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• PhD/RMa Winter School – Cities, Borders and Identities: Towards an Interdisciplinary Approach

PhD/RMa Winter School

Cities, Borders and Identities: Towards an Interdisciplinary Approach
Between 18 and 26 November 2017 a winter school is organized on identity formation in European border cities and urban borderlands at the Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome (KNIR).
Over the last three decades border cities and urban borderlands have become central to the study of identities from a range of different disciplines. This winter school takes the city of Rome as an explorative case study in its thematic focus on European border cities. We consider European border cities as paradigmatic urban contexts where identity questions are not only particularly salient, but where they also potentially lend themselves to novel conceptualizations of cultural difference and sameness. By bringing together Research Master students and early career PhD researchers from (Art) History, Cultural Studies, European Studies, Archeology, Anthropology and Human Geography, the winter school aims specifically to foster an interdisciplinary discussion of the changing cultures of urban border identities. Although individual participants are invited to apply the research questions to various European cases, locating this winter school in Rome offers an outstanding possibility for excursions and in situ analyses of a historically layered city.
The winter school is a joint initiative of the Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome (KNIR), the Huizinga Institute for Cultural History, ACCESS EUROPE and the Faculty of Humanities of the University of Amsterdam and coordinated by Prof. Luiza Bialasiewicz (University of Amsterdam).
For Information please contact Milou van Haut:
Further information on the course and its application process can be found at .

• PGSG Preconference to the 2017 AAG Annual Meeting

The 30th Annual PGSG Preconference to the 2017 AAG Annual Meeting

The AAG Political Geography Specialty Group is pleased to announce that the 30th Annual Preconference will be held at Harvard University on Tuesday, April 4, 2017, hosted and supported by the Center for Geographic Analysis, the Institute for Quantitative Social Science, and the Department of Government.
Date: Tuesday, April 4, 2017 [Please note that the AAG main conference begins on a Wednesday this year]
Time: Sessions will run from approximately 8 am – 5 pm
Location: CGIS South Building, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 02138 [see here]
Paper presenters: Paper titles and abstracts of 250 words or less are due February 1, 2017. Please submit them with PAPER ABSTRACT SUBMISSION in the subject line to:
Poster presenters: For the first time, PGSG is welcoming poster proposals. Preconference participants may only present in one medium (paper or poster, but not both). Poster titles and abstracts of 250 words or less are due February 1, 2017. Please submit them with POSTER ABSTRACT SUBMISSION in the subject line to:
Registration: As with our past pre-conferences, there will be a nominal $20 registration fee for faculty only. Faculty, please bring cash or checks on the day of the event.
Evening events: In addition to the annual group dinner after the preconference, PGSG will coordinate a social hour on Monday night for early arrivals. More details to follow.
Lodging & transportation: The Harvard campus is easily accessible from the AAG venues in Boston via the MBTA’s Red Line. We suggest preconference attendees choose the same lodging they would for the main conference, but for those who would like more information about housing in the Cambridge area, click here.
AAG scheduling: Should you have any concerns about the scheduling of your main conference presentation, coordinate with your session organizers and AAG administrators.
PSGG organizers: Natalie Koch (, Kenneth Madsen (
Inquiries: Please do not contact local hosts. All inquiries should be directed to the PGSG organizers individually or at:
Updates will be posted regularly on the PGSG website at:

• Geographies of Peace / Geografías para la paz – CFP

First circular for the 2017 Thematic Conference of the International Geographical Union (IGU) in La Paz, Bolivia


