“Beyond Borders and Boundaries: Europe, Eurasia, and Asia” – Call for Papers

“Beyond Borders and Boundaries: Europe, Eurasia, and Asia” – Call for Papers

The European Studies Association of Australia and New Zealand (ESAANZ) and the Australasian Association for Communist and Post-Communist Studies (AACaPS) invite you to this 2021 conference, hosted by the European Union Centre for Excellence at RMIT University in a hybrid format: in person and online.

Key Dates 2021

30 August: Abstract / panel submission due

15 September: Abstract and panel acceptance notification issued

25-26 November: Conference

Beyond Borders and Boundaries: Europe, Eurasia, and Asia

Most of us have become acutely aware of borders and boundaries since Covid-19 struck!

These boundaries are physical, psychological, and systemic.

No doubt ‘borders and boundaries’ are acutely relevant to the regions of our interest (Europe, Eurasia, and Asia).

In adopting ‘borders and boundaries’ as the theme for this conference, the organisers hope to include analysis of – and/or to cross - as many types of boundaries as possible. 

There could, therefore, be consideration of:

  • Physical borders (eg the problems of joining or leaving the EU, Schengen, NATO, the Eurasian Union, the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation or the Belt and Road Initiative, Brexit, territorial disputes).
  • Psychological boundaries (eg Russians having to think of themselves as Russians but not Soviets, Serbs seeing themselves as Serbs but not Yugoslavs).
  • Cultural boundaries (eg problems of translation, problems of harmonising legislation or systems).
  • Political boundaries (eg transitioning from one type of system or regime to another).
  • Economic boundaries (eg from free trade to protectionism).
  • Historical boundaries (eg impact of certain historical events or actions); or
  • Transgressions of various kinds (eg challenges to cultural traditions, historiography, gender stereotypes, criminality, cyber security and digital challenges).

Methodologically, there could be papers that challenge or cross discipline boundaries. 

In short, there should be room for all at this exciting conference!

Submit Your Abstracts or Panel Proposals - Due 30 August

Please submit your abstracts or panel proposals. To do so, you can email:

  • EU Centre at RMIT here; or
  • AACaPS here.

More Information

For more information about this conference can be found on the websites of AACaPS and ESAANZ.

Organising Committee 

  • Australasian Association for Communist and Post-Communist Studies (AACaPS)
  • European Studies Association of Australia and New Zealand (ESAANZ)
  • European Union Centre for Excellence at RMIT University
10 August 2021

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