Dear members of ABORNE and subscribers to our newsletter,
this might reach some of you while attending the ASA conference in Washington. Please note that ABORNISTAS will meet at the conference hotel lobby at 19:30 on Friday night, November 18th to go out for dinner and an informal discussion of what is happening within the network. Bill Miles, our newly appointed “Chief” in North America and Paul Nugent will lead the way!
This newsletter contains an update regarding the Sixth ABORNE Annual Conference in Edinburgh next June and the attached Exchange Visit Grant for a 2-month visit to Edinburgh, a call for papers on a special journal issue on Border Towns in Africa, a number of conference calls that will be of interest to you, and details on recent updates on the ABORNE website.
The Sixth ABORNE Annual Conference will take place in Edinburgh, Scotland, 5th to 9th of June 2012. The conference theme will be “African Borderlands - Regional Integration from Above and Below”. The ABORNE meeting will be organised as a stream of panels nested within the 50th anniversary conference of Edinburgh University's Centre of African Studies.
The call for panel and paper abstracts received a very big response, causing a lot but very interesting work for the selection committee of seven senior ABORNE members: Paul Nugent, Gregor Dobler, Timothy Raeymaekers, Georg Klute, Amanda Hammar, David Coplan and Wolfgang Zeller. Individual mails to all senders of abstracts have gone out or are on their way.
There will be seven single-session and three double panels, as well as four round tables, two book launches, an excursion to the Scottish-English borderlands and a lot more on the programme. Further details will be posted on the new Science Meeting section of the ABORNE website (see also below).
In conjunction with this conference, ABORNE is offering two Exchange Visit Grants for African borderland scholars to work for 2 months at the Centre of African Studies in Edinburgh. The call for applications is here and the deadline is December 12, 2011.
ABORNE members Karen Büscher (Ghent) and Martin Doevenspeck (Bayreuth) will be the guest editors for a special issue of the peer-reviewed journal Africa Spectrum on “Border Towns in Africa”. The deadline for the submissions of manuscripts is 15 January 2012 and further details can be found here.
On a VERY short notice this announcement: The Association for Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism (ASEN) will hold its 22nd Annual Conference titled “Nationalism, Ethnicity and Boundaries” from 27-29 March, 2012 at the London School of Economics. The deadline for abstracts is November 18th, 2011, so hurry for this one! Further details are here.
The Irmgard Coninx Stiftung in Berlin has a call for papers for a conference titled “Borders and Borderlands: Contested Spaces” on March 28 – 31, 2012. Based on an international essay competition, they will invite approximately 45 applicants to discuss their research, concerns and agendas with peers. The foundation will cover travel to and accommodation in Berlin. Conference participants are eligible to apply for one of up to three three-month fellowships to be used for research at the WZB in Berlin. The abstract submission deadline is November 30, 2011. Further details are here.
The 3rd conference by our colleagues from the Asian Borderlands Research Network (ABRN) titled
”Connections, Corridors, and Communities”, will be held at the Centre for Southwest Borderland Ethnic Minority Studies, Yunnan University in Kunming, China on 12th – 15th of October 2012. The deadline for abstracts is 1st December 2011. Further details are here.
For the conference of the German African Studies Association (VAD) form May 30 to June 2, 2012 in Cologne, Alexander Zhukov (Institute for African Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences) and Aleksi Ylönen (Peace Research Institute Frankfurt) will organize a panel on “Africa's Disputed Borderlands: Responses from Multiple Disciplinary Perspectives”. The deadline for proposals is November 30, 2011. Further details are here.
The 2012 Metrolux conference titled “Unpacking Cross-Border Governance” will be organized by the Centre for Population, Poverty and Public Policy Studies in Luxembourg, 6-7 September 2012. The deadline for proposals is March 15, 2012. For further details, click here.
New on the ABORNE website
A major effort has been made over recent months to upload all papers delivered so far at ABORNE conferences and workshops to the relevant sub-pages in the section ABORNE Science Meetings.
As a result, all ABORNE conference and workshop calls, programs, and final reports are now in the public domain. All the individual papers presented at these meetings are also available, but only to logged-in ABORNE members. We remind everyone that unpublished material may not be cited or circulated further without explicit permission from the author.
A ‘forgot password’ button has been added below the login field on the ABORNE website.
A new notice board is now located in the right–hand column on all of ABORNE pages. After login, members can post announcements regarding upcoming conferences, publications, or anything that is of DIRECT interest to the ABORNE community.
Our online bibliography continues to grow and all members are invited to contribute references and full-text files. Use the search function to browse it by topic or geographical area.
Please keep your user profiles up-to-date, including details regarding your areas of expertise. You need to login to do this.
And finally, please remember to pay your 2011 membership fees if you still have not done so (shame!). Payment instructions are here. We will require all ABORNE members attending the 2012 conference in Edinburgh to pay their outstanding membership fees upon registration.
With best regards from Edinburgh
Wolfgang Zeller, Coordinator & Paul Nugent, Chairman