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
Balkans
Russia
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

ASN WORLD DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL

ASN BOOK PANELS (SPECIAL PANELS ON NEW ACADEMIC BOOKS)

ASN AWARDS (BEST DOCTORAL PAPERS, BEST BOOK, BEST FILMS, BEST NATIONALITIES PAPERS ARTICLE)

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 http://nationalities.org/uploads/documents/ASN17_RothschildPrize.pdf or contact Dmitry Gorenburg at asnbookprize@gmail.com.

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. http://nationalities.org/prizes/documentary-film-award/best-documentary-film-award-2016

Fourteen new international documentaries were shown at the 2016 ASN Documentary Festival. The full 2016 lineup can be accessed at http://nationalities.org/conventions/film-presentations/2016-film-presentations
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 http://nationalities.org/prizes/documentary-film-award 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 darel@uottawa.ca AND darelasn2017@gmail.com.

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 http://nationalities.org/uploads/documents/ASN16_FinalProgram_April.pdf.

The programs from past conventions, going back to 2001, are also available online at http://nationalities.org/conventions/world/

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 (rk2780@columbia.edu).

The ASN Facebook page will post regular updates on the ASN 2017 Convention. To become a follower of ASN on Facebook, go to https://www.facebook.com/Nationalities
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 darel@uottawa.ca AND darelasn2017@gmail.com)

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

ASN 2016 ANNUAL WORLD CONVENTION PRELIMINARY PROGRAM

150+ PANELS ON THE BALKANS, CENTRAL EUROPE, RUSSIA, UKRAINE/BELARUS, THE CAUCASUS, EURASIA, TURKEY/GREECE, MIGRATION, and NATIONALISM STUDIES
 
The preliminary program of ASN’s 2016 Annual World Convention can be accessed at http://nationalities.org. 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 
https://nationalities.wufoo.com/forms/asn-registration-form/. For registration information, please contact Registration Manager Kelsey Davis (asnreg2016@gmail.com). 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 (asnreg2015@gmail.com). For general information regarding the Convention, please contact Ryan Kreider (rk2780@columbia.edu212 851 2174). For information on panels, please contact Dominique Arel (darel@uottawa.ca).

We look forward to seeing you at the Convention!

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

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

REMINDER - Call for Applications: Summer Research Lab 2016

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 13 until August 6. The SRL provides scholars access to the resources of the University of Illinois Slavic collection within a flexible time frame where scholars have the opportunity to seek advice and research support from the librarians of the Slavic Reference Service (SRS).

The deadline for grant funding is April 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 further information and to apply, please use this link:
http://www.reeec.illinois.edu/srl/?utm_source=SEESA&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=SRL2016
For graduate students, the SRL provides an opportunity to conduct research prior to going abroad and extra experience to refine research skills.  Students will also have the opportunity of seeking guidance from specialized librarians skilled 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, and Romania. The International & Area Studies Library, where the Slavic reference collections are 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

  • Yugoslavia: Peoples, States, and Society (microfilm collection) consists of 109 reels, which includes a unique set of short monographs, pamphlets, and other materials on the Balkan Wars, World War I and the South Slavs, interwar Yugoslavia, and World War II; 
  • Russian-Ottoman Relations, 1600-1914. Part 1: The Origins, 1600-1800 (microfilm collection) contains approximately 193 titles on Russian-Ottoman relations: diplomatic treaties, travel reports, decrees, eye-witness accounts of military campaigns, and policy deliberations;
  • Yugoslav civil wars 1991-1999 (microfilm collection): from the holdings of the British Library.  This collection consists 20 reels of printed material, transcripts and ephemera from the British Library; 
  • Yugoslav statistics 1834-1919 microfilm collection contains well over 300 annuals, serials, censuses and other publications from Croatia, Serbia, Montenegro, and Bosnia published between 1834 and 1919. Moreover, 12 institutions in the former Yugoslavia, Austria, the United States and Britain have contributed to this unique collection;
  • Unlimited access to some of the most complete holdings of journals in the U.S; and
  • Russo-Turkish War 1877-1878 microfilm collection consists of 120 reels and includes military and civilian documents from the Russian State Military History Archive.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

 CALL FOR PAPERS

Council for Bulgarian Studies Abroad, Bulgarian Academy of Science and Bulgarian Studies Association, USA invite your participation:

“Beyond the Borders”
The 10th. Joint Conference of Bulgarian and North American Scholars
Sofia, June 26-30, 2016
 
For more than forty years the tradition of Bulgarian-American academic dialogs has been carried on by the Council for Bulgarian Studies Abroad at the Bulgarian Academy of Science and the Bulgarian Studies Association. The first conference was in 1973 in Madison, WI, followed by conferences in Varna (1978), Boston (1982), Smoljan (1987), Pittsburgh (1994), Blagoevgrad (1999), Columbus, OH (2003), Varna (2008), and Eugene, OR (2012).

