MINELRES: ASN 2008 Call for Papers
Thu Sep 20 20:11:06 2007
Original sender: Dominique Arel <firstname.lastname@example.org>
[The announcement is also available at www.nationalities.org]
Call for Papers
“Nation, Identity, Conflict, and the State”
13th Annual World Convention of the
Association for the Study of Nationalities (ASN)
International Affairs Building,
Columbia University, NY
Sponsored by the Harriman Institute
10-12 April 2008
***Proposal deadline: 1 November 2007***
proposals must be submitted to:
email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org
100+ panels on the Balkans, Central Europe and the Baltics, Russia, Ukraine,
Belarus, Moldova, Central Asia and Eurasia, the Caucasus, Turkey, Afghanistan,
Pakistan, Kurdistan, China and surrounding countries
**INCLUDING a Special Section on Theoretical Approaches to Nationalism**
THEMATIC Panels on
Islam and Politics, Genocide and Ethnic Violence, Anthropology of Identity,
Citizenship and Nationality, Religion, Language Politics, Conflict Resolution,
Autonomy, Gender, EU Integration, Diaspora and many more
AWARDS for Best Doctoral Student Papers
AND the Screening and Discussion of **New Films/Documentaries**
The ASN Convention, the most attended international and inter-disciplinary
scholarly gathering of its kind, welcomes proposals on a wide range of topics
related to national identity, nationalism, ethnic conflict, state-building and
the study of empires in Central/Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union, the
Balkans, Eurasia, and adjacent areas. Disciplines represented include political
science, history, anthropology, sociology, international studies, economics,
geography, sociolinguistics, psychology, and related fields..
The Convention also features a section devoted to theoretical approaches to
nationalism, from any of the disciplines listed above. The papers in this
section need not be grounded in an area of the former Communist bloc usually
covered by ASN, provided that the issues examined are relevant to a truly
comparative understanding of nationalism-related issues. In this vein, we are
welcoming theory-focused and comparative proposals, rather than specific case
studies from outside Central/Eastern Europe and Eurasia. A dozen panels are
expected to be featured in the Nationalism section.
Since 2005, the ASN Convention has acknowledged excellence in graduate studies
research by offering Awards for Best Doctoral Student Papers in five sections:
Russia/Ukraine/Caucasus, Central Asia/Eurasia, Central Europe, Balkans, and
Nationalism Studies. The winners at the 2006 Convention were Tammy Lynch
(Boston U, History, Russia/Ukraine/Caucasus), Judith Beyer (Anthropology, Max
Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Central Asia/Eurasia), Zsuzsanna
Magdo (U of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, History, Central Europe), Connie
Robinson (New School U, Sociology, Balkans), and Wendy Pearlman (Harvard U,
Political Science, Nationalism). Doctoral student applicants whose proposals
will be accepted for the 2008 Convention, who have not defended their
dissertation by 1 November 2007, and whose paper is delivered by the deadline,
will automatically be considered for the awards.
The 2008 Convention is also inviting submissions for documentaries or feature
films made within the past few years and available in VHS or DVD format. Most
films selected for the convention will be screened during regular panel slots
and will be followed by a discussion moderated by an academic expert. Films on
the 2007 Program included the Oscar-nominated My Country, My Country (US,
2007), Vukovar-Final Cut (Serbia and Montenegro, 2006), A Lesson of Belarusian
(Poland, 2006), Orange Revolution (US, 2007) and Final Solution (India, 2005).
The 2008 Convention invites proposals for INDIVIDUAL PAPERS or PANELS. A panel
includes a chair, three presentations based on written papers, and a
discussant. Proposals using an innovative format are encouraged. Examples of
new formats include a roundtable on a new book, in which the author is being
engaged by three discussants (nine book panels were featured in the 2007
Convention); a debate between two panelists over a critical research or policy
question, following rules of public debating; or special presentations based on
original papers where the number of discussants is equal to or greater than the
number of presenters. Other innovative formats are also welcome.
The 2008 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.
There is NO APPLICATION FORM to fill out in order to send proposals to the
convention, except for a FACT SHEET that can be downloaded at
www.nationalities.org. All proposals and fact sheets must be sent by email to
Dominique Arel at both email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org.
INDIVIDUAL PAPER PROPOSALS must include the name, email and affiliation of the
author, a postal address for paper mail, the title of the paper, a 500-word
abstract and a 100-word biographical statement that includes full references of
your last or forthcoming publication, if applicable. Graduate students must
indicate the title of their dissertation and year of projected defense. They
can also submit the full references of a recent or forthcoming publication.
PANEL PROPOSALS must include the title of the panel, a chair, three paper-
givers with the title of their papers, and a discussant; the name, affiliation,
email, postal address and 100-word biographical statements of each participant
and include full references of their last or forthcoming publication, if
applicable. Graduate students can indicate the title of their dissertation and
year of projected defense.
PROPOSALS FOR FILMS OR VIDEOS must include the name, email and affiliation of
the author, a postal address for paper mail, the title, a 500-word abstract of
the film/video and a 100-word biographical statement.
PROPOSALS USING AN INNOVATIVE FORMAT must include the title of the panel, the
names, emails, affiliations, postal addresses, 100-word biographical statements
of each participant (same specifications as above) and a discussion on the
INDIVIDUAL PROPOSALS TO SERVE AS DISCUSSANT must include the name, email,
affiliation, postal address, a paragraph on the areas that the applicant has
expertise to serve as a discussant, and a 100-word biographical statement (same
specifications as above).
All proposals must be included IN THE BODY OF A SINGLE EMAIL, except for the
Fact Sheet that must be attached. Attachments other than the Fact Sheet will be
accepted only if they repeat the content of the email message/proposal, and if
all the information is contained IN A SINGLE ATTACHMENT. The reception of all
proposals will be acknowledged electronically (with some delay during deadline
week, due to the high volume of proposals).
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 in December 2007 or January 2008.
Information regarding registration costs and other logistical questions will be
The full list of panels from last year’s convention, for the geographical and
thematic sections, and the section on Theories of Nationalism, can be accessed
The film lineup can be accessed at
The programs from past conventions, going back to 2001, are also 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 Convention Executive Director Gordon N. Bardos
We look forward to receiving your proposal!
The Convention organizing committee:
Dominique Arel, ASN President
Gordon N. Bardos, Executive Director
David Crowe, ASN Chair of Advisory Board
Sherrill Stroschein, Program Chair
Deadline for proposals: 1 November 2007 (to be sent to both email@example.com
The ASN convention’s headquarters are located at the:
420 W. 118th St.
New York, NY 10027
212 854 8487 tel
212 666 3481 fax
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