Duke Press invites Timothy Mitchell (Columbia) and Anupama Rao (Barnard and Columbia) to take over editorial management of the journal, Comparative Studies of South Asia Africa and the Middle East (CSSAAME).


Six graduate students working on the South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East regions found borderlines, drawing inspiration from CSSAAME. In addition to featuring pieces that complemented CSSAAME, borderlines sought to publish pieces from artists, activists, and academics on various topics pertaining to South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East (saame).


borderlines launches its new website borderlines-csaame.com and reaffirms its commitment to featuring original work in formats that differ from scholarly articles and forums that are usually featured in academic journals. It strives to include multimedia work (music and visual art), short essays, and interviews. borderlines is also committed to publishing in non-European languages. borderlines also offers additional content that enriches individual articles published in the journal, such as visual material, archival documents, and online commentary and discussion.


borderlines is committed to publishing groundbreaking work by young scholars who experiment with theory and area and imagine novel ways of forging new connections across disciplinary and regional boundaries.

خُطُوط صَدْعkhutut sada‘ (2019), a forthcoming Arabic language section of borderlines, translates select borderlines European language material into Arabic, with the objective of soliciting critical response pieces.

cssaame (Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East) brings region and area studies into conversation with a rethinking of theory and the disciplines. Its aim is twofold: to ask how area and region are implicated in the production of geohistorical universals and, conversely, to attend to the specificity of non-Western social, political, and intellectual formations as these challenge normative assumptions of social life, cultural practice, and historical transformation. The journal is committed to working across temporal divides and asking how concepts and practices might be rethought and redeployed through new narratives of connection and comparison.