INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE “Walls and Wars: Identifying and Questioning the Military in Contemporary Border Security Policies” — Vendredi 26 avril 2019, Bruxelles

Walls and Wars: Identifying and Questioning the Military in Contemporary Border Security Policies

International Conference – April 26th, 2019 – Brussels

The Institute for European Studies at the Université Saint-Louis – Bruxelles (IEE USL-B) has the pleasure of inviting you to the next International Conference that will take place Friday, April 26th under the theme “Walls and Wars: Identifying and questioning the military in contemporary border security polices.


Border security implies a degree of militarization of borderlands through the variable use of military engineering, military practices, and routines of patrolling. In the present decade, the banalization of such military tools and practices (even though locally, nationally, and internationally contested) is more generally questioning militarism of societies when dealing with control of territory and foreigners. The conference aims to interrogate the mutual co-constitution of contemporary border security and militarism – broadly understood as how war tends to disseminate into society to become ordinary and determinate political and social relations. Thus, the participants based on their case studies will address the following questions: What are the frames of wars at the borders? Which police and military practices and technologies are used at the borders? Can we trace their geneology? Which forms of circulation of border security practices and knowledge? A special lecture will also be given at the beginning of the conference by Prof. Anna Stavrianakis (University of Sussex).

Scientific Committee 

Florence Delmotte (FNRS – Université Saint-Louis – Bruxelles)
Mathias Delori (CNRS-Sciences Po Bordeaux)
Nathalie Duclos (Université de Tours)
Denis Duez (Université Saint-Louis – Bruxelles)
Julien Jeandesboz (Université Libre de Bruxelles)
Polly Pallister-Wilkins (University of Amsterdam)
Damien Simonneau (Université Saint-Louis – Bruxelles)
Christophe Wasinski (Université Libre de Bruxelles)

Practical Information

  • Date & Venue : Friday, April 26th, 2019 in the Salle de Conseil located at Université Saint-Louis – Bruxelles (43, Boulevard du Jardin Botanique, 1000 Bruxelles).
  • Schedule & Programme : 9am to 6pm. Please find here the final programme.
  • Registration : participation in this event is free but for organisational reasons, we kindly ask you to register at this link.