Call for paper « Comparative Border Studies »

Call for papers « Comparative Border Studies »

Special Issue of Comparative American Studies on “Comparative Border Studies”

This special issue is devoted to the comparative study of global border regions. Since the emergence of border studies in the 1950s and 1960s, geographers, economists, anthropologists, and social and political scientists have examined a variety of national boundaries worldwide, sometimes in a comparative fashion. The more recent humanities focus on the U.S.-Mexico border that originated in Chicana/o studies has helped transform U.S. American Studies into a transnational discipline through an emphasis on issues of citizenship, region, and migration. But the exclusive attention to the U.S. boundary with Mexico in U.S. American studies has elevated this site to a position of undeserved uniqueness, which threatens to replicate the very notion of U.S. exceptionalism that an interest in the border between the United States and Mexico was meant to overcome.

This special issue encourages the comparative examination of national borders located in or across the continents of Africa, the Americas, Asia, Australia, and Europe. Especially welcome are contributions that examine national borders within theories of gender, ethnicity, citizenship, human rights, social justice, environmentalism, regionalization, migration, trafficking, enforcement, biopolitics, health and language policy, among others. While essays may address how a comparative framework enriches, challenges or modifies theories gained from the study of the U.S.-Mexico border, other approaches could also highlight the interrelationships among various border regions or explore international boundaries without reference to the U.S.-Mexico border.

Please send inquiries and abstracts to Claudia Sadowski-Smith at claudia.sadowski-smith@asu.edu. The deadline for completed 6000-word essays (using the Chicago Manual Citation Style) is May 31, 2011.

Contested Spaces Video Project / Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Sydney

This project presents an archive of ten minute video talks by academics, journalists and United Nations personnel on territorial and identity issues around the world.

The project is headed by Simon James, audiovisual producer and archivist for Forced Migration Online at Oxford University and is coordinator of Talking Borders, an online audio talks archive on boundary issues held at the Centre for International Borders Research, Queen’s University Belfast http://www.qub.ac.uk/research-centres/CentreforInternationalBordersResearch/Resources/TalkingBorders/.

en voici une sélection (accès à toutes les vidéos ici) :



Across the Border: Uyghurs in Kazakhstan (December 2009)



Silk Road to Guantanamo: The Story of Adel Hakimjan (September 2009)



West Bank Stories: Palestinians in Bethlehem (December 2007)



Chishima: Frontiers of the San Francisco Treaty in Hokkaido (September 2006)

Talking Borders Audio Archive / Centre for international borders research

This is a collection of 20 audio recordings of specialists commenting on border issues around the world. These recordings were produced by S L James for the Centre for International Borders Research, Queen’s University Belfast between 2005-2008.

The Centre for International Borders Research (CIBR) is an interdisciplinary centre for empirical, comparative and theoretical study of international borders and border regions. Based at Queen’s University Belfast, it builds on Northern Ireland’s advantages for border study and the research interests of a core group of academic staff. It has links with the Centre for Spatial Territorial Analysis and Research (C-STAR) at the School of Geography, and complements and co-operates with the Centre for Cross Border Studies which promotes policy-related research on cross border co-operation on the island of Ireland from its base in Armagh. CIBR is also in the process of forging links with other research institutions internationally, most recently with the Association of Borderlands Studies (ABS) with whom it maintains an extensive bibliography on borders.

 

Abkhazia: The disputed territory of Abkhazia and historical and contemporary relations with Georgia.
https://www.archive.org/details/talking-borders-abkhazia
Talk by Dr Christian A. Nielsen, Associate Professor, University of Aarhus, Denmark, October 2008.

Basque Country: Identity and Status within
https://www.archive.org/details/talking-borders-basque-country
Talk by Professor Jan Mansvelt Beck, University of Amsterdam, July 2007.

Bolivia: The history of the conflict
https://www.archive.org/details/talking-borders-bolivia
Talk by Dr Bruce Farcau, September 2007
Note on narrator: Dr Bruce Farcau, has been an officer in the U.S. Foreign Service for nearly 20 years and has served at posts throughout Latin America and Western Europe. He is author of The Ten Cents War: Chile, Peru and Bolivia in the War of the Pacific 1879-1884 (Greendwood Press, 2000).

China: International boundary and territorial disputes, including Tibet and Xinjiang
https://www.archive.org/details/talking-borders-china
Talk by Dr Michael Dillon, August 2007.
Note on narrator: Dr Michael Dillon is Visiting Professor at Tsinghua University in Beijing and was founding Director of the Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies at the University of Durham. He is the author of Contemporary China – An Introduction (Routledge, 2008).

Cyprus: Keeping the Peace in Cyprus’ Buffer Zone
https://www.archive.org/details/talking-borders-cyprus
Talk by Brian Kelly on Cyprus, April 2007.
Note on Narrator: Brian Kelly is official spokesperson for the United Nations Peace-Keeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP).

Falkland (Malvinas) Islands: The historical and contemporary dispute over the status of the islands
https://www.archive.org/details/talking-borders-falkland-islands
Talk by Professor Lowell Gustafson, Associate Dean, Villanova University, USA, August 2007.

Ferghana Valley and other Central Asian boundaries
https://www.archive.org/details/talking-borders-ferghana-valley
Talk by Dr Nick Megoran, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, November 2008.

Ivory Coast: The conflict and confidence zone
https://www.archive.org/details/talking-borders-ivory-coast
Talk by Gilles Yabi, Senior Analyst for International Crisis Group, October 2007.

