Contesting Border Formation(s) 3: Geopolitics, Crises, and Resistance

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Political Geography Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/13/2018
Start / End Time: 5:20 PM / 7:00 PM
Room: Bacchus, Sheraton, 8th Floor
Organizers: Vera Smirnova, Jared Keyel
Chairs: Jared Keyel


Borders are politically and socially produced phenomena, they appear as fixed, yet are always in flux. Borders are not merely edges but contested and strategic frontiers, crucial for (re)production of prevalent power relations. Border formation can be exploited to legitimize dispossession, land theft, or the displacement of marginalized communities and, as Agamben (2005) has argued, create states and zones of exception. Border (re)formation in response to the current economic crises and political instabilities has proven to be a disputed process whereby varied constellations of overlapping actors and interests seek to exploit moments of instability to consolidate and exercise power in novel ways. ‘Border’ as a concept has generated much research in the fields of political geography, political theory, and international relations, yet, it has received comparatively less attention than other scales of analysis such as ‘territory’ or ‘space’. Moreover, Anglophone scholarship on border formation, in many cases, is state-centric, primarily seeing borders as a state territorial container or coercive state power strategy (Soja, 1971; Gottmann, 1973; Sack, 1986; Taylor, 1994; Elden, 2009). This session seeks contributions that contest border formation in the present moment and/or through their historical manifestations, advance understanding of borders that serve at once as a means of coercion and resistance, or perceive borders as lived spaces where both top-down and bottom-up practices overlap and often clash. We invite theoretically rich and/or empirically grounded papers that directly engage in problematizing border formation and together can unite, contribute, or advance the on-going debate.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Nour Joudah*, UCLA, Mapping Wilaya: The Algerian Counterstate 1954-1962 20 5:20 PM
Presenter Nathan Swanson*, Texas A&M University, Unification by Fragmentation: Containment, Exclusion, and Dispossession in Jerusalem 20 5:40 PM
Presenter Ashleigh Breske*, Virginia Tech, The Binding Nature of Borders: Exploring Sovereign versus National Borders in Indigenous Repatriation Claims 20 6:00 PM
Presenter Valerià Paül*, Universidade De Santiago De Compostela , Juan-Manuel Trillo-Santamaría, Universidade de Santiado de Compostela, Pauli Natasha, The University of Western Australia, Biosphere reserves on the borders: geopolitics of two case-studies in the NW Iberian Peninsula 20 6:20 PM
Presenter Mya Wheeler*, University of Manitoba, Sarah Zell, University of British Columbia , Borders of a Manitoba Oil Boom 20 6:40 PM

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