It is Sofia’s turn to host the 2016 Bulgarian-Northern American conference in the field of Bulgarian Studies. The topic of this conference, “Beyond the Borders”, invites various perceptions of “borders” (disciplinary, historical, cultural, national, etc.) and their interpretation as liminal spaces of distancing, interaction and transformation.

To participate, please submit an abstract (150-300 words) and a short CV by April 15, 2016 to Dr. Catherine Rudin carudin1@wsc.edu and/or Dr. Vessela Warner (warnerv@uab.edu, (for the U.S.), and Dr. Ana Luleva analuleva@iefem.bas.bg and/or Dr. Анисава Милтенова amiltenova@gmail.com (for Bulgaria)

Participation will be confirmed by April 30, 2016. All American participants will be provided with free room and board. The working language of the conference is English.

Conference committee:
Ana Luleva, Bulgarian Academy of Science
Anissava Miltenova, Bulgarian Academy of Science
Lora Taseva, Bulgarian Academy of Science
Catherine Rudin, Wayne State College
Vessela Warner, University of Alabama at Birmingham

Friday, January 29, 2016

Summer Research Laboratory, University of Illinois

Invitation for applications from the  Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center (REEEC) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign:
 
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 13 until August 6. The SRL provides scholars access to the resources of the University of Illinois Slavic collection within a flexible time frame where scholars have the opportunity to seek advice and research support from the librarians of the Slavic Reference Service (SRS). 

The deadline for grant funding is April 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 further information and to apply, please use this link:

For graduate students, the SRL provides an opportunity to conduct research prior to going abroad and extra experience to refine research skills.  Students will also have the opportunity of seeking guidance from specialized librarians skilled 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, and Romania. The International & Area Studies Library, where the Slavic reference collections are 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
  • Yugoslavia: Peoples, States, and Society (microfilm collection) consists of 109 reels, which includes a unique set of short monographs, pamphlets, and other materials on the Balkan Wars, World War I and the South Slavs, interwar Yugoslavia, and World War II; 
  • Russian-Ottoman Relations, 1600-1914. Part 1: The Origins, 1600-1800 (microfilm collection) contains approximately 193 titles on Russian-Ottoman relations: diplomatic treaties, travel reports, decrees, eye-witness accounts of military campaigns, and policy deliberations;
  • Yugoslav civil wars 1991-1999 (microfilm collection): from the holdings of the British Library.  This collection consists 20 reels of printed material, transcripts and ephemera from the British Library; 
  • Yugoslav statistics 1834-1919 microfilm collection contains well over 300 annuals, serials, censuses and other publications from Croatia, Serbia, Montenegro, and Bosnia published between 1834 and 1919. Moreover, 12 institutions in the former Yugoslavia, Austria, the United States and Britain have contributed to this unique collection;
  • Unlimited access to some of the most complete holdings of journals in the U.S; and
  • Russo-Turkish War 1877-1878 microfilm collection consists of 120 reels and includes military and civilian documents from the Russian State Military History Archive. 
 

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Call for Papers: 21st Annual World Convention of the Association for the Study of Nationalities (ASN)

21st Annual World Convention of theAssociation for the Study of Nationalities (ASN)


International Affairs Building,
Columbia University, NY
Sponsored by the Harriman Institute
14-16 April 2016

***Proposal Deadline Reminder: 29 October 2015***

Contact information:
proposals must be submitted to:

Over 150 PANELS in nine sections:
Nationalism Studies
Migration & Diasporas
Balkans
Russia
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
Refugees and Migrants
Insurgency, Self-Determination and the State
Memory Politics

Screening of NEW DOCUMENTARIES

BOOK PANELS

AWARDS for Best Doctoral Student Papers,
ASN Harriman Joseph Rothschild Book Prize

The Nationalities Papers Opening Reception

The ASN 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 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, or special presentation proposals related to:
•“Insurgency and the State,” on the rise of ISIS, the resumption of conflict in Turkey, civil wars, self-determination, international law;
            •“The Conflict in Ukraine,” on the events/international crisis unleashed by “Maidan,” the fall of a regime, the war in Donbas, Russia’s role, NATO;
•“Refugees and Migrants,” the refugee crisis in Europe, the rise of the far right, labour migration (gastarbeiters), securitization of borders, migration and civil rights;
•“Memory Politics,” on the construction and contestation of the memory of historical events in sites, symbols, discourse and research;

Prospective applicants can get a sense of the large thematic scope of ASN Convention papers by looking at the 2015 Final Program, which can be accessed at

Popular topics have also included ethnic violence, language politics, religion and politics, EU integration, nation-building, energy politics, and post-conflict reconstruction.

