Call for Proposals: AACaPS – ESAANZ Joint Conference 2021

Conference theme: Beyond Borders and Boundaries: Europe, Eurasia and Asia

Most of us have become acutely aware of borders and boundaries since Covid-19 struck! These boundaries are physical, psychological and systemic. No doubt ‘borders and boundaries’ are acutely relevant to the regions of our interest (Europe, Eurasia and Asia). In adopting ‘borders and boundaries’ as the theme for this conference, the organisers hope to include analysis of – and/or to cross – as many types of boundaries as possible.

Therefore, there could be consideration of physical borders (e.g. the problems of joining or leaving the EU,  Schengen, NATO, the Eurasian Union, the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation or the Belt and Road Initiative; Brexit; territorial disputes), psychological boundaries (e.g. Russians having to think of themselves as Russians but not Soviets; Serbs seeing themselves as Serbs but not Yugoslavs), cultural boundaries (e.g. problems of translation; problems of harmonising legislation or systems); political boundaries (e.g. transitioning from one type of system or regime to another), economic boundaries (e.g. from free trade to protectionism), historical boundaries (e.g. impact of certain historical events or actions) or transgressions of various kinds (e.g. challenges to cultural traditions, historiography, gender stereotypes; criminality; cyber security and digital challenges). Methodologically, there could be papers that challenge or cross discipline boundaries.

In short, there should be room for all at this exciting conference. 

Submission of proposals

Please send the following to

Proposal to include:

1)    Full name, 2) current institutional affiliation, 3) title/position, 4) contact details including telephone number, 5) title of panel or paper, 6) panel description or abstract of paper (200 words or less).

 If you are submitting a panel proposal, please provide the contact details and abstracts of all panellists, with a maximum of 4 speakers per panel.

Key dates

§  Abstract/panel submission deadline: 1 September

§  Panel and abstract acceptance notification issued: 1 October

Depending on the nature and quality of submissions, we are working on arranging special issues in journals such as Australian and New Zealand Journal of European Studies (ANZJES)Journal of Soviet and Post-Soviet Politics and Society, and Europe-Asia Studies.

§ Conference Date: 25 - 26 November, 2021

Conference registration

§  Standard—A$120

§  Concessional – A$80 (current AACAPS/ESAANZ members, full-time students)

§  Virtual only – TBC


Organising Committee



Australasian Association for Communist and Post-Communist Studies (AACaPS)
European Studies Association of Australia and New Zealand (ESAANZ)
European Union Centre of Excellence at RMIT University

Event Information
Date: 25th November - 26th November, 2021
Fee: $80 - $120
Written Correspondence
P.O. Box 2125
Hawthorn, 3122
Victoria, Australia

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