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Call for papers: BRIT (Border Regions in Transition) XII in East Asia: Fukuoka (Japan) - Busan (Korea), November 13-16

The BRIT XII Organizing Committee invites academic researchers and practitioners working on borderlands policy and border studies to participate in the BRIT  Conference, a multi-disciplinary/area studies scientific meeting, taking place in Fukuoka and Busan. These locations provide an ideal setting for further understanding the realities of cooperation and conflict over Northeast Asia’s maritime and land borders.

While papers on all topics and geographical areas related to border studies are welcome, the theme of BRIT XII is Borderland Voices: Shaping a New World Order. Papers addressing this theme will examine how those living in borderlands have been affected by the “bordering” processes of the state and central authority; how the voices of borderland communities can challenge the prevailing nation-state order; and the strategies and initiatives that people in the borderlands have devised in order to seize opportunities and overcome the difficulties associated with life on the border.

BRIT XII offers opportunities to use multiple lenses (from local to global) as well as cross-disciplinary approaches to refocus on the border in new and innovative ways. BRIT XII seeks to promote the development and advancement of theoretical and methodological approaches to border studies. Therefore, panels on theory and methods will be particularly welcome. Among other topics, we are also interested in accepting papers and panels on the following:

- Local initiatives and borderland interest groups

 - Maritime border studies: conflict and cooperation

- Comparative studies on land and sea boundary issues

-  Borders and the reconfiguration of geopolitics in Northeast Asia

 - Natural environment and shifting borders

-  Borders in a world of supra-state organizations

- Borders as a global-local nexus etc.....

In order to advance collaboration between universities and policy makers, both academic researchers and practitioners working on border issues are warmly invited to attend.

With the aim of promoting BRIT as a forum for exchanging ideas and overcoming disciplinary boundaries, individual papers will be particularly encouraged this year. These papers will be carefully considered by the BRIT XII Committee and organized into stimulating and engaging panels. Panel proposals are also acceptable though it is unlikely that panels with presenters exclusively from one country will be accepted.

The final deadline for proposals is April 10, 2012.

 Abstracts should not exceed 200 words. Proposals should be submitted to:

If you have further questions, please contact:

Akihiro Iwashita, Coordinator of BRIT XII (Fukuoka-Busan 2012);

Paul Richardson, Special Assistant to the Coordinator of BRIT XII;

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Project information
Project duration: 01.03.2011-28.02.2015
Lead partner: University of Eastern Finland
Total budget: 3 386 700 €
EU contribution: 2 644 090 €