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Slovaquie : un mur pour s’isoler des Roms (

Dans l’Est de la Slovaquie, la plupart des Roms ont été chassés des centres-villes et vivent à la périphérie, dans des quartiers surpeuplés. Mais là aussi, ils « dérangent » leurs voisins. Plusieurs communes ont donc décidé d’ériger de grands murs pour éviter tout contact.


Call for Paper « Border Regions in Transition » (BRIT)


Border Regions in Transition (BRIT) XI Conference

Geneva and Grenoble, 6-9 September 2011

Paper session: “Debordering/rebordering in cross-border metropolitan regions”


Christophe Sohn and Olivier Walther, Centre for Population, Poverty and Public Policy Studies, Luxembourg and Jen Nelles, University of Toronto, Canada

Concept and objectives

New perspectives have arisen regarding the emergence of cross-border city-regions and their processes of integration following the relativization of the role of the state in economic and social regulation and the exercise of political power. The development of functional urban systems is no longer limited by national borders but rather increasingly concerns multiple jurisdictions and some border regions have changed from being areas disadvantaged by their peripheral location to being areas of potential prosperity. For border cities, the opening of state borders constitutes an opportunity for economic and cultural development and political rescaling.

The dismantling of certain controls and filtering measures goes also along with the permanence – or reproduction – of barriers in other domains. This process of debordering/rebordering results in a decoupling of the functions assigned to the border and their reorganization on other places, other scales and in other ways.

As new sites of globalisation, cross-border metropolitan regions appear as privileged case studies for the analysis of the current transformations of borders. In the session we wish to explore the following topics:

–         The relations between economic integration and governance

–         The interplay of global, regional and local scales for the cross-border integration processes

–         Debordering/rebordering in cross-border cooperation projects

–         Managing cross-border metropolitan issues: i.e. environmental management, migration, security, cultural events and institutions, labor markets or public transportation

–         Governance networks in cross-border metropolitan regions

–         Managing cross-border mobility

–         Cross-border integration and securitization

–         The development of metropolitan regions that cross state/provincial borders

Joining the session

Both conceptual and empirical papers are welcome. We look forward to receiving proposals that focus on different regions and contexts and make use of different approaches. Interested participants should send a one-page abstract of their proposed paper together with a brief bio or CV to Christophe Sohn (, Olivier Walther ( and Jen Nelles ( no later than March 10 2011.

For more information on the next BRIT Conference organized both by the University of Geneva and the University Joseph Fourier of Grenoble, please visit this website:

r Olivier Walther

Department of Geography

Centre for Population, Poverty and Public Policy Studies

PO. Box 48 L-4501 Differdange



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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 The deadline for completed 6000-word essays (using the Chicago Manual Citation Style) is May 31, 2011.