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exclusively to the systematic interchange of ideas and
information relating to international border areas.
Journal of Borderlands Studies
The leading forum for borderlands research
"Borders, Boundaries & Frontiers"
Emmanuel Brunet-Jailly, Ph.D
From Hadrian's wall in Roman England and the Great Wall of China,
to walls on the U.S./Mexico border as well as in Jerusalem,
Emmanuel Brunet-Jailly asks why we build walls and how
human communities border themselves.
Resources for Borderlands Scholars

Welcome from President Martin van der Velde, PhD

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 was the major event of this year. 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 2015 in Portland!


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 8-11, 2015 in Portland, Oregon.
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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


Annual Meeting CfP deadline extended until Dec 15!

Annual Meeting CfP deadline extended until Dec 15! See:

La Frontera (Volume 35, Issue 1) has now been published

We are pleased to announce that the newest issue of the ABS Newsletter La Frontera (Volume 35, Issue 1) has now been published. This, as well as the older issues, are available at:...