Saturday, July 29, 2017




SEESA Travel Grants 

The Committee for SEESA Travel Grants is pleased to announce that three graduate students are recipients of the 2017 Travel Grants offered by SEESA. Each recipient has been awarded $500 to assist with travel expenses to conferences in 2017 for the presentation of their research in the various fields of South-East European Studies.
This year’s awardees are:
Danica Jenkins, University of Sydney, Australia
Jacek Kudera, Institute of Slavic Philology–University of Wrocław, Poland
Boban Karapejovski, Macedonian Academy of Sciences and Arts/Faculty of Education, International Balkan University
We welcome applications for next year’s grants. Further information on SEESA Travel Grants 2018 will be available this fall.

Thursday, March 30, 2017


**160+ Panels on the Balkans, Central Europe, Russia, Ukraine, the Caucasus, Central Asia, Turkey, Nationalism Studies and Migration Studies**
 The program of the ASN 2017 World Convention is available on the Convention’s brand new website at The full panel lineup is broken down along the three days of the Convention:

The Convention of the Association for the Study of Nationalities (ASN), hosted by the Harriman Institute, will be held at Columbia University, New York, on May 4-6, 2017

For registration, please go to or email Kelsey Davis at

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The Convention is as international as ever with 700+ panelists from 52 countries. The program will feature in excess of 160 panels, including the screening of a dozen new documentaries that will be announced in April.

The ASN World Convention offers an exceptionally strong lineup of panels on all regions of the former Communist world and Eurasia: Central Europe (22 panels), Russia (22), Balkans (19), Ukraine (17), Central Asia/China (13), Turkey/Greece (12), and the Caucasus (10). Our thematic sections – Nationalism Studies (20 panels) and Migration (10) – are also on the rise.

A record 23 book panels will be featured, including the latest from Tim Snyder (On Tyranny), Marci Shore (The Ukrainian Night), Josh Tucker & Grigo Pop-Eleches (Communism’s Shadow), Lawrence Douglas (The Right Wrong Man), Max Bergholz (Violence as a Generative Force), Alex Cooley (Dictators without Borders) and Bob Legvold (Return to Cold War). The full list appears at

There will be special roundtables on “The Deepening of Authoritarianism in Turkey,” πThe Contribution of Walker Connor to the Study of Nationalism,” and “The Trump Election and Its Consequences for the Balkans,” as well as workshops on “How to Get an Article Published” and How to Prepare Proposals for Fellowships, Seed Grants and Post-Docs.

The opening reception will be held on the 15th Floor of Columbia University’s International Affairs Building, 420 W. 118th St., New York on Thursday, May 4th at 7.30 PM. The closing reception will be in the same location — on Saturday, May 6th at 5.30 PM. The ASN Harriman Book Prize, the Best Doctoral Students Papers Awards and Film Festival Award will be featured in a special ceremony on the Saturday (time to be announced).

For general information regarding the Convention, contact Ryan Kreider at rk2780@columbia.edu212 851 2174. For registration information, please contact Kelsey Davis at For information on panels, contact Dominique Arel,

We look forward to seeing you at the Convention!

Dominique Arel, ASN Convention Director (Academic)
On behalf of the Organizing Committee and the Program Committee

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Multiculturalism and Language Contact conference to be held in Macedonia



An International Scholarly Conference organized by the Max van der Stoel Institute at South East European University and the Research Center for Areal Linguistics at the Macedonian Academy of Arts and Sciences Balkan peoples in the course of centuries of living in a multicultural and multilingual environment have attempted to interpret the world around them in a common fashion while at the same time preserving a variety of distinctive features, such as language and dialect. Significant cultural interactions, especially during the attested period of the Balkan Linguistic League, have brought about the convergence of inherited linguistic structures in the respective Balkan languages combined with varieties of common lexical elements, all conducive to more effective communication among the peoples involved.

At a time when some political actors are seeking to convince various publics that "they have nothing a common" (a phrase deployed stridently during the Yugoslav Wars of Succession), this conference seeks to bring new perspectives to the roles of multiculturalism and language contact as vital factors in mutual understanding and a shared worldview, a topic that is both timely and in need of deeper scholarly engagement. Papers dealing with the peoples and languages of the Balkans (as well as Balkan peoples and languages living beyond the Balkans) are especially welcome, but any paper relevant to the main themes of the conference is eligible to be submitted for consideration (see below).

