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
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



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, or go to

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

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

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 AND

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

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 2016 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, 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 AND

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

Thursday, October 15, 2015

From Christianisations and Islamisations to (Hetero)Europeanisations: Transformations of Cultural-Historical Heritage on the European Margins

A multidisciplinary conference on issues of heteroeuropeanisations and cross-marginal territoriality,  co-organised by Institute for Literature of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia (Yordan Lyutskanov), Dipartimento di Studi sull'Asia e sull'Africa Mediterranea of Ca' Foscari University of Venice (Gaga Shurgaia) and INALCO, Paris (Timour Muhidine), is to be held in

Sofia, 31 March–2 April 2016.

Scholars in any subfield of Balkan, Caucasian, Coptic, Hispanic, Mediterranean and Near Eastern, North-Eastern European, Russian and Eurasian, Turkish, Ukrainian studies, in comparative literature and art history, historical sociology, cultural history and history of ideas are welcome to submit paper proposals.

Language(s) of communication:

English; upon agreement with the organisers, French, German and Russian shall also be possible

Confirmed keynote speakers:

Raymond Detrez (Catholic University of Leuven), Sibel Irzik (Sabanchi University, Istanbul), Paola Pizzo (D’Annuncio University of Chieti-Pescara) 

Scholarly committee:

Nikolay Aretov (Institute for Literature, Sofia), Paul Aubert (Aix-Marseille University), Martin Beisswenger (National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow), Bülent Bilmez (Bilgi University, Istanbul), Carlos Javier Blanco-Martín (Institute “Hernán Pérez del Pulgar”, Ciudad Real),Giovanna Brogi-Bercoff (University of Milano), Gerard Delanty (University of Sussex), Raymond Detrez (Catholic University of Leuven), Nelly van Doorn-Harder (Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina), Sergio Fernandez-Riquelme (University of Murcia), Bernhard Giesen (University of Konstanz), Basil Gounaris (University of Thessaloniki), Todor Hristov (Sofia University), Sibel Irzik (Sabanchi University, Istanbul), Benedikts Kalnačs (Institute of Literature, Folklore and Arts, Riga), Mariam (Tsiala) Karbelashvili (Shota Rustaveli Institute of Georgian Literature, Tbilisi), Nicolas Kazarian (French Institute for International and Strategic Affairs, Paris), Theo Martin van Lint (University of Oxford), Barbara Lomagistro (University of Bari), Yordan Lyutskanov (Institute for Literature, Sofia), Ervand Margaryan (Russian-Armenian University, Yerevan), Slobodan Markovich (University of Belgrade), Alberto Masoero (University of Venice), Timour Muhidine (CERMOM, INALCO, Paris), Bernard Outtier (LEM, CNRS, Paris), Bratislav Pantelich (Sabanchi University, Istanbul), Konrad Petrovszky (University of Vienna), Stephen Rapp Jr. (Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas), Gilles de Rapper (IDEMEC, Aix-en-Provence), Irma Ratiani (Shota Rustaveli Institute of Georgian Literature, Tbilisi), Victor Roudometov (University of Cyprus, Nicosia), Esther Sánchez-Pardo (Complutence University, Madrid),Goran Sekulovski (St. Sergius Theological Institute, Paris), Gaga Shurgaia (University of Venice), Tigran Simyan (Yerevan State University), Kristina Stoeckl (Austrian Academy of Sciences/University of Vienna), Arpad Szakolczai (University College Cork), Taline Ter Minassian (CREE, INALCO, Paris), Marie Vrinat-Nikolov (CREE, INALCO, Paris), Stefan Wiederkehr (ETH Zürich, ETH-Bibliothek), Evert van der Zweerde (Nijmegen University)

Organising committee:

Yordan Lyutskanov, Gaga Shurgaia, Timour Muhidine, Todor Hristov (Faculty of Slavic Philologies, Sofia University), Goran Sekulovski (St. Sergius Theological Orthodox Institute, Paris), Teodora Tsankova (Institute for Literature, BAS, Sofia)

>> Submission guidelines <<

Monday, September 21, 2015

News from the Bulgarian Studies Association: Creation of a new journal.

The Bulgarian Studies Association membership has just voted unanimously to amend the organization's constitution by adding publication of a Bulgarian Studies journal to the BSA's mission. The new journal is currently in the planning stages; details to be discussed at the ASEEES meeting in November.  For further information contact Cammeron Girvin:

Monday, August 24, 2015


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 2016 the grants will be awarded to graduate students for attendance and presentation at The 20th Biennial Conference on Balkan and South Slavic Linguistics, Literature and Folklore, which will take place at The University of Utah in Salt Lake City, UT, USA, April 28-30, 2016.

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 2016 grants are due to the selection committee by March 10, 2016. Applicants should submit their paper and a short biographical note 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, 2016 
Acceptance Notification Date: March 20, 2016

Sunday, August 23, 2015

The Balkanist’s Balkanist: Papers Dedicated to Victor A. Friedman

Volume 28 of Balkanistica has been dedicated to Victor A. Friedman on the occasion of this eminent professor’s retirement in 2015. It honors his contributions to the field of Balkan studies.

In this volume, co-edited by Donald L. Dyer (University of Mississippi), Brian D. Joseph (The Ohio State University) and Christina E. Kramer (University of Toronto), are included 28 papers authored by distinguished scholars in the field who hail from universities around the world. The volume also features an introduction and a full bibliography of Friedman’s work, which includes over 250 articles, several of which were published in Balkanistica, one as early as the journal’s second volume in 1975.
Although the current issue is exceptionally large – at 645 pages it is much larger than any previous issue – it is nevertheless modest compared to the career-long contributions of Professor Friedman to Southeast European Studies. Among his many and varied accomplishments, he has served as President and Vice President of SEESA and is now a member of its executive board. He is also the current president of the U.S. Committee for AIESEE.
Од Чикаго и назад: Papers to Honor Victor A. Friedman on the Occasion of His Retirement is an impressive and admirable academic endeavor by its co-editors and the scholars who have contributed to it. It will significantly enrich not only the archives of Balkanistica over the years to come as well as our own professional libraries, but it will also provide us with great satisfaction of knowing that these contributions have memorialized the amazing work of such a formidable scholar. Victor Friedman will no doubt continue to inspire and guide our own work for many years to come.