CFP: African Borderlands Research Network, fourth annual meeting at the University of Basel, Switzerland, 8-11 September 2010

19 February 2010

ABORNE, the African Borderlands Research Network ( is an interdisciplinary network of over 100 academic researchers and institutions in Europe, Africa and North America. Its members are from all disciplines of the social sciences, with an emphasis on anthropology and history. They share a long-term interest in all aspects of international borders and trans-boundary phenomena in Africa. The emphasis is largely on borderlands as physical spaces and social spheres, but the network is also concerned with regional flows of people and goods as well as economic processes that may be located at some distance from the geographical border. From April 2009, ABORNE is funded by the European Science Foundation as an ESF networking programme.

ABORNE will hold its fourth annual meeting at the University of Basel, Switzerland, from 8-11 September 2010. Basel is an attractive town in the centre of Europe, very close to the international borders to Germany and France. The conference has room for about fifty speakers in both plenary and parallel panels (see below). Papers are invited from scholars of African borderlands and borders at all levels. Financial support is available for a limited number of
participants. Due to the restrictions of a funding scheme financed by European tax payers, only speakers based in countries financing the networking programme will be eligible for funding (Austria, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Switzerland, UK). Additional funding for an equal number of scholars based in Africa will in all likelihood be available.

Titles and abstracts are due by 30 May, 2010. To apply, please send the following information to both Gregor Dobler ( and Wolfgang Zeller ( name, institutional affiliation, contact details (email and phone), abstract (100-200 words), or panel abstract and paper abstracts (100-200 words each).

For more information please contact Gregor Dobler ( or Wolfgang Zeller (, or see  


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