ABORNE is an interdisciplinary network of researchers interested in all aspects of international borders and trans- boundary phenomena in Africa. The emphasis is largely on borderlands as physical spaces and social spheres, but the network is also concerned with regional flows of people and goods as well as economic processes that may be located at some distance from the geographical border. Since April 2009 ABORNE is funded by the European Science Foundation.
ABORNE's 2010 summer school is organized by the University of Bayreuth and takes place in the medieval castle of the town of Thurnau in the countryside of Upper Franconia, Germany.
The event is open to 20 Ph.D. students and young researchers coming from Europe and Africa. Applicants are invited to submit proposals that address the following topics:
Politics and the Making of Order in Borderlands
Methodological Challenges of Borderland Studies
Sessions will be chaired by senior members of the ABORNE network. Key note lectures and evening talks at the fire-place will be held by renowned senoir guests of the network. A cultural program will be offered.
ABORNE will cover the transport and accommodation costs of the selected participants.
Applicants are asked to submit a 500-word abstract of their papers, a one-page outline of their Ph.D. status and a CV
Priority will be given to students and researchers with recent field experience and fresh research results.
The final deadline for submitting proposals is 15 March 2010. Participants will be informed of acceptance by 31 March 2008.
Participants are expected to arrive in the afternoon of Sunday 25 July 2010. Working sessions will be held from Monday 26 July through Friday 30 July, 2010, with departure the following day, Saturday 31 July.
For further information and submission of applications, please contact:
Dr. Thomas Hüsken: email@example.com
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