Association for Borderlands Studies World Conference

10th to 14th July, 2018


Welcome to the homepage of the Association for Borderlands Studies World Conference 2018, the world's largest convention on borders and border-related issues. The second edition of this quadrennial event is organized by the University of Vienna and partners and is hosted in Vienna and Budapest from July 10th to 14th, 2018. The organizing theme is Border-Making and its Consequences: Interpreting Evidence from the "post-Colonial" and "post-Imperial" 20th Century. We expect more than 400 participants from around the world, including renowned scholars as well as students, spanning all fields of the humanities and social sciences. Please take your time to discover the many intriguing aspects of this conference, from the multitude of panels and the keynote speeches to the special programs within the frame of the convention.



Thank you very much for joining us in the conference! We enjoyed hosting you and hope that you found it as inspiring and fruitful as we did.

Please find some impressions below.

Please find the booklet here.


Sign our message regarding academic freedom: here.

Sign our petition against current refugee policies: here.

ABS World 2018 Survey regarding borders in academia: 

The Local Organizing Committee recommends everyone interested in borders join the Association for Borderlands Studies. Please find more information on the benefits and the procedure here.

The final program is available here

Please find the guidelines for your presentation here.

Please register for the conference here.

More information on the venues and hotel booking

Next to the sessions proposed by individual participants, the conference will host clusters of sessions on the following topics:

In turning the 2018 ABS World Conference into a platform for an experiment, the Top Citizen Science project brings us to the applied dimension of border research. As Henk van Houtum wrote: ‘(…) a border is and can never be an answer. It is a question. The imperative geo-philosophical border question of our time is how and why we create a just border for ourselves and thereby for others’ (2001, 60). 

Profile Photo: Peter Rigaud

Conference Chair: Machteld Venken, PhD