The Annual Conference GIS 2021


Understanding Border Securitization in Contemporary Societies

Call for papers

18-20 November 2021 | Babeș-Bolyai University Cluj-Napoca (Romania)

Border securitization remains a salient issue for many countries in the context of recent domestic and international political developments. Important waves of transnational migration, the management of post-conflict areas, problematic transitions to democracy, the spread of terror attacks, the emergence of unconventional threats have contributed to a broad debate about the direction and intensity of border securitization in contemporary societies. The meaning of border securitization changes over time, its causes are complex, its functions vary across settings and its consequences are often under-explored.

This conference aims to bring together works addressing any of these four elements of border securitization: the understanding, causes, functioning and consequences. The event will gather a group of 30 researchers working on these topics in order to facilitate the knowledge sharing and a better understanding of current events. The organizers strive for a balance between established academics, early career scholars (PhD candidates may also apply) and practitioners. We encourage theoretical, empirical or methodological papers on any aspects related to developments and approaches in the field of border securitization. Papers can cover any country or region of the world, there are no limitations in terms of geographical focus.

Depending on the quality, and scope of works, the organizers have in mind either a special issue in an international peer-reviewed journal or an edited volume with a high-profile publisher.

Papers can address any of the following topics including, but not limited to:

  • Migration and border securitization;
  • The role of international actors in shaping border securitization;
  • Territorial rivalries and geopolitical challenges;
  • The effects of border securitization on politics or economics;
  • Border securitization and national security;
  • Border management and international cooperation;
  • The impact of terrorism or unconventional threats on border securitization.




Papers will be presented in the following format: 15 min. presentation + 15 min. discussion

In line with the goals of this conference, three types of papers are encouraged:

  1. Theoretical papers that discuss the definition and conceptualization of new perspectives in border securitization. Such contributions should ideally bring a broad perspective of the concepts and relate them to existing analytical dimensions.
  2. Methodological papers addressing specific issues or assessments related to border securitization. Contributions that bring innovative methods and data are particularly welcomed.
  3. Empirical papers that seek to explain new developments, existing challenges, different forms of border securitization in diverse settings, drivers of border securitization etc. Longitudinal analyses and comparative works are particularly encouraged. We have no preference for qualitative or quantitative techniques of analysis. However, we expect papers presenting single case studies to aim at building, testing, or modifying theories instead of being centered on individual instances.

Application procedure and costs

Authors should fill in the application form (available here or at the bottom of this page) until
8 October 2021 (applications received after deadline will not be reviewed).

There is no conference fee. The organizers will provide accommodation and meals for the entire duration of the conference. In case of co-authored works, the organizers will cover the costs for one author.

The conference is intended to take place face to face. Depending on the COVID-19 regulations, we may host it in a hybrid or completely on-line format.

Key Dates

8 October 2021: Deadline for the submissions of abstracts.

11 October 2021: Authors informed about the outcome of the selection process.

13 November 2021: Deadline for authors to send their papers

18 – 20 November 2021: The event

For any further enquiries, please contact the organizers at

Please fill and send the application form until 8 October 2021.