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

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:
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.