Kashmir: The Line of Control and the status of Kashmir
https://www.archive.org/details/talking-borders-kashmir
Talk by Victoria Schofield, University of Bradford, June 2007.

Korea: The Korean Demilitarized Zone
https://www.archive.org/details/talking-borders-korea
Talk by Professor Roland Bleiker, Professor of International Relations at the University of Queensland, Australia, December 2006.

Kosovo: Ethnic division and forced migration
https://www.archive.org/details/talking-borders-kosovo
Talk by Minna Jarvenpaa. former UN administrator of Mitrovica, July 2005.

Kuril Islands: The dispute between Japan and USSR / Russia
https://www.archive.org/details/talking-borders-kuril-islands
Talk by Professor Kimie Hara, Renison Research Professor in East Asian Studies,University of Waterloo, Canada, February 2006.

Northern Ireland: The Creation and Impact of the Irish Border
https://www.archive.org/details/talking-borders-northern-ireland
Talk by Dr Eoin Magennis, Queen’s University Belfast, April 2005.

Nagorny Karabakh (Azerbaijan and Armenia)
https://www.archive.org/details/talking-borders-nagorny-karabakh
Talk by Thomas de Waal, April 2005.
Note on narrator: Thomas de Waal is editor and project director of the programme on the Caucasus of the Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR) and the author of Black Garden: Azerbaijan and Armenia through Peace and War (New York University Press, 2004).

West Papua’s Act of Free Choice
https://www.archive.org/details/talking-borders-papua
Talk by Dr John Saltford on West Papua, May 2007.
Note on Narrator: John Saltford is author of The United Nations and the Indonesian Takeover of West Papua (RoutledgeCurzon, 2003).

Somaliland: The unrecognised state of Somaliland and its relations with Somalia and Puntland
https://www.archive.org/details/talking-borders-somaliland
Talk by Dr Michael Walls, University College London, UK, December 2007.

South Ossetia: Its Identity and its Relations with Georgia
https://www.archive.org/details/talking-borders-south-ossetia
Talk by Dr Christian A. Nielsen, University of Arhus, Denmark, October 2008.

Sudan: Demarking the Sudanese Boundary
https://www.archive.org/details/talking-borders-sudan
Talk by Dr Douglas Johnson, March 2007.
Note on Narrator: Douglas Johnson was a member of the Abyei Boundaries Commission and is the author of The Root Causes of Sudan’s Civil Wars (Oxford University Presss, 2003).

Tajikistan and its Making
https://www.archive.org/details/talking-borders-tajikistan
Talk by Dr Paul Bergne, June 2006.
Note on Narrator: Paul Bergne was a former British ambassador to Uzbekistan and Tajikistan and Research Fellow at the Russian and Eurasian Studies Centre at Oxford Univeristy. He authored The Birth of Tajikistan: National Identity and the Origins of the Republic (I B Tauris & Co Ltd, 2007).

Western Sahara: Lines in the Sand
https://www.archive.org/details/talking-borders-western-sahara
Talk by Tim Braunholtz, April 2006.
Note on Narrator: Tim Braunholtz is a writer for Sahara Analysis, an online newsletter published by the Western Sahara Campaign UK.

Les « murs » israéliens / Album

Le mur israélien n’a rien d’un élément architectural homogène. Il prend principalement la forme d’une zone blindée (« seam zone ») organisée autour d’une barrière grillagée de 3 mètres de haut dans les zones rurales (ici en photo l’exemple du village de Bil’in). Toutefois, sur environ 30 kilomètres du tracé total (environ 700 km) cette barrière grillagée est remplacée par un mur en béton de huit mètres de haut dans les zones densément peuplées (ici en photos : Jérusalem & Bethléem). Cette partie du mur a été notamment investie par les artistes palestiniens et internationaux. L’élément essentiel de cette ligne territoriale blindée pour assurer le contrôle de la mobilité des Palestiniens demeure les checkpoints construits parallèlement (ici Sheikh Sa’ad, Bethléem & Qalandia). Enfin, la construction du mur est inachevée. Le blindage est interrompu (à Bethléem) ou réduit à l’état de fondation (autour de la colonie israélienne de Maale Adumim). Photos 2010-2011.

voir l’album :
http://www.flickr.com/photos/59143015@N08/sets/72157625966886594/


Hébron : séparation et verticalité / Album

Le blindage de la ville d’Hébron illustre deux aspects de l’occupation israélienne de la Cisjordanie à savoir la « politique de séparation » et la « politique de verticalité » (Eyal Weizman, Hollow Land, 2007). Depuis la signature du Protocole d’Hébron de 1997, la ville est en effet divisée en deux zones : H1 sous contrôle palestinien et H2 sous contrôle israélien. Les checkpoints urbains et les rues transformées en no man’s land témoignent de cette séparation horizontale. Un détour par les rues de la Casbah illustre le principe de la « politique de verticalité ». Le contrôle de la population palestinienne s’y manifeste par la présence de postes militaires de surveillance sur les toits et par l’installation de colonies-bâtiments israéliennes surplombant également les rues de la Casbah. Cette séparation verticale est matérialisée par les grillages de protection que les Palestiniens ont installés pour éviter de recevoir les détritus jetés du dessus par certains colons israéliens.

voir l’album :
http://www.flickr.com/photos/59143015@N08/sets/72157625844441969/