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for contributions to IFD's upcoming Edited Volume:

The Lines We Draw: US-Mexico and EU-West Balkans Borderlands

Call for Proposals 

About The Book

The book examines the landscape, economies, protests, and forms of creativity that emerge from current border management systems at the southern US and west Balkans borderlands. The book will be written for an interdisciplinary readership and will be accessible to those with a general interest in migration and the movement of people across borders.  

Between each chapter, a transitional section will draw connections using narratives, artworks, pictures, and dialogues constructed by the authors of the chapters and the research team, highlighting the collaborative nature, and relevance of the book. The joint creation of these “transition sections” by the authors of our book is a guided-effort to increase interdisciplinary collaboration for the benefit of academics, scholars and public consumers alike. 

Proposal Requirements

We are interested in a wide range of types of writing and genres, including articles, essays, short stories, artwork, and others. We seek proposals for chapters discussing borders from any (inter)disciplinary perspective, with a particular interest in submissions on these topics:

  • Comparing the EU and the USA border regimes;

  • Deaths of migrants in the USA and/or EU borderlands;

  • The ethics of border enforcement and externalization; 

  • Debates open borders and the human right to mobility;

  • Displacement spurred by climate change and/or economic disaster. 

Proposals on other topics related to the EU and USA borderlands and border management regimes will be considered. Proposals are accepted on a rolling basis and we will provide the response within two weeks of submission. 

Our interdisciplinary, collaborative research team includes scholars, students, artists, and practitioners from the United States, European Union, Western Balkans, and Mexico. If your proposal is accepted, you will be asked to attend a monthly meeting with the project coordinators and other contributors to the volume.

Upcoming Informational Session/Public Presentation 

Please join us for a virtual symposium on November 18-20, 2021.


At this event, you will have the opportunity to hear presentations of chapters in progress, share your ideas, meet our team, and have informal conversations with the editors about your potential contributions.


The schedule will be posted at soon.


If you are interested in participating in the symposium, please share a description of an idea for a chapter (200 words) using the form below.


The deadline to do so is by November 17th, so that our team can review and provide feedback in time for the upcoming symposium.

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