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Colloque international, MMSH, Aix-en-Provence, 17-19 février 2011

Colloque international Palestiniens et Israéliens, deux décennies après Oslo. Anatomie, vécus et mouvements d’une séparation.

Maison méditerranéenne des Sciences de l’homme, Aix-en-Provence, 17-19 février 2011

Organisé par Stéphanie Latte Abdallah (IREMAM) et Cédric Parizot (IREMAM), ce colloque constitue la troisième rencontre du projet jeunes chercheurs « Mobilités Frontières et Conflits dans les Espaces Israélo-Palestiniens », soutenu par la Région Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur et l’Agence Nationale de la recherche. Le colloque est organisé en partenariat scientifique avec l’Institut de Recherches et d’Etudes sur le Monde Arabe et Musulman (IREMAM), l’Institut d’Ethnologie Européenne et Comparative (IDEMEC), Migrations Internationales, Espaces et Sociétés (MIGRINTER), La Maison Méditerranéenne des Sciences de l’Homme (MMSH-USR 3125),  le Centre de Recherche Français à Jérusalem (CRFJ) et le programme MIMED (Lieux et Territoires des Migrations en Méditerranée XIXe-XXIe siècle.

Il réunira une trentaine de chercheurs et de doctorants, français, palestiniens, suisses, italiens, jordaniens et israéliens à la MMSH. Les interventions seront en Français et en Anglais avec traduction simultanée.

Contacts et coordination: Karine Michel

Programme du colloque

Call for paper « National Borders in the 21st Century »

Call for Papers: National Borders in the 21st Century

XXXVth Conference of the Political Economy of the World-System
State University of New York – Stony Brook
April 28 – 30, 2011

The social sciences historically developed under the premise that societies are delineated by national boundaries. Nation-states and their governments are believed to be the primary sites of social action, thus processes within and interactions between them became the cornerstones of social-scientific analysis. Yet ongoing transformations in the ways national boundaries both shape and are shaped by economic, political, and cultural forces challenge perspectives that continue to see nationally bounded space as the only relevant one for societal and political action. As we begin the second decade of the 21st Century, this conference will consider new ways of thinking about national borders – the analytical and empirical challenges, as well as the normative and political issues. How is law, work, identity, and community being affected by shifting meanings of borders? To what extent does social change, social justice, and collective action unfold inside (or outside, or across) national borders? This conference calls for papers under this general theme and that qualify under the following interrelated sub-themes:

Sub-Theme #1: Rule of Power or Rule of Law? State Sovereignty and Global Governance
Will the 21st Century become a post-national era? While arguments surrounding the decline of the nation-state and the subordination of state sovereignty are not new, others claim that global processes are reasserting the importance of national borders. To what extent do territorial boundaries still determine the primary source of jurisdictional authority, the centralized means of violence, and the fundamental identity of individuals? Is the sovereignty based model of international law becoming superseded? In favor of what? Is there a future for transnational solidarity or effective democratization beyond the nation-state?

Sub-Theme #2: Crossing Borders: Global Inequality and the Migration of People and Communities
According to the United Nations, close to 200 million people reside somewhere other than their country of origin; in the United States alone over 12 percent of current residents were born elsewhere. The unprecedented multidirectional movement of people around the world involves new patterns of transnational migration, identity, and community. At the same time many rights claims are about crossing borders – rights to mobility, rights of migrant labor, rights to economic opportunity, or to political asylum. What are the potential effects of migration for receiving as well as sending countries? How are states and other institutions regulating migration flows? What are the impacts for national politics as well as international economic inequality?

Sub-Theme #3: Citizenship, and Human Rights
While citizenship previously existed only in the context of a national polity, human rights are increasingly being discussed as having a universal property. How is this dilemma – the innate human rights of people everywhere and the exclusive social rights of citizens of sovereign states – being renegotiated today? How are new forms of belonging and association operating on global, national, and local scales? How are new modes of inclusion and social closure operating in different geo-political contexts and under the aegis of a transnational Human Rights Regime?

Sub-Theme #4: New Global Flows and Predicaments
To what extent are social problems, and activism mobilized to solve them, taking place in “debounded spaces?” How are intensified flows of illicit global commodities – drugs, arms, toxic waste, counterfeits, trafficked people – challenging the legal boundaries and property institutions of the nation-state system? Similarly, how are global environmental threats – warming, deforestation, pollution, food and water shortages – challenging the ability of self interested nation-states to respond? Are new forms of political mobilization and transnational activism leading to transformations in cross-border communities and civil societies?

Please submit proposals electronically to Timothy P. Moran ( Submissions should include a one-page proposal and full contact information for all authors by January 21, 2011. Accepted papers will be considered for a planned edited volume. Conference proceedings at Stony Brook University, SUNY with accommodation in quaint Port Jefferson Village, New York.

Border Policy Brief / Border Policy Research Institute, fall 2010

The fall edition of the Border Policy Brief is now available on our home page: This edition is titled “Atlas of the Land Entry Ports on the U.S. – Mexico Border.” It is a companion to the Canadian-border atlas we published 10 months ago, and it includes two summary tables regarding cross-border traffic volumes that can be compared to corresponding tables in the Canadian atlas. In the past year we have received requests to focus some attention upon the U.S. – Mexico border, particularly in comparison to the Canada – U.S. border. You may recall that the summer edition of the Border Policy Brief included a comparative summary of automobile traffic at the two borders, analyzed with respect to the impact of WHTI. As we have begun to look at the Mexican border, we have had to learn basic geography, and this Mexican atlas was developed, in part, to help us in our work. We hope it will also be a useful reference tool for you.

Unbalanced Reciprocities. Cooperation on Readmission in the Euro-Mediterranean Area, published by the Middle East Institute

Unbalanced Reciprocities. Cooperation on Readmission in the Euro-Mediterranean Area, recently published by the Middle East Institute,.

is available for free download :






– Jean-Pierre CASSARINO: Dealing with Unbalanced Reciprocities: Cooperation on Readmission and Implications

– Paolo CUTTITTA: Readmission in the Relations between Italy and North African Mediterranean Countries

– Emanuela PAOLETTI: Relations among Unequals? Readmission between Italy and Libya

– Silja KLEPP: Italy and its Libyan Cooperation Program: Pioneer of the European Union’s Refugee Policy?