The Wages of Nationhood: Conflicts, Compromises, and Costs
17th Annual World Convention of the Association for the Study of Nationalities (ASN)
International Affairs Building,
Columbia University, NY
Sponsored by the Harriman Institute
19-21 April 2012
***Proposal deadline: 2 November 2011***
Contact information: proposals must be submitted to: firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com
140 PANELS on the Balkans, Central Europe and the Baltics, Russia,
Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Central Asia and Eurasia, the Caucasus,
Turkey, China, and Nationalism Studies
SPECIAL SECTIONS on
History, Politics, and Memory
Ethnicity and Violence
Religion and Multiculturalism
THEMATIC Panels on
and Politics, Genocide and Mass Killing, Language Politics,
Post-Conflict Reconstruction, Autonomy, Gender and Identity, EU
Integration, Migration, Borders and Diasporas, War Crimes and
International Tribunals, Political Economy, Nation-Building, and many
SCREENING of New Documentaries
SPECIAL ROUNDTABLES on New Books
for Best Doctoral Student Papers, the ASN Harriman Joseph Rothschild
Prize in Nationalism and Ethnic Studies, the ASN Audience Award for Best
SPECIAL EVENTS for the ASN 40th Anniversary and sponsored by the ASN Journal Nationalities Papers
ASN Convention, the most attended international and inter-disciplinary
scholarly gathering of its kind, welcomes proposals on a wide range of
topics related to nationalism, ethnicity, ethnic conflict and national
identity in Central Europe, the Balkans, the former Soviet Union, and
Central Eurasia (including Central Asia, the Caucasus, Turkey, China,
Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran, and Iraq).
can get a sense of the large thematic scope of ASN Convention papers by
looking at the 2011 Final Program, which can be accessed at http://nationalities.org/convention/pdfs/ASN-2011-final-program-April.pdf
Convention also invites proposals devoted to comparative perspectives
on nationalism-related issues in other regions of the world, as well as
theoretical approaches that need not be grounded in any particular
geographic region. Disciplines represented include political science,
history, anthropology, sociology, international studies, security
studies, geopolitics, area studies, economics, geography,
sociolinguistics, literature, psychology, and related fields. Papers
presented at the Convention will be made available for $10 on a CD to
Convention attendees, but will neither be posted on the ASN website, nor
be sold to Convention non-attendees.
The Convention is also
inviting paper, panel, roundtable, or special presentation proposals
related to three special thematic sidebars:
History, Politics and
Memory, on the construction and contestation of the memory of
historical events in sites, political discourse and historical research;
and Violence, on the conditions, mechanism, construction, implications
and global perspective of violence perpetrated against ethnic or
Religion and Multiculturalism, on the
social and political challenges related to the integration of
religious-defined old and immigrant communities in modern societies.
Papers, the ASN flagship journal, will hold the first Nationalities
Debate, a high profile discussion on the state of the art, as well as a
new edition of the roundtable How To Get Your Article Published, one of
the most attended panels in the past two conventions. Nationalities
Papers will also sponsor the opening reception.
years, the ASN Convention has acknowledged excellence in graduate
studies research by offering Awards for Best Doctoral Student Papers.
The winners at the 2011 Convention were Ljubica Spaskovska (U of Exeter,
History, UK) for the Balkans, Christina Zuber (U of KÃ¶ln,
International Studies, Germany) for Central Europe, Kitty Lam (Michigan
State U, History, US) for Russia/Ukraine/Caucasus, Leyla Amzi-Erdogdular
(Columbia U, History, US) for Central Eurasia/Turkey, and Sarah Jenkins
(U of Aberystwyth, International Politics, UK), for Nationalism
Studies. Doctoral student applicants whose proposals are accepted for
the 2012 Convention, who will not have defended their dissertation by 1
November 2011, and whose papers are delivered by the deadline, will
automatically be considered for the awards.
The ASN Convention
inaugurated in 2010 an annual ASN Harriman Book Prizeï¿½"the Joseph
Rothschild Prize in Nationalism and Ethnic Studies. The winner at the
2011 Convention was Carter Vaughn Findley for his monograph Turkey,
Islam, Nationalism, and Modernity (Yale University Press, 2011). For
information on how to have a book considered for the 2012 Book Prize,
please contact Dmitry Gorenburg at firstname.lastname@example.org, or go to http://www.nationalities.org/convention/rothschild.asp.
2012 Convention is also inviting submissions for documentaries made
within the past few years and available in DVD format (either NTSC or
PAL). The documentaries selected for the Convention will be screened
during regular panel slots and, in several cases, will be followed by a
discussion moderated by an academic expert. Films on the 2011 Program
included Aghetï¿½"Ein VÃ¶lkermord (Germany, 2010), Facing Genocide:
Khieu Samphan and Pol Pot (Sweden, 2010), The Green Wave (Germany,
2010), Three Stories of Galicia (US, 2010), and Vlast (US, 2010). The
full 2011 film lineup can be accessed at http://nationalities.org/convention/pdfs/ASN-2011-Film-LineUp.pdf The Convention will also inaugurate an ASN Audience Award for Best Documentary. More details will be available later.
