CFP: The Line Crossed Us 2021: New Directions in Critical Border Studies



Building on the success of our first conference, the Lethbridge Border Studies group invites you to participate in our second conference June 10-11, 2021.  The University of Lethbridge sits in the heart of Siksikaitsitapi (Blackfoot Confederacy) territory, where the Hudson’s Bay and Missouri River watersheds divide, and is 100kms north of the Canada-U.S. border. 


Dr. Benjamin Hoy will be the plenary speaker.  Dr. Hoy is an Assistant Professor of History and the director of the Historical GIS Lab at the University of Saskatchewan. He has published on a wide range of topics including Indigenous history, borderlands, game-based learning, Indigenous representations in board games, and extradition policy. His forthcoming book with Oxford University Press is entitled A Line of Blood and Dirt: Creating the Canada-United States Border across Indigenous Lands and examines the creation and enforcement of the Canadian-United States border between 1775 and 1939 and its impacts on the Indigenous residents whose land the border was created across.  


Submissions are welcome from current graduate students, emerging scholars who received their PhD in the last ten years, community researchers, and activists, working on any aspect of border studies. The conference will be entirely online, so we particularly encourage non-traditional presentation formats.


Possible themes include but are not restricted to:

  • Sovereignty and territoriality

  • Identity, place, and belonging in the borderlands

  • Cross-border/transnational activism

  • Indigenous politics of refusal in border spaces

  • Settler-nationalism and border (in)security

  • Displacement/dispossession and bordering practices

  • Negotiations of migration and asylum in border regions

  • Historicizing contemporary border issues

  • Disease and borders


Please submit the following details to


  • Title

  • A short description of your paper/presentation (250 words MAX)

  • A brief bio (max. 100 words) 

  • Contact information (name, email address)


For more information please contact us at


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Paul McKenzie-Jones

Associate Professor

Indigenous Studies

Office: A442 (University Hall) 

Phone: (403) 329-2312


Sheila McManus


History Department

Office: C872 (University Hall) 

Phone: (403) 329-2540


Julie Young

Assistant Professor

Geography Department

Office: B874 (University Hall) 

Phone: (403) 329-2076


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