30 sep 2014

Call for Papers: 20th Annual World Convention of the Association for the Study of Nationalities (ASN)

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 nationalism, ethnicity, ethnic conflict and national identity in several regional sections ...

International Affairs Building,
Columbia University, NY
Sponsored by the Harriman Institute
23-25 April 2015

***Proposal deadline: 29 October 2014***

[Please note that the deadline is earlier than in previous years]

Contact information:

proposals must be submitted to: and

Over 140 PANELS in nine sections:

  • Nationalism Studies
  • Migration & Diasporas
  • Balkans
  • Russia
  • Ukraine & Belarus
  • Central Europe (including Baltics & Moldova)
  • Eurasia (including Central Asia & China)
  • Caucasus (North and South)
  • Turkey, Greece & Cyprus

THEMATIC Panels on

  • Ukraine, Russia & the World
  • Self-Determination & Secession
  • History & Politics of Memory
  • Gender & Identity
  • Transitional Justice



AWARDS for Best Doctoral Student Papers,

ASN Harriman Joseph Rothschild Book Prize

ASN Award for Best Documentary

The Nationalities Papers Opening Reception

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 nationalism, ethnicity, ethnic conflict and national identity in several regional sections on Balkans, Central Europe, Russia, Ukraine, Eurasia, the Caucasus, and Turkey/Greece/Cyprus, as well as thematic and cross-regional 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:

 • “Ukraine, Russia & the World,” on the events/international crisis unleashed by “Maidan,” the fall of a regime, the war in Donbas, economic sanctions, NATO etc.

 • “Self-Determination and the State,” given new salience by the referendums in Scotland and Catalonia, the effects of Crimea/Donbas, and the rise of ISIS;

• “History, Politics and Memory,” on the construction and contestation of the memory of historical events in sites, symbols, discourse and research;

• “Gender & Identity,” on the salience of gender in discourse, representation, practices and mobilization;

• “Transitional Justice & Minority Rights,” encompassing human rights, minority rights, war crimes, genocide, international tribunals, and related issues;

Prospective applicants can get a sense of the large thematic scope of ASN Convention papers by looking at the 2014 Final Program, which can be accessed at

Popular topics have also included ethnic violence, language politics, religion and politics, EU integration, nation-bulding, the politics of energy, and post-conflict reconstruction.

Papers presented at the Convention will be made available for $10 on a CD to Convention attendees, but will neither be posted on the ASN website, nor be sold to Convention non-attendees.

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. Nationalities Papers 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 2014 Doctoral Student Awards were given to:

  • Enis Erdem Aydin (History, Bogazici U, Turkey) Turkey, Greece & Cyprus
  • Christofer Berglund (Political Science, Uppsala U, Sweden), Caucasus-Russia
  • Aliza Rebecca Luft (Political Science, U Wisconsin Madison, US), Nationalism
  • Anca Mandru (History, U of Illinois Urbana, US), Central Europe
  • Sevan Pearson (History, U Lausanne, Switzerland), Balkans
  • Eric Schluessel (History, Harvard U, US), Eurasia

Doctoral student applicants whose proposals are accepted for the 2015 Convention, who will not have defended their dissertation by 1 November 2014, 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.

The ASN Convention inaugurated in 2010 an annual ASN Harriman Book Prize—the Joseph Rothschild Prize in Nationalism and Ethnic Studies. The award comes with a certificate and a cash prize. For information on how to have a book considered for the ASN 2015 Convention Book Prize, please contact Dmitry Gorenburg at, or go to

At the 2014 ASN Convention, the prize was awarded to David Frick for Kith, Kin & Neighbors (Cornell University Press, 2013). An honorable mention was given to Harris Mylonas for The Politics of Nation-Building: Making Co-Nationals, Refugees, and Minorities (Cambridge University Press, 2013)..

The Convention is also inviting submissions for documentaries made within the past few years and available in DVD format (either 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. At the 2014 Convention, the Award for Best Documentary went to Ukraine Is Not A Brothel (Australia, 2013). Special mentions were given to In the Wake of Stalin (France, 2013) and Watchers of the Sky (US, 2013). The full 2013 film lineup can be accessed at

Proposal Information

The ASN 2015 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 send 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 in individual proposals, every member of a panel proposal – must also fill out a Fact Sheet online that can be accessed at

IMPORTANT: Applicants can only send one paper proposal -- whether as an individual proposal -- or as a paper part of a panel proposal. The Program will not consider more than one paper proposal from the same applicant. At the Convention, each panelist can only appear on a maximum of TWO panels, only one of which can be in the capacity of a paper presenter. For example, a panelist can chair a panel and present a paper on another, or chair a panel and be discussant or another, and so forth. This rule applies to co-authored papers, thus a co-authored paper presentation counts as one appearance.

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 be rejected.

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 be rejected. 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 2014 and February 2015. 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 be rejected.

*A Fact Sheet filled out online (see above).

Two copies of the documentary on DVD (in NTSC or PAL format) will also need to be sent to the Convention, unless there is an agreement to provide a streaming link. These and other matters will be discussed upon receipt of the film proposals.

Proposals for a roundtable following the screening of a film are most welcome. 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 be rejected.

*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 2014 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 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 2013 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!

The Convention Organizing Committee:

Dominique Arel, ASN Convention Director (Academic)

Ryan Kreider, ASN Executive Director

Sherrill Stroschein, ASN Program Chair

Zsuzsa Csergo, ASN President

Florian Bieber, Julie George, Dmitry Gorenburg, Lisa Koriouchkina, Vejas Liulevicius, Harris Mylonas, Peter Rutland and Peter Vermeersch, ASN Board of Directors

Deadline for proposals: 29 October 2014 (to be sent to both AND

The ASN Convention’s headquarters are located at the:

Harriman Institute
Columbia University
420 W. 118th St.
MC 3345
New York, NY 10027
212 854 4623 tel
212 666 3481 fax



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