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Call for Papers : Borders and Margins, IPSA, Brisbane, July 2018

The 25th IPSA World Congress of Political Science takes place in Brisbane, Australia from July 21 to 26, 2018. The 2018 Congress website is now online! It features details on the World Congress theme and program, the call for proposals, the venue, the procedure to apply for an Australian visa, as well as useful information about Brisbane and Australia.

The World Congress will deliver a rich program under the theme Borders and Margins, which will be coordinated by the Program Co-chairs, Professor Terrel Carver and Professor Füsun Türkmen. As well, the annual Australian Political Science Association Conference and the Oceanic Conference on International Studies will be held in conjunction with the World Congress.

Key dates:

Call for proposals: As of May 10, 2017

Proposal submission deadline: October 10, 2017 

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Call for Papers : Cultures, Hopes and Conflicts. The Mediterranean between Land and Sea

Cultures, Hopes and Conflicts. The Mediterranean between Land and Sea , 26-28 September 2017, University of Salerno, Italy

The International Centre for Studies and Research (ICSR) Mediterranean Knowledge and the Consortium Mediterranean Worlds (MedWorlds) invite papers to be presented at the 3rd International Conference ICSR Mediterranean Knowledge / 8th International Conference MedWorlds to be held at the University of Salerno, Italy from 26 to 28 September 2017.


 The Conference Cultures, Hopes and Conflicts. The Mediterranean between Land and Sea, jointly organized by the ICSR Mediterranean Knowledge and the Consortium Mediterranean Worlds, aims to collect contributions that address the most important questions related to the Mediterranean Basin from the point of view of different social and human sciences. The Mediterranean is a sea of cultures, as its shore witnessed the dawn of knowledge: from historiography to philosophy, from natural sciences to political sciences. The Mediterranean, furthermore, is a nexus of civilizations and ethnicities, which have constantly interacted through clashes and peaceful encounters. Indeed, the Mediterranean has always been a meeting place between East and West; this is even more true today as the Mediterranean seems to have become more fragmented and divided between different “worlds”: the secular Western Europe, the Arab-Islamic North Africa and Middle East, the orthodox Christianity of Greece and other Balkan countries, the Jewish culture of Israel, to mention only the most important. However, one should consider that each of these “worlds” reveals in its internal ethnical, territorial, and social tensions, which adds up to the richness and the peculiarity of the «Mare nostrum». The Mediterranean, furthermore, is also a sea of hopes: the hopes of hundreds of thousands of migrants who desperately try to cross the sea, on the run from hunger and conflicts; the hope of a fair and lasting peace for those who live in countries affected by civil wars and ethno-religious clashes.

The Conference is open to papers that address the broader questions concerning the Mediterranean. More specifically, we aim to develop a reflection on the following topics:

– The migratory phenomena, which have historically characterized the Mediterranean since antiquity to modern era, as approached from the point of view of both the countries of origin and destination;

– Encounters and clashes among different civilizations and cultures in the Mediterranean world from the so-called Fall of the Roman empire to the present day;

– The Mediterranean and its relations with non-Mediterranean worlds, in terms of diplomatic, cultural and economic relations (with attention to the recent phenomenon of globalization);

– The political upheavals that have affected the Arab world in recent years;

– The phenomenon of terrorism within the relations between East and West;

– The political, economic and social impact of the great Recession on different Mediterranean countries;

– The impact of knowledge on the development of the Mediterranean area and the modes of its dissemination from ancient times to contemporary era.

Insofar as the contribution proposes an original and innovative analytical approach, they can focus on individual topics, understood as case-studies, or more general interpretations, The panels of the Conference will be crafted based on the accepted abstracts.

If you are interested into giving a paper you are required to send an abstract in English or Italian of your proposed contribution (maximum length 350 words) and a short biographical note summarizing your scientific activity (maximum length 150 worlds) to the following e-mail address:, with the tag [ICSR Mediterranean Knowledge / MedWorlds Conference 2017]. Each participant will be allowed to deliver only one paper. All papers must be delivered in English or Italian and in person by the author of the paper. We cannot accommodate speakers wishing to present using Skype (or similar), or proxy presentations.

