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The Spaces of Real and Imagined Borders Conference
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3/30/2020 to 4/1/2020
When: Monday, March 30, 2020
Where: Ljubljana, Slovenia 
Contact: ZRC SAZU, Institute of Slovenian Ethnology, and the SIEF Working Group Place-lore and Space-lore

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The Research Center of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts and the Institute of Slovenian Ethnology announces the meeting of the International Society of Ethnology and Folklore (SIEF)’s Working Group of Space-Lore and Place-Lore: The Spaces of Real and Imagined Borders. It will be held at Ljubljana, Slovenia on March 30–April 1, 2020.

Borders are a space of political influence; actors of all stripes tend to invoke history at borders in order to shape the futures of regions, states and even larger entities. In this fashion, borders can be catalysts of historical changes that directly affect the daily lives of those in their immediate vicinity as well as beyond. Moreover, borders have historically been spaces that hinder or encourage certain forms of movement. They are selectively permeable, giving rise to semantic, material and ecologically distinctive spaces whose differences are defined by national and international agreements as well as the individual persons and civil groups involved in border work. Borders are also lines of demarcation that articulate state sovereignty, yet become much more through attributed meanings, discursive and affective agency, the materiality of border infrastructures and imagined features that inform daily life in tangible ways. For these reasons, borderlands have long been considered as particular spaces in national contexts.

This conference aims to link spatial concepts with those from border studies and to explore how political borders help shape space(s) in terms of the production of space, spatial practices and relations as well as the narration, imagination, perception and experience of space.

The meeting of SIEF’s Working Group of Cultural Heritage and Property will be occurring at the same place from April 1–3, 2020. Guests are welcomed to register for both conferences. See the AFS Review for the call for proposals for this meeting.

For more information on the meeting, see The Spaces of Real and Imagined Borders.

Proposals to present at this conference are being accepted until January 31, 2020. See the AFS Review for more information.

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