The Association for the Study of Nationalities (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 22nd ASN World Convention will take place on 4-6 May 2017.
The Convention is inviting paper, panel, roundtable, book, documentary, or special presentation proposals related to:
- “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;
- “Russia and the New Cold War,” on Russia’s involvement in international crises (i.e. Ukraine, Syria), authoritarianism, information warfare, geopolitics, NATO/EU, energy politics, sanctions, nationalism;
- “Internally Displaced People and Refugees,” on the refugee crisis in Europe, the Middle East and elsewhere, securitization of borders, human and civil rights;
- “The Rise of the Far Right,” on migration, multiculturalism, populism, nativism in Eastern/Western Europe and America,
- “Political Violence,” on insurgencies, civil wars, terrorism, the rise of ISIS, post-conflict settlement, international justice;
- “The Crisis in Turkey,” on the spectre of authoritarianism, the Kurdish question, Gulenism, the army and the state, refugees, the war in Syria, relations with Russia;
- “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.
Prospective applicants can get a sense of the large thematic scope of ASN Convention papers and presentations by looking at the 2016 Final Program, which can be accessed at: http://nationalities.org/uploads/documents/ASN16_FinalProgram_April.pdf.
Popular topics have also included language politics, religion and politics, EU integration/exit, nation-building, energy politics, and civil society.
For several years, the ASN Convention has acknowledged excellence in graduate studies research by offering Awards for Best Doctoral Student Papers. Doctoral student applicants whose proposals are accepted for the 2017 Convention, who will not have defended their dissertation by 1 November 2016, 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.
The ASN 2017 Convention invites proposals for individual papers or panels. A panel includes a chair, three or four presentations based on written papers, and a discussant.
In order to submit 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. Applications containing more than one attachment will be returned.
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 (essentially one paragraph). Standard CVs will be rejected and the entire proposal must be sent in a single document.
- 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 to present the paper. Only co-authors 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 the title 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 not be considered. 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 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 not be considered.
- A Fact Sheet filled out online (see above) Discussant proposals can only be sent by applicants who are not part of an individual or panel (or roundtable) proposal.
The proposals must be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org AND email@example.com. The deadline for submitting proposals is the 27th of October.
The receipt of all proposals will be 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.