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Special Issue: 'Rarely Studied Borderlands'

Donald Alper, Emmanuel Brunet-Jailly


This is a special issue of Journal of Borderland Studies focused on the theme: "Rarely Studied Borderlands." The idea for this theme emerged during the organization of the last Border Region in Transition (BRIT IX) conference, held at the University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, and Western Washington University, Bellingham, Washington, United States, in January 2008. The organizing committee, co-chaired by the editors of this special issue, Don Alper and Emmanuel Brunet-Jailly, had intentionally widened the call for papers to include countries outside of Europe and North America; that is, to South America, Asia, and Africa. As a result, the over 150 participants of the BRIT hailed from 18 different countries. The wide range and diversity of the participants and research presented highlighted the importance of moving borderlands research away from its usual European and North American focus and expanding its theoretical and empirical contributions to include research on borderlands from across the world. This special issue takes up the challenge of pulling together research on these rarely studied borderlands: the Russian/Chinese border, the "Caprivi Strip" (Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe), the border region of North Santander (Colombia) and Táchira (Venezuela), the Euregion Karelia on the Finish/Russian border, the internal borders of the European Union, and the Indigenous peoples' "non-borders" in North America.

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Print ISSN: 0886-5655
Online ISSN: 2159-1229