The conference will be held 31 August - 1 September 2017 at the Campus of Southeast European University in Tetovo.

Registration: 50 euros (includes conference dinner and an excursion on 2 September)

The organizers will provide accommodation for participants from abroad.

Abstracts should contain the title, the author's name and affiliation, and a brief description of not more than 500 words (excluding references). The file should be saved as doc, docx, or pdf and the name should be LAST-NAME_TITLE-KEYWORD. Abstracts should be sent as an attachment to no later than 15 May 2017. Potential participants will be informed of their acceptance by 30 May 2017.

For the Organizers

Prof. Victor A. Friedman (University of Chicago and La Trobe University)
Prof. Marjan Markovikj (Macedonian Academy of Arts and Sciences and U. of Skopje)
Prof. Veton Latifi (South East European University)

Friday, February 10, 2017

Call for Applications! Summer Research Laboratory 2017

The Summer Research Laboratory (SRL) on Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia is open to all scholars with research interests in the Russian, East European and Eurasian region for eight weeks during the summer months from June 12 until August 4. The SRL provides scholars access to the resources of the world renowned Slavic, East European, and Eurasian collection within a flexible time frame where scholars have the opportunity to receive one-on-one research assistance from the librarians of the Slavic Reference Service (SRS). 

The deadline for grant funding is March 15 and is fast approaching! REEEC will continue to receive applications for the Summer Research Lab after the grant deadline, but housing and travel funds will not be guaranteed.

For more information and to apply, please use the following link:

For graduate students, the SRL provides an opportunity to conduct research prior to going abroad and extra experience to refine research skills and strategies.  Students will also have the opportunity of seeking guidance from specialized librarians in navigating resources pertaining to and originating from Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia.

The SRS is an extensive service that provides access to a wide range of materials that center on and come from: Russia, the Former Soviet Union, Czech and Slovak Republics, Former Yugoslavia, Poland, Hungary, Bulgaria, Romania, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan. The International & Area Studies Library, where the Slavic, East European, and Eurasian reference collection is housed, contains work stations for readers, research technologies, a collection of authoritative reference works, and provides unlimited access to one of the largest collections for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies in North America. 

In addition, the SRS provides access to extensive print, digital, and microform holdings relating to Eastern Europe, including rare materials acquired via Keith Hitchins and other noted scholars.

Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center
104 International Studies Building
910 S. Fifth St., MC-487
Champaign, IL 61820


Saturday, November 19, 2016


November 19, 2016

To support graduate student scholarship and international participation in the field of Southeast European Studies, the Southeast European Studies Association (SEESA) has established the SEESA Travel Grants to subsidize travel costs for presentation of papers at international, national, regional, or state conferences. In 2017 the grants will be awarded to graduate students for presentation of work on topics related to Southeastern European Studies at conferences in any field − including but not limited to history, linguistics, literature, anthropology, the arts, social and political science, folklore etc.

SEESA plans to fund, on a competitive basis, at least 2 annual awards of $500 each.

Applicants must be graduate students at either the master's or doctoral level in any of the fields of Southeast European Studies.

Students may only receive one SEESA Graduate Student Travel Grant over the course of their graduate studies.

Applications for the 2017 grants are due to the selection committee by March 10, 2017. Applicants should submit their abstract –no less than 500 words −a CV, a short bibliography of their paper and the CFP of the conference where they plan to present as an email attachment to Bavjola Shatro []. Author name(s), affiliation(s), and contact information should be written below the title of the paper.

The applications will be evaluated by SEESA’S Committee for Travel Grants.

Questions about the grants may be directed to Bavjola Shatro.

Paper Submission Deadline: March 10, 2017

Acceptance Notification Date: March 30, 2017

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Call for Papers: ASN 2017 World Convention Call for Papers (27 October Deadline)

22nd Annual World Convention of the 
Association for the Study of Nationalities (ASN)

International Affairs Building,
Columbia University, NY
Sponsored by the Harriman Institute
4-6 May 2017

***Proposal deadline: 27 October 2016***

Contact information:
Proposals must be submitted to: 

Over 150 PANELS in nine sections: 
Nationalism Studies
Migration & Diasporas
Ukraine (and Belarus)
Central Europe (including Baltics & Moldova)
Eurasia (including Central Asia & China)
Caucasus (North and South)
Turkey and Greece (and Cyprus)

