International Scientific Conference

New Challenges for Borderlands Studies: Regional, European and Global Perspectives

Opole, September 8-10 2021

Institute of Political Science and Public Administration,
University of Opole,
Katowicka Street 89,
45-061 Opole, Poland




University of Opole, Department of Regional Studies (Poland)



University of Ostrava, Department of Human Geography and Regional Development (Czech Republic)

Border and Regional Studies Network (Central Europe)

Technical University in Liberec (Czech Republic)

Silesian University in Opava, Institute of Public Administration and Social Policy (Czech Republic)

University of Wrocław, The Centre for Regional and Borderlands Studies (Poland)


Research areas covered by the conference:

Border policies and border regimes,

Borders and territoriality, history of borderlands,

Brexit and the new EU-UK borders,

COVID-19 and its impact on border flows,

Cross-border cooperation and integration,

International migration,

Multi-level governance, regional paradiplomacy,

National and ethnic minorities, ethnopolitics,

New approaches to border studies,

New regionalisms,

Problems that heed no borders,

Trans-border and regional identities: living, belonging and communicating amid two worlds.

Language of the conference:

All the participants are required to submit their abstracts, presentations, and papers in English. Discussion: English

Paper publishing:

Selected papers after positive reviews made by independent reviewers will be published in peer-reviewed scientific journals.


Head of Committee:

Elżbieta Opiłowska (University of Wrocław, Institute of Sociology, Poland)


Hynek Böhm (Technical University in Liberec, Czech Republic)

Delia Pop-Flanja (Babes-Bolyai University, Romania)

Beata Halicka (Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland)

Jarosław Jańczak (Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland; European University Viadrina, Germany)

Martin Klatt (University of Southern Denmark)

Vincenc Kopeček (University of Ostrava, Czech Republic)

Joanna Kurowska-Pysz (WSB University in Dąbrowa Górnicza, Poland)

Arne Niemann (Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany)

Lukáš Novotný (University of Jan Evangelista Purkyne, Czech Republic)

Gabriela Carmen Pascariu (Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi, Romania)

Aldomar A. Rückert (Federal University Of Rio Grande Do Sul, Brazil)

Andrea Schmidt (University of Pecs, Hungary)

Aleksandra Trzcielińska-Polus (University of Opole, Poland)

Lukáš Vomlela (Silesian University in Opava, Czech Republic)

Danijela Vuković-Ćalasan (University of Montenegro)

Radosław Zenderowski (Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw, Poland)


8th Sep. 2021: Anssi Paasi (University of Oulu, Finland)

Changing but not disappearing: The perseverance of borders and the progress of border studies


9th Sep. 2021: Sara Svensson (Halmstad University, Sweden; Central European University, Hungary)

Research uptake, policy applicability and stakeholder engagement: old and new challenges for border studies scholars


1st February 2021 – opening call for panel sessions proposals;

31st March 2021 – deadline for submitting the panel sessions proposals by panel chairs

15th June 2021 – deadline for registration to the conference, submitting abstracts

15th July 2021 – deadline for conference fee payment

15th August 2021 – deadline for submitting papers


International scholars (EUR):

Participation in person:

regular:                                                                                                  150

discounted*:                                                                                         100

Participation online:                                                                               30


Bank account number for payments in EUR:

Uniwersytet Opolski

PL88 1090 2138 0000 0005 5600 0076


Santander Bank Polska S.A.

Payment reference: “Conference New Challenges for Borderlands Studies; name_surname

Scholars from Poland (PLN):

Participation in person:

regular:                                                                                                  600

discounted*:                                                                                         400

Participation online:                                                                              120

*for Ph.D. candidates, post-docs up to 5 years after completing the Ph.D. and panel chairs


Bank account number for payments in PLN:

Uniwersytet Opolski

PL09 1090 2138 0000 0005 5600 0043


Santander Bank Polska S.A.

Payment reference: “Conference New Challenges for Borderlands Studies; name_surname

We provide:

For those who participate in person:

participation in the conference, a book of abstracts, the possibility to submitting a paper to a peer-reviewed international journal, language assistance, and proofreading, refreshments during coffee breaks, two lunches, reception on Thursday, guidance during a tour, support in booking accommodation in Opole, transfer from and to Opole railway/bus stations.

For the online participants:

participation in the conference (through Zoom, Google Meet, or another platform), a book of abstracts, the possibility to submitting a paper to a peer-reviewed international journal, language assistance, and proofreading.


Summer School Cross-border cooperation, migration and space in Central Europe (6-10 Sep. 2021)

The kick-off meeting of the Border and Regional Studies Network (10 Sep. 2021)

Presentation of project Support for the Research and Innovation Dimension of European Universities (EC Horizon 2020 grant)

Presentation of project Analysing Cross-border Co-operation in Visegrád Group countries (V4) (financed by Polish National Research Centre)


Conference chair: Wojciech Opioła, Ph.D.


Submitting paper proposals: online registration form