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Call for Papers: "Nation, Community, and the State"


12th Annual World Convention
Association for the Study of Nationalities (ASN)
Columbia University
New York, NY (USA)
12-14 April 2007

Proposal deadline: 2 November 2006

Contact information:
proposal submission:
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exhibitors, advertisers: - 100 panels on the Balkans, the Baltics, Central Europe, Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, the Caucasus, Central Asia, Turkey, Greece, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Kurdistan, China, and Mongolia.

- INCLUDING a Special Section on Theoretical Approaches to Nationalism.

THEMATIC panels on Islam and Politics, Genocide and Ethnic Violence, Anthropology of Identity, Citizenship and Nationality, Conflict Resolution, Autonomy, Gender, EU Integration, and many more.

- AWARDS for Best Doctoral Student Papers.

- AND the screening and discussion of new "Films/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, Eurasia, and adjacent areas. Disciplines represented include political science, history, anthropology, sociology, economics, geography, socio-linguistics, psychology, and related fields.

For a fifth consecutive year, the 2007 Convention will feature 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.

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 2005 Convention were Kelly O'Neill (Harvard U, History, Russia/Ukraine/Caucasus), Yuriy Malikov (History, U of California, Santa Barbara, Central Asia/Eurasia), Andrew Demshuk (U of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, History, Central Europe), and Tamara Pavasovic (Harvard U, Sociology, Balkans). Doctoral student applicants whose proposals will be accepted for the 2007 Convention, who have not defended their dissertation by 1 November 2006, and whose paper is delivered by the deadline, will automatically be considered for the awards.

The 2007 Convention is also inviting submissions for documentaries or feature films made within the past year and available in VHS or DVD format. Most videos selected for the convention will be screened during regular panel slots and will be followed by a discussion moderated by an academic expert.

The 2007 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 also particularly encouraged. Examples of new formats include a roundtable on a new book, in which the author is being engaged by three discussants; 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 or greater than the number of presenters. Other innovative formats are also welcome.

The 2007 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. All proposals must be sent by email to Dominique Arel at (backup address: ).

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 bibliographic references of your last or forthcoming publication, if applicable (graduate students must indicate the title of their dissertation and year of projected defense. They can also submit the full bibliographic references 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 bibliographic references of their last or forthcoming publication, if applicable (graduate students can indicate the title of their dissertation and year of projected defense).

PROPOSALS FOR FILMS OR VIDEOS must include the name, email and affiliation of the author, a postal address for paper mail, the title, a 500-word abstract of the film/video 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, and areas of expertise of the applicant, and a 100-word biographical statement (same specifications as above).

All proposals must be included IN THE BODY OF A SINGLE EMAIL. Attachments will be accepted only if they repeat the content of an email message/proposal, and if all the information is contained IN A SINGLE ATTACHMENT.

Participants are responsible for covering all travel and accommodation costs. 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 2006 or early January 2007. Information regarding registration costs and other logistical questions will be communicated afterwards.

The full list of panels from last year's convention, for the geographical and thematic sections, and the section on Theories of Nationalism, can be accessed at http://www.nationalities.org/ASN_2006_final_Program.pdf. The film/video lineup can be accessed at http://www.nationalities.org/ASN_2006_final_film_lineup.pdf. The programs from past conventions, going back to 2001, are also online.

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 ( ).

Participants are invited to join ASN by logging in to http://www.nationalities.org/member_Info.asp. A yearly membership to ASN is $65 ($35 for students). Members receive the journal Nationalities Papers quarterly, a subscription discount to ASN's new journal, Ethnopolitics, a registration discount at the ASN Annual World Convention, and other perks.

We look forward to seeing you at the convention!

The Convention organizing committee:
Dominique Arel, ASN President
Gordon N. Bardos, Executive Director
David Crowe, ASN Chair of Advisory Board
Sherrill Stroschein, Program Chair

The ASN convention's headquarters are located at the:
Harriman Institute
Columbia University
1216 IAB
420 W. 118th St.
New York, NY 10027
+1 212 854 8487 tel
+1 212 666 3481 fax

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