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Differences and discontinuities in a

‘Europe without borders’






Welcome to the Europe Conference of the Association for Borderland Studies (ABS) that will take place at the University of Luxembourg from the 4th to the 7th of October 2016. The conference wants to test the vision of a ‘Europe without borders’ by considering questions that focus on mobility, responsibility and change from a multidisciplinary perspective.

You can find the detailled programme here.

Call for papers

Call for papers you can find here.


Mobility and multilocality

Mobility, has long been considered as a central characteristic of the social reality of life. Mobilities can be examined within different thematic structures, where they can be discussed as circular, unidirectional, or consecutive movements.

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Multilingualism and diversity

The term of diversity is spread in different scopes and always related to plurality and dealing with difference. Thereby we can differentiate between perspectives of outward demarcation, an internal differentiation or a productive-creative recombination of differences.

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Growth and sustainability

For some years now capitalist market systems have been criticised while the interest in alternatives to growth based economic models has increased. In this context, as well as under the impression of current economic- and structural crisis cities, regions and citizens are increasingly searching for more sustainable approaches.

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Instability and change

The categories ‘instability’ and ‘change’ are form their own scope in spite of their transversal character. The discussion of ‘instability’ and ‘change’ aims to contribute to a stronger theorisation within border studies.

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Registration started

Follow the Link below and register for the ABS Europe Conference 2016.

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Scientific Advisory Board

The Scientific Advisory Board of the ABS Europe Conference 2016 will be established in spring 2016 and will consist of scientists and practitioners from France, Germany, Luxembourg, Belgium and Denmark.

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Host of the ABS Europe-conference in 2016

The conference will take place in the recently founded University of Luxembourg: in the new university location Belval, in cooperation with the University of the Greater Region (alliance of six universities of the Greater Region SaarLorLux).

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