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

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