Geographies of Peace

Geografías para la paz


23-25 April 2017

Geography has often been accused of being applied to waging war. Yet, it also offers a vast array of contributions to the construction of peace. The 2017 IGU-UGI thematic conference “GEOGRAPHIES FOR PEACE/ GEOGRAFÍAS PARA LA PAZ” will highlight the various contributions of geography to the construction of peace.
In 2017 the International Geographical Union (IGU-UGI) will organize two Thematic Conferences, instead of a large Regional: one about “Energy, Geography & Balanced Development” in Baku (Azerbaijan), and one about “Geographies for Peace” in La Paz (Bolivia).
The Thematic Conference in La Paz will be held on 23, 24 and 25 April 2017, in combination with another major international scientific event, “EGAL, XVI ENCUENTRO DE GEÓGRAFOS DE AMÉRICA LATINA” (EGAL The 16th Meeting of Latin American Geographers), which will take place from 26 to 29 April in the same city.
The thematic conference “GEOGRAPHIES FOR PEACE/ GEOGRAFÍAS PARA LA PAZ” will cover all possible dimensions, from the historical perspective, to forecasting, through the role of education or tourism, and the political analysis of war and peace. Therefore, several IGU Commissions may be involved in the organisation of the different sessions.
Peace is here widely defined. Peace is always shaped by the spaces in which it is made, as it too shapes those spaces. Peace means different things to different groups in different times, spaces, places, and scales. Peace can be created at the scale of the individual, the family, the community, the nation, and/or at other scales, but these different scales are often intertwined. Peace is a situated and spatial process – and as such is necessarily plural. Therefore, geographers are particularly well placed to research it, and to draw lines that connect the pieces of differently situated peaces.
The working languages of the Conference are English and Spanish.
COMFIRMED SPEAKERS include: Simon Dalby, Vladimir Kolosov, Virginie Mamadouh, Nick Megoran, Janice Monk, David Newman, John O’Loughlin, Gearóid Ó Tuathail, Jarkko Saarinen, Michael Shapiro.
Call for Paper
The deadline for submitting abstracts (250 words) for papers is 1 December, 2016. Decisions will be made by 15 December.
Abstracts and sessions can be submitted in either or both languages.
Presentations will be in either English or Spanish. Limited interpretation will be available. All presenters are kindly asked to adapt their speech tempo to their audience. If possible, participants are asked to complement their talk with a power point presentation in the other language.
Format for abstract submission

• CPG Pre-Conference in Guangzhou

International Forum on Frontiers of Political Geography

IGU Commission on Political Geography Pre-Conference in Guangzhou 2016

(2nd Circular)


Frontiers of Political Geography: Dialogs and Collaborations between East and West


Please find here the 2nd Circular of the Pre-Conference



• IGU Symposium – Taiwan

2016 International Geographical Union
Geomorphology and Society Commission, Island Study Commission, and Political Geography Joint Symposium
25-30 June, 2016
Taipei and Matsu, Taiwan

Call for Papers
We welcome proposals for papers and panels from a wide range of disciplines and theoretical schools in Geomorphology and Society, Island Study, and Political Geography. The conference organisers invite researchers, academics, community and business interests, government authorities and interest groups to participate in the conference. The event offers an opportunity to present papers and posters, discuss issues and developments on a wide range of subjects, and identify common themes affecting geomorphology and society, islands, and political geography throughout the world.
Abstracts Please indicate the contributing sub-theme of geomorphology and society, islands, or political geography. We also invite prospective participants to submit proposals for complete sessions with papers to the organiser. There will be a peer review process.
l   Paper Submission
Please send a maximum of 250 word abstract
l   Panel Submission
Please send a panel title and overview abstract of 250 words; each panel paper to have a title and 250 word abstract
l   All Proposals
Please send your proposal as a Word (.doc/.docx) or PDF document by email to:<>  (Prof. Wen-Chen Wang)
l   Please include the following information:

–       Name:

–       Department/Institution:

–       E-mail:

–       Paper title (and in the case of panel proposals, please include the title of the panel and of the panel abstract)

–       Abstract (up to 250 words):

–       Keywords (between 3 and 8)
l   Important Deadlines

–       abstract submission: 15 April 2016

–       notification of abstract acceptance: 29 April 2016
Symposium Program
The IGU joint symposium program with Island commission and political geography commission will be as below:
Day 1, 25 June Participants arrive in Taiwan.
Day 2, 26 June Symposium at NTU (section 1, 2); go to Matsu Geopark in the evening by night ferry.
Day 3, 27 June Field excursion at Don-Ying, Matsu. Keynote speech by Prof. Herve Regnauld at Matsu in the evening before dinner.
Day 4, 28 June Don-Ying to Nangan, Matsu Keynote speech by Prof. Dieter Soyez at Matsu in the evening before dinner.
Day 5, 29 June Back to Taipei,  Symposium (section 3) in the afternoon and Keynote speech by Prof. Mike Meadows
Day 6, 30 June  Symposium (section 4, conclusion remarks). end of the symposium
The IGU Geomorphology and Society Commission, Political Geography Commission and Island Study Commission are going to embrace an joint symposium for the great opportunity to discuss the interdisciplinary issues.
If you and your family or friends can come over together for this symposium, please send each a copy of your passport page by e-mail to us. Only with which we can book the tickets (ferry and domestic flight from Matsu to Taipei) for you. As the seats are limited, I would like to book as earlier as possible. No matter if you have been there, we will try to let you have different experiences.
This is an opportunity to have dialogue with human geographers and island people before Beijing congress. We do not have section together in Beijing congress. Therefore we sincerely invite you to join us, and hopefully we will meet together again in June.
l   Registration: 300 USD (including a round trip ticket for flights/ferries from Taipei City to Mastu, ferry trip to Don-Ying, and all conference meals, refreshments, banquets, and organised island visits and social events)
l   Accommodation
□ Single room (US$140/night)  □ Twin beds, shared room (US$70/night/person)

• Deadline EXTENDED – IGU in Beijing

The 33rd IGC in Beijing and

the CPG preconference in Guangzhou 2016

Deadline extended to March 31, 2016


The 33rd International Geographical Congress (IGC) will be held in Beijing, China from August 21st to 25th, 2016. The CPG preconference will also be held in Guangzhou prior to the IGC Beijing.


