2004 ASN Convention/Call for Papers
Call for Papers

"Nation, Identity, and Conflict"

9th Annual World Convention of the
Association for the Study of Nationalities (ASN)

International Affairs Building,
Columbia University, NY
Sponsored by the Harriman Institute
15-17 April 2004

***Earlier submission deadline: 12 November 2003***

Contact information:
panel and individual paper proposals: [log in to unmask]
exhibits, advertisements, accommodation: [log in to unmask]
web site:

100 panels on the Balkans, Baltics, Central Europe, Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Caucasus, Central Asia, Turkey, China, with a special section on Theoretical Approaches to Nationalism.

AS WELL AS thematic panels on
Islamic Movements, Ethnic Violence, Conflict Resolution, Democratization, Demography, Language Issues, and Ethnicity in Films/Videos

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 and state-building in Central and Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union, Central Asia, and adjacent areas. Disciplines represented include political science, history, anthropology, sociology, economics, geography, sociolinguistics, and related disciplines. The Convention invites proposals for individual papers or for complete panels.

The 2004 Convention will introduce a new section devoted to theoretical approaches to nationalism, from any of the disciplines listed above. The papers in this section do not necessarily have to be grounded in an area of the former Communist bloc usually covered by ASN, as long as the issues examined are relevant to a truly comparative understanding of nationalism-related issues. In this vein, we are welcoming theory-focused and cross-regional proposals, rather than case studies from outside Eastern Europe and Eurasia.

Panel themes in previous conventions included The Census Like an Election; Ethnic Minorities in Georgia; The Ukrainian Famine of 1933?; The Kosovo War; The Russian-Chechen War(s); Bosnia after Dayton: Disintegration or Reintegration; Security, Energy, and Foreign Policy South of Russia; Historiography, Textbooks and Education; Forced Migrations in the Balkans and the Caucasus; Approaches to the Prevention of Ethnic Conflict and many more. Videos screened in 2003 included Returning Home: Revival of a Bosnian Village and Greetings from Grozny. The ASN web site ( contains a complete list of the 2003 panels and videos.

As before, the 2004 Convention is inviting submissions for documentaries or feature films made within the past year and available in video (VHS or DVD) format. The videos selected for the convention will be screened during regular panel slots and will be followed by a discussion moderated by an academic expert.

Location. The Convention will be held at the Harriman Institute at Columbia University, New York (address below).

Schedule. The convention will begin on Thursday, April 15th, at 1 PM, and end on Saturday, April 17th in the early evening. No panels will be held on Sunday.

Panel/Roundtable/Roundtable Proposals. There is no particular application form to complete. Proposals can simply be e-mailed to Dominique Arel and Troy McGrath at [log in to unmask] FOR INSTRUCTIONS ON THE PROPOSALS, SEE THE "APPLICATION INFORMATION" BELOW.

Registration. Registration fees are $45 for ASN Members, $60 for Non-Members and $30 for Students. All panel participants must pre-register by February 15th, 2004. Non-panel participants are also urged to pre-register early. Please note that the Convention will be unable to refund preregisterees after March 1st, 2004.  Pre-registration by panel participants  and attendees can be done electronically, by fax, or by regular mail. A registration form can be downloaded from our ASN web page or be requested from Convention Executive Director Gordon N. Bardos ([log in to unmask]).

Funding. Participants are responsible for covering all travel and accommodation costs: ASN has no funding  available for participants

Accommodation. The Convention does not have particular arrangements with hotels. Our ASN web site, however, provides a list of several hotels, in various price ranges. Participants and attendees are strongly encouraged to reserve as early as possible.

Advertisements/Exhibitors. Several dozen publishers and companies 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 ([log in to unmask]).

Convention Papers. The convention papers will be available for sale at the Convention for $1  apiece. That policy has proven a huge success in the past.

Web Site. Our web site ( provides continuously updated information on the ASN World Convention.

Membership Subscription to ASN. A yearly membership to ASN is $60 ($35 for students). Members receive the journal Nationalities Papers quarterly, the periodical Analysis of Current Events (ACE) quarterly, and the newsletter ASNews twice a year, as well as a registration discount at the ASN Annual World Convention. ASN Members also have the option of subscribing to Europe-Asia Studies at the cut-rate of $60 yearly. A membership form can be downloaded from our ASN web page (, or be requested from Convention Executive Director Gordon Bardos ([log in to unmask])

We look forward to seeing you at the convention!

The Convention organizing committee:
Gordon Bardos, Executive Director
Troy McGrath, Co-Program Chair
Sue Davis, Co-Program Chair
David Crowe, ASN President
Dominique Arel, ASN Vice-President (Conventions)


ASN is accepting proposals for panels, roundtables, or individual papers. There is no particular form to complete. Proposals have to be emailed to Dominique Arel and Troy McGrath at [log in to unmask] 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. Proposals exceeding the word limit will be returned to the sender, and CVs should not be submitted (only short bios, outlined below).
Proposals for panels with presentations based on papers must include:   
        *a chair, no more than three paper-givers and a discussant
*the title of the panel, as well as the title for each of the papers
  *the affiliation, postal address, telephone, fax, and email (very
       important) of all participants
  *a one-paragraph biographical statement of each participant. This does not mean simply sending your CV, this should be a paragraph

Proposals for roundtables must include:
       *a chair and no more than four presenters
       *the title of the roundtable and a short (one paragraph) description of the
purpose/theme of the roundtable
      *the affiliation, postal address, telephone, fax, and email (very
       important) of all participants
  *a one-paragraph biographical statement of each participant (Not a CV)

NOTE:  A panel features presentations based on written papers. A roundtable therefore is not based on specific papers, but rather on a number of organized presentations. The number of roundtables, however, will be limited.

Proposals for individual papers must include:
       *the title, and a 250-500 word abstract of the paper
    *the affiliation, postal address, telephone, fax, and email (very
       important) of the applicant
     *a one-paragraph biographical statement of each participant

If audio-visual equipment (overhead projector, PowerPoint, VCR) is required, please indicate so in your application. Please understand that not ALL video/technical requests can be accommodated.

As before, applicants must abide by three golden rules:
     *No participant may be listed more than once on a given panel
   *No participant may present more than one paper at the convention
        *No participant may appear more than twice in the convention program

Proposals must be sent by email at [log in to unmask] An international Program Committee will be entrusted with the final selections.

Deadline for proposals: 12 November 2003

The ASN convention's headquarters are located at:

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