ASN: Convention Program on the Web
- ASN CONVENTION/FINAL PROGRAM NOW ON THE WEB
5th Annual Convention of the
Association for the Study of Nationalities (ASN)
"Identity and the State:
Nationalism and Sovereignty in a Changing World"
Columbia University, 13-15 April 2000
FINAL PROGRAM NOW ON THE WEB
The ASN Convention continues its impressive growth. The 5th Annual
Convention of the Association for the Study of Nationalities (ASN)
will feature the unprecedented number of 101 panels, almost twice the
size of the convention two years ago, spread over eleven sessions
from Thursday April 13, 1 PM, to Saturday April 15, in the evening.
Close to 500 people will be on panels. The final program is now
available on the ASN web site: http://asn.uno.edu.
All post-Soviet areas will be covered in tremendous depth, with
twelve to fourteen panels each on the Balkans, the Russian
Federation, Ukraine, Central Asia, and Central Europe, as well as six
on the Southern Caucasus, three on the Baltics, and almost two dozens
on thematic and cross-regional themes. Special events will include
roundtables on the recent work of Jack Snyder, Misha Glenny and
Valery Tishkov, the INCORE Tip O'Neill Annual Lecture, delivered by
Fernand de Varennes on minority rights, and several panels devoted to
the recent/ongoing wars in Kosovo and Chechnya.
Balkan-related panels at the convention will include:
The Kosovo War: Perceptions, Representations, Myths
Special Roundtable on Misha Glenny's The Balkans
Bosnia after Dayton: Disintegration or Reintegration?
Nationalism Beyond (Balkan) Narratives: Sociological Perspectives
Albanian Minorities and Minorities from Albania in the European Union
Albania in Transition
Sovereignty and Identity in the Former Yugoslavia
Self-Determination and State Sovereignty in the Age of Globalization:
Yugoslavia and India
European Identity Formation at the Crossroads: Ethnic Homogeneity or
Multicultural Diversity? The Cases of Bosnia, Kosovo, and South Tyrol
National Conflict in Macedonia
Elites and Nationalism in Serbia
Forced Migrations in the Balkans and the Caucasus
State-Building and Nationalism in Croatia
The Rise and Fall of Yugoslav Identity
The convention is unveiling a full section devoted to new
documentaries and feature films exploring ethnonational and identity
issues in the post-Communist world. No less than five films will be
devoted to Chechnya: THE MAKING OF A NEW EMPIRE (Netherlands 1999), a
documentary on a Chechen warlord; IMMORTAL FORTRESS (US, 1999),
featuring interviews with Shamil Basayev and Salman Raduyev; THE DARK
SIDE OF THE EARTH (Czech Republic, 1999), filmed last December in
Chechnya; along with CHECKPOINT (Russia 1999) and PURGATORY (Russia,
1998), two feature films set during the first Chechnya war. The
Balkan wars will also be featured prominently with the documentaries
A CRY FROM THE GRAVE (UK, 1999), on Srebrenica; THE VALLEY (UK,
1999), on events in the Drenica Valley of Kosovo in Summer 1998; THE
AVOIDABLE WAR (USA, 1999), on misguided foreign intervention in the
former Yugoslavia; as well as a panel on The Yugoslav Wars on Film.
Other films to be shown include TRADING STORIES (US, 1999), on
Jewish property and restitution in the Czech Republic; BLACK WORD
(Slovakia, 1999), on a Roma settlement in Eastern Slovakia; and HERR
ZWILLING UND FRAU ZUCKERMANN (Austria, 1999), on an elderly couple
from Chernivtsi (Chernorwitz), in Ukraine. All screenings will be
followed by discussion with the audience.
The convention is consolidating its status as the World Annual Event
on Nationalities Studies. Over a hundred panelists will be travelling
from overseas for the event (plus an additional three dozens from
Canada). Almost forty percent of paper-givers are international
participants (and this does not include the large amount of non-US
born participants currently residing in the United States).
LOCATION. The convention will be taking place in the International
Affairs Building (IAB) of Columbia University, 420 W. 118th St.
(metro station: 116th St., on the Red Line). Registration will be on
the 6th Floor of IAB and the panels will be held on several floors.
REGISTRATION. Registration fees are $30 for ASN members, $50 for
non-members, and $15 for students. A registration form can be
downloaded from the ASN web site (http://asn.uno.edu) or requested
from our Convention Director Gordon Bardos (address below). People
who plan to attend the convention are strongly encouraged to
pre-register, since places are limited.
SCHEDULE. Registration will begin at 11 AM, Thursday April 13, on the
6th Floor of IAB. People who sent preregistered will need to pick up
their name tag and the convention program. On the Thursday, the
panels will run from 1 PM-7.30 PM. On Friday and Saturday, from 9 AM
to 6.30 PM. The convention will end on the Saturday evening, April 15.
ACCOMMODATION. The convention does not have arrangements with a
particular hotel. A list of nearby hotels can be found on the ASN web
ASN MEMBERSHIP. People can now directly join a fast growing ASN on
the convention pre-registration form. In addition to getting a
significant discount at the ASN convention, ASN members receive
annually four issues of Nationalities Papers, the field's leading
journal; six issues of the Analysis of Current Events, containing
up-to-the-minute analyses of ongoing events; and two issues of
ASNews, the association's newsletter. An annual membership costs a
remarkably low $50 annually---$30 for students.
BONUS FOR ASN MEMBERS. ASN members have also the option of
subscribing to Europe-Asia Studies (formerly Soviet Studies), which
publishes eight issues a year, for $55, almost a hundred dollars less
than the regular subscription price. Convention panelists can take
advantage of this offer directly on the convention registration form.
BOOK EXHIBIT/SALE OF PAPERS. Publishers will exhibit their wares in
the exhibit room, located in the spacious Dag Hammarskjold Lounge on
the 6th floor, near the registration desk. The convention innovated
last year by selling convention papers for $1 apiece and the
experiment proved hugely successful. At least 20 copies of each paper
will go on sale in the book exhibit on Friday, April 14, at 11.15 AM.
We look forward to seeing you at the convention!
For information on panels:
ASN Convention Program Chair
Brown University, Box 1831
130 Hope St.
Providence, RI 02912
401 863 9296 tel
401 863 2192 fax
For information on registration, exhibits
and advertisements in the convention program:
ASN Convention Director
420 W. 118th St.
New York, NY 10027