MINELRES: Fwd: CfP: Nationalism, East and West: Civic and Ethnic Conceptions of Nationhood, London, 15-16.4.2007

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From: abelpolese <AbelPolese@hotmail.com>


The Association for the Study of Ethnicity and Nationalism (ASEN) is
holding its 18th Annual Conference, entitled "Nationalism, East and
West: Civic and Ethnic Conceptions of Nationhood", Tuesday, Wednesday
and Thursday, April 15-16, 2008, at the London School of Economics.

It has long been standard in the field of nationalism studies to
classify nations according to which principle serves to unify the
nation. The distinction between the Western, political type of
nationalism, and Eastern, genealogical nationalism as systematised by
Hans Kohn in 1945 has been used, extended and adjusted by scholars of
nationalism to conceptualise a framework of "inclusive" nationalism
based on citizenship and territory and "exclusive" nationalism based
on common ethnic ties and descent. This conference seeks to assess the
continuing relevance of this dichotomy in its various forms: its
contribution to theoretical work on nationalism, its usefulness for
historical interpretation and its value for contemporary policy-making.

The conference will include keynote addresses from leading scholars in
the field, along with opportunities for scholars from various
disciplines to examine the relevance of ethnic and civic conceptions
of nationhood in a series of panel sessions. Suggested themes include:

- Civic and Ethnic Aspects of Nation Formation
- Is Nationalism a European Phenomenon?
- Alternatives to Civic and Ethnic Nationalism
- Experiences of Historical Migrant Nations
- Citizenship and Immigration
- Multiculturalism

The first day will explore the use of the classical dichotomy in
theoretical works on nationalism, national identity and nation
formation. By considering historical case studies, the development,
interaction and conflict of ethnic and civic types of nationalism will
be analyzed on the second day. Historical critiques of and
alternatives to dichotomous types like the civic/ethnic and East/West
will also be considered. On the third day, the framework of civic and
ethnic nationalism will be explored by focussing on contemporary
nationalism and approaches to citizenship and immigration.

The 2008 Conference Committee is now calling for papers to be
presented on the conference. The application is open to any researcher
who is interested in the study of nationalism and/or ethnicity, and
PhD students and young scholars are particularly encouraged to apply.
The abstracts of the proposed papers should not exceed 500 words and
are expected by November 1, 2007. The Committee will notify applicants
by November 30, 2007. Please see the ASEN website
(www.lse.ac.uk/collections/ASEN/) for more information and to submit
your proposal.

Suggestions for panels and additional themes are also welcome. Papers
submitted to the conference will be considered for publication in a
special issue of Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism (SEN).

Please note that ASEN cannot cover travel and accommodation costs.
Presenters are expected to register for the conference. Further
enquiries are welcome at asen@lse.ac.uk.


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