Border Code: November 6–8, 2013, University of Eastern Finland
The multidisciplinary conference focuses on textual and visual
representations of borders and borderlands, and on political, cultural,
and individual interests that influence how the borders and borderlands
are seen and what kinds of meanings are given to them. The conference
has 30 papers which focus for e.g. on the following themes:
•What kinds of durable and standardized concepts direct each discipline studying borders?
•What factors, such as scholarly traditions, culture, politics, and ideology, influence border research?
•Could the "border concept" be deconstructed from the viewpoints of different disciplines or is the concept fossilized?
The invited keynote speakers are:
•Professor Sarah Green (University of Helsinki), who has focused her
research on issues relating to border dynamics and to questions of
space, place and location more widely since the early 1990s. She is the
Chair of EastBordNet, a 27-country research network studying border
regions across the eastern peripheries of Europe. She has published
widely on borders issues, with the most recent book being Borderwork (2013).
•Professor David Newman (Ben-Gurion University), who has recently
received the Queen Elizabeth Award for advocating academic partnership
between UK and Israel. He is Dean of the faculty of Humanities and
Social Sciences, and professor of political geography in the Department
of Politics and Government. Since 1999, he has been the chief editor of
the international journal Geopolitics. He has published widely on the role and significance of borders in the contemporary era.
Organizer: Research project Writing Cultures and Traditions at Borders: www.uef.fi/wctb (Academy of Finland,
Karelian Institute/University of Eastern Finland)