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Annual Conference of the Association for Borderlands Studies

Structures and Narratives of Border Change

Organised by CIBR

Queens University Belfast, 23-25 June 2006

ABS 2006 conference programme
Neighbourhood on Mexican side of border with US (2006). Photo by Karl W. Hoffman reproduced with kind permission.
US Border Patrol field transport vehicle,southern Arizona (2006) . Photo by Karl W. Hoffman reproduced with kind permission.
Border crossers cuffed by US Border Patrol, southern Arizona (20006). Photo by Karl W. Hoffman reproduced with kind permission.


CIBR was an invited participant in the European Science Foundation Exploratory Workshop on ‘Borders Old and New: Towards a Theoretical and Applicative Framework’, sponsored by the Institute for Ethnic Studies, Ljubljana, and the Slovenian Ministry of European Affairs, in Koper, Slovenia, September 2001 and Vienna, January 2002


September - CIBR convened a stream of 35 papers on the theme: State Borders and Border Regions at the Biennial Conference of the European Sociological Association, Helsinki, Finland.

September - CIBR co-organised an international workshop Borders as Barriers and Bridges: A comparative look at three borderlands - Slovenia/Italy, Ireland/Northern Ireland, Spain/Morocco, sponsored by the ESRC Research Programme on Transnational Communities, University of Oxford, and the Science and Research Centre of the Republic of Slovenia, Koper, Slovenia.

May - CIBR International Conference on Borders and Minority Languages, with speakers from Finland, Austria and Dublin (jointly sponsored by the Ultach Trust, Belfast-based cross-community Irish language organisation).


September - CIBR International Conference on Cross-Border Co-operation in Europe: Lessons for and from Ireland (jointly sponsored with the Centre for Cross Border Studies in Armagh). It attracted 150 policy-makers, representatives of NGOs and other transnational organizations, leading RUC, Garda Síochána and Dutch police officers, community activists, researchers and politicans from 15 European countries, including the President of Ireland and the First & Deputy First Ministers of Northern Ireland.