Cross Borders - Histories, Theories and Identities

Cross Borders - Histories, Theories and Identities

Centre for Border Studies, University of Glamorgan, Pontypridd, Wales, UK, Centre for Comparative European History, Free University of Berlin and Humboldt University of Berlin
Glamorgan Business Centre, University of Glamorgan, Pontypridd, Wales, UK
Pontypridd (Wales)
United Kingdom
Vom - Bis
02.12.2004 - 04.12.2004
Hagemann, Karen


Interdisciplinary Conference

Hosted by
the Centre for Border Studies, University of Glamorgan, Pontypridd, Wales, UK
the Centre for Comparative European History, Free University of Berlin and Humboldt University of Berlin

Thursday 2nd - Saturday 4th December, 2004

at the Glamorgan Business Centre
University of Glamorgan, Pontypridd, Wales, UK

Call for Papers

Borders often appear as fixed, quasi-permanent structures, physical embodiments of national evolution and international relations. Viewed in this sense, each has a distinct history, from the maritime margins of British Isles to the trenches, fortresses and battlefields which lie along the French-German border. Recent economic and cultural developments, however, are challenging these previously secure markers. What will be the fate of national borders in a world which promises the free exchange of goods and services, yet insists on the strict control of migrants, refugees and travellers?

Under these new conditions, borders cease to be simple markers of national histories. New forms of border develop: dividing lines between languages, ethnic groups, in and outs, the static and the mobile. The experience of crossing a border has changed quality, no longer resembling a page from history book, but - arguably - taking on the form of a psychological or cultural event, perhaps better explained by a novelist than a historian.

This conference aims to create a dialogue between historians and specialists in the new discipline of Border Studies and would like to discuss and compare theoretical and methdological appoaches to Border Studies. Plenary sessions will present contributions from the main disciplines associated with Border Studies - Political Science, Geography, History, Psychology, Anthropology - and reflect on the validity of the concept of borders as historical embodiments of power structures. Alternative models by which to understand borders will be debated. In turn, historians and cultural scientists will be asked to provide case studies of both the changing nature of borders and their changing representations. Plenary speakers at concluding sessions will draw together some provisional conclusions.

Papers are invited on the following topics:

- Border Studies: past, present and future
- Border Studies: implications for the nation-state
- Before and after borders: frontiers, marches and walls
- Borders, wars and international conflicts
- New borders? language, religion, ethnicity
- Gendered Borders - Gendering Border Studies
- `The Clash of civilisations'? - Previous models and present realities

The organisers would also welcome papers on any other related topics.
The paper proposal should not be longer than two pages.
Please add your CV and your complete address.

For further information or to offer a paper, please contact:

Professor Chris Williams (University of Glamorgan): Email <>

The deadline for submission is: June 30, 2004.

Professor Chris Williams
Dr. Sharif Gemie
Centre for Border Studies
School of Humanities
University of Glamorgan
CF37 1DL, Wales, United Kingdom


PD Dr. Arnd Bauerkaemper
The Centre for Comparative European History
Free University of Berlin
Koserstr. 20
14195 Berlin, Germany




Professor Chris Williams (University of Glamorgan)

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