme of the role of boundaries in the processes of decolonisation and of African States gaining Independence. Acting as the locus of political sovereignties, boundaries are important to study. During this period, they constitute both an object to study and an appropriate scale of observation to scrutinize continuities and changes.

Ground breaking work on trade-unions and political fights has contributed to shed light on power transfers. Up to date, academic work has not focused as much on the importance of territorial stakes at the time when formal sovereignty was attained. If the theme was introduced in debates concerning balkanisation, federal organisations or panafricanism, the measure of the role and importance of territorial stakes and boundaries at the time is yet to be conceptualised. The issue of territory was central during the twenty year process of autonomisation, whether debates on the future of colonial territorial configurations during the 1950s or the idea of the intangibility of boundaries in the 1960s are taken into account.

Taking into account the diversity of situations - and sometimes different chronologies - our wish is to examine on the one hand the preparation, the debates and the projects focusing on territory and boundaries and on the other hand shifts introduced on the ground by autonomy and changes in status. Our aim is to discuss the material and symbolic evolutions related to territorial control and boundaries at Independence. We hope to combine different scales of analysis, paying attention to international and national institutions, administrations and political organisations as well as local situations in border areas. Through the observation of rhythms of change occurring at the periphery and of transformations both effective and at the level of discourses introduced locally with autonomy, we intend to determine whether boundaries were - or on the contrary were not - an important stake in the process of decolonisation on the road to Independence. Considering that it is truly the entire and multiple processes and not only the heritage of colonialism which has given shape to postcolonial dynamics (F. Cooper, 2005), we also would like to shed a new light on contemporary issues related to boundaries. Please send a half page abstract in French or in English to the organisers of the round-table, Séverine Awenengo Dalberto (CEMAf-Paris) and Camille Lefebvre (CEMAf Paris) by the 4th of January 2010. Proposals on Anglophone and Lusophone Africa are most welcome.

Journées d'études : Frontières et indépendances en Afrique, Paris 6 - 7 mai 2010

Dans le cadre des recherches menées par l'ANR Frontafrique, Frontières africaines : absurdité ou enracinement ? Nouvelles approches de l'historicité des frontières africaines, ces journées d'études se proposent d'interroger la place qu'ont occupée les frontières au cours des processus de décolonisation et d'indépendance des Etats africains. En tant que lieux d'exercice de la souveraineté politique, les frontières apparaissent, en effet, à la fois comme un objet et comme une échelle d'observation privilégiés pour examiner au plus près les continuités et les transformations de cette période.

Si des travaux fondateurs sur l'influence des luttes syndicales et politiques ont éclairé les transferts de pouvoirs, la réflexion académique s'est peu portée jusqu'à présent sur la place des enjeux territoriaux au moment de l'accession à la souveraineté formelle. Cette question a parfois été soulevée lors des débats sur la balkanisation, les organisations fédérales ou encore le panafricanisme, mais l'évaluation du rôle et de la place des enjeux territoriaux et frontaliers à ce moment est encore largement un impensé. Pourtant la question du territoire s'est posée très fortement pendant les deux décennies du processus d'autonomisation que ce soit autour des débats sur l'avenir des configurations territoriales coloniales dans les années 50 ou de l'intangibilité des frontières dans les années 60.

En tenant compte de la diversité des situations - et de chronologies parfois décalées - il s'agirait d'interroger, d'une part, la préparation, les débats et les projets autour du territoire et des frontières et, d'autre part, les modifications introduites par l'autonomie et le changement de statut sur le terrain. Notre objectif est de questionner les évolutions matérielles et symboliques liées à l'indépendance dans les dispositifs frontaliers. Cette analyse se doit de combiner différentes échelles, celles des institutions internationales ou nationales, des administrations ou des organisations politiques et celle locale des espaces transfrontaliers. En observant les rythmes du changement depuis la périphérie et les transformations effectives et discursives introduites localement par l'autonomie, notre objectif est ainsi de déterminer si les frontières ont été - ou non - un enjeu dans les processus de décolonisation et d'indépendance. En considérant que c'est bien l'ensemble deces processus, et pas seulement l'héritage du colonialisme, qui a pu informer les dynamiques postcoloniales (F. Cooper, 2005), cette rencontre souhaite apporter un éclairage nouveau sur les questionnements plus contemporains liés aux frontières. Les propositions de communication peuvent être envoyées jusqu'au 4 janvier 2010 aux organisatrices : Séverine Awenengo Dalberto (CEMAf-Paris). et Camille Lefebvre (CEMAf-Paris), sous la forme d'un résumé d'une demi page, en anglais ou en français. Les propositions sur les espaces anglophones et lusophones sont particulièrement bienvenues.

Society of Latin American Studies 2010 Conference

The Conference will take place on 9-10 April at the University of Bristol. For details of the Conference:

Southern Circuits: National Border Crossings and Intellectual Life in Latin America

This panel seeks to explore the relationship between national border crossings and writing within Latin America. From Domingo Faustino Sarmiento, Andrés Bello and Juana Manuela Gorriti in the nineteenth century to Rubén Darío, Haya de la Torre, Alfonso Reyes, Gabriela Mistral and Fernando Henrique Cardoso in the twentieth, Latin American men and women of letters have always moved within the South in various capacities: as diplomats, exiles, travelers, journalists, political activists, propagandists or cultural entrepreneurs, among others. In what ways did these movements and displacements within the Latin American periphery differ from journeys to the North Atlantic centres, and how did they shape these intellectuals' perception and understanding of themselves, their respective nations and the continent as a whole? Papers may focus on specific individuals or discuss various trajectories together. Contributions are welcome from all disciplines.

Brief abstracts (250-300 words) in English, Spanish or Portuguese should be sent to the organisers of the panel: Dr. Rosalie Sitman, Tel Aviv University (||namtisr <> ) or Dr. Ori Preuss, Tel Aviv University (ten.310|ssuerpo#ten.310|ssuerpo <> ). Please note that the deadline for abstract submissions is 15 January 2010.

Ce site présente les travaux de deux programmes de recherche :

  • Le projet jeunes chercheurs : Mobilités, Frontières et Conflits dans les Espaces Israélo-Palestiniens(MOFIP) (ANR, Région PACA et CNRS)
  • Le groupe de travail du Réseau d'excellence des centres de recherche en sciences humaines sur la Méditerranée - Ramses² : Le Conflit Israélo-Palestinien sous l’Angle des Mobilités Transfrontalières.

ABORNE is an interdisciplinary network of researchers interested in all aspects of international borders and trans-boundary phenomena in Africa. The emphasis is largely on borderlands as physical spaces and social spheres, but the network is also concerned with regional flows of people and goods as well as economic processes that may be located at some distance from the geographical border.


Research project on African borders - L’ANR Frontafrique est le représentant institutionnel français du réseau Aborne (African Borderlands Research Network,


The new Center for Mobilities Research and Policy (mCenter) at Drexel University combines interdisciplinary approaches to the study of travel, transport, migration, borders, and mobile communication into one over-arching framework. The term “mobilities” applies to both the large-scale movements of people, objects, capital, and information across the world, as well as the more local processes of daily transportation, movement through public space, and mobile communications.


Borders divide and connect people, places, issues. They can be personal or cultural, political or social. We invite you to use your visual talent to explore your vision of “border” through the lens of digital photography. Borderzine editors will select first, second and third place winners; winning photos will be published on and receive prizes. The contest opens November 2 and concludes December 2, 2009. Pick up your camera and show us “What’s Your Border?” For contest rules and submit photos online click here.

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