CALL FOR PAPERS: Borders in Central and Eastern Europe


tl_files/igipz/ZPZ/GP/map.gifThe objective of this coming issue of GEOGRAPHIA POLONICA is to come back over the borders and cross-border relationships, in a context where the traditional representation of borders seen as the ground for categorization and delimitation is now questioned by multiple flows processes, dynamics and changes.

Political and socio-economic changes in Central and Eastern Europe has deeply transformed existence and functioning of borders and borderland areas. General systemic changes in Central Europe help with the use of endogenous potential, which can be modified through an uncovering of new resources and innovations. Increases in traffic: international, cross-border and national, help in the development of new economy that services it, both in “old” border regions and in new emerging cross-border regions. This processes are supported by economic and social changes that help increase the significance of development of borderlands. Given wise policies and investments, these processes become impulses behind the appearance and increase of new cross-border relationships. European Union funding (funds) has been the main component to investments in the borderland areas in many CEE regions. At the same time new crated interactions are becoming a primary focus of transboundary collaboration and integration.

Boundaries are an important element of the geopolitical landscape. While they sometimes hinder economic growth, they also have political and economic functions that stimulate regional and local development, often on the basis of tourism, shopping and transport (transit). International borders have significant implications for development of regions adjacent to them, especially in terms of governance, planning, marketing and promotion, human mobility, taxes, and socio-economic development.

Borders are also important attractions, and emerging services, products and motilities associated with the border are based on the “otherness” associated with cross-boundary travel. Borderlands are often home to natural attractions or areas of natural and cultural importance. As well, they are often zones of cultural blurriness, where different cultures, religions and ethnicities co-mingle and meld, and where unique cultural landscapes exude a tourism appeal. Many borderlands are home to historic monuments and heritage cities with unique urban patterns. The border-related “otherness” is also expressed through different land uses, dissimilar feasts and holidays, distinctive cuisines (culinary tourism) and merchandise variety available in shops (shopping tourism).

The idea could be focused on changing of border functions as a part of bordering and debordering processes. After 1989 main changes were associated with opening borders and appearance of cross-border cooperation. Additional regulations were added with enlargement of the European Union and Schengen space. New migration waves to the European Union in the last years has been changed situation not only on borderlands and provoked construction of new walls. Are we returning to the new post-cold war era?

This proposed special issue focuses on the relationships between tourism and political borders through:

  • the development and dissemination of theoretical, conceptual and methodological knowledge
  • the discussion of wide-ranging empirical and policy issues in different national, regional and institutional contexts, with special attention to be given on Central and Eastern Europe.

We particularly welcome papers addressing the following topics:

  • transformations of post-socialist borders in the context of political, economic and social changes
  • comparative analysis of bordering in Central and Eastern Europe
  • new trends and processes in changing borders and borders regions
  • borders as innovative spaces for regional development
  • new trends and processes in the regionalization of cross-border relationships
  • cross-border policy, governance  and marketing
  • natural and cultural heritage in borderlands
  • new methodological approaches for border researches

The final publication being scheduled in March 2017, and published in GEOGRAPHIA POLONICA vol. 90, iss 1 (1/2017) or iss 2 (2/2017). Proposals are expected before April  30th, 2016, (500 words abstract, complete with title, key words and full contact details in a doc or docx file) and final papers should be handed out before July 31st, 2016 (36 000 signs max., spaces included).

We also request that any proposed paper should not have been previously published elsewhere. In order to guarantee high quality we will use peer review. A final deadline for revised papers is the November 1st, 2016.

All propositions and questions should be sent to




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