CFP: Imagined Communities, Real Conflicts, and National Identities
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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***
proposals must be submitted to:
darel at uottawa.ca and darelasn2009 at gmail.com
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
SPECIAL SECTIONS on
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
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
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 www.nationalities.org. All proposals and fact sheets
must be sent by email to Dominique Arel at both darel at uottawa.ca and
darelasn2009 at gmail.com.
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
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 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 proposed format.
INDIVIDUAL PROPOSALS TO SERVE AS DISCUSSANT must
include the name, 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
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 year's convention can be accessed at
The film lineup of last year's convention can be accessed at
The programs from past conventions, going back to 2001, are also
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 (gnb12 at columbia.edu).
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 darel at uottawa.ca
AND darelasn2009 at gmail.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
gnb12 at columbia.edu
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