EXTENDED DEADLINE: 6th Annual International Conference on Border Studies Transborderism

deadline for submissions: 
February 28, 2023
full name / name of organization: 
University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley and Autonomous University of Tamaulipas
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Call for Proposals – EXTENDED DEADLINE, February 28th, 2023


6th Annual International Conference on Border Studies

 Transborderism: Reimagining Social Space


University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley and Autonomous University of Tamaulipas

Nov. 8, 2023: Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico

Nov. 9-10, 2023: Edinburg, Texas, United States

The theme of the Sixth Annual International Conference on Border Studies is “Transborderism: Reimagining Social Space.” We solicit proposals that contribute to the new and critical thinking on global borders and that further the growing field of transborderism, focusing on both actual borders and/or their relation to the social imaginary. With this conference theme, we seek to offer a critical exchange concerning borders and border theory that, according to Norma Iglesias-Prieto, “refers to the frequency, intensity, directionality, and scale of crossing activities ... associated with greater cultural capacity and richness, increased complexity in the ways people perceive the border, as well as richer concepts of self-identity.” We aim to examine the complexities of transborder space and the citizens and identities that occupy that space and explore what Iglesias-Prieto calls the diversity and dynamics of the border zone. We invite papers from researchers, teachers, and activists that focus on transborderism, the border, border identities, and the social imaginary as a site of cultural, political, and legal contestation.

We are excited to see such growing international interest in the conference. Last year, the conference hosted speakers from 15 countries and over 30 national and international academic institutions. The proximity to the border of our locations in Mexico and the US is a special opportunity for scholars and researchers from around the globe to collaborate in a unique geographic region and present multidisciplinary research on the important and timely issues related to borders. We are also pleased to be offering simultaneous translation to serve our bilingual community.

The organizers welcome proposals from all disciplines. Those proposals with interdisciplinary, critical, and global approaches are especially welcome. Panels are also encouraged. We welcome panel, round table, paper, and poster proposals. Academics, researchers, students, NGOs, activists, and others are invited to submit proposals.

Panels and Round tables: Panel proposals should be no more than 1500 words. Panels are limited to no more than 5 presenters.
Papers: Paper proposals should be no more than 300 words.
Posters: We also welcome poster submissions from undergraduate and graduate students. Undergraduates must have a letter of support from a faculty member. Posters should be 4 feet (48 inch) wide and 3 feet (36 inch) high. Complete posters or 300-word descriptions can be submitted.

Send proposals and two-page vitae in PDF format by February 29th, 2023.
Proposals may be submitted in either English or Spanish. Simultaneous translation will be provided (English and Spanish) at the conference.

Each presenter may submit a maximum of two presentations. We accept two presentations from one presenter only if we have space. Submissions will be peer- reviewed by a committee of experts (internal and external reviewers), and presenters will be notified via email of acceptance by March 30, 2023. Authors of accepted proposals will need to send in a 50-word biography and a 100 word abstract by June 30, 2023.

Please submit proposals in English electronically by using this  link

For proposals in Spanish, please email them to both caroline.miles@utrgv.edu and iorduna@uat.edu.mx .

Panel Topics: Economy, Politics, Context and Environment, Health, Migration, Refugees, Communities and Hospitality, Borders beyond Walls, Global Borders, Technology & Energy, Sociocultural Processes, Citizenship and Legality, Gender/Race/Class, Other.

Please direct questions to Dr. Caroline Miles, caroline.miles@utrgv.edu. See full CFP here:

Proposal Submission Deadline: February 28th, 2023