Important: this is a preliminary programme and changes are possible

For detailed abstracts, please refer to the book of abstracts.

 


Day 1 Jan 18          Day 2 Jan 19          Day 3 Jan 20


 

Day 1, January 18

9:30—9:40

Welcome / room M-225 

9:40—10:25

Keynote Speech “Border Thinking” as an Evolutionary and Global Approach to Critical Border Studies by Dr James W. Scott / room M-225 

James W. Scott is a researcher in urban and regional geography, borders, border regions, and geopolitics, at the Borders thematic cluster at the Karelian Institute of the University of Eastern Finland.

 

10:25—11:10

Keynote Speech Moving Border by Dr Swargajyoti Gohain  / room M-225 

Swargajyoti Gohain is an Associate Professor of Sociology and Anthropology at Ashoka University. She has a Ph.D. in Anthropology from Emory University, U.S.A., and a Bachelors and Masters in Sociology from Delhi School of Economics, Delhi University. Her research interests include the study of borders and state, cultural politics, Tibetan Buddhist communities, and mountain studies relating to the Indian Himalayas.

 

Coffee break / Mare Atrium

 

11:30—13:00

PANEL 1: INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS MEETS BORDER STUDIES / room M-225 

Chair / Discussant: Eiki Berg, University of Tartu 

Mélanie Sadozaï / George Washington University / Wilson Center / INALCO / “When International Relations theories meet border studies: a transnationalist approach to the study of the border between Tajikistan and Afghanistan” 

Fauzan / Universitas Pembangunan Nasional “Veteran” Yogyakarta / Polymorphic Borders and Border Security: Indonesian Perspective 

Asel Murzakulova / University of Central Asia / How to keep the neighbourhood when the border guard requires a passport? Security dilemma in the Kyrgyzstan-Tajikistan borderlands 

Benjamin Klasche & Birgit Poopuu / Tallinn University / Radical relationalism: the politics of self- other bordering in International Relations

 

Lunch / Mare Atrium

 

14:00—15:30

PANEL 2 and PANEL 3 take place in parallel 

PANEL 2: PARTITION, TERRITORIALIZED IDENTITIES, JURISDICTIONS AND COMMUNITIES / room M-225 

Chair / Discussant: Victor Konrad, Carleton University 

Uttam Lal / Sikkim University, Gangtok / Re-bordering in the frozen borderland of the Sikkim Himalaya 

Dhananjay Tripathi / South Asian University / Studying South Asian Borders: A Post-Colonial, Post-Partition Framework ONLINE 

Iverson Ng / Tallinn University / One State, Two Jurisdictions: Conceptualizing Sino-Hong Kong Judicial Border 

Hilmi Ulas / Chapman University / Theorizing the Border-Identity-Conflict Nexus in Unrecognized States: A Case Study of North Cyprus

 

PANEL 3: INFORMAL CROSS-BORDER SOLIDARITIES / room M-213

Chair / Discussant: John Buchanan, Tallinn University 

Sarian Jarosz / Migration Consortium/Amnesty International/University of Copenhagen / Stuck in a Polish Jungle: State hostility and criminalization of border solidarity at Polish-Belarussian and Polish-Ukrainian border 

Jiraporn Laocharoenwong / Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Faculty of Political Science, Chulalongkorn University / Appetite for hot-fresh meat and the Thailand-Myanmar cross-border cattle trade 

Terry McDonald & Benjamin Klasche / Tallinn University / HIVEMIND. What Bees and Relationalism can teach us about World Peace 

 

Coffee break / Mare Atrium

 

16:00—17:30

PANEL 4 and PANEL 5 take place in parallel

PANEL 4: SPECIAL TOPIC: Migration, Instrumentalization and the EU / room M-213

Chair / Discussant: Olga Cielemęcka, University of Eastern Finland 

Justyna Straczuk / Institute of Philosophy and Sociology Polish Academy of Sciences / Epistemic borderwork and epistemic resistance around the “humanitarian crisis” in Poland 

Aleksandra Jolkina / Refugee Law Initiative, University of London / The ‘Instrumentalisation’ Paradigm Reconsidered: Accessing Asylum During the EU-Belarus Border Crisis 

Rubén Pérez-Belmonte / La Sapienza University of Rome / The Architecture of Schengen Borders: Spatial Violence at the Border Checkpoints of Ceuta (Spain) 

Lehte Roots / Tallinn University / Schengen border code as a legal instrument providing freedom of movement. 

 

PANEL 5: SEEING OTHER SOVEREIGNTIES: BEYOND THE TERRITORIAL HEGEMONY OF BORDERS ACROSS THE ENDS OF EURASIA / room M-225

Roundtable discussion (hybrid) ONLINE 

Chair / Discussant: Aditya Kiran Kakati, University of Amsterdam 

Alessandro Ambrosino / The Graduate Institute, Geneva 

Kevide Lcho, Saktum Wonti, Tumuzo Katiry / The Highland Institute, Kohima 

Tobias Marschall / The Graduate Institute, Geneva 

Mélanie Vandenhelsken / Institute for Social Anthropology, Austrian Academy of Sciences  

Bernardo A. Michael / Department of History, Politics and International Relations, Messiah University, PA. USA. 

