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).


Borderlines was conceived as the creative component associated with CSSAAME. It hosts brief commentaries, interviews and new media to complement the print journal. Six graduate students working on the South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East regions found borderlines. 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-cssaame.org and reaffirms its commitment to featuring original work in formats that differ from scholarly articles and forums that are usually featured in academic journals. 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.

AIMS and objectives

Borderlines 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.

Borderlines continue to work as an integral part of CSSAAME.