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Borders and Corridors

This theme focuses on all aspects of international borders and transboundary phenomena in Africa. Building on the pioneering work of ABORNE and CAS’ borderlands expertise, this area of research traces borderland dynamics from the colonial period to the present. It explores how borders shape, for example, conceptions of community and belonging; structures of local administration; land use; the movement of goods and people; and livelihoods. Recent research spotlights the ‘respacing’ of Africa, whereby continental integration facilitates the movement of people and goods but in a context of increased securitization, reconfiguring modes and nodes of governance and space.