CFP: Extraterritoriality and Special Territorial Status Consequences and Outcomes DUE JUNE 30

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CFP: Special Territorial Status and Extraterritoriality
20-24 January 2019, Longyearbyen, Svalbard Islands

This conference will explore the tangible consequences of territories subject to exceptional forms of governance or jurisdiction: enclaves and exclaves, autonomous zones, reservations, reserves, domestic dependent sovereignties, export processing zones, sham federacies, subnational island jurisdictions, overseas territories, military installations, protectorates, realms, free-trade zones, and any other forms of specially designated territory, the status of which creates identifiable outcomes. These outcomes include (but are not limited to) territorially conditioned differentiations in: economic policies and practices; inward or outward migration; culture, language, and traditions; health; Indigenous self-determination; military alliances and installations; scientific and research practices; environmental issues; jurisdictional capacity; and diplomatic or paradiplomatic practices. This interdisciplinary conference welcomes presentations addressing any region of the world as well as innovative perspectives that highlight the complex intersections of multiple peoples, places, and polities.

The conference will take place in the Svalbard Islands, an entirely visa-free Arctic territory administered by Norway under the terms of an international treaty, home to the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, an Arctic research station, and the northernmost inhabited settlements in the world. This is an outstanding, rare opportunity to visit a politically and geographically unique part of the world while taking part in an international gathering of interdisciplinary scholars exploring  theoretical and practical cases of special territorial designations and their consequences. The conference will take place during the polar night, so the sun will not break the horizon for the duration, and the Northern Lights should be visible. In addition to the conference program, registration includes five dinners, a dog sled excursion, and a visit to a historic mining operation (weather permitting). 

Abstract proposals of up to 200 words for 15 minute presentations are due by June 30! For all the information and to submit an abstract, please visit For any questions, please email conference convenor Zachary Androus at