Call for Papers 23rd Annual World Convention of the Association for the Study of Nationalities (ASN)

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Call for Papers

23rd Annual World Convention of the

Association for the Study of Nationalities (ASN)


International Affairs Building, Columbia University, NY

Sponsored by the Harriman Institute

3-5 May 2018


***Proposal deadline: 26 October 2017***


Contact information:

Proposals must be submitted to: and


Over 150 PANELS in nine sections:

Nationalism Studies

Migration & Diasporas



Ukraine (and Belarus)

Central Europe (including Baltics & Moldova)

Eurasia (including Central Asia & China)

Caucasus (North and South)

Turkey and Greece (and Cyprus)


THEMATIC Panels on

The Rise of the Far Right in Europe and America

The Politics of Refugees (and IDPs)

The Political Use of Historical Memory

Political Violence (Insurgency, Terrorism, War)

The Conflict in Ukraine

The Limits of Democracy in the Balkans

Turkey Since the Failed Putsch





The ASN World Convention, the largest 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 regional sections on the Balkans, Central Europe, Russia, Ukraine, Eurasia, the Caucasus, and Turkey/Greece, as well as thematic sections on Nationalism Studies 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, book, documentary, or special presentation proposals related to:

•The Rise of the Far Right, on migration, multiculturalism, populism, nativism and counter-mobilization in Eastern/Western Europe and America,

•The Politics of Refugees (and IDPs), on the refugee crisis in Europe, the Middle East and elsewhere, securitization of borders, human and civil rights;

•The Political Use of Historical Memory, on the construction and contestation of the memory of historical events in sites, symbols, state and (social) media narratives, and academic research;

•Political Violence, on riots, insurgencies and counter-insurgencies, civil wars, genocide, terrorism, post-conflict settlement; transitional justice and international tribunals

•The Conflict in Ukraine, on the domestic, regional and international crisis unleashed by Maidan, the annexation of Crimea, the war in Donbas, and the role of Russia, Europe and the United States;

•The Limits of Democracy in the Balkans,on the rise of new authoritarian elites, populism, the success and failure of EU and NATO conditionality and the paradigm shift from liberalisation to stability;

•Turkey Since the Failed Putsch, authoritarianism and the suppression of dissent, the Kurdish question, Gulenism, the army and the state, refugees, the war in Syria, relations with Russia;


Prospective applicants can get a sense of the large thematic scope of ASN Convention papers and presentations by looking at the 2017 Final Program.

Popular topics have also included language politics, religion and politics, EU integration/exit, nation-building, energy politics, and civil society.

Best Doctoral Student Papers

The ASN Convention acknowledges excellence in graduate studies research by offering Awards for Best Doctoral Student Papers. For the ASN 2017 doctoral student awards, please click here or here

Doctoral student applicants whose proposals are accepted for the 2018 Convention, who will not have defended their dissertation by 15 November 2017, and whose papers are delivered by the deadline, will automatically be considered for the awards (unless their paper is co-authored with someone not eligible for the doctoral prize). Each award comes with a certificate and a cash prize.


ASN Book, Article and Film Awards

The Harriman ASN Rothschild Book Prize for 2017 went to Max Bergholz for Violence as a Generative Force: Identity, Nationalism, and Memory in a Balkan Village (Cornell University Press, 2016), a searing, original, and morally engaged study of violence in southeastern Europe during the Second World War. An honorable mention was given to Rebecca Gould for Writers and Rebels: The Literature of Insurgency in the Caucasus (Yale University Press, 2016).

The Book Prize award comes with a certificate and a cash prize. For information on how to have a book considered for the ASN 2018 Convention Book Prize, please click here or contact Dmitry Gorenburg at

To view past ASN Rothschild Book Prize recipients, click here.

The ASN Huttenbach Prize for Best Article in Nationalities Papers in 2017 was given to Mohira Suyarkulova for Fashioning the Nation: Gender and Politics of Dress in Contemporary Kyrgyzstan, which appeared in the Vol. 44. No. 2 (2016) issue of the journal. For information, contact Nationalities Papers Editor at


The ASN Documentary Award for 2017 went to Liberation: The Users Guide (France/Russia, 2016), from director Alexander Kuznetsov, a striking vérité documentary that follows the long struggle of two inmates at a mental hospital. Special mentions were given to The Unforgiven (Finland, 2017) and The Trial: The State of Russia vs. Oleg Sentsov (Estonia, 2017). You can find more information about the ASN 2017 films here. The Convention is also inviting submissions for its ASN Documentary Section on new documentaries produced between 2016-2018. The documentaries are screened during regular panel slots and followed by a Q&A.


