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Welcome from President Akihiro Iwashita

It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to the Association for Borderlands Studies. The ABS is providing a platform for the exchange of ideas on border related issues in the broadest sense and it encourages debates both amongst scholars as well as within society. As the ABS aims to become a truly global association, the first ABS-World conference in Joensuu and St. Petersburg in June 2014 was the first milestone in this effort. Of course you are invited to join the association. Benefits include access to the Journal of Borderlands Studies and our online newsletter, La Frontera, and members are also encouraged to attend the annual ABS legacy conference held in conjunction with the Western Social Science Association. I look forward to seeing you next April at ABS 2016 in Reno!


Membership benefits include the Journal of Borderlands Studies, our online newsletter, La Fronterra. Members receive information about international borderlands conferences.
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JOURNAL Borderlands

Our primary publication is the Journal of Borderlands Studies, published three times a year. It has, for more than a decade, distinguished itself as a leading forum for borderlands research.
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Conferences & Events

ABS Annual Meetings are held with the Western Social Science Association‘s annual conference. Next conference will be in April 13-16, 2016 in Reno, Nevada.
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ABS and CIBR have collaborated in the compilation of an extensive selected Borders Bibliography. The bibliography contains work on state borders, border regions, borderlands, governance...
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Recent News


ABS Semiannual newsletter, La Frontera, Vol. 36 · Issue 1 · FALL 2015 published

Dear ABS Members, Colleagues and Friends, The ABS Semiannual newsletter, La Frontera, Vol. 36 · Issue 1 · FALL 2015 has been published and is now available at  Highlights of...

ABS 2016 Memberships Renewals Now Open!

The Association for Borderlands Studies (ABS) membership renewals for 2016. are now open! ABS memberships follow the calendar year, whereby the annual memberships are due to expire on December 31st, 2015. We strongly encourage you to...