The Line Crossed Us: New Directions in Critical Border Studies

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The University of Lethbridge sits in the heart of Niitsitapii (Blackfoot) territory, where the Hudson’s Bay and Missouri River watersheds divide, and an hour’s drive north of the Canada-U.S. border. It is an ideal location for emerging scholars working on any aspect of border studies to gather for a two-day conference on June 14-15, 2019. 

Submissions are welcome from current graduate students, emerging scholars who received their PhD in the last ten years, community researchers, and activists. We particularly encourage non-traditional presentation formats. Our goal is to produce a peer-reviewed anthology from the conference. 

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
  • Migrant justice activism
  • Settler-nationalism and border (in)security
  • Displacement/dispossession and bordering practices
  • Negotiations of migration and asylum in border regions
  • Historicizing contemporary border issues


The deadline for submissions is October 15, 2018. Please submit the following details to

  • Title
  • A short description of your paper/presentation (max. 250 words)
  • A brief bio (max. 250 words) or one-page c.v.
  • Contact information (name, email address)


If funding permits, we will offer modest travel stipends to graduate students and community researchers and activists. 


For more information please contact Julie Young, Assistant Professor of Geography and Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in Critical Border Studies: or stay tuned to our website:



Julie Young | | (403) 329-2076 |