ASN Proposal Submission Information

The ASN 2018 Convention invites proposals for papers, panels, roundtables, books or documentaries:

•A paper proposal can have one or multiple authors. Only authors presenting at the Convention will have their names listed on the program;

•A panel proposal includes a chair, three or four presentations based on written papers, and a discussant;

•A roundtable proposal includes a chair and four presentations not based on written papers;

•A book panel proposal includes a chair, the book author and three discussants. If the book has two authors, who will both present at the Convention, then are two discussants;

•A documentary proposal includes the film director and a scholar who will lead the discussion after the screening (the scholar can be selected by the Convention).

•For a chair* or discussant proposal**, see below.

*A chair presents the speakers, keeps time during presentations and leads the discussion.

**A discussant reads all the papers and offers comments on them in a single intervention.


In order to be considered, all proposals, for any of the five categories listed above, must include:

  • The title of the presentation (in the case of a panel or a roundtable, the title of the panel and the titles of each presentation; for a book panel or documentary, the title of the book or documentary)
  • A 500 word abstract of each presentation (a single one for a paper proposal, book panel or documentary; three or four for a panel proposal; four for a roundtable)
  • A 100 word biographical statement, written as a narrative within a single paragraph, for each participant in the proposals. In the case of co-authors, a biographical statement is only necessary for applicants intending to attend the Convention.
  • A filled out Factsheet that can be accessed here. Please note, every submission and every participant requires a Factsheet (you may need to fill out more than one should you be part of more than one proposal). Please indicate at the end of their proposal that all applicants within the proposal have filled out a Fact Sheet.


We also welcome proposals from those who wish to only be considered as chair or discussant on a panel that the Convention will create from individual paper proposals. A chair or discussant proposal includes a 100 word biographical statement and a short paragraph indicating the areas of expertise of the applicant and a filled out factsheet which can be found here.

This information must be included in a SINGLE Word document that will be attached to an email sent to both AND

IMPORTANT: Please do not send several attachments – just one, containing all three items enumerated above. And please do not use a PDF format, or any other format other than Word.

Applicants can only apply for one Paper Proposal (Individual or part of a Panel).

However, should you wish to be apply to be part of a Panel, Roundtable or Book Panel not presenting a paper, you may do so, to a maximum of 2 applications.

Book panels must be based on books published between September 2016 and sometime in 2018. The organizer of a Book Panel might, but is not required to, be the books author.

Documentaries must include a secure steaming link (such as Vimeo), for pre-screening purposes. The Convention prioritizes films longer than 50 minutes.

The receipt of all proposals will be acknowledged electronically, with some delay during deadline week, due to the high volume of proposals.

An international Program Committee is entrusted with the selection of proposals. Most applicants will be notified between January and February 2018.

Information regarding registration costs and other logistical questions will be communicated afterwards (February-March 2018).

IMPORTANT: Participants are responsible for covering all travel and accommodation costs. Unfortunately, ASN has no funding available for panelists.


Other Useful Information

The full list of panels from last years (2017) Convention here.

The programs from past conventions, going back to 2001, are also available online here.

Publishers and companies wishing to exhibit at the Convention or advertise in the Convention Program can contact ASN Executive Director Ryan Kreider at

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We very much look forward to receiving your proposal!

Dominique Arel, ASN Convention Director

Agathe Manikowski, ASN Convention Assistant Director

Lisa Koriouchkina, ASN Communications Director

Ceren Belge, Evgeny Finkel, Harris Mylonas, Program Committee Associate Directors

On behalf of the ASN Convention Program Committee


Deadline for proposals: 26 October 2017 (to be sent to both  AND, with a single attachment).

For practical questions on the Convention, please contact the ASN headquarters:

Ryan Kreider

ASN Executive Director

Assistant Director, The Harriman Institute, Columbia University

420 W. 118th St., Room 1218, MC 3345

New York, NY 10027

212 851 2174 tel

212 666 3481 fax