CFP AAG 2014 – Borders Beyond Securitization: Rethinking the Lines that Bind Us

I’m not going to post many calls for AAG sessions, but this also looks very relevant to this blog’s concerns.

Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Tampa, April 8-11, 2014
CFP: Borders Beyond Securitization: Rethinking the Lines that Bind Us

Geopolitical boundaries are increasingly analyzed in relation to securitization, an approach that has come to dominate the way that many think about borders both in policy and in scholarship. A majority of studies tend to focus on the historical and contemporary characteristics of securitizing borders and the deeper implications of such actions.  From such work have emerged theories of how abstracted notions of security have shifted to material practices and how the reconfiguration of power has impacted identities and become part of daily state-making.  While useful, these securitization discourses are often narrowly conceived, leading to the neglect of the productive dimensions of borders, i.e. the elision of alternative understandings of borders as spaces of refuge, safety, opportunity and exchange.
For this session, we seek papers that explore alternative framings of borders.  For example, how can we explore borders beyond discourses and practices of securitization? What empirical lessons can be learned by comparing regional border contexts? How can communities become involved in border transformation? What is the role of knowledge transfer in border studies and political geography more generally? How does securitization as an object of analysis reproduce hegemonic conceptualizations of borders? What is the role of participatory geography in re-thinking border possibilities?
Possible topics addressed in this session include (but are not limited to) the following and may cover a wide geographical arena:
Participatory geographies and borders
Borders in regional context
Lived experiences of border communities
Lessons across space/place on borders
Material and symbolic dimensions of borderland life
Alternative mappings of border spaces
Political mobilizations and social movements at and along borders
The role of borders in knowledge production
The role of borders in transnational phenomena (human trafficking, migration, cultural flows, etc.)
Changing theoretical conceptualizations of borders
New epistemologies of security in a post-9/11 world

Organizers: Margath Walker (University of Louisville) and Jamie Winders (Syracuse University).

Please send expressions of interest or abstracts to Maggie Walker ( ) by Friday, October 18.

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1 Response to CFP AAG 2014 – Borders Beyond Securitization: Rethinking the Lines that Bind Us

  1. After Snowden geographical boundaries require rethinking in a radical way I don’t see with these topics. The Empire disregards borders that are not backed up by military mojo. The US has Special Ops in 75 countries for the purpose of destabilizing them. Special Ops inside boundaries makes borders rather superfluous. Snowden in South America would be an assassin’s target more so even than where he is in Russia. Now to put a price on his head as the US has done on two fugitives in Cuba ( 1 million $). Nice carrot for bounty hunters eh.

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