Seminar 12: A-Territorial Borders

Borders highlight some of the paradoxes of globalization. Independent states are traditionally organized within given borders that allow for the differentiation of legal orders and sovereign spheres. In this seminar, we challenge this notion by studying contemporary borders in globalization as processes that in many instances are fundamentally “a-territorial”. Bordering policies increasingly disregard the territorial limits of states and invisible boundaries lines are becoming increasingly complex.


  • J. Blatter, Beyond Hierarchies and Networks: Institutional Logics and Change in Transboundary Spaces, Governance 16.4, 2003, pp.503-26
  • J. Williams, Territorial borders, international ethics and geography: do good fences still make good neighbours? Geopolitics 8 (2), 2003, pp.25-46
  • C. Brambilla, Exploring the Critical Potential of the Borderscapes Concept, Geopolitics, 20(1), 2015, pp.14-34.
  • V. Konrad, Toward a Theory of Borders in Motion, Journal of Borderlands Studies, 30:1, 1-17, 2015

Reserchers: Nicole Bates-Eamer is the Program Manager for the SSHRC Borders in Globalization (BIG) Partnership Grant. She has an M.A. in international development from the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University and a B.A. in history and chemistry from the University of Memphis. Since 2016, Nicole is studying for her PhD in Political Science at the University of Victoria.

This seminar will be held on March 26th, 2019, in room B007 of the Clearihue building at the University of Victoria. Please email borders[at]uvic[dot]ca to register.