 Language of the Conference will be English.


Launch of call: January 2017 Deadline for abstracts: 31 March 2017 Communication on the acceptance of contributions: 20 April 2017 Final program: May 2017 Paper submission (to be considered for publication): 15 December 2017 Paper selection for publication: February 2018 For additional information please contact us :



Call for Papers : The Mediterranean: for a critical geography of the frontier, Roma, 7-10 June 2017


XXXII Congresso geografico italiano, Associazione dei geografi italiani, Roma, 7-10 June 2017



Abstract submission:

Deadline for abstract submissions: 15 February 2017

The Mediterranean: for a critical geography of the frontier (multiple session) – In recent years, the Mediterranean has become the worldwide symbol of migration. Against the backdrop of migrant deaths at sea, refugee “crisis”, terrorism and the growing diversification of borders and migration control devices, mass media and politicians have been representing the Mediterranean as a fragile and at the same time impassable border, supporting the emergency rhetoric. This lens is too narrow to truly capture the complexity of the border-migration nexus and the frontier-like character of the Mediterranean region, whereas the Mediterranean is often reductively essentialized to a clear-cut, geo-racial border. This session aims to go beyond the metaphor of the line in the sand, by considering the Mediterranean border-space as a historical and social phenomenon, which can take different shapes and operate in different ways across time and space. It can establish itself as a relational ‘place’ independently from the traditional space-time coordinates of fixity and continuity related to territorial state boundaries. What is at stake in this space is the issue of disposable humanity, of the humanization and de-humanization of Europe.

The session is composed of the following thematic sub-sessions:

Rethinking the Mediterranean as a borderscape. Methodological challenges for geography and beyond geography – The aim is to contribute to the challenge of operationalizing the borderscape/scaping concept in a multidisciplinary perspective. The sub-session welcomes contributions that problematize political and mass media discourse on the Mediterranean providing a critical and multi-focal approach. Papers can address, among other related arguments: the Mediterranean geopolitical space, historical and geographical connections and overlappings of the Euro/African frontier, the aesthetics-politics nexus, and everyday relations in and across the frontier. This sub-session includes a closed panel devoted to showing and discussing the documentary film HOUDOUD AL BAHR | I CONFINI DEL MARE. Mazara – Mahdia (Italy, 2015) by C. Brambilla and S. Visinoni.

The Delocalized Mediterranean Border: Externalization and Internalization of Migration Management – Migration control is increasingly carried out through the externalization (to international waters or to the countries of origin and transit) and internalization (in the destination countries) of the border. A number of different actors, (UE; states; international, intergovernmental e non-governmental organizations; private firms), logics (exclusion, differential inclusion, depoliticization etc.) and rhetorics (securitarian, humanitarian etc.) contribute to the delocalization of the Mediterranean border. This sub-session welcomes papers addressing: the concepts of delocalization, externalization, internalization and extraterritorialization; the roles of – and the relations between – actors, policies, practices, discourses, logics and legal regimes.

And so, Europe dehumanized itself. A call on Mediterranean critical geographies – Can geographical knowledge evade the grip of the frontier? What human hierarchies are underpinned by migration-related policies and rhetoric? Can the discourse on migrants evade both the violence of criminalization and the solidarity of humanitarianism? This sub-session welcomes papers addressing the proposed issues; the crucial challenge is, more specifically, to escape from the traps of EU rhetoric to produce counter-hegemonic discourses. In order to do this, we will have to re-situate ourselves against the proliferation of new nationalisms. Finally, the sub-session aims to present and discuss the manifesto And so Europe dehumanized itself.

KEYWORDS: Mediterranean, Borders, Borderscapes, Delocalization, De-humanization.

CONVENORS: Chiara Brambilla, Anna Casaglia, Raffaella Coletti, Paolo Cuttitta, Giulia de Spuches, Vincenzo Guarrasi