International Scientific Conference

Borderlands facing a polycrisis in the 21st century. Resilience and future perspectives of cross-border relations

Opole – Wroclaw, 10-13 September 2023


10-11 September, Oratorium Marianum, University of Wrocław,
Plac Uniwersytecki 1, 50-137 Wrocław, Poland
12-13 September, Institute of Political Science and Public Administration,
University of Opole, Katowicka Street 89,
45-061 Opole, Poland



Research areas covered by the conference:

  • Polycrisis in the 21st century and its impact on cross-border relations
  • New theoretical and methodological approaches to border studies
  • De/Re-Construction of ethnic, national and social boundaries in societies facing multiple crises
  • (New) Border policies and border regimes in multilevel governance structures
  • COVID-19 and its impact on border regions: The humanitarian crisis on the Polish eastern border
  • The Russian invasion of Ukraine and its consequences
  • International migration and rebordering trends in Europe
  • Discourses and narratives on (new) borders and boundaries
  • Trans-border identities and practices: living in, belonging to, and working in border regions
  • Future perspectives of cross-border relations in Europe and the world

Language of the conference:

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

Paper publishing:

There will be an opportunity to publish selected papers that pass the review process in peer-reviewed scientific journals.

For papers, that deal with creating, or using databases in area of border studies, there will be a special issue of “Journal of Borderlands Studies” edited by E. Brunet-Jailly, H. Böhm, and W. Opioła (t.b.c.)

For other papers, we propose a publication in an open-access peer reviewed journal “Border and Regional Studies”. Open access publishing will be provided without a publication fees, and with financial support for proofreading services.


International Scientific Committee:

  • Katarzyna Stokłosa (University of Southern Denmark)  – Chair
  • Péter Balogh (Eötvös Loránd University/ CERS Institute for Regional Studies)
  • Małgorzata Bieńkowska (University of Białystok)
  • Leszek Buller (Center for European Projects)
  • Emmanuel Brunet-Jailly (University of Victoria)
  • Julia Dittel (University of Saarland)
  • Frédéric Durand (Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research)
  • Jarosław Jańczak (Adam Mickiewicz University/European University Viadrina)
  • Martin Klatt (University of Southern Denmark/European Centre for Minority Issues)
  • Krzysztof Kolanowski (Joint Secretariat INTERREG Co-operation Programme Poland – Saxony 2021-2027 [2014-2020])
  • Kira Kosnick (European University Viadrina)
  • Lukáš Novotný (University of Ústí nad Labem)
  • Gabriela Carmen Pascariu (Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iași)
  • Birte Wassenberg (University of Strasbourg)
  • Florian Weber (Saarland University)
  • Grzegorz Welizarowicz (University of Gdańsk)
  • Christian Wille (University of Luxembourg)
  • Birte Wassenberg (University of Strasbourg)
  • Hynek Böhm (University of Opole and Technical University of Liberec)
  • Emmanuel Brunet-Jailly (University of Victoria)
  • Martin Klatt (University of Southern Denmark)
  • Florian Weber (Saarland University)
  • Elżbieta Opiłowska (University of Wrocław)

Important dates

1 February 2023  opening call for panel sessions and abstract proposals
31 March 2023 – deadline for submitting the complete panel sessions proposals and individual papers abstracts
10 May 2023 – information about accepting the proposal
15 May 2023 – deadline for conference registration and fee payment
15 August 2023 – deadline for submitting papers (for publications)


Conference fee

regular: 120 EUR / 500 PLN
discounted*: 40 EUR / 200 PLN
post-conference trip: 30 EUR/140 PLN

*For Ph.D. candidates, post-docs up to 5 years after completing the Ph.D., and scholars from non-OECD countries
For scholars and Ph.D. candidates from Ukrainian Universities, we have up to 5 awards, for covering the costs of participation in the conference, travel, and accommodation.

We provide:

• participation in the conference
• the possibility to submit a paper to a peer-reviewed international journal, language assistance, and proofreading
• the possibility to submit a paper to a peer-reviewed international journal, language assistance, and proofreading
• refreshments during coffee breaks, lunches, dinner on Sunday, reception on Tuesday
• guided tour in Wrocław
• transfer Wrocław – Opole – Wrocław
• trips on Wednesday (additional fee for registered participants)

Bank account number for payments in EUR:
Uniwersytet Opolski
PL88 1090 2138 0000 0005 5600 0076
Santander Bank Polska S.A.

Payment reference: “Borderlands Conference; name_surname“

Bank account number for payments in PLN:
Uniwersytet Opolski
PL09 1090 2138 0000 0005 5600 0043
Santander Bank Polska S.A.
Payment reference: “Borderlands Conference; name_surname“


Wednesday, 13 September 2023 Excursions (separate registration & fee)

  1. Opole – Kreisau – Wrocław Kreisau (Krzyżowa) is a village located in Lower Silesia. During WWII, an anti-Nazi opposition group (the Kreisau Circle), had met on the von Moltke estate. The members of the Kreisau Circle worked on plans to reconstruct Germany and Europe on the basis of democratic and Christian moral values. The Foundation Kreisau (Krzyżowa) is dedicated to deepening German-Polish dialogue and European understanding, referring to the aims of the founders of the Foundation, who in 1989 wanted to create a center for European dialogue and meetings in Krzyżowa. Moreover, the Foundation acts in recognition of the historical significance of the Polish-German Reconciliation Mass of 12 November 1989. The activity of Krzyżowa Foundation is based on International Youth Meeting Centre, Memorial Site and European Academy. Excursion will end in Wrocław train station and Wrocław airport.

  2. Opole – Góra Św. Anny – Cieszyn – Katowice Góra Św. Anny (St. Annaberg) is a Silesian village, which was (and still is) very important memorial site of the Silesian Uprisings 1919-1921 which were PolishGerman armed conflicts on border delimitation in Silesia. The city of Cieszyn/Cesky Tesin is a twin city located on the Czech-Polish border. Because of its rich history and current social, political, and cultural dynamics the twin city is a very popular case study in the cross-border research. Excursion will end in Katowice train station and Katowice-Pyrzowice airport.


Local Steering Committee

Elżbieta Opiłowska (University of Wroclaw)
Wojciech Opioła (University of Opole)
Sylwia Zawadzka (University of Wroclaw)
Karolina Czabanowska (University of Opole)
Emre Can Alptekin (University of Wroclaw)