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

Follow us on Twitter ( and on Facebook (

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)