Life of the Frontier Conference
This conference arises from the 'Life of the Frontier' programme at the Institute for Advanced Study, which brings together related research interests in Durham, creating a unique and innovative cross-disciplinary cluster of research skills, and offering a structure for a productive and sustained inter-disciplinary conversation. It involves a wider group of scholars from Britain and a number of visitors to create an international context for these discussions.
We seek to forge new understandings of frontiers and borders, by working across the boundaries between multiple academic disciplines. The conference is intended to advance these frontiers of cross-disciplinary interaction and to promote conceptual discussion of frontiers as manifest in highly varied contexts and approaches. The notion of frontier evokes marking difference, looking across, and engaging with otherness beyond. We will discuss the life-cycles and dynamism of frontiers as sites of emergence and becoming, as well as the extent to which borders act as barriers. Specific areas to be considered include international borderlands, the materiality of frontiers as liminal spaces, medical frontiers and the genealogy of frontiers.
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