Nationalities Papers, the ASN flagship journal, will present the consistently popular roundtable “How To Get Your Article Published”, which features the editors of some of the leading journals in the field. It will also sponsor the opening reception.

For several years, the ASN Convention has acknowledged excellence in graduate studies research by offering Awards for Best Doctoral Student Papers. The ASN 2015 Doctoral Student Awards were given to:

Aleksandra Zdeb (Political Science, Jagiellonian U, Poland) and Jelena Dureinovic (Art History, Justus Liebig U, Germany), Balkans
Kyle L. Marquardt  (Political Science, U of Wisconsin Madison, US), Central Europe
David R. Stroup (Political Science, U of Oklahoma, US), Caucasus/Eurasia/Turkey
Scott Weiner (Political Science, George Washington U, US), Nationalism
Maria Tagangaeva (Sociology, U of St. Gallen, Switzerland), Russia
Daria Mattingly (Slavonic Studies, U of Cambridge, UK), Ukraine

Doctoral student applicants whose proposals are accepted for the 2016 Convention, who will not have defended their dissertation by 1 November 2015, and whose papers are delivered by the deadline, will automatically be considered for the awards. Each award comes with a certificate and a cash prize.

In 2010 the ASN Convention inaugurated an annual ASN Harriman Book Prize—the Joseph Rothschild Prize in Nationalism and Ethnic Studies. At the 2015 ASN Convention, the prize was awarded to Madeleine Reeves for Border Work: Spatial Lives of the State in Rural Central Asia (Cornell University Press, 2014).
An honorable mention was given to Willard Sunderland for The Baron’s Cloak: A History of the Russian Empire in War and Revolution (Cornell University Press, 2013). The award comes with a certificate and a cash prize. For information on how to have a book considered for the ASN 2016 Convention Book Prize, please contact Dmitry Gorenburg at asnbookprize@gmail.com, or go to http://www.nationalities.org/prizes/Rothschild.asp.

The Convention is also inviting submissions for new documentaries available in mp4 or DVD format (NTSC or PAL). The documentaries selected will be screened during regular panel slots and, in several cases, will be followed by a discussion with the filmmaker. The full 2015 film lineup can be accessed at http://nationalities.org/conventions/film-presentations/2015-film-presentations.

Proposal Information

The ASN 2016 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 proposal.

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 message.

Each applicant – single or multiple authors on individual proposals, every member of a panel proposal – must also fill out a Fact Sheet online that can be accessed at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ASN2016_survey.


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 (a text with the length of one paragraph). Standard CVs will not be considered.
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. Only joint presenters 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 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 can also be sent for roundtables and book panels. Roundtables include a chair, 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, 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 January 2015 and February 2016. 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.

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 not be considered.
*A Fact Sheet filled out online (see above).
*A streaming link for reviewing purposes.

Proposals for a roundtable following the screening of a film are especially encouraged. 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 not be considered.
*A Fact Sheet filled out online (see above)
Proposals for applicants already included in an individual paper or panel proposal need only include the 100-word statement on areas of expertise.

IMPORTANT: 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 considered. The proposals must be sent to darel@uottawa.ca AND darelasn2016@gmail.com.

The receipt of all proposals will be promptly 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. Applicants will be notified by January 2016 at the latest. 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/uploads/documents/ASN_Final_Program_2015.pdf.

The programs from past conventions, going back to 2001, are also available online at http://nationalities.org/conventions/world/

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 (rk2780@columbia.edu).

The ASN Facebook page will post regular updates on the ASN 2016 Convention. To become a follower of ASN on Facebook, go to https://www.facebook.com/Nationalities
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, ASN Convention Associate Director
Evgeny Finkel, ASN Convention Associate Director
Sherrill Stroschein, ASN Program Chair
On behalf of the ASN Convention Program

Deadline for proposals: 29 October 2015 (to be sent to both darel@uottawa.ca AND darelasn2016@gmail.com)

To communicate with the ASN Convention’s headquarters:

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