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  • Florian Bieber
    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
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 3, 2000
      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
      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
      Rebuilding Bosnia
      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
      in Comparison
      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:
      Dominique Arel
      ASN Convention Program Chair
      Watson Institute
      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:
      Gordon Bardos
      ASN Convention Director
      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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