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Call for papers – VIII AEBR Cross-Border School

The VIII AEBR Cross-Border School (CBS)an activity led by Borders in Globalization_Lab, (BIG_Lab) and the University of Victoria (British Columbia, Canada), will take place in Karlstad (Värmland, Sweden) on 23 October 2024, in collaboration with the Värmland Region and the Karlstads Universitet.

Venue: Eva Ericsson lecture hall, Karlstad University campus.

Since 2017, the Association of European Border Regions and the Radboud University of Nijmegen (NL) have organized AEBR CB Schools. In recent years, cooperation with the University of Victoria (CA) and the BIG Lab has grown in the framework of the 21st Century Borders Project. The 8th CBS will open AEBR Annual Events 2024.



AEBR General Assembly and Annual Conference will be held in Trysil (Innlandet, Norway) on 24-26 October 2024, on the invitation of the Innlandet County Council

The Association of European Border Regions (AEBR), together with the University of Victoria (Canada), offers travel grants for original research or policy papers to be presented at the AEBR Cross-Border School (CBS) on 23 October 2024 at Karlstad University, Sweden. Travel grants cover travelling, accommodation for three nights and meals, and participation at the AEBR Cross-Border School and the AEBR Annual Conference.


  • The grants are open to researchers/academics (i.e. PhD students and early career professors), decision/policy makers (i.e. senior policy officers and elected decision-makers worldwide) and managers of cross-border structures.

How to apply: 

  • The October 23, 2024 AEBR Cross Border School is focusing on three broad topics related to ‘Building Cross Border Resilience’ which is the core topic of the AEBR conference held in Trysil on October 24-25, 2024.


Specifically, the Cross–Border School will focus on:

  • Cross border cooperation and/vs Security:
    • Energy Security
    • Cooperation & Security
      • Governance of cross-border security: coordination, cooperation, collaboration
      • Cyber security and privacy in crossborder regions
      • Crossborder regions and technology security
    • Security without Cooperation
      • Fencing, Walling and crossborder security
      • Psychological defence and defence awareness in cross-border regions

The basis for selection is an extended abstract (between 1000 and 2000 words) with a brief introductory letter, outlinining methodology, preliminary results and conclusion and a brief application in free format on one A4 page.

  • The application should indicate the following:
  • Name and surname
  • Place of employment
  • Curriculum vitae
  • One-page letter of motivation explaining how the applicant will benefit from this opportunity
  • Please send your CV, extended abstract and application to no later than 26 August 2024 at 12.00 noon (CEST).

 Further details:

Contact: If you have any queries regarding eligibility or submission, please contact

Grant recipients will be personally responsible for all arrangements and expenditure including travel, insurance, home and personal commitments. For questions regarding grants please contact

 About AEBR

Established in 1971, the Association of European Border Regions (AEBR) is a lobby organisation representing the interests of the European border and cross-border regions at the European, national, and regional levels. Today, AEBR has about 100 border and cross-border regions as its members, representing about 75% of the border areas within and on external borders of the European Union.

About AEBR Cross-Border School

AEBR CB School is created to provide a nurturing environment in which academics and professionals are each other’s peers, in which they can share their experiences and learn from each other’s experiences in a more horizontal, interactive way. The aim of AEBR CB School is to provide relevant thinking material for curious professionals, helping them systematically reflect on their practice in cross-border cooperation and providing feedback to researchers about their research outcomes and professional experiences. The I AEBR CB School took place in Cáceres (Extremadura, ES) in 2017, II CBS in Oulu (Bothnian Arc, FI) in 2018, III CBS in Dresden (Elbe-Labe Euroregion, DE) in 2019, IV CBS online in 2020, V CBS in Arnhem (Euregio Rhine-Waal, Gelderland, NL) in 2021, VI CBS in Szeged (DKMT Euroregion, HU) in 2022, and VII CBS in Košice, Slovakia in 2023.

About Nijmegen School of Management (Radboud University)

For the last ten years, the Dutch University Guide has ranked Radboud University as one of the best general, traditional universities in the Netherlands. The Nijmegen School of Management is guided by its motto, ‘co-creating knowledge for society’. This motto inspires new bridges between disciplines and researchers. It underlines the importance of the interaction of academia with organisations and society and by mobilising the disciplinary diversity presented by the breadth of the school and our work with our partners.

 About BIG_Lab

The Borders in Globalization (BiG) research program at the Centre for Global Studies, University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, began in 2013 with seven years of generous funding from a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Partnership Grant. Over the years BIG_Lab contributed to 109 research papers published with DOI numbers. It hosted two international conferences, ten summer institutes, multiple policy forums and roundtables. These knowledge transfer activities have brought together scholars and students with non-academic stakeholders and policymakers to conceptually and pragmatically understand how technologies, self-determination and regionalization around the world are affecting borders and borderlands. Since then, the partnership was extended with a new grant until 2027 – SSHRC/21st Century Borders, Erasmus+ / Jean Monnet Network, and a Jean Monnet Chair.

BiG’s research examines the well-established concept that borders are primarily understood as sovereign territorial boundaries that emerge out of international treaties. We have found that more than ever before, border policies straddle sovereign boundary lines, and networked policies overlap many different jurisdictional scales, including, but not exclusively, the sovereign territories of states. Furthermore, our research has shown that contemporary borders in globalization are processes that, in many instances, are fundamentally linked to movements and flows around the world, not to territoriality as conventional wisdom dictates.  We have collected evidence documenting how bordering policies and processes increasingly disregard the territorial limits of states, sometimes implementing borders thousands of kilometers away from their international boundary line.

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