Call for Panels – Borderland Spaces: Ruins, Revival(s) and Resources


25 October 2017

(The deadline has been extended for scholars from Central Asia or working on Central Asia)

Conference dates
23 – 25 August 2018

American University of Central Asia, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Ruins, Revival(s) and Resources
Asian borderlands create spaces that induce dedicated livelihood strategies, inspire self-definition on both individual and collective scales, and allow for specific regimes of resource extraction. Borderlands in Asia tend to be peripheral to the centres of state power, while they are at the same time a prime locus for the enactment and realization of state authority. Across Asia borderlands are experiencing a dual connectivity linking spaces across borders as well as to the economic and political heartlands of the states that claim them. This conference aims to focus attention on the generative and productive capacity of border spaces, which is urgently in need of being addressed.

Application Procedure

We encourage applicants to submit a full panel proposal, as only a small number of individual papers will be selected. We will consider proposals for panels and roundtables that have a thematic focus, are of a comparative character, and involve scholars or practitioners affiliated with different institutions. If you are looking for other people to join your panel, you may post your panel abstract and contact information on our Facebook page ( in order to reach a wider network.

The deadline for scholars from Central Asia or working on Central Asia to send in panel, roundtable and paper proposals is Wednesday 25 October 2017. Participants will be notified around January 2018. Please visit the Application Forms Page to submit your proposal.

Very limited financial support may be made available to some scholars who reside in Asia and some junior or low-income scholars from other parts of the world. If you would like to be considered for a grant, please submit the Grant Application Form in which you state the motivation for your request. Please also specify the kind of funding that you will apply for or will receive from other sources. Please note that the conference operates on a limited budget, and will not normally be able to provide more than a partial coverage of the costs of travel. The form should be submitted before 25 October 2017. Requests for funding received after this date will not be taken into consideration.
Further information about registration fees, the venue, accommodation, and logistics will be provided on the ABRN website ( once the panels have been accepted.

• Duncan McDuie-Ra, University of New South Wales, Australia
• Erik de Maaker, Leiden University, the Netherlands
• Henryk Alff, Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research, Germany
• Sara Shneiderman, University of British Columbia, Canada
• Svetlana Jacquesson, American University of Central Asia, Kyrgyzstan
• Tina Harris, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands
• Willem van Schendel, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands

The conference is organized by the Central Asian Studies Institute (CASI)American University of Central AsiaInternational Institute for Asian Studies and the Asian Borderlands Research Network (ABRN).

For more information, please contact us at [email protected]m

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