Call for Panelists - "Alternative Visions of Territoriality: Colonial/Post-Colonial Borderlands and the Expression of Transnational Community," Panel Proposal, Association for Borderland Studies World Conference, July 10-14, 2018, Vienna and Budapest

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Dear colleagues,

See below for a call for panelists for the Association for Borderland Studies World Conference, July 10-14, 2018, in Vienna and Budapest.

Alternative Visions of Territoriality: Colonial/Post-Colonial Borderlands and the Expression of Transnational Community

While colonial borders are often thought of as destructive forces, there is a parallel, unexplored story of colonial borders as dynamic spaces of religious, social, and economic mobility and autonomy. Rather than serving as a restraint, colonial borders could function as a conduit for migration, providing incentives for communities to increase their mobility and work together across international lines. Although colonial borderlands could be spaces of state control and surveillance, they were also places where people made transnational, local claims of ownership.

This panel will show a variety of ways in which borderland residents exhibited local autonomy in colonial and post-colonial states, and in doing so, expressed alternative visions of territoriality to those expressed by colonial states.

While many argue that recent globalization has fundamentally weakened states and state borders, the subversion of state claims to sovereignty and territorial integrity are nothing new, and were in fact a hallmark of colonial rule. These were not just rejections of state claims, however, but affirmations of alternative ideas of sovereignty and territoriality. After independence, transnational networks continued to offer an alternative to state-sanctioned ideas of governance, allowing local peoples to profit politically, economically and socially from their borderland networks. These networks came in a variety of forms–economic, “ethnic,” linguistic, religious, and many others.

This panel will show continuities and discontinuities in colonial and post-colonial borderlands, discussing how transnational communities adjusted their efforts after independence. It will reveal the importance of viewing the border from the perspective of borderland residents, rather than the perspective of the state. It will demonstrate that ideas and articulations of governance and territoriality came not just from colonial and post-colonial governments, but from local actors as well.

At this time, we are seeking fellow panelists who work on colonial and post-colonial borderlands in a variety of geographies, temporalities, and empires to provide diverse pespective. So far, the panel includes papers on colonial and post-colonial borderlands in Anglophone, Francophone, and Lusophone Africa. For more information, contact Dave Glovsky at glovskyd@msu.edu. Abstracts can be submitted here: https://www.abs2018world.com/submission-registration/abstract-submission/. Abstracts are due by September 30.

The 2018 Association for Borderland Studies World Conference will take place July 10-14, 2018, in Vienna and Budapest. For more information about the conference, see here: https://www.abs2018world.com/submission-registration/call-for-papers/.

Best regards,

Dave Glovsky