Borders and Border Studies: The South Asian Perspective

Country: India

City: New Delhi

Abstr. due: 15.11.2016

Dates: 06.03.17 — 07.03.17

Area Of Sciences: Geography; Law; Political science;

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Organizers: Department of International Relations, Faculty of Social Sciences, South Asian University


Borders in literal terms denote limits: limits of a territory, of a sovereign   government   or   of   an   individual.   Still   this   prevalent concept of border lacks universal acceptability. In integrated Europe, borders are rarely visualised as dividing lines between states and citizens. The European integration and Schengen region eradicated territorial divisions although other forms of borders and boundaries continue to exist in Europe.   Contrarily, we in South Asia are still living in times where national borders are sacrosanct and define our identities. ixed, securitized and rigid borders in South Asia are apparent and manifested in terms of controlling the movement of people,   nominal   intra-regional   trade   and   fewer   cross-border activities. As a result, conventional and non-conventional security issues largely dominate studies related to borders in South Asia. This constricts the development of border studies in South Asia, albeit it is one of the interdisciplinary subjects and can potentially attract scholars from diverse academic backgrounds.  The everyday border   practices,   notional   and   psychological   borders,   living experience of borderland communities, border aesthetics, trade and economic activities related to borders are some of the prominent themes that are now being considered as part of border studies.

Some suggested themes are as follows. 

1) Colonial and post-colonial borders and boundaries in South Asia 

2) Psychological and notional borders in South Asia 

3) Life and experiences of borderlands communities in South Asia 

4) Borders, economics and trade in South Asia 

5) Borders and South Asian integration

6) Comparative borders & boundaries

7) Cross-border cultural flows 

8) Relations between social and territorial borders.

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