10th Annual World Convention of the Association for the Study of Nationalities (ASN)
International Affairs Building,
Columbia University, NY
Sponsored by the Harriman Institute
14-16 April 2005
100 panels on the Balkans, the Baltics, Central Europe, Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, the Caucasus, Central Asia, Turkey, Greece, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Kurdistan, China, and Mongolia
**INCLUDING a Special Section on
Theoretical Approaches to Nationalism**
AS WELL AS thematic panels on
Islamic Movements, Genocide and Ethnic Violence, Anthropology of Identity, Citizenship and Nationality, Conflict Resolution, Demography, and EU Expansion
AND the screening and discussion
of new ** Films/Documentaries**
The ASN Convention, the most attended international and inter-disciplinary scholarly gathering of its kind, welcomes proposals on a wide range of topics related to national identity, nationalism, ethnic conflict, state-building and the study of empires in Central/Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union, Eurasia, and adjacent areas. Disciplines represented include political science, history, anthropology, sociology, economics, geography, socio-linguistics, psychology, and related fields.
For the second consecutive year, the 2005 Convention will feature a new section devoted to theoretical approaches to nationalism, from any of the disciplines listed above. The papers in this section do not necessarily have to be grounded in an area of the former Communist bloc usually covered by ASN, provided that the issues examined are relevant to a truly comparative understanding of nationalism-related issues. In this vein, we are welcoming theory-focused and comparative proposals, rather than specific case studies from outside Central/Eastern Europe and Eurasia.
The 2005 Convention is also inviting submissions for documentaries or feature films made within the past year and available in VHS or DVD format. Most videos selected for the convention will be screened during regular panel slots and will be followed by a discussion moderated by an academic expert.
The 2005 Convention invites proposals for INDIVIDUAL PAPERS or PANELS. A panel includes a chair, three presentations based on written papers, and a discussant. Proposals using an INNOVATIVE format are also particularly encouraged. Examples of new formats include a roundtable on a new book, where the author is being engaged by three discussants; a debate between two panelists over a critical research or policy question, following rules of public debating; or special presentations based on original papers where the number of discussants is equal or greater than the number of presenters.
The 2005 Convention is also welcoming offers to serve as DISCUSSANT on a panel to be created by the program committee from individual paper proposals. The application to be considered as discussant can be self-standing, or accompanied by an individual paper proposal.
There is NO APPLICATION FORM to fill out in order to send proposals to the convention. All proposals must sent by email to Dominique Arel at firstname.lastname@example.org. INDIVIDUAL PAPER PROPOSALS must include the name and affiliation of the author, the title of the paper, a 500 word abstract and a 100 word biographical statement. PANEL PROPOSALS must include the title of the panel; a chair, three paper-givers, and a discussant; and the name, affiliation, email and 100 word biographical statement of each participant. PROPOSALS USING AN INNOVATIVE FORMAT must include the title of the panel; the names, affiliations, emails, and a 100 word biographical statements of each participant and a discussion on the proposed format. INDIVIDUAL PROPOSALS TO SERVE AS DISCUSSANT must include the name, affiliation, and areas of expertise of the applicant and a 100 word biographical statement.
All proposals must be included IN THE BODY OF A SINGLE EMAIL. Attachments will be accepted only if they repeat the content of an email message/proposal, and if all the information is contained IN A SINGLE ATTACHMENT.
Participants are responsible for covering all travel and accommodation costs. ASN has no funding available for panelists.
An international Program Committee will be entrusted with the selection of proposals. Applicants will be notified in December 2004 or early January 2005. Information regarding registration costs and other logistical questions will be communicated afterwards.
The full list of panels from last year's convention, for the geographical and thematic sections, the video screenings, and the new section on Theories of Nationalism, can be accessed at http://www.nationalities.org/ASN_2004_Final_Program.pdf.The programs from past conventions, going back to 2001, are also online.
Several dozen publishers and companies have had exhibits and/or advertised in the Convention Program in past years. Due to considerations of space, advertisers and exhibitors are encouraged to place their order early. For information, please contact Convention Executive Director Gordon N. Bardos (email@example.com).
People are invited to join ASN by logging in to http://www.nationalities.org/member_Info.asp. A yearly membership to ASN is $60 ($35 for students). Members receive the journal Nationalities Papers quarterly, a registration discount at the ASN Annual World Convention, and other perks.
**The London-based Association for the Study of Ethnicity and Nationalism (ASEN) is holding its 15th Annual Conference, entitled Nation and Empire, on Wednesday and Thursday, April 20-21, 2005, at the London School of Economics, four days after the ASN Convention concludes in New York. European scholars are invited to consider submitting proposals to both academic gatherings. Acceptance by the ASN Convention will not preclude an acceptance by the ASEN conference, and vice versa. Details for the London conference can be found at http://www.lse.ac.uk/collections/ASEN/conference2005.htm**
We look forward to seeing you at the convention!
The Convention organizing committee:
Gordon N. Bardos, Executive Director
Troy McGrath, Program Chair
David Crowe, ASN Chair of Advisory Board
Dominique Arel, ASN President
Deadline for proposals: 4 November 2004 (firstname.lastname@example.org)(backup address: email@example.com)
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