H-Borderlands is the H-Net home for global borderlands historians.  Originally a forum for scholars of the US-Mexico borderlands, it has grown to a wider community of researchers of continental and global border regions.  We welcome transnational historians and scholars in many different disciplines who study historical and contemporary borderlands and border issues.

Recent Content

ICW Symposium on Migrant Letters

What do the letters of Mexican and Chinese migrants reveal about their fundamental role in California’s history of migration?  A symposium sponsored by the Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West and the Huntington Library will explore this important question through scholars’ and manuscripts curators’ discussion of twentieth-century Mexican and Chinese migrant letters as sources in writing this history. 

CFP (edited volume): Family Reunification and Separation: Policy and Process Historically and Now

This is a call for papers for an interdisciplinary volume co-edited by an anthropologist of migration studying the contemporary “migration crisis” in Southern Europe and a historian examining policies of family reunification in Germany and Europe since 1945.

New Book on Immigration Advocacy and Chinese Youth

Dear colleagues:

I am pleased to announce the publication of my new book, Lawyering an Uncertain Cause: Immigration Advocacy and Chinese Youth in the U.S.(Vanderbilt University Press).

With public outrage rightfully centering on the U.S.’ treatment of young migrants and their families, this book explores critical and timely—yet largely unconsidered—dimensions of mobility and advocacy:

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


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.