2012 Convention invites proposals for individual papers or panels. A
panel includes a chair, three or four presentations based on written
papers, and a discussant. The 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
There is no application form to fill out in order to
send proposals to the Convention, but the three mandatory items
indicated below (contact information, abstract, biographical statement)
must be included in a single Word document (PDF documents will be
accepted only if they are single-spaced). In addition, a Fact Sheet ï¿½"
downloaded from www.nationalities.org ï¿½" is required.
application email must thus include the attached Word document detailed
above (contact info, abstract, bio), as well as the Fact Sheet (or
multiple Fact Sheets in the case of panel proposals, i.e., one per panel
member). Incomplete applications may not be processed. Applications for
papers and for panels should be submitted in a single message. With the
extremely high volume of correspondence, the Convention cannot process
applications contained in several fragmentary messages.
Individual paper proposals must include four items:
*Contact information: the name, email, postal address and academic affiliation of the applicant
*A 300- to 500-word abstract (shorter abstracts will not be considered) with the title of the paper
*A 100-word biographical statement, in narrative form (one paragraph). CVs will be rejected.
proposals featuring more than one author (joint proposal) must include
the contact information and biographical statement of all authors and
specify whether all co-authors intend to attend the Convention.
Fact Sheet, to be downloaded at www.nationalities.org. (In the case of
co-authors, only those intending to attend the Convention must send a
Panel proposals must include four items:
*Contact information (see above) of all proposed panelists.
*The title of the panel and a 200- to 300-word abstract of each paper.
*A 100-word biographical statement (see above) for each proposed panelist. CVs will be rejected
*A Fact Sheet for each panelist.
can also be sent for roundtables (with presentations not based on
written papers) and book panels. The same four elements apply.
Proposals for documentaries must include four items:
*Contact information (see above)
*A 300- to 500-word abstract of the documentary
*A 100-word biographical statement (see above). CVs will be rejected.
*A Fact Sheet
for a roundtable following the screening of a film are most welcome. In
these cases, the requirements of a panel proposal apply, in addition to
the 300- to 500-word abstract of the film.
Proposals to serve as a discussant must include four items:
*Contact information (see above)
*A 100-word statement about your areas of expertise
*A 100-word biographical statement (see above). CVs will be rejected.
*A Fact Sheet (see above)
for applicants already included in an individual paper or panel
proposal need only include the 100-word statement on areas of expertise.
As indicated above, all proposals must be sent in a single email
message, with an attached proposal (contact info, abstract, bio
statement) and an attached Fact Sheet (or multiple Fact Sheets, in the
case of co-authors and/or panel proposals). Proposals including contact
information, the abstract and the bio statement in separate attachments
will not be considered. The proposals must be sent to email@example.com AND firstname.lastname@example.org.
receipt of all proposals will be promptly acknowledged electronically,
with some delay during deadline week, due to the high volume of
Participants are responsible for covering all travel
and accommodation costs. Unfortunately, ASN has no funding available for
An international Program Committee will be entrusted
with the selection of proposals. Applicants will be notified by January
2012. Information regarding registration costs and other logistical
questions will be communicated afterwards.
The full list of panels from last year’s convention can be accessed at http://nationalities.org/convention/pdfs/ASN-2011-final-program-April.pdf
The programs from past conventions, going back to 2001, are also online at http://nationalities.org/convention/past.asp
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.
The ASN Facebook page will post regular updates on the ASN 2011 Convention. To become a follower of ASN on Facebook, go to http://www.facebook.com/pages/Association-for-the-Study-of-Nationalities/116040015082264?ref=ts and click on the â?œLikeâ?� option.
ASN has also inaugurated the popular ASN Nationalities Blog in 2010. The blog can be accessed at http://nationalities.wordpress.com/ and blog updates are posted on Facebook.
We very much look forward to hearing from you and receiving your proposal!
The Convention Organizing Committee:
Dominique Arel, ASN President
Gordon N. Bardos, Executive Director
Sherrill Stroschein, Program Chair
Florian Bieber, Zsuzsa Csergo, Dmitry Gorenburg, Vejas Liulevicius, and Harris Mylonas, ASN Executive Committee
Deadline for proposals: 2 November 2011 (to be sent to both email@example.com AND firstname.lastname@example.org)
The ASN Convention’s headquarters are located at the:
420 W. 118th St.
New York, NY 10027
212 854 8487 tel
212 666 3481 fax