Contesting Border Formation(s) 2: Territorialities, Crises, and Resistance

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Political Geography Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/13/2018
Start / End Time: 3:20 PM / 5:00 PM (MDT)
Room: Bacchus, Sheraton, 8th Floor
Organizers: Vera Smirnova, Jared Keyel
Chairs: Ashleigh Breske


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
Introduction Vera Smirnova Virginia Tech 20 3:20 PM
Presenter Milan Bfon*, Science and Research Centre, Factors and Measures of Cross-Border Cohesion: A Case Study in Central Europe 20 3:40 PM
Presenter Marion Sabrie*, University of Rouen Normandy, Contesting the border or/by ignoring it? Resisting by new urban pratices in South Nicosia (Cyprus) 20 4:00 PM
Presenter Douglas Allen*, Florida State University, Performing an Alternative Vision of Race and Place: Florida A&M University’s Homecoming as a Temporary Claim of Space and Re-articulation of Place 20 4:20 PM

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