The Post-Soviet Borders project organised a session at this summer’s ABS event, entitled “Border-Making and its Consequences: Interpreting Evidence from the ‘post-Colonial’ and ‘post-Imperial’ 20th Century”, bringing project members to the largest global academic gathering on borders and border-related issues.

Entitled “The Transformation of Soviet Republic Borders to International Borders”, the project’s panel involved 3 sessions and brought together 9 scholars who presented on 13.7. at the Central European University in Budapest. In the first session, Vladimir Kolosov and Alexander Sebentsov (Institute of Geography, Russian Academy of Sciences) presented Post-Soviet boundaries: territoriality, identity, security, circulation, followed by Dorin Lozovanu’s (University of the Academy of Sciences of Moldova) talk on Post-Soviet borders in Moldova and project member Leyla Sayfutdinova’s (University of Eastern Finland) research Between conflict and co-operation: border regime on the Azerbaijani-Russian border in the course of the 2nd Chechen war. The second session saw project member Ekaterina Mikhailova (Lomonosov Moscow State University/ UEF) deliver her talk on Where Russia, Belarus and Ukraine meet: rebordering and internationalisation at the tri-border region, Serghei Golunov (Institute of World Economy and International Relations, Moscow) present the Belarus-Russia Border: Between Transparency and Rigidness, and Anton Gritsenko’s (Institute of Geography RAS) exploration of the Disintegration of Russia and Ukraine in the mirror of their borderlands’ symbolic landscape. In the final session, conference participants heard Maria Zotova’s (Institute of Geography RAS) Everyday life in the Russian borderland: theoretical approaches, social practices and socio-cultural influence, while project members Paul Fryer (University of Eastern Finland) and Vladimir Boyko (Altai State Pedagogical University) reproduced their respective research Changing perceptions and practices across the Kyrgyz-Tajik border in the Pamir Mountains and Kazakhstan’s Factor in Greater Altai integration project: borderland and geopolitical dimensions.

All papers were well-received and produced lively discussions and debates at the end of each session. Overall, some 40 participants were involved in the panel as presenters or audience members and resulted in some valuable new contacts for the project.