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Association for Borderlands Studies (ABS)

3rd World Conference

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Department of Politics and Government – the Chair of Geopolitics
Department of Geography and Environmental Development

To be held at the Eilat Campus of Ben-Gurion University
at the tri-border towns of Eilat (Israel), Aqaba (Jordan) and Taba (Egypt)

Borders, Edges
and Interfaces

Pluralities and Scales

13-18 February, 2023

Ben-Gurion University - Eilat Campus

About The Conference

The study of borders has experienced significant growth during the past thirty years . Focussing on the borderless world theories of the late 80's and early 90's, scholars from across the disciplinary boundaries have come together with new border narratives, ranging from the level of the state to the scale of local borders, from the physical borders to the perceived, and with a recent focus on the reconstruction of borders in a post 9/11 world, and the way in which borders are represented through a variety of images, ranging from film, literature, caricatures and cartography.

 

The conference will be held at the Elat Campus of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in the south of Israel. The town of Elat is located at the meeting of three borders – Egypt (Taba), Jordan (Aqaba) and Israel (Elat) – and just a few kilometers north of the border between Jordan and Saudi Arabia.  Israel-Palestine is located at the interface of borders, continents and cultures, and sessions will be devoted to the sensitive Geopolitics of this region, at local and national scales. Dependent on the political conditions at the time, it is the intention of the conference organizers to arrange a tri-border field trip. Following the conference, there will be a choice of two optional field trips to other critical border regions – Israel’s northern borders with Lebanon and Syria; and the borders and geopolitics of the West Bank and the Jerusalem region.

 

The conference organizers are hoping that by February 2023 it will be possible to hold a conference with physical participation, but will also be making contingency plans for a virtual conference if necessary. Even, as expected, a return to physical participation, there will be the possibility of some hybrid sessions, so that many scholars, and particularly students who will be unable to make the journey, will be able to participate

 

In addition to individual abstracts, the organizers welcome proposals for thematic sessions on any topic relating to border studies across the multi-disciplinary perspectives, across the geographic scales, and across global cultural and geographical locations.

Greetings from the Association for Borderlands Studies President

Dear Colleagues,
It is my great pleasure and honour to announce the hosting of an in-person Association
for Borderlands Studies (ABS) Third World Conference to be held in Eilat, Israel, on
February 13-18, 2023.
The Association for Borderlands Studies (ABS), a leading international organization
dedicated to the study of borders and border-related issues, has organized a World
Conference once every four years in different border regions of the world, in
collaboration with a host country institution. The first one was held in Joensuu, Finland
and St. Petersburg, Russia in June 2014, under the leadership of the University of
Eastern Finland, and the second in Vienna, Austria and Budapest, Hungary, in July
2018, under the leadership of the University of Vienna. The two conferences drew some
500 border scholars and policymakers from around the world to discuss the latest border
research and debate pressing global and regional issues affecting borders and
transborder communities.
The third world conference will be held at the Eilat Campus of the Ben-Gurion
University of the Negev. We not only welcome scholars, experts and practitioners, but
also strongly encourage students working on borders and border-related issues to submit
and present their work under the general conference theme of “Borders, Edges and
Interfaces: Pluralities and Scales.”
We are beginning to see the light at the end of this pandemic tunnel, but the light does
not clearly reveal the shape of the world we are approaching. Given the considerable
uncertainty we face, we hope that the conference will provide the opportunity for us to
share our knowledge and exchange our views and insights into the post-pandemic
world.
We look forward to your participation.

Dr. Naomi Chi  
ABS President  
Associate Professor, Hokkaido University, Japan  

Greetings from the Rector of Ben-Gurion University

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev is looking forward to welcoming scholars and practitioners from around the world to the international conference on Border Studies to be held in February 2023. As the only comprehensive university in the south of Israel (our main campus in Beersheba – the “capital” of the Negev), one of our main goals is to have a major impact on the heterogenous population of the Negev region. Our faculty and student body is comprised of all segments of the Israeli population including the Bedouin who live in the Negev and much of our research is directed to having a positive impact on the quality of life – be it medical, social, educational, ecological, technological – of the whole region.

The conference will be based at our campus in Eilat, but I hope that you take the opportunity while you are here, to explore the area, visit our various campuses (including our Sde Boker campus) and discover how the university – named after the first Prime Minister of Israel – is fulfilling one of its missions to make the desert bloom.

My thanks to Prof. David Newman for leading the initiative to bring this prestigious conference to Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.

Professor Haim Hames

Meet Our Keynote Speakers

The keynote speakers will be announced in September 2022

13th-18th February 2023

Our Event Schedule

Registration

Conference registration includes participation in all sessions, the conference field trip to the tri-border region, and the closing conference Banquet

An early bird price will apply to those who register by 31st August 2022

Physical Participation

Full Price

$150

  • conference proceedings
  • conference materials
  • tri-border field trip
  • conference banquet

Students

$75

  • conference proceedings
  • conference materials
  • tri-border field trip
  • conference banquet

Seniors

$100

  • conference proceedings
  • conference materials
  • tri-border field trip
  • conference banquet

Virtual Participation

Please note that virtual attendance at the conference will only be possible for sessions taking place in the main auditorium
(including all plenary sessions)
and one other venue of the conference.

Full Price

$75

  • conference proceedings
  • all virtual sessions
  • virtual field trip

Students

$50

  • conference proceedings
  • all virtual sessions
  • virtual field trip

Seniors

$60

  • conference proceedings
  • all virtual sessions
  • virtual field trip

NB: Price is in US dollars.

Our Conference Sponsors

TBC

News and Blogs

A world of walls: the brutish power of man-made barriers
08Aug

A world of walls: the brutish power of man-made barriers

The southern border wall, as it is euphemistically known, between the United States

Israel’s Indefensible Borders
22Aug

Israel’s Indefensible Borders

Yesterdays incident at the Gaza border, where an Israeli soldier was shot at

Closing the gaps in the fence – towards the World Conference of Border Studies
08Apr

Closing the gaps in the fence – towards the World Conference of Border Studies

Yesterdays terrorist incident which took place in the heart of Tel Aviv

How to reach

Direction to the Venue

Venue

Eilat Campus

Address

126, HaTmarim blv. Eilat Israel

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