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Borders and boundaries are the subject of significant debates today—whether in the US (and Mexico) in light of President Trump’s policy intentions, in Europe as a result of the refugee crisis, or indeed in symbolic and cultural terms. With this in mind, the editors of Metropolitics seek submissions for a special series on the theme of borders as they relate to urban issues.

Recent political debates and national and international media coverage have addressed borders (and border crossings) of different kinds, including controlling the border between the continental United States and Mexico and President Trump’s determination to “build the wall”; migration flows across the Mediterranean Sea to continental Europe; the refugee crisis throughout Europe; debates about “open borders”; NIMBYism in communities across the US; as well as borders between individual states, cities, and municipalities. Borders are also relevant beyond migration issues: borders and boundaries are not just geographical and spatial, but also symbolic and cultural in terms of social inclusion and belonging, or race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality or other identities.

In light of the importance of these issues today, the editors of Metropolitics seek submissions for a special series on “borders,” broadly construed, as they relate to urban issues.

We will consider articles received by Friday, September 6, 2019, for inclusion in this special series.

Please email articles to the Editorial Director, Hilary Botein: hilary [dot] botein [at] baruch [dot] cuny [dot] edu

Metropolitics is an editorially peer-reviewed online journal that publishes concise academic essays and papers aimed at an international audience. The journal’s mission is public scholarship: short-form work about cities and urban politics, based on original research, on a quick time frame that allows researchers to contribute to public debate and make their scholarly work relevant to a broad readership. Metropolitics is housed at the Center for Urban Research at the City University of New York Graduate Center.

What we publish:

  • Essays (1,500 words), which draw on empirical work to develop arguments relating to societal and political debates, and which provide a new perspective on key urban issues and challenges.
  • Debates (1,500 words), which address current social, professional or political developments on current issues, and concisely present the state of knowledge bearing on current public debate.
  • Reports from the Field (1,500 words), which draw on case studies, experiments or remarkable situations to shed new light on urban phenomena and developments.
  • Reviews (1,000 words), which offer authors’ perspectives on books, films, exhibitions and other events, evaluating their intellectual contributions for a wide audience.
  • Interviews with activists and policymakers, presented in audio, video or text form.

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