Approved CPG Sessions

The call for session proposals was closed at the end of September. CPG will organize the following 13 session proposals. The summaries of these sessions are downloadable from the Congress website at The deadline for abstract submission will be March 31, 2016. Abstracts can be submitted through the Congress website at For any information about the Congress, please look at Those who have any questions about CPG sessions can ask CPG Co-chairs (Virginie Mamadouh and/or Takashi Yamazaki). We look forward to seeing as many participants as possible in Beijing.


1.Sociocultural Encounters in Geography: Borders, Borderlands, Grassroots Non-State Actors and the Southern African Integration Project (proposed by Christopher Changwe Nshimbi and Inocent  Moyo)

2.The Eurasian Pacific: Geopolitical Moments and Unfulfilled Promise (Sergei Golunov and Akihiro Iwashita)


3.Scales of Politics and Policies in Latin American Borders (Adriana Dorfman and Alejandro  Benedetti)


4.Autochthony, Allochthony and Belonging: Migration, Xenophobia and Social  Cohesion in the Southern African Region (Inocent Moyo and Christopher Changwe Nshimbi)
5.Rethinking Carceral Geography in ‘Harmonised Societies’ (Claudio Minca and Chin-Ee  Ong)
6.Politics of Environment and People (Anjana Mathur Jagmohan)
7.The Transformation of Political Space and Prospects for New Governance in the Contemporary Phase of Globalization (Takashi Yamazaki)
8.A Reexamination of Militarization and “the Space of Occupation”: A Comparison Perspective (Takashi Yamazaki and Rassem Khamaisi)
9.Changing Geopolitical Imaginations of Asia (Alexander Murphy)
10.China’s Geopolitical (Re)Positionings in a Changing World (Chih Yuan Woon)
11.China Looks South: Development, Infrastructure and Culture on the Border with Myanmar, Laos and Vietnam (Jussi Laine and Victor Konrad)
12.Postcolonial Literary Geographies (Patricia Noxolo)
13.Conversations between Gender and Political Geographies Key Concepts, Methods and Themes (with the Commission on Gender and Geography, Virginie Mamadouh and Marianne Blidon)

CPG Preconference in Guangzhou

Prior to the above-mentioned IGC in Beijing, the CPG preconference will be held on August 18-21 at Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, China followed by a field trip to the Shenzhen/Hong Kong border region. The title of the preconference is “International Forum on Frontiers of Political Geography” the main objective of which is to promote the “understanding” of political geography in China and narrow the gap in the level of such understanding between the West and the East. The preconference will have three thematic sessions on “East-West Dialogues on Frontiers in Political Geography,” “New Dynamisms of Borders in Asia,” and “Micro Territoriality and Urban Governance.” After the preconference, participants can travel to Beijing by train, which will take about 8 hours. Accommodation and ground transportation will be arranged by the local organizer. The deadline for registration will be March 31, 2016. Those interested should submit an abstract/paper to the local organizer by May 31, 2016. For more information, please visit the preconference website at 


• CPG sessions in the IGC Beijing 2016

The International Geographical Congress (IGC) will be held in Beijing on August 21-25, 2016 following the IGU-CPG preconference in Guangzhou (which will be announced later through this list). We cordially invite your papers.


The list of the CPG sessions for the IGC can be downloaded at:


The deadline of abstract submission is February 15th. The instruction for abstract submission can also be downloaded at:


For more information about the IGC, please look at:

and see the second circular of the IGC2016



If you have any questions, please ask CPG co-chairs listed below. We look forward to seeing you in China.


Best regards,

Virginie Mamadouh

Takashi Yamazaki

• 15th ‘Lodz’ International Political Geography Conference

The Department of Political Geography and Regional Studies, University of Lodz is organising the 15th ‘Lodz’ International Political Geography Conference that will be held on September 14–16, 2016.


