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: www.uef.fi/katima
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).
More details on this meeting will be published on our web site (www.uef.fi/katima) 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, 2016
Venue: 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 (www.uef.fi), the University of Namibia and the VERA institute (www.uef.fi/en/vera/vera)
Alfred Colpaert, professor, geography email@example.com
Department of Geography and Historical Studies University of Eastern Finland