XVI Border Regions in Transition


Nigeria and Benin Republic, October 15 – 18, 2018


XVI Border Regions in Transition Conference – Nigeria and Benin Republic, October 15 – 18, 2018

The XVI BRIT conference will be co-hosted by the Institute for Peace and Strategic Studies (IPSS), University of Ibadan, Nigeria and Université d’Abomey-Calavi, Cotonou, Benin Republic from October 15 – 18, 2018. The theme of the conference is “North-South Dialogue on Border Management”. The theme would enable scholars and practitioners from the global North and South to critically exchange ideas on how to improve border management for the betterment of the two parts of the world in the context of the emerging problems of human migration. For now, borders in the global North are under pressure from migrants from the global South. What are the push and pull factors for both regular and irregular migration from the South to the North in the modern world? What global, regional and national border control mechanisms exist for dealing with the problems and how adequate are they? What can be actionably done towards improving good border management practices in a way beneficial to the two worlds? What form should the dialogue between the North and South on border issues take? How do we feed the outcomes of this kind of exercise into the global mechanisms on border management? These and related issues would be addressed during the conference. Responding to these questions in a meaningful way requires a coordinated, systematic and structured approach, while answers generated must be hinged on the principles of complementarity, partnership and shared responsibility given the fact that dialogue promotes buy-in and sustainable solutions among all stakeholders.


Every two years, this network carries out international conferences on university sites established on both sides of a border. Since 1994, the Border Regions in Transition (BRIT) Conference is one of the leading international scientific conferences on interdisciplinary research on borders and borderlands. Meetings have been held in such diverse locations as Berlin (1994), San Diego (1999), Jerusalem (2005), and Fukuoka-Busan (2012). Following the conference organized between Arras, Lille and Mons in 2014, Hamburg and Sonderborg in 2016. The BRIT2018 is the XVI edition of the conference to be co-hosted by Nigeria-Benin in Africa. BRIT has been maintaining close links with the Association for Borderlands Studies, which is the largest international association focused on the study of borders and transborder communities.


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