THEMATIC Panels on
The Conflict in Ukraine
Russia and the New Cold War
Internally Displaced People and Refugees
The Rise of the Far Right
Political Violence (Insurgency, Terrorism, War)
The Crisis in Turkey
The Political Use of Historical Memory




The ASN World Convention, the largest 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 regional sections on the Balkans, Central Europe, Russia, Ukraine, Eurasia, the Caucasus, and Turkey/Greece, as well as thematic sections on Nationalism Studies and Migration/Diasporas. Disciplines represented include political science, history, anthropology, sociology, international studies, security studies, geopolitics, area studies, economics, geography, sociolinguistics, literature, psychology, and related fields.

The Convention is also inviting paper, panel, roundtable, book, documentary, or special presentation proposals related to: 
•“The Conflict in Ukraine,” on the domestic, regional and international crisis unleashed by Maidan, the annexation of Crimea, the war in Donbas, and the role of Russia, Europe and the United States;
“Russia and the New Cold War,” on Russia’s involvement in international crises (i.e. Ukraine, Syria), authoritarianism, information warfare, geopolitics, NATO/EU, energy politics, sanctions, nationalism;
•“Internally Displaced People and Refugees,” on the refugee crisis in Europe, the Middle East and elsewhere, securitization of borders, human and civil rights;
•“The Rise of the Far Right,” on migration, multiculturalism, populism, nativism in Eastern/Western Europe and America, 
•“Political Violence,” on insurgencies, civil wars, terrorism, the rise of ISIS, post-conflict settlement, international justice; 
•“The Crisis in Turkey,” on the spectre of authoritarianism, the Kurdish question, Gulenism, the army and the state, refugees, the war in Syria, relations with Russia;
•“The Political Use of Historical Memory,” on the construction and contestation of the memory of historical events in sites, symbols, state and (social) media narratives, and academic research;

Prospective applicants can get a sense of the large thematic scope of ASN Convention papers and presentations by looking at the 2016 Final Program, which can be accessed at 

Popular topics have also included language politics, religion and politics, EU integration/exit, nation-building, energy politics, and civil society.

For several years, the ASN Convention has acknowledged excellence in graduate studies research by offering Awards for Best Doctoral Student Papers. The ASN 2016 Doctoral Student Awards were given to:

Vujo Ilic (Political Science, CEU, Hungary — Balkans Section) on the civil war in 1941 Montenegro; Alexandra Klyachkina (Political Science, Northwestern U, US — Caucasus/Turkey Sections) on state-building in Chechnya; Egle Kesylyte-Alliks (Literature, U of Oslo, Norway — Central Europe Section) on the national flag and nationhood in Lithuania; Alina Jasina (Slavic Studies, U of Giessen, Germany — Russia/Ukraine/Eurasia Sections) on the Russian-speaking youth in Kazakhstan; and David Emre Amasyali (Sociology, McGill U, Canada — Nationalism/Migration Sections), on colonialism, non-colonialism and strategies of ethnic conflict.

Doctoral student applicants whose proposals are accepted for the 2017 Convention, who will not have defended their dissertation by 1 November 2016, and whose papers are delivered by the deadline, will automatically be considered for the awards (unless their paper is co-authored with someone not eligible for the doctoral prize). Each award comes with a certificate and a cash prize.

The 7th Annual Harriman ASN Rothschild Book Prize went to Edin Hajdarpašić for Whose Bosnia? Nationalism and Political Imagination in the Balkans, 1840-1914 (Cornell University Press, 2015). Honorable mentions were given to Ronald Grigor Suny for “They Can Live in the Desert But Nowhere Else”: A History of the Armenian Genocide (Princeton University Press, 2015) and Iryna Vushko for The Politics of Cultural Retreat: Imperial Bureaucracy in Austrian Galicia, 1772-1867 (Yale University Press, 2015).

The Book Prize award comes with a certificate and a cash prize. For information on how to have a book considered for the ASN 2017 Convention Book Prize, please go or contact Dmitry Gorenburg at

The First Annual ASN Documentary Award went to Oleg’s Choice (Le choix d’Oleg) (France, 2016), from directors James Keogh and Elena Volochine, on Russian volunteers in the Donbas War. Honorary mentions were given to The Siege (Sarajevo 1992-1995)(France, 2016), directed by Rémy Ourdan and Patrick Chauvel, and All Things Ablaze (Ukraine, 2014), directed by Oleksandr Techynskyi, Alexey Solodunov and Dmitry Stoykov, on violence on the Ukrainian Maidan.

