From 9 to 13 june 2014, the first ever ABS (Association for Borderlands Studies) World Conference in Joensuu (Finland) and St. Petersburg (Russia) will be the first truly global forum for a global gathering of border scholars.
Theme of the conference
The issue of borders, their functions and changing significance and symbolism presently looms larger than at any time since the end of the Cold War. The commonplace of global de-bordering, supported by optimistic notions of globalization and a new post-Cold War world order, has arguably succumbed to the reality of increasing complexity and instability in the world system. We can recognize global megatrends that are changing the nature of borders while, at the same time, there are obviously different regional responses to these trends.