Borderlands and Frontiers: Navigating Conflict, Flux, and Opportunity

Borderlands and Frontiers: Navigating Conflict, Flux, and Opportunity

Syed Hussain Shaheed Soherwordi; Syed Sami Raza; Altaf Ullah; Dur-e-Shahwar Ali, University of Peshawar;
University of Peshawar
Takes place
In Attendance
From - Until
22.08.2024 - 25.08.2024
Connections Redaktion, Leipzig Research Centre Global Dynamics, Universität Leipzig

Borderlands and frontiers have long been sites of division and connection. These dynamic spaces at the edges of established political entities represent a complex tapestry of cultures, histories, and socio-economic realities. This international conference proposes to delve into the multifaceted realities of borderlands and frontiers across the globe, especially the Pakistan-Afghanistan frontier.

Borderlands and Frontiers: Navigating Conflict, Flux, and Opportunity

Throughout history, these transitional zones have been crucial conduits for trade, cultural exchange, and human migration. Yet, they have also been flashpoints of conflict, shaped by territorial disputes, political instability, and the legacies of colonialism. Today, globalization presents both new challenges and opportunities for borderland communities. Increased cross-border flows of goods, services, and people interact with ongoing security issues, resource management, and environmental degradation.

The conference is committed to fostering a cross-disciplinary and geographically diverse dialogue. We aim to convene scholars, students, policymakers, practitioners, and community voices from across the globe, ensuring that all perspectives are represented and valued in our exploration of the evolving realities of borderlands and frontiers.

A further division of the areas of interest is the following:
- War, Genre, and Critique
- Religion, Difference, and Violence
- Media, Social Media and Disinformation
- Law, Human Rights, and Gender Rights
- Democratic Governance, Public Space, and Resistance
- Climate, Environment, Developing world
- Youth and Radicalization
- Economic Transformation and Development
- Globalization, Conflict, and Local Economies
- Migration, Diaspora, Refugees, and Internally Displaced Persons
- Borders, Mobility, Trans-national imaginaries
- Periphery within a Periphery
- Politics of Identities
- Changing Electoral/Political Trends
- Border Management/ Border Control
- State Hegemony and Resistance
- Social Networking and Political Mobilization: Online & Offline
- Geo-Politics
- Memory and Politics
- Development Narratives: Donor Fatigue and the Question of Sustainability
- Peace Building in Afghanistan – Peace Agreements, Successes and Failures

Abstract Submission:
We request abstracts of 200 words or less. The deadline for submission of abstracts is July 14, 2024. Please submit here: cc: Rest assured, the committee will announce decisions by July 20, 2024, ensuring a fair and transparent review process. Detailed papers must be turned in to the coordinator (or to panel chairs) at least a week before the conference starts.

We also intend to print the conference proceedings and compile selected papers for a special issue in a reputable journal (See last publication, Geopolitics Vol. 24 Issue 2, 2019).

Registration & Logistics:
Registration is open. The registration fee breakdown is given below. Depending on the funds we generate, we can reimburse some or all of the registration fee to paper presenters. All participants will receive local transport (from/to Peshawar and Abbottabad), accommodation (not fully furnished), and meals. For more information, feel free to contact us.

Registration Fee Paper Presenters (Pakistanis): PKR 15000/-
Registration Fee Paper Presenters (International): USD 100/-
All other participants: PKR 15000/-

Note: Bank account Information will be shared with those interested in registering.

Important DATES:
Conference announced: March 1, 2024.
Abstract Deadline: July 14, 2024; Decision July 20, 2024
Registration open: March 15 – August 1, 2024.
Onsite Registration: August 22nd & 23rd, 2024. (For Presenters and Invited Guests only)
Conference Days: August 22nd – 25th, 2024.
Cultural Night & Stalls: 24th August 2024.

Baragali Summer Camp
University of Peshawar
Galyat, KP, Pakistan

Conference Organizers:
Syed Hussain Shaheed Soherwordi (PhD, Edinburgh)
Professor & Chairman Dept.
Department of International Relations, University of Peshawar

Syed Sami Raza (PhD, Hawaii)
Associate Professor & coordinator IRSA
Department of International Relations, University of Peshawar

Altaf Ullah
President, IRSA
Departmnet of International Relations, University of Peshawar

Dur-e-Shahwar Ali
General Secretary, IRSA
Department of International Relations, University of Peshawar

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Dur-e-Shahwar Ali
General Secretary, IRSA
Department of International Relations
University of Peshawar

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