AAG Annual Meeting 2010


Association of American Geographers (AAG) Annual Meeting 2010
Washington, D.C., USA
14-18 April 2010

"Borders and cities: perspectives from North America and Europe"

Sponsored by the Political Geography Specialty Group

David Pijawka, Francisco Lara-Valencia, School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, Arizona State University, USA
Antoine Decoville, Christophe Sohn and Olivier Walther, Centre for Population, Poverty and Public Policy Studies, Luxembourg

Concept and objectives
Borders always have the twofold function of separation and of serving as an interface. Over the last decades, the accelerating processes of globalization, the strengthening of regional integration, and the consolidation of supranational bodies have led to profound changes in the traditional functions of borders. National borders still have a role in differentiating political, economic and cultural systems, but they increasingly serve as an interface for promoting contacts, collaboration and hybridization within or between urban areas. In the same time, there has been a resurgence of cities and city-regions as new forms of economic and political organizations. Against this background, this paper session will focus on the changing relationships between borders and cities in a North American and European context.

Our three sessions will explore the following topics:

  • The various forms of border agglomerations
  • The emergence of new forms of cross-border metropolitan governance
  • The role of city networks in cross-border cooperation
  • The border as a resource/barrier for urban economic development
  • The cross-border city as a place of cultural hybridization
  • The institutional responses to cross-border economic integration
  • The role of borders in the production of specific urban morphologies

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