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CONF./CFP- ASN 2009 World Convention, New York, April 23-25

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CONF./CFP- ASN 2009 World Convention, New York, April 23-25

Posted by: Dominique Arel <>

Call for Papers

Imagined Communities, Real Conflicts, and National Identities

14th Annual World Convention of the
Association for the Study of Nationalities (ASN)

International Affairs Building,
Columbia University, NY
Sponsored by the Harriman Institute
23-25 April 2009

***Proposal deadline: 5 November 2008***

Contact information:
proposals must be submitted to: and

100+ PANELS on the Balkans, Central Europe and the Baltics, Russia,
Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Central Asia and Eurasia, the Caucasus,
Turkey, Afghanistan, China and surrounding territories

Theoretical Approaches to Nationalism and Empire
The Independence of Kosovo and Its Implications
The War in Georgia and Its Implications

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, NATO Expansion,
Diaspora Politics, International Law, and many more

AWARDS for Best Doctoral Student Papers

SCREENING of Recent Films and 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, security
studies, economics, geography and geopolitics, 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 normally featured in the Nationalism section.

In the wake of the dramatic events that have unfolded in late summer
2008, the Convention will also present a special section on The War in
Georgia and its Implications. The Convention is inviting paper, panel,
roundtable, or special presentation proposals on various aspects of
the conflict, as it relates to Georgia, the South Caucasus, the North
Caucasus, Ukraine, the frozen conflicts, Russian nationalism,
Russophone minorities in the near abroad, domestic politics, the Fate
of the Coloured Revolutions, NATO enlargement, US-Europe-Russia
relations, the European Union and related topics. A special section
will also be devoted to The Independence of Kosovo and its
Implications, with emphasis on Balkans post-war reconstruction,
international law, self-determination, ethnic conflicts, minority
rights, regional security and so forth.

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
2008 Convention were Jesse Driscoll (Stanford U, Political Science)
for Russia/Ukraine/Caucasus, Sarah Cameron (History, Yale U) and
Kristin Fabbe (Political Science, MIT, US) for Central
Asia/Eurasia/Turkey, Helena Toth (Harvard U, History) for Central
Europe, Valentina Burrai (UC London, UK, Political Science) for the
Balkans, and Lee Seymour (Northwestern U, Political Science) for
Nationalism Studies. Doctoral student applicants whose proposals are
accepted for the 2009 Convention, who have not defended their
dissertation by 1 November 2008, and whose papers are delivered by the
deadline, will automatically be considered for the awards.

The 2009 Convention is also inviting submissions for documentaries or
feature films made within the past few years and available in DVD
format (either NTSC or PAL). 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 2008 Program
included Milosevic On Trial (Denmark, 2007), Nanking (US, 2007),
Around Mostar, the Bridge and Bruce Lee (Italy, 2007), Yippee (US,
2007) and The More You Speak, The More You Cry (Greece, 2007).

The 2009 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 (twelve book panels
were featured in the 2008 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.

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, BUT A FACT SHEET IS REQUIRED; TO BE DOWNLOADED AT All proposals and fact sheets must be sent by
email to Dominique Arel at both and

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. Long CVs will be rejected, as the bio
statement must be sent in narrative form, like a long paragraph.
Graduate students must indicate the title of their dissertation and
year of projected defense. They can also submit bibliographic
information 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 must
indicate the title of their dissertation, the year they join a
doctoral program and year of projected defense. A 500-word abstract of
each paper is not required for panel proposals.

PROPOSALS FOR FILMS OR VIDEOS must include the name, email and
affiliation of the author, a postal address for hard (paper mail), the
title of the film, name of director, country and year of production, a
500-word abstract of the theme of the film and a 100-word biographical

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 proposed format.

email, affiliation, postal address, a paragraph about the areas of
expertise of the proposed 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 2008
or January 2009. Information regarding registration costs and other
logistical questions will be communicated afterwards.

The full list of panels from last years convention can be accessed at

The film lineup of last years convention 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: 5 November 2008 (to be sent to both AND

The ASN conventions headquarters are located at the:

Harriman Institute
Columbia University
1216 IAB
420 W. 118th St.
New York, NY 10027
212 854 8487 tel
212 666 3481 fax

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