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Investing (in) the frontier

Investir la frontière

« Frontière·s ». Revue d’archéologie, histoire et histoire de l’art

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Published on Thursday, June 25, 2020


Frontière·s, revue d’archéologie, histoire et histoire de l’art aims at providing an Open Access epistemological framework for Ancient and Medieval scholars. It focuses on the polysemous and discussed term ‘border’. For its fourth issue, the authors are invited to write on the theme ‘Investing (in) the frontier’.


Editorial committee

  • Marine LÉPÉE (ArAr / IASA-UNIL)
  • Gaëlle PERROT (HiSoMA)

Journal presentation

Nowadays, Open Access frameworks dedicated to epistemology in Ancient and Medieval fields remain far too few. The main objective of the journal Frontière·s. Revue d’Archéologie, Histoire & Histoire de l’art is to provide an efficient publication support to the scientific community based on the peer review. This project, led by junior researchers, is housed by Maison de l’Orient et de la Méditerranée Jean Pouilloux and supported by Jean Moulin University (Lyon 3).

In the field of Ancient studies, the common understanding of ‘border’ is often restricted to geopolitical limits. However, it is possible to understand ‘border’ in a wider way according to the modes of separation. Though, depending on the way of splitting, it could encompass any meanings: concrete or abstract boundaries, built or natural ones, etc. Authors are invited to consider every kind of separation between individuals, not only geophysical, state or political ones, but also social, cultural, symbolic, linguistic, metaphysical boundaries.

Frontière·s provides a cross-sectoral framework to archaeologists, historians and art historians, and moreover, a work tool published on a semestrial basis.


Borders are not only boundaries or interfaces between two realities. They also provide a place to invest or to be invested in, on a more or less permanent basis. For this fourth issue, authors are encouraged to survey the modes of appropriation and occupation of border areas, with particular attention to actors and center-periphery dynamics

The topic can be discussed freely according to different approaches :

  • material investment : to live in or develop integrated or margin areas, to invest financial, human and structural resources.
  • territorial investment : to control and extend the limits of a religious, agricultural, political territory, etc.
  • military involvement : to commit military forces in order to occupy/conquer a place or a population
  • symbolic investment : to grant a right, a power, an honorific value, to assign a legal framework, a territorial or national identity to the border area
  • intellectual investment : to consider a frontier or a border territory as a knowledge horizon, an area to be mapped or explored.


  • December 20th 2020: submission deadline

  • March 1st 2021: reviewers’ feedback
  • April 15th 2021: deadline for submitting corrections
  • June 2021: issue publication

Submission guidelines

English and French submissions are both accepted.

All paper proposals (max. 22,000 signs) must be submitted to: frontiere-s@mom.fr by December 20th 2020 accompanied by a short abstract in French and English (max. 1200 signs) and 5–10 key words. Please also include your institutional affiliation, position and name.

Editorial standards here.

Bibliographic standards here. 


  • Lyon, France (69)


  • Sunday, December 20, 2020

Attached files


  • frontière, border, migration, épistémologie, epistemology, limite, boundary, social, société, society, territoire, religion, droit, armée, army, échange, trade, investissement, investing, commitment,


  • Gaëlle Perrot
    courriel : frontiere-s [at] msh-lse [dot] fr
  • Marine Lépée
    courriel : Marine [dot] Lepee [at] unil [dot] ch

Information source

  • Marine Lépée
    courriel : Marine [dot] Lepee [at] unil [dot] ch


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« Investing (in) the frontier », Call for papers, Calenda, Published on Thursday, June 25, 2020, https://doi.org/10.58079/151p

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