Fourteen new international documentaries were shown at the 2016 ASN Documentary Festival. The full 2016 lineup can be accessed at
The Convention is also inviting submissions for its ASN World Documentary Festival on new documentaries produced between 2015-2017. The documentaries are screened during regular panel slots and are followed by a Q&A. Documentaries are submitted with a secured streaming link. For information on how to submit a documentary, go to or see below.

Proposal Information

The ASN 2017 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 is self-standing, and does not apply to applicants already involved in individual or panel proposals. (At a later stage, many applicants whose proposals were accepted will be invited to serve as chair or discussant on other panels).

In order to submit proposals to the Convention, the three mandatory items indicated below (contact information, abstract, biographical statement) must be included in a single Word document (PDF documents will not be accepted) attached to a single email messageApplications containing more than one attachment will be returned.

Each applicant – including co-authors (unless they are not planning to attend the Convention if their proposal is accepted) and each member of a panel proposal – must also fill out a Fact Sheet online that can be accessed at 
Applicants that are on two proposals need to fill out two separate Fact Sheets.

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) that includes the title of the paper.
*A 100-word biographical statement, in narrative form (essentially one paragraph). Standard CVs will be rejected and the entire proposal must be sent in a single document.
Individual proposals featuring more than one author (joint proposal) must include the contact information and biographical statement of all authors and specify who among the co-authors intend to attend the Convention to present the paper. Only co-authors attending the Convention will have their names in the official program.
*A Fact Sheet, to be filled out online (see above). In the case of co-authors, only those intending to attend the Convention must send a Fact Sheet. The Word document proposal must indicate that the Fact Sheet has been filled out online.

Panel proposals must include four items:
*Contact information (see above) of all proposed panelists.
*The title of the panel and the title and a 200- to 300-word abstract of each paper.
*A 100-word biographical statement (see above) for each proposed panelist. Statements in standard CV format will not be considered. The rules on joint proposals are the same as with individual proposals (see above).
*A Fact Sheet, to be filled out online (see above), for each panelist attached to the proposal. The Word document proposal must indicate that all panelists have filled out their Fact Sheet online.

Proposals for roundtables include a chair and four presenters, but no discussant, since the presentations, unlike regular panels, are not based on written papers. Roundtable proposals include the same four items as a panel proposal, including the title of each presentation, except that the 200- to 300-word abstracts are presentation abstracts, rather than paper abstracts.

The Convention is also inviting proposals for Book Panels, based on books published between September 2015 and February 2017. The proposal must include the Chair, three discussants, as well as the author. A Book Panel proposal must include the same four items as a panel proposal, except that the abstract is limited to a 200- to 300-word abstract of the book. The discussants need not submit an abstract. The organizer of a Book Panel might, but is not required to be the book’s author.

Proposals for documentaries must include four items:
*Contact information (see above)
*A 300 word abstract of the documentary
*A 100-word biographical statement (see above). 
*A Fact Sheet filled out online (see above).
*A secure streaming link for reviewing purposes.
The ASN Documentary Festival prioritizes films longer than 50 minutes. Shorter documentaries will be considered.

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 not be considered.
*A Fact Sheet filled out online (see above)
Discussant proposals can only be sent by applicants who are not part of an individual or panel (or roundtable) proposal.

TO REPEAT: All proposals must be sent in a single email message, with an attached proposal in a Word document (PDFs will not be accepted) containing contact information, an abstract, a biographical statement, as well as a confirmation that the Fact Sheet has been filled out online (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, or over several email messages, will not be returned. The proposals must be sent to AND

The receipt of all proposals will be acknowledged electronically, with some delay during deadline week, due to the high volume of proposals.

IMPORTANT: Participants are responsible for covering all travel and accommodation costs. Unfortunately, ASN has no funding available for panelists.

An international Program Committee will be entrusted with the selection of proposals. Most applicants will be notified by January 2017. Since final decisions are dependent upon room availability, some applicants may not be notified until early February 2017. Information regarding registration costs and other logistical questions will be communicated afterwards.

The full list of panels from last year’s (2016) Convention can be accessed at

The programs from past conventions, going back to 2001, are also available online at

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 ASN Executive Director Ryan Kreider (

The ASN Facebook page will post regular updates on the ASN 2017 Convention. To become a follower of ASN on Facebook, go to
and click on the “Like” option.

