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ESA - Call for Papers

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"Liam O'Dowd" <[log in to unmask]>

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Wed, 11 Oct 2000 13:38:56 +0100 (GMT Daylight Time)

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5th European Sociological Association in Helsinki, September 2001

Call for Papers

Please send abstracts to the organisers before 15 January 2001 (by post) 
or by  31 January 2001 (email).  


Theme: Towards a Europe without Frontiers?


Organisers:

Professor Liam O'Dowd, Director Centre of International Borders Research (CIBR), School of Sociology and Social Policy, (www.qub.ac.uk/ss/ssp Queen's University, Belfast BT7 INN, Northern Ireland.
Tel: 44-(0)28 90 335974
Fax: 44-(0)28 90 320668
Email: [log in to unmask]

Dr Henk Van Houtum, Nijmegen Centre for Border Research (www.kun.nl/ncbr)
Department of Human Geography (www.kun.nl/socgeo), Faculty of Policy Sciences,
University of Nijmegen (KUN), Thomas van Aquinostraat 3, P.O. Box 9108,
NL-6500 HK Nijmegen, The Netherlands.
Tel: +31-(0)24-361 27 25,
Fax: +31-(0)24-361 18 41
email: [log in to unmask]

Dr Tom Wilson
Institute of European Studies/Centre
For International Borders Research
Queen's University
Belfast BT7 INN, Northern Ireland.

Tel: 44 (0)28 90 274225
Email: [log in to unmask]


Rationale

This stream directly addresses the overall theme of the 
Conference.  State borders are among the most significant social 
divisions on the continent of Europe.  One estimate is that 
8,000 miles of new state borders have been created in Central 
and Eastern European since 1989 alone.  Meanwhile, many of the 
visions for the future of European society envisage the 
transcendence of  state borders through transnational 
co-operation and integration and increasingly permeable borders.

The proposed sessions aim to draw on the dramatic expansion of 
social research on borders and border regions throughout Europe. 
Much of this research is channelled through new border research 
institutes where sociologists work alongside others in what is a 
multi-disciplinary field. Political geographers and 
anthropologists have been more prominent to date in this 
research area but there is growing sociological involvement. The 
question of state borders and border regions raises issues of 
fundamental interest to sociology in the context of the 
enlargement of the European Union, the emergence of 
transfrontier regions, and central theoretical issues such as 
the future of the national state, the impact of globalisation 
and Europeanisation on borders, and the persistence of  ethnic 
and regional conflicts in many parts of Europe.  The stream 
would act inter alia as a corrective to the tendency in 
contemporary sociology either to take state borders for granted 
or to discount them by pointing to the growth of global networks 
and flows.  As a continent, Europe's internal and external 
borders have been historically volatile and  continue to be so.  
Any broad sociological understanding of European integration, of 
the EU as a transnational polity, or of an emerging European 
society must come to terms with the reconfiguration of state 
borders on the continent.




Political Economy of State Borders

Within the context of globalisation and Europeanisation the 
topic of the socio- political regulation and of economic systems 
and activities has become a matter for intensive debate.  In 
particular, national responses to international economic 
interdependency has been much discussed.  This panel aims to 
contribute to this debate by critically analysing the question 
of the openness of territorial state borders for goods, capital 
and labour..  A particular focus will be the Janus-position of 
political authorities.  On the one hand, they assert the need 
for the maintenance of state control of economic affairs; on the 
other hand, they proclaim the need to transcend state borders by 
institutionalising and democratising cross-border governance.


Policing, Crime and Security at European Borders

New moves to operationalize and expand the Schengen agreements 
are representative of forces of internationalization, 
globalization, transnationalism and Europeanization which are 
transforming police and security relations across European 
borders.  As the internal and external borders of various 
configurations of EU member states change in relation to each 
other, the institutions of these states must also adapt to their 
changed circumstances, which include new flows of people and 
goods, some of which are illegal. Keeping pace with these new 
political developments are transformations in civil society and 
other social structures and movements which are affected by 
state, regional and local adaptations to new conditions of crime 
and security in the borderlands. This panel seeks to examine the 
ways in which old and new state police and security structures 
intersect with old and new social formations, to affect the 
quality of life and work in frontier regions both within the 
European Union and in other states of Central and Eastern 
Europe.  Welcome paper themes might include cross-border police 
co-operation, illegal immigration and public policy, reactions 
of the Right to new borders, the impact of deterritorialization 
on nation and state relations, the effect of new borders on 
illicit economies, and new security arrangements.



National and Ethnic Identities at Borders

The sustained interest in issues of sovereignty and identity 
which seems to characterize relations within and across borders 
in Central and Eastern Europe, and which are integral to many 
ethnic and national conflicts there, continue to have parallels 
in Western Europe [for example, in Ireland and Spain, and in 
increased resistance to European integration, as in the recent 
Danish referendum].  This panel explores issues of national and 
ethnic identities at and across European borders, in order to 
interrogate ways in which social movements and identifications 
enhance, hinder, and redefine international and global processes.





Gender and Borders

State borders are gendered phenomena.  For example, the 
associationof the creation and maintenance of  state borders 
with war, violence and armed guards suggest that they are 
predominantly male constructions.  Papers might explore the 
extent to which  men and women construct and experience borders 
differently, how women subvert male definitions of  borders, and 
how state borders are used for the purposes of the transnational 
prostitution and pornographic industries.



Environmental Risk at Borders

This panel will examine social responses to a broad range of 
environmental risks which transcend state borders.   Examples of 
such risks include the location of nuclear power plants in 
borderland areas and a range of  other forms of water, air and 
land pollution .  Papers would be welcome on such themes as the 
development of transnational environmental rights; transnational 
ecological movements, the cross-border implications of  Eastern 
European ecological crises and the emergence of 'risk 
communities' in border regions based on new forms of 
transnational solidarity in response to commonly defined threats.



State borders, (Trans) nationalism and Belonging

State borders are social constructions.  They include as well as 
exclude people in space.  Despite time-space convergence for 
goods and capital within European and global contexts, border 
restrictions on the movement of  people still survive, and may 
even be enhanced in response to the globalisation of the 
economy.  These developments continue to have important 
consequences for questions of belonging. Papers are invited on 
how state borders affect the following: diasporas,  
(im)migration, 'illegals', political and economic asylum-seekers 
and transnational communities.   Papers might also explore how 
the changing borders of states, nations and of  'Europe' as a 
whole impact on social belonging. 








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