The Association for Borderlands Studies is the leading international scholarly association dedicated exclusively to the systematic interchange of ideas and information relating to international border areas. Founded in 1976 with the original emphasis on the study of the United States-Mexico borderlands region, the Association has grown steadily. It now encompasses an interdisciplinary membership of scholars at more than one hundred academic, governmental institutions, and NGOs representing the Americas, Asia, Africa and Europe. The Association maintains relations with institutions and associations with similar interests all around the world. The ABS annual meeting provides a forum for a wide range of topics on border regions around the world. The ABS also co-sponsors other meetings on border topics.
Borders in Globalization is an innovative, integrative, and sustainable network of academic partners from Canada, the United States, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, which is engaged with non-academic organizations that are involved in the management of borders and borderlands in Canada and worldwide. Border studies are global in reach, and so we ground our core partnership in Canada and associate with key research centers worldwide. This provides support for a global policy-research agenda that serves Canadian interests. The basic goal is to build excellence in the knowledge and understanding of borders. To this end, the partners will work together to create new policy and foster knowledge transfer in order to address such globalization forces as security, trade and migration flows, and also to understand the forces of technology, self-determination and regionalization that are affecting borders and borderlands in regions around the world.
The Centre for Global Studies is committed to fostering reflection on the complex array of social forces associated with an increasingly interconnected world characterized by new forms of economic activity, artistic production, politics, media, nationalism, ethnicity, spirituality and community that increasingly transcend local, national and regional boundaries. Since its formal inception in 1998, CFGS has had a mandate to conduct collaborative, multi-disciplinary and cross-regional inquiry into the impacts of globalization. The centre’s activities in Victoria, Canada, and abroad are designed to promote critical citizenship in a complex and rapidly changing global environment. CFGS research and public engagement build upon the University of Victoria’s intellectual expertise in four core themes: governance, environmental challenges, social justice, and culture and identity.
Kyushu University Border Studies is an ambitious inter-disciplinary research unit that will respond to the contemporary challenges for borders, both materially and conceptually. KUBS seeks to comprehend how borders are affected by forces associated with globalization, including the increasing flows of people and goods, effects of technology, state concerns over security, and shared environmental and political challenges; draw together hitherto dispersed research from Japan and further afield on borders, particularly related to the Asia-Pacific region in which Japanese scholars have a long-standing and internationally-recognized expertise, and develop a network of scholars engaged with such concerns; develop the field of border studies in Japan and promote its introduction as a field of academic study in its own right; and produce policy-relevant knowledge and establish exchanges between academia and policy-makers.