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Call for Papers: “Security and Trade in African Borderlands”

African Borderlands Research Network (ABORNE) annual meeting (Paris, 17-18 December 2020)

The African Borderlands Research Network (ABORNE) annual meeting is a leading event on interdisciplinary research on African borders and borderlands in the world. Since the ABORNE network was founded in Edinburgh in 2007, meetings and other related events have been held on a nearly yearly basis in both Africa and Europe. The objective of the 2020 African Borderlands Research Network (ABORNE) annual meeting is to rethink the complicated relationships that bind trade and security in African borderlands. In light of the recent Coronavirus crisis, the 2020 African Borderlands Research Network (ABORNE) conference has been postponed until 17-18 December 2020. Abstract registration deadline is on August 1, 2020.

Topics of interest include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Historical and spatial changes in cross-border trade networks
  • Regional trade facilitation initiatives
  • Transport corridors, infrastructure and mobility in border regions
  • Food systems transformations and the expansion of food value chains across borders
  • Impact of political insecurity on border cities and markets
  • Borders, safe havens and violent extremist groups
  • Transnational political violence and Jihadism
  • Military strategies to control transnational flows
  • Technologies to securitise borders
  • Migration policies and border regions
  • Trafficking and borders

Olivier J. Walther, Chair Department of Geography University of Florida Gainesville, FL 32607 United States aborne2020@africa.ufl.edu