The subject of the conference is: Borderland of nations, nations of borderland.


please find here all details and registration form

• CFP Borders, Walls, Violence – Montreal

Call for Papers



Borders, Walls and Violence : Costs and Alternatives to Border Fencing  
International conference organized by the Raoul Dandurand Chair at the University of Quebec at Montreal 

To be held in June 1-3, 2016
Montreal, Quebec, Canada

More border walls and border fences are being built every year all across the world. Bulgaria, Greece, Turkey, Morocco, and Tunisia are among the latest to announce yet another border fence. Twenty-five years ago it was believed that the fall of the Berlin Wall and the reconfiguration of international relations would open an age of globalization in which States would become obsolete, ushering in a world without borders. In the wake of 9/11, however, borders came back in light, new borders were created and new border walls erected. In the wake of the Arab Spring, came even more border barriers and walls, symbols that were thought to have disappeared with the collapse of the bipolar international system. Today, they reinforce borderlines the world over, transforming both soft and semi-permeable borders alike into sealed, exclusionary hard borders. Walls are symbols of identity reaffirmation, markers of State sovereignty, instruments of dissociation, locus of a growing violence.


Fields: Political Science, Geography, Anthropology, Sociology, Law, Economics, Art, Design, Biology, Environmental studies, Area Studies, Gender studies, Zoology, Medical studies (this list is intended to be suggestive rather than inclusive).
Organizers/Scientific Committee: Élisabeth Vallet (Raoul-Dandurand Chair UQAM – Canada), Anne-Laure Amilhat-Szary (Geography, Université Joseph Fourier – France), Reece Jones (Geography, University of Hawaii – USA), Kenneth D. Madsen (Geography, The Ohio State University – USA), Said Saddiki (Law, Al-Ain University of Science and Technology – UAE)



Students are especially encouraged to submit a proposal.


Conference Theme:


This conference seeks to understand border walls as a global trend in International Relations. As a growing number of walls are being built along international borders and as migrants and inhabitants of those borderlands are experimenting more and more violence, we seek to understand the local perspectives and views on border fences and replace it in a multiscalar perspectives in order to see if there are viable alternatives to fences and security approaches. How much do they cost (both monetary and socially) ? How well do they work ? How do they affect borderlands? How are security discourses shaping the landscape to build border walls ?



Theoretical Context


In a globalized world in which interdependence is viewed as a necessity and the norm, border walls appear to be things of the past, obsolete manifestations of the institution of State. Nevertheless, walls have been spreading steadily since the end of the Cold War. And the boom in wall-building after the attack on the World Trade Center actually has its roots, at least attitudinally, in the pre-9/11 period, for the walls derive not from a specific fear of terrorism but rather from the global insecurity bred by globalization. Paradoxically, in a security-conscious world, globalization has led not to the elimination of borders but rather to the recomposition of territory and the erection of new “ramparts”. The wall has become a solution to the quest for security of the State, the boundaries of which never truly disappeared, a solution sublimated through an increasingly security-centric discourse in the wake of 9/11, and further fueled by post-Arab Spring events.




Participants are encouraged to critically examine the role of border walls in security discourses and in the framing of the local political and sociological landscape to consider some of the following themes:

Theme 1. Impacts of border walls
Theme 2. Legal aspects of border walls 


Theme 3. Costs and economies of border walls


Theme 4. Violence of border walls


Theme 5. Alternatives to border walls
Deadline for abstract submission: October 5, 2015 
(for both panel sessions and poster sessions)

Please note that papers may be considered for both panel sessions AND poster sessions.
Proposal: please include the following information (300 words)
·        Name of authors/contributors
·         Institutional affiliations, titles
·        Contact: telephone, fax, email, mailing address
·        Title of the paper
·        Abstract: Subject, empirical frame, analytical approach, theme (approx. 300 words)
Languages: Proposals can be submitted in French, English and Spanish. However the conference will be held in English and French.
Conference Dates and Deadlines:

      • Oct.31, 2015 : deadline for submitting abstracts and proposals
      • Dec.2015 : proposals selection and notification sent to presenters
      • March 31, 2015 : submission of papers to discussants
      • June 1-3, 2016 : Conference to be held in Montreal.


Send your proposals via email in Word format to Élisabeth Vallet at UQAM: 



• CFP Contemporary crisis and changes – Reims

English follows French:


Crises et mutations contemporaines

Approches géoéconomiques et géopolitiques

Colloque international – Université de Reims Champagne-Ardenne (URCA)

26 et 27 mai 2016, Reims (France)
Sous la direction de François Bost et Stéphane Rosière

Université de Reims Champagne-Ardenne, EA 2076 Habiter

Sous le patronage des commissions « Industrie et emploi » et « Géographie politique et géopolitique » du Comité National Français de Géographie (CNFG)

et de la commission de géographie politique de l’IGU-UGI.


