Upcoming Workshops and Conferences


Past Workshops and Conferences

ABORNE 2014 annual conference /ABS world conference

The call for papers for the first world conference of the

Association of Borderland Studies is available via the conference website:


Detailed information for ABORNE members is available here.





The 2013 ABORNE Winter School was organised in cooperation with Gaston Berger University in the city of Saint-Louis, Senegal from January 9th to 12th, 2013.

All papers delivered by participants can now be accessed by logged-in ABORNE members via the Science Meeting section.

Download the call for applications here.

Appel en francais.

The Sixth ABORNE Annual Conference took place in Edinburgh, Scotland, 5th to 9th of June 2012.

The conference theme was ‘African Borderlands - Regional Integration from Above and Below'.

The ABORNE meeting was organised as a stream of panels nested within the 50th anniversary conference of Edinburgh's Centre of African Studies. It concluded with a one-day excursion to the Scottish-English borderland on June 9th.

The full call for papers is here.


In conjunction with this conference, ABORNE offered two Exchange Visit Grants for borderland scholars to work for 2 months at the hosting institution, the Centre for African Studies of the University of Edinburgh. These were awarded to Maciej Kurcz from Poland and Marta Patricio from Portugal.



An open workshop titled 'Fences, Networks, People - Exploring the EU/Africa Borderland'

was organised on December 15-17, 2011 at the University of Pavia, Italy. ABORNE funded the event.

The call for papers (deadline 30 April 2011) is here.

ABORNE members can now access all presented papers in the section 'ABORNE Science Meetings' - '2011 Workshop in Pavia'.


ABORNE cooperated in the organisation of the Border Regions in Transition (BRIT) XI conference on "Mobile Borders", held on September 6-9, 2011 in Geneva, Swizerland and Grenoble, France.

The Call for Papers is here.

A Call for Papers for a panel within this conference titled "African Border Towns: Nodes of Trans-National Exchange and Site of Societal Innovation" is here.


The Fifth ABORNE Annual Conference took place in Lisbon, Portugal, 21-25 September 2011.

The conference theme was ‘Crossing African Borders: Migration and Mobility’.

The call for papers (deadline 21 January 2011) is here.


In conjunction with this conference, ABORNE offered two Exchange Visit Grants for borderland scholars to work for 2 months at the hosting institution, the Centre for African Studies of Lisbon University.

The call for applications (note: extended deadline 14 February 2011) is here.

A closed workshop on "State Construction in Sudan's Borderlands" was organised on April 18-19, 2011 by Cherry Leonardi and Chris Vaughan from the Department of History at Durham University, UK. ABORNE co-funded the event.

A panel on Secessionism in Africa will be organised by Jordi Tomas and Wolfgang Zeller and co-funded by ABORNE as part of the Nordic Africa Days conference, to be held in Åbo/Turku on the southwestern coast of Finland on September 30th and October 1st 2010.

The conference website and call for papers are here.

The Fourth ABORNE Annual Conference took place in Basel, Swizerland, 8 to 11 September 2010.

The conference theme was ‘Cross-Border Trade in Africa’.

The call for papers (deadline 30 May 2010) is here.


In conjunction with this conference, ABORNE was offering two Exchange Visit Grants for borderland scholars to work for 2 months at the hosting institution, the Centre for African Studies of Basel University.

The call for applications (deadline 28 February 2010) is here.

The First ABORNE Summer School will be organised by the University of Bayreuth and takes place in the medieval castle of Thurnau, Germany, from July 26 to 30.

The deadline for submitting applications is 15 March 2010.

The call for applications can be found here.

The application form is  here.

A closed workshop  titled "Bringing the Margins Back in - War Making and State Making in the Borderlands" will be organised on February 12-14 by Timothy Raeymaekers from the Conflict Research Group, Ghent University. ABORNE is co-funding the event.

The Third ABORNE Annual Conference took place in Johannesburg, South Africa, September 10 to 14, 2009, on

‘How is Africa Transforming Border Studies?’

The original call for papers is here.

The draft programme is here.

Please follow the links for the program and poster of the second annual meeting of ABORNE, 26 - 28 July 2008 in Bayreuth, Germany.