Monthly Archives: December 2012

CFP – The Middle Ground Journal – “The Border in the Classroom: Approaches to Border Studies”

The Middle Ground Journal: World History and Global Studies Thematic Forum on “The Border in the Classroom: Approaches to Border Studies”


Guest Editors: Benita Heiskanen and Andrae Marak

This thematic forum of The Middle Ground Journal: World History and Global Studies will explore the multiple meanings of borders within the classroom context. While the initial series of articles will focus on the borders between Mexico and the U.S., we welcome articles with a focus on the K-12, undergraduate, or graduate classroom setting from various geographic viewpoints. This on-going thematic forum will consist of three types of contributions:

• Research Articles (5,000-7,000 words)
• Case Studies (3,000-4,000 words)
• Book Reviews (800-1,000 words)

The articles may deal with either historical perspectives or contemporary issues, and we particularly encourage interdisciplinary and multi-methodological approaches to studies of borders.  Articles, studies, or book reviews that use borders as a comparison case or use borders more generally as a conceptual or theoretical tool are also welcome.
For research articles and case studies: please send max. 300-word abstracts, together with one-page CVs, to both editors. For suggestions on book reviews on recent border scholarship, please send max. 150-word abstracts, together with one-page CVs, to both editors. Please email all contributions for the initial installment of the forum to and by January 30, 2013. The final articles will be due on May 30, 2013.

For general inquiries concerning this forum, please email

The Middle Ground Journal is an open-access, refereed publication published by the Midwest World History Association (MWWHA), an affiliate of the international World History Association (WHA). The Middle Ground is housed at and sponsored with generous support from the College of St. Scholastica, Duluth, Minnesota.  The Middle Ground Journal is the common space shared between teachers and students, between research and teaching, among all levels and types of places of learning, and among different areas of specialization and methodological approaches.  More information on the journal is available at: and at:
General inquiries on the journal should be sent to Hong-Ming Liang, Chief Editor, HLIANG@CSS.EDU

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Growing up on The Other Border

First post in the Violating “The Border” series, which seeks to challenge and complicate our assumptions about U.S. borders and borderlands

To start off, let me introduce my old hometown stomping-grounds: Whatcom County, Washington. Continue reading

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Violating “The Border” Series

I am wary of historical interpretations that wrap things up into too neat of a package.  The modern world is not simple and I am unconvinced by scholarship that tries to present historical events as simple.  Like the present, history is messy.  And – that’s why I love it.

Thus, I am always keeping my eye open for historical events, persons and case studies or contemporary happenings and news items that complicate overly-simplified narratives.  I like finding things that go against the grain and force scholars to pause and reconsider their assumptions about a topic.  My current book project, for instance, takes the familiar narrative of indigenous peoples crossing borders out of the United States and into Mexico and Canada, turns it around and compares two groups of Native peoples who crossed in the opposite direction – into the United States.  Engaging in these kinds of counterintuitive projects may not change our broader conclusions, but they will be better informed by possible counter-narratives and complicating factors. Continue reading

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