CFP Extended: Special Territorial Status and Extraterritoriality: Exceptional Sovereignties and Sovereign Exceptions, Svalbard, January 20-24

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Dear Colleagues,

Island Dynamics is now accepting proposal submissions for the interdisciplinary conference Special Territorial Status and Extraterritoriality: Exceptional Sovereignties and Sovereign Exceptions, to be held in Longyearbyen, Svalbard, January 20-24, 2019, the world's only visa-free zone and its northernmost inhabited territory. In addition to an engaging conference program, delegates will also be able to enjoy a dogsled excursion into the polar night and a guided visit to a historical Russian mining operation. The deadline for proposing a presentation is September 30, 2018. To submit a proposal and for registration information, please visit 

Call for Proposals: Territorially based sovereign states are commonly presented as the basic, fundamental units of the international political world system, and they clearly represent powerful, even dominant, forces in global institutions of governance. But the world is also replete with myriad cases that defy the presumed logic of state sovereignty as the elemental operating unit of the global political system. Certain contexts for extraterritorial legal jurisdiction over individuals or places, and the corresponding immunity from local laws, are well-established in international relations practice regarding diplomatic and military installations and personnel. Extraterritoriality can be conceptually expanded to effectively address a range of other ways in which particular territories, institutions, and individuals are subject to exceptional forms of political, legal, and existential status. These conditions frequently, although by no means exclusively, index colonial, postcolonial, and neocolonial conditions, as well as military, civic, and geopolitical circumstances, and their combined intersections. These extraterritoriality practices take a wide range of forms including, but not limited to, enclave and exclave states, protectorates, realms, dominions, and overseas territories; self-governing autonomies, reservations, reserves, and lands held in trust; free-trade zones, export processing zones, and exclusive economic zones; parks, monuments, memorials, and heritage sites; military installations, no-fly zones, and occupied or contested areas. The extraterritoriality of people, places, and organizations is represented in creative works and performing arts in a range of ways across genres and media. This interdisciplinary conference welcomes presentations from any scholarly or performative discipline, or from individuals or collectivities with direct experiences, that address the creation, evolution, or destruction of any special territorial status or condition of extraterritoriality, or address identifiable consequences, outcomes, or results of such a designation, whether tangible or intangible, material, social, economic, political, cultural, philosophical, or otherwise. Possible topics include, but are by no means limited to, territorially conditioned differentiations in economic policies and practices; effects on 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. Presentations addressing any region of the world as well as innovative perspectives that highlight the complex intersections of multiple peoples, places, and polities, are welcome, as are presentations addressing the representation of extraterritoriality in the creative arts.

Please contact convenor Zachary Androus by email to if you have any questions or require more information about any aspect of the conference. We look forward to seeing you in Svalbard!

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