Aditya Kiran Kakati / University of Amsterdam 

Catriona Child / The Highland Institute, Kohima 

Jasnea Sarma / University of Zurich 

Mikel J.H. Venhovens / Aarhus University and University of Amsterdam 

 

19:00

Symposium dinner at Platz Restaurant Roseni 7, 10111 Tallinn

 

Day 2, January 19

9:30—11:15

PANEL 6: NEW CONCEPTUAL DIRECTIONS IN BORDER STUDIES / room M-225

Chair / Discussant: Jussi P. Laine, University of Eastern Finland 

Nawal Shaharyar / Tallinn University / No horse in the race: A critical engagement on bordering practices in scholarship through auto-ethnographic journaling  

Sandra Hagelin / Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies, University of Tartu / Feminist Perspectives to Disentangle Swedish Discourses on NATO, Space and Orders

Daniel Meier / Sciences Po Grenoble-Cerdap2 & University of Geneva / In-Between border spaces: Toward a comparative perspective 

Nikola Lero / University of Sheffield / A Comparative Critical Theoretical Analysis of Boccagni’s and Davis’s Constructs in Border Studies: Similarities, Differences, and Overlaps ONLINE 

 

Coffee break / Mare Atrium

 

11:45—13:15

PANEL 7 and PANEL 8 take place in parallel 

PANEL 7: BORDERING TECHNOLOGIES / room M-225

Chair / Discussant: Andreas Stoiber, University of Amsterdam 

Pavin Chachavalpongpun / Centre for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University / Nationhood in the Cloud: Cyber Sovereignty in Thailand 

Eiki Berg, Allan Allik, Helen Urmann / University of Tartu / Shrinking borderlands under surveillance: Technological and communal aspects to border security 

Gintare Kudzmaite / Tampere University / AI-generated portrayals of borders and migration: Exploring the potentials for synthesizing context-specific knowledges in border studies ONLINE

 

PANEL 8: RETHINKING EXPERIENCES OF MIGRATION AND DISPLACEMENT / room M-213

Chair / Discussant: Hasan H. Karrar, Lahore University of Management Sciences 

Christine Leuenberger & Bertrand Mizero / Cornell University & Aspire for Humanity Initiatives / Tales of Bordering and Migration: Experiences of East African immigrants in the U.S. 

Sai Phyoe Zin Aung / Faculty of Social Sciences, Chiang Mai University / Everyday bordering over Myanmar Migrants in Mae Sot, Thailand 

Mirza Zulfiqur Rahman / Independent Researcher, Guwahati, Assam, India / Cultural Inclusion and Exclusion: Borders, Transboundary Spaces and Mobility in South Asia 

Elizabeth Rhoads / Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies, Lund University / Tracing Histories of Displaceability in Myanmar’s Borderlands 

 

Lunch / Mare Atrium

 

14:15—15:45

PANEL 9: VOLUMINOUS BORDERING THROUGH THE AIR AND SEAS / room M-225

Chair / Discussant: Tina Harris, University of Amsterdam 

Tarmo Pikner / Tallinn University / Porous maritime borders and contested discontinuities in crisis 

Shahdab Perumal / University of Delhi / Borderless Ocean, RIC, and formation of dual identity 

Ahmad Baydoun / Technical University of Delft / Conditioned Environments: Investigating Environmental Manipulation as a Tool of Warfare and Political Violence in the Levant Region 

Andreas Stoiber / University of Amsterdam / I spy with my little eye: The Space-Eye-project as a gateway to currently developing aerial surveillance infrastructures in the Mediterranean border zone

 

Coffee break / Mare Atrium

 

16:00—17:30

ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION / room M-225

Karin Dean, Tallinn University 

Tina Harris, University of Amsterdam 

Jussi Laine, University of Eastern Finland 

Hasan H. Karrar, Lahore University of Management Sciences 

TBA 

 

Day 3, January 20

panel to be held in Narva

PANEL 10: CREATIVE APPROACHES TO BORDERS  

Chair / Discussant: Aleksandra Ianchenko, Tallinn University

Danica Trifunjagić / Institute for Danube-Swabian History and Area Studies / Writing Borders / Border Writings in Post-Yugoslav Autobiographical Prose ONLINE 

Prince Tomar / Builders, Building, and the Built: The Connectivity Infrastructures of Ladakh 

Shameema Binte Rahman / Freelance Art Writer (ERR and Echo Gone Wrong) / How images drive to see new cultural in-between border spaces in the land back movement in a Santal village in Bangladesh ONLINE 

Elifsena Biroğlu & Gülay Uğur Göksel / İstanbul Bilgi University / Representation of and Academic Reflection on Borders in The Other Stories Exhibition. ONLINE

Saara Mildeberg / Tallinn University / Narva Art Residency: Perceiving borders through the artists’ gaze