Le laboratoire Habiter (EA 2076) organise les 26 et 27 mai 2016 à l’Université de Reims Champagne-Ardenne (URCA) un colloque international intitulé “Crises et mutations contemporaines – Approches géoéconomiques et géopolitiques”  dirigé par François Bost et Stéphane Rosière.”


Depuis plusieurs années, le monde est entré dans une période de forte instabilité. Sur le plan économique, ce mouvement, initié par la « crise des subprimes » apparue en 2007 aux États-Unis, s’est ensuite étendu à l’ensemble de la planète dans tous les domaines d’activité générant baisse de la croissance et chômage. Le monde actuel est par ailleurs marqué par un accroissement des conflictualités, notamment au Moyen-Orient, ou en Ukraine qui remet en cause les frontières. Cette conflictualité alimente des mouvements migratoires eux-mêmes porteurs de tensions. L’objectif du colloque « Crises et mutations contemporaines » est d’interroger ces bouleversements au travers d’une double lecture  géoéconomique et géopolitique. L’accent sera ainsi mis sur trois axes principaux, en portant une attention à toutes les échelles (du local au mondial), et en considérant tous les types d’acteurs.

1. Depuis 2007-2008, le monde est-il confronté à une « crise » ou connaît-il une « mutation » largement inédite, annonciatrice de bouleversements majeurs et en chaîne ? À cet égard, il s’agira de déterminer quelles sont les expressions les plus pertinentes de cette crise et / ou de ces dynamiques qui esquissent un autre monde.

2. La « fermeture » (repli sur soi, formes plus ou moins larvées de protectionnisme, logiques de blocs concurrents, construction de barrières aux frontières, etc.) paraît être une des manifestations de la situation actuelle. S’agit-il d’une nouvelle logique mondiale dominante ? Dans quelle mesure la fermeture, toujours relative, renvoie-t-elle à la notion d’asymétrie et est-elle créatrice de déséquilibres ?

3. Quel lien est-il possible d’établir entre les registres économiques et géopolitiques dans l’évolution contemporaine du monde ? Quelle imbrication entre ces deux registres ? Le paradigme de la fin du territoire – et de la fin de la géopolitique – souvent associé à la mondialisation et au libéralisme reste-t-il pertinent ? La situation contemporaine ne remet-elle pas en cause nos représentations les plus courantes de la mondialisation ?


Les modalités pratiques (propositions de contributions, participation) sont disponibles sur le site du laboratoire Habiter. Pour télécharger le pdf, veuillez cliquer ici.



Contemporary crisis and changes

Geoeconomical and geopolitical approaches
International Conference – University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne (URCA)

26 and 27 May 2016

Reims (France)
Conference organized by François Bost and Stéphane Rosière

Université de Reims Champagne-Ardenne, EA 2076 Habiter

With the support of the Commissions « Industrie et emploi » and « Géographie politique et géopolitique » of the Comité National Français de Géographie (CNFG)

and of the Commission on Political Geography of the IGU-UGI


For several years, the world seems to have entered a period of high instability. Economically, the “subprime mortgage crisis” appeared in 2007 in the USA, then spread planet wide in all areas of activity, leading to lower growth and unemployment. In geopolitical terms, tension spots have also multiplied (Middle East, Ukraine) and challenge the borders, generating strong migratory waves. This process, by itself, carries conflicts. The aim of the conference “Contemporary Crisis and changes” is to question these contemporary upheavals through both a geo-economic and a geopolitical reading. The emphasis will be put on three main themes, at all scales (from local to global) and considering any type of actors.

1. Since 2007-2008, is the World facing a “crisis” or si it experiencing a very unprecedented “change”, heralding major and chain upheavals? In this regard, it will be the occasion to debate and chose the most relevant words to describe this crisis and/or these changes shaping another World.

2. The “closure” (isolationism, more or less latent forms of protectionism, competing logics of blocks, building of border barriers, etc.) seems to be one of the manifestations of the current situation. Is it one of the new dominant world logics? In which way do these “closure” processes, always relative, refer to an asymmetrical concept and create imbalances?

3. What links can be established between the economic and geopolitical fields as part of contemporary world change? What about the overlap between these two fields? Is the paradigm of the “end of territory” (and so of geopolitics), often associated with globalisation and liberalism, still relevant? Is the current situation challenging the most common mental representations of globalisation?


For more details (paper proposals, participation), you may refer to the website of « Habiter ». The full pdf can be dowloaded there.

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