Dear all,

Please find below a call for abstracts for the upcoming Institute of Australian Geographers & New Zealand Geographical Society combined conference.  

This session on ‘Border Studies in Australian and New Zealand Geography’, will form part of a wider set of political geography-themed sessions at the conference, along with a general meeting to discuss the potential formation of a political geography study group within the IAG.

Please don’t hesitate to be in contact with any questions


Andrew, Umut and Ari

IAG NZGS Conference 2021, University of Sydney, 6-9 July, 2021 


Border Studies in Australian and New Zealand Geography 

Andrew Burridge, Umut Ozguc and Ari Jerrems (sponsored by the Cultural Geography Study Group) 


In 1961, 60 years prior to this year’s IAG conference, the late Victor Prescott arrived in Australia, and took up a position at the University of Melbourne in Geography, perhaps the most influential figure in international border studies in Australia, publishing works including The Geography of Frontiers and Boundaries in 1965.   


Much has changed since this time, notably through the development of critical border studies, significantly expanding the scope and diversity of the ways in which we conceptualise borders. Despite growing prominence of border studies within geography, it remains a marginalised area of research in Australia and New Zealand. While across the globe there are numerous border studies groups, conferences, and associations, in Australia and NZ there are still fewer connections that bring border scholars together.   


In response to the theme of this year’s conference, ‘remembering, reimagining geography’, we are seeking submissions for a paper session that critically examines both the past and future of border studies in Australian and NZ geography. This includes border studies scholars working from Australia/NZ, and/or on Australian/NZ borders.   


Topics might include, but are not limited to:   


The format of the 2021 conference is a hybrid online conference combined with in-person events. We welcome you to join us in your preferred format. 


Please send your abstract to Andrew ( 


The abstracts timeline is: 

5 April 2021: Abstracts close (this may be extended due to delay in opening of abstract submission portal)

24 April: Abstract confirmation 


The full link to conference sessions can be accessed here: 

Dr. Andrew Burridge
Lecturer in Human Geography
Academic lead, Making Connections: mentoring for students from refugee backgrounds