We very much look forward to hearing from you and receiving your proposal!

Dominique Arel, ASN Convention Director 
Ceren Belge, Evgeny Finkel, Harris Mylonas, ASN Convention Associate Directors
Sherrill Stroschein, ASN Program Chair
On behalf of the ASN Convention Program Committee

Deadline for proposals: 27 October 2016 (to be sent to both AND

To contact the ASN Convention’s headquarters:

Ryan Kreider
ASN Executive Director
Assistant Director, The Harriman Institute
Columbia University
420 W. 118th St., Room 1218, MC 3345
New York, NY 10027

Sunday, March 6, 2016


The preliminary program of ASN’s 2016 Annual World Convention can be accessed at The Convention, co-sponsored by the Harriman Institute, will be held at Columbia University, New York, on April 14-16, 2016

**Registration fees are $100 for ASN members, $130 for nonmembers, $60 for students (and free for students enrolled in New York area universities who present a valid university ID). The registration form can be downloaded at For registration information, please contact Registration Manager Kelsey Davis ( For general convention information, please contact ASN Executive Director Ryan Kreider (rk2780@columbia.edu212 851 2174).**

As always, the Convention boasts the most international lineup of panelists amongst North American-based conventions. More than half of the 400+ scholars will deliver papers (and more than half of those delivering papers are currently based outside of the United States in nearly 50 different countries). More than 750 panelists and participants are expected at the Convention. The program will feature in excess of 150 panels, including the screening of a dozen new documentaries that will be announced in early April

The Convention offers an exceptionally strong lineup of panels on all regions of the former Communist world and Eurasia: Russia, the Caucasus, Central Asia/Turkey-Greece, the Balkans, Ukraine/Belarus and Central Europe (including the Baltics and Moldova). The Balkans section is the largest, with 27 panels, followed by Russia and the Caucasus—25, Nationalism Studies—21, Central Europe—19, Central Asia/China/Turkey/Greece—a combined 18, Ukraine—15, and an expanding Migration section—14 panels (half of them cross-listed with regional sections).

Due to the extraordinary situation prevailing in Ukraine and Russia since 2014, up to ten panels will be devoted to dimensions of the conflict.

In its most visible section, the Convention will showcase 13 new monographs. These special panels will feature new books by David Laitin (Why Muslim Integration Fails in Christian-Heritage Societies, Harvard, 2016), Tim Snyder (Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning, Tim Duggan Books, 2015), David Miller (The Political Philosophy of Immigration, Harvard, 2016), Lucan Way (Pluralism by Default: Weak Autocrats and the Rise of Competitive Politics, Johns Hopkins, 2016), Jesse Driscoll (Warlords and Coalition Politics in Post-Soviet States, Cambridge, 2015), Pal Kolsto and Helge Blakkisrud (The New Russian Nationalism, Edinburgh, 2016), Veljko Vujacic (Nationalism, Myth, and the State in Russia and Serbia, Cambridge, 2015), Margaret Moore (A Political Theory of Territory, Oxford, 2015), Lauren McCarthy (Trafficking Justice: How Russian Police Enforce New Laws, from Crime to Courtroom, Cornell, 2015), George Liber (Total Wars and the Making of Modern Ukraine, Toronto, 2016), Tarik Cyril Amar (The Paradox of Ukrainian Lviv, Cornell, 2015), Joyce Apsel (Introducing Peace Museums, Routledge, 2016), and Adam Fagan and Indraneel Sircar, Europeanization of the Western Balkans, Palgrave, 2016).

The opening reception will be held on the 6th Floor of Columbia University’s International Affairs Building, 420 W. 118th St., New York on Thursday, April 14 at 8:00 PM. The closing reception will be held in the same location on Saturday, April 16 at 7:00 PM and will feature the announcements of the ASN Harriman Book Prize, the Best Doctoral Students Papers Awards and the Award for Best Documentary.

Once more, for registration information regarding the Convention, please contact Kelsey Davis ( For general information regarding the Convention, please contact Ryan Kreider (rk2780@columbia.edu212 851 2174). For information on panels, please contact Dominique Arel (

We look forward to seeing you at the Convention!

Dominique Arel, ASN Convention Academic Director
On behalf of the Organizing Committee and the Program Committee