Call for Papers

2024 Annual Conference

April 3-6, 2024, San Antonio, Texas, USA

Research Practices in Border Studies.

Approaches, epistemologies, and methodologies for understanding bordering processes.


Border studies have come a long way in comprehending processes related to borders in their material and immaterial, visible and invisible forms. Multidisciplinary research has been investigating places, people, identity, politics, devices, technologies, discourses, practices, representations, cultures, imaginaries, and performances of borders through a variety of tools and lenses. The richness of the debate is indeed unquestionable, as is the complexity and sophistication of border analysis and theoretical efforts. It is precisely this diversity and variety of approaches that inspired the theme of the 2024 Annual Conference: we want to address the practices we adopt when studying borders and promote a discussion on the different methodologies that can help us understand borders and re/de/bordering processes.

More traditional approaches to the study of borders are now paralleled by feminist, decolonial, critical, and creative methodologies. Quantitative and qualitative analysis are often combined; narratives and discourses have become key aspects of border studies, while border culture and representations help to understand the geopolitics of bordering. The field does not imply a specific methodological framework, and the richness of case study research is evident. The goal of the conference is not to propose a homogenization of methodologies nor to call for theoretical generalization. Rather, we believe that the encounter of various, and sometimes radically different, approaches can be productive and allow for a valorization of border research.

We invite border scholars from a variety of disciplines to present their work, reflecting specifically on the approaches, epistemologies, positionalities, and methods they adopt. As always, the Association for Borderlands Studies Annual Conference extends its invitation beyond the conference theme to bring together a community of researchers encompassing a wide range of topics and ways of seeing. Proposals from across the diverse field of border studies are welcome, and we particularly encourage complete panel and roundtable sessions that reflect this diversity. Individual papers and book presentations are also most welcome.