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

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

Posted by: Dominique Arel <>

ASN 2009 Preliminary Program Now Available!

More than 120 Panels on the Balkans, Central Europe, Russia, Ukraine,
the Caucasus, Eurasia, Turkey, China, and Nationalism Studies

The final program of the ASN 2008 World Convention can now be
downloaded at the ASN web site, Updated
versions will be posted regularly. The Convention, sponsored by the
Harriman Institute, will be held at Columbia University, New York, on
April 23-25, 2009.

**Registration fees are $60 for ASN members, $80 for non-members, $40
for students (and a special rate of $20 for graduate students enrolled
in New York universities). Registration forms can be downloaded at For registration information, please contact
Lydia Hamilton ( For general convention
information, contact ASN Executive Director Gordon Bardos
( or 212 854 8487)**

As always, the Convention boasts the most international line-up of
panelists of North American-based conventions, with more than half of
the 350+ scholars, from more than 40 countries, who will be delivering
papers currently based outside of the United States. More than 700
panelists and participants are expected at the convention. The program
features more than 120 panels, including the screening of several new
documentaries that will be announced later.

In the wake of seminal events that have unfolded in 2008, the
Convention will feature four panels in a special section on "The War
in Georgia and its Implications" and four on "The Independence of
Kosovo." These will enrich an exceptionally strong line-up of panels
in all regions of the former Communist world and Eurasia: Russia, the
Caucasus, Central Asia/Turkey/China, the Balkans, Ukraine and Central
Europe (including the Baltics and Moldova). Every year, the Program
Committee has to be more selective in devising the line-up, due to the
increasing number of proposals. The Central Europe and the Balkans
sections lead the way with 23 panels each, followed by Central
Asia/China/Turkey--with a combined 16 panels, Ukraine and Belarus--10,
the Caucasus--9, and Russia--8 (excluding the Northern Caucasus).
Twelve panels appear in the "Thematic" section. Recurrent themes on
the program include the Politics of Memory, Mass Violence, War
Tribunals, EU Enlargement, Ethnography, Ethnic Minorities and Diasporas.

The Convention will be hosting seven special panels featuring new
important books by John Hall (Ernest Gellner: An Intellectual
Biography, Verso 2009), Timothy Snyder (The Red Prince: The Secret
Live of a Habsburg Archduke, Yale 2008), Henry Hale (The Foundations
of Ethnic Politics: Separatism of States and Nations in Eurasia and
the World, Cambridge 2008), Stephen M. Saideman and R. William Ayres
(For Kin or Country: Xenophobia, Nationalism, and War, Columbia 2008),
Zsuzsa Csergo (Talk of the Nation: Language and Conflict in Romania
and Slovakia, Cornell 2007), Charles Ingrao and Thomas A. Emmert, eds.
(Confronting the Yugoslav Controversies, Purdue 2009) and Larissa
Onyshkevych and Maria G. Rewakowicz, eds. (Contemporary Ukraine on the
Cultural Map of Europe, M. E. Sharpe, 2009).

Two of these book panels are part of the section "Theories of
Nationalism," now in its sixth year at the ASN Convention, which
offers a platform for the latest trends in nationalism studies
worldwide. Fourteen more panels appear in the Nationalism section,
such as "Processes of Violence," "Things Fall Apart: The Politics of
Fragmentation in Armed Groups," and "How (Not) to Study Ethnic Conflict".

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. More than a hundred doctoral students will be
eligible for the awards at the 2009 Convention.

For practical information regarding the convention, please contact
Gordon Bardos (, 212 854 8487). For registration
information, please contact Lydia Hamilton ( For
information on panels, please contact Dominique Arel (

We look forward to seeing you at the convention!


Dominique Arel, ASN President
Gordon N Bardos, Convention Executive Director

Sherrill Stroschein, Program Chair
on behalf of the ASN Convention Organizing Committee

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