[URBANTH-L] CFP: Imagined Communities, Real Conflicts, and National Identities

Angela Jancius jancius3022 at comcast.net
Tue Oct 7 14:24:09 EDT 2008

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:
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

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 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
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 statement.

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.

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 
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 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  
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 (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:

Harriman Institute
Columbia University
1216 IAB
420 W. 118th St.
New York, NY 10027
212 854 8487 tel
212 666 3481 fax
gnb12 at columbia.edu

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