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CFP: The Line Crossed Us 2023: New Directions in Critical Border Studies

Building on the success of our 2019 and 2021 conferences, the Lethbridge Border Studies group invites you to participate in our third biennial conference June 8-9, 2023.   Dr. Idil Atak, Associate Professor, Lincoln Alexander School of Law, Toronto Metropolitan University, will give the keynote address: "Bordering Migration and the Rights of Forced Migrants in Canada."  The conference will also incldue a screening and panel discussion of the film "Beyond Extinction"  (102 minutes, English, Snsəlxcín, 2022; Writer, Director, Producer: Ali Kazimi)


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

  • Climate justice and borders


The deadline for submissions is Friday January 13, 2023.  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)

  • Time zone (MST will be our default time zone but we welcome and will do our best to accommodate GMT+ time zones).


For more information please contact us at


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