Call for Papers & Proposals: VII AEBR Cross-Border School

Košice, Slovakia | 8-10 November, 2023

The Association of European Border Regions, Radboud University of Nijmegen and University of Victoria present The VII Cross Border School, an activity led with 21st Century Borders_Lab, University of Victoria (British Columbia, Canada). The event will be held starting November 8th 2023 in Košice, Slovakia with the collaboration of the Pavol Jozef Šafárik University of Košice (Slovakia) and the Research Institute of European Territorial Cooperation of the Uzhhorod National University (Ukraine).

This event is part of the AEBR Annual Events 2023 to be held in Košice on 8-10 November.

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 8 November 2023 in Košice, Slovakia. 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 AEBR Cross Border School is focusing on two broad topics:

1. Cross-border labour markets in border regions in Eastern and Western Europe. Labour Market during sixty years of EU integration and of CBC (i.e. different perspectives and views in EU eastern, western, southern or northern Member States) with a focus on, e.g.: (1) opening of labour markets for economic development or brain drain and exploitation of eastern labour force? (2) How different are the economic, social, regulatory, etc. frames for cross-border labour in the Member States (e.g. effects of cross-border commuting; the new phenomena of teleworking in a cross-border context; social security issues of crossborder workers, etc.) (3) What differences between the labour migration phenomena across internal versus external borders?

2. The role of soft or para-diplomacy in cross-border cooperation and EUisation of external borderlands. Possible topics: Is there a difference between soft (north American mode) and para (European model) diplomacy? What are most important border issues in the Slovak host region? Renewed cooperation across the EU-Ukrainian borders (I): hosting refugees and transit of humanitarian aid and other types of support. Renewed cooperation across the EU-Ukrainian borders (II): preparing and supporting Ukrainian border regions for the post-war and making their way to EU integration. Re-armed borders: what happens and what will happen at the EU-Russian borders? Strengthening border regions networking at EU external borders.

The basis for selection is an extended abstract (2000 words) with a brief introductory letter, 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 [email protected] no later than 25 September 2023 at 12.00 noon (CEST) / 3.00 am (PTZ)


Further details: Grant recipients will be personally responsible for all arrangements and expenditure including travel, insurance, home and personal commitments. Contact: If you have any queries regarding eligibility or submission, please contact [email protected]

Call for Papers & Proposals: VII AEBR Cross-Border School