MINELRES: ASN 2010 Convention Preliminary Program

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Original sender: Dominique Arel <darel@uottawa.ca>

The final program of the ASN 2010 World Convention is attached. Updated
versions will be posted at www.nationalities.org. The Convention,
sponsored by the Harriman Institute, will be held at Columbia
University, New York, on April 15-17, 2010. 
**Registration fees are $70 for ASN members, $90 for nonmembers, $50 for
students (and a special rate of $25 for graduate students enrolled in
New York universities). Registration forms can be downloaded at
As always, the Convention boasts the most international lineup of
panelists of North American-based conventions, with more than half of
the 425+ scholars, from 45 countries, who will be delivering papers
currently based outside of the United States. More than 750 panelists
and participants are expected at the convention. The program features
140 panels, including the screening of several new documentaries that
will be announced later.
The Convention program features a significant contingent of papers and
panels on the theme of “History, Politics, and Memory.” This special
feature enriches an exceptionally strong lineup of panels in all regions
of the former Communist world and Eurasia: Russia, the Caucasus, Central
Asia/Turkey/China, the Balkans, Ukraine and Central Europe (including
the Baltics and Moldova). Every year, the Program Committee has to be
more selective in devising the lineup, due to the increasing number of
proposals. The Central Europe section leads the way with 22 panels,
followed by the Balkans—20, Ukraine and Belarus—12, Russia and
Eurasia—11 each, Nationalism Studies—10, the Caucasus—8, and Turkey—7.
Eleven panels appear in the “Thematic” section. Recurrent topics
throughout the program include the Mass Violence, War Tribunals, the
European Union, Ethnographic Research, Ethnic Minorities, Citizenship
and Diasporas.
The Convention will be hosting thirteen special panels featuring new
important books by 
Yoshiko Herrera (Measuring Identity: A Guide for Social Scientists,
Cambridge 2009), Ed Schatz (Political Ethnography: What Immersion
Contributes to the Study of Power, Chicago 2009), Emma Gilligan (Terror
in Chechnya, Princeton 2009), Alexander B. Downes (Targeting Civilians
at War, Cornell 2008), Lee Ann Fujii (Killing Neighbors: Web of Violence
in Rwanda, Cornell 2009), Peter Andreas, Blue Helmets and Black Markets:
The Business of Survival in the Siege of Sarajevo, Cornell 2008), Serhii
Plokhy (Yalta: The Price of Peace, Viking 2010), David Crowe (The
Holocaust: Roots, History, and Aftermath, Westview 2008), Anton
Weiss-Wendt (Murder without Hatred: Estonians and the Holocaust,
Syracuse 2009), Serguei Oushakine (The Patriotism of Despair: Nation,
War, and Loss in Russia, Cornell 2009), Vejas Liulevicius (The German
Myth of the East: 1800 to the Present, Oxford 2009), Holly Case (Between
States: The Transylvanian Question and the European Idea during World
War II, Stanford 2009), and Jonathan Gumz (The Resurrection and Collapse
of Empire in Habsburg Serbia, 1914-1918, Cambridge 2009).
Three of these book panels are part of the section “Theories of
Nationalism,” now in its seventh year at the ASN Convention, which
offers a platform for the latest trends in nationalism studies
worldwide. Ten more panels appear in the Nationalism section, such as
“Third-Party Nation-Building,” “Nationalism and Violence: A
Micro-Perspective,” “The Study of Mass Violence and Genocide” and
“Measuring Identity”.
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 2009 Convention were Sofia Sebastian (LSE, UK) for
the Balkans, Jennie Schulze (George Washington U, US) for Central
Europe, Erik Scott (UC Berkeley, US) for Russia/Ukraine/Caucasus,
Fredrik Sjoberg (Harvard U, US/Uppsala U, Sweden) and Barbara Junisbai
(Indiana U, US) for Central Eurasia, and Laia Balcells (Yale U, US) for
Nationalism Studies. More than 125 doctoral students will be eligible
for the awards at the 2009 Convention.
The 2010 Convention will also inaugurate The Joseph Rothschild Prize in
Nationalism and Ethnic Studies , sponsored by the Harriman Institute at
Columbia University, for the most outstanding book published in 2009 on
Russia, Eastern Europe or Eurasia in which substantial attention is paid
to questions of ethnicity and/or nationalism. The announcement will be
made at the opening reception.

For practical information regarding the convention, please contact
Gordon Bardos (gnb12@columbia.edu, 212 854 8487). For registration
information, please contact Erin Carll (erinrcarll@gmail.com). For
information on panels, please contact Dominique Arel (darel@uottawa.ca).
We look forward to seeing you at the convention! 
Dominique Arel, ASN President
Gordon N Bardos, Convention Executive Director
on behalf of the ASN Convention Organizing

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