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The key topics of the conference included problems related to studying space and territorial configuration of borders between Israel and Palestine, migration processes in border regions, geopolitical relations between Europe and Asia, and intercultural exchange between border countries.
Ekaterina Mikhailova, postgraduate student in the HSE School of Public Administration Department for Spatial Development and Regional Studies, spoke at one of the key conference sessions dedicated to interstate cooperation between border cities. Her presentation, ‘Adjacent Settlements along the Russian Border: “Twin-Cities” Rhetoric in a Euroasian Context’, was dedicated to a topical issue of creating the image of ‘twin-cities’ in mass media by the example of adjacent settlements in European and Asian parts of Russia.
The conference, which lasted for four days, had an intensive programme of both academic events and organized excursions to border regions in Israel. The first trip was along a trans-border river of Jordan where conference participants could see tourist facilities on the Israel-Jordan border, as well as forms of border cooperation between local communities. Parts of the Palestinian border were explored during the second excursion day, including the Bnei Shimon checkpoint and some blocks of East Jerusalem.
The exotic location of the conference deserves special mention. In line with Beer-Sheva’s reputation as the capital of the Negev desert, the buildings of Ben-Gurion University are coloured in sand tones, ivy-cloaked and surrounded by numerous botanical gardens. Given the uncommon look of the campus, conference participants felt as though they were in an oasis.