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ABS 2018 Conference
San Antonio, Texas


April 4-7, 2018



Welcome from the President

The Association for Borderlands Studies is the premiere scholarly association focusing exclusively on border issues.

The ABS was formed with an emphasis on the United States-Mexico borderlands, but today the association is truly global in its scope and its membership. As an association devoted to the greater understanding of borders, we embrace perspectives from all border researchers worldwide, and we celebrate multidisciplinary approaches engaging geographers, political scientists, sociologists, economists, anthropologists and other social scientists. Historians provide a temporal lens for our research. Language, literature, art, film and other humanities interests engage a growing number of our members. Many of our members pursue research that has direct public policy implications and impacts. This includes specialists in environmental sciences, technology, migration, trade, transportation, security and other fields focused on border policy. Also, we welcome members who are outside academia, the government officials, journalists, writers, and others who create border policy and comment on it. For all of us, borders have become a vocation, a prevailing interest and a major focus of inquiry. We invite new border scholars as well as those whose research interests intersect with borderlands scholarship to join the association.

I am pleased to welcome you to our new website, and I look forward to seeing you next April at the ABS 2018 meeting in San Antonio, next July at the ABS World conference in Vienna and Budapest, or one of the other activities of the ABS around the globe.

Best regards,

Guadalupe Correa-Cabrera, President


2018 ABS / WSSA Annual Conference

April 4-7 ● San Antonio, TX

Everyday Borders: The Ordinary Complexity of Borders and Bordering Processes

In 2018, the ABS Annual Meeting in San Antonio will focus on everyday borders and bordering processes. Join to an intense interdisciplinary discussion on how borders shape and impact the daily life of border communities across the world.

Proposals deadline: December 1, 2017

ABS 2nd World Conference

The 2nd ABS World Conference is organized by the Faculty of Historical and Cultural Studies at the University of Vienna and hosted in Vienna and Budapest on July 10-14, 2018. The organizing theme for this Conference is Border-Making and Its Consequences – Interpreting Evidence From the “Post-Colonial” and “Post-Imperial” 20th Century.

Become a Member / Hazte Miembro

Join to community of border scholars and practitioners committed to the interdisciplinary understanding of borders and transborder communities. ●  Únete a una comunidad de académicos y expertos comprometidos con el estudio interdisciplinario de las fronteras y las comunidades fronterizas.