Conferences, Seminars, Call for Papers

Scholars at Risk network’s global congress on “Universities in a Dangerous World” in Montreal, Canada, June 8-10, 2016.

At the Congress, more than 200 university, government and nonprofit leaders, faculty, staff, students and advocates from 25 countries will come together to discuss seminal issues facing higher education today. Congress participants will discuss how to do more to protect universities and scholars in these challenging times, and to strengthen the capacity of the university sector to contribute to a more peaceful, just and sustainable world.

The 2016 Congress will provide global SAR network members—and prospective new members and partners—a special opportunity to engage with Canadian and other North American SAR members, as well as to enjoy all the cultural, historical and natural features that Montreal offers.

Please find more information on the event and other activities of the SAR at:

International Symposium Border Regions in Sub-Saharan Africa Joensuu, Finland, 7 – 9 September 2016
First Call for Papers
This meeting is a follow up of the successful Katima Mulilo meeting on Border Regions in Southern Africa held in September 2015. There we touched upon many fascinating issues, related to African border issues.
The symposium aims to bring together scientists who share a common interest in the study of border regions in Sub-Saharan Africa, issues like cross-border economies, border issues, shaping of borders amongst others can be mentioned as topics of interest. The aim is to create an inter-disciplinary forum where researchers from the natural sciences, humanities and social sciences can discuss a broad range of topics. A special focus area will be migration and cross- border mobility, as this has become one of the major issues in recent years. The ultimate goal of the meeting will be to publish a book dedicated to border issues in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Sub-Saharan Africa is presently an area of fast economic development, tourism, industry and mining are expanding and changing the region in many ways. The border regions are also the home of indigenous communities, whose traditional ways of life are increasingly under pressure.
The University of Eastern Finland has a long tradition in research in Namibia and southern Africa. The meeting will be organized as part of the project “Oral Histories and Places of Memories” funded by the Finnish Kone Foundation. See:
The symposium welcomes a diversity of approaches and subjects as well as research in progress.
Your abstract should detail the analytical framework as well the main conclusions (400 words).
Please send to:
More details on this meeting will be published on our web site ( as the program evolves.
After reviewing the proposals a symposium program will be made available. Submission deadline for proposals: 15 May, 2016.
Decisions notified by: 30 May, 2016Venue: University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu Campus, Finland.
The symposium will have two days of plenary working sessions, a social event and a one day excursion to the Finnish-Russian border area.
This is a joint event of the Department of Geographical and Historical Studies of the University of Eastern Finland (, the University of Namibia and the VERA institute (
Alfred Colpaert, professor, geography alfred.colpaert@uef.fiDepartment of Geography and Historical Studies University of Eastern Finland