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Rethinking Identities: State, Nation, Culture
New York, April 1999

"Rethinking Identities: State, Nation, Culture" ASN 4th Annual Convention International Affairs Building, Columbia University, NY Sponsored by the Harriman Institute 15-17 April 1999
The Annual Convention of the Association for the Study of Nationalities (ASN) has become the premier event for the burgeoning community of scholars, journalists, and policy-makers interested in issues of national identity, ethnic conflict and state-building in the post-Communist world. The Convention has grown remarkably since its inception in 1996, boasting over 450 participants and 60 panels in 1998. It also acquired a genuine international stature, with one-third of last year's paper-givers arriving from overseas, particularly from Western and Eastern Europe. The central theme of the 1999 Convention will revolve around questions of identities in East-Central Europe and the post-Soviet Union. Special considerations will be given to inter-disciplinary panel proposals. Convention panels cover the most burning issues in the field. Examples from 1998 include the Caspian Sea and Oil Politics, the Wars in the Caucasus, Kosovo, Security in East-Central Europe, Ukrainian Nation-Building, the OSCE, Ethnic Violence, Citizenship in the Baltics, the Hungarian and Russian-Speaking Diasporas, and many more. Videos/Films. The Convention intends to show short videos (10-15 minutes), integrated into regular panels, as well as medium- and full-length videos or films, as special events. We welcome suggestions and proposals for videos and films focussing on East-Central Europe or the former Soviet Union. All correspondence should be sent to the Program Chair, Dominique Arel (address below). Location. As has been the case since the beginning, the Convention will be hosted by the Harriman Institute at Columbia University, in the International Affairs Building, 420 W. 118th St., New York. Schedule. The convention will begin on Thursday, April 15th, at 1 PM, and ends Saturday, April 17th in early evening. Contrary to previous years, there will be no panels on Sunday, and the dates do not coincide with the Jewish and Orthodox religious holidays, which take place earlier in the month. Panel/Roundtable/Roundtable Proposals. There is no particular application form to fill out. The vast majority of proposals were e-mailed to the Program Chair last year, but proposals sent by fax or regular mail are also accepted. For instructions on the proposals, see the "Application Information" below. All proposals must be sent to the Program Chair, Dominique Arel (address below). Registration. Registration fees are $25 for ASN Members, $40 for Non-Members ($20 for East European Non-Members) and $10 for Students. Registration will be waived for students if they become first-time ASN Members (at the student rate of $25). All panel participants have to register by March 18th, 1998. Membership Subscription to ASN. A yearly membership to ASN is $45, and $25 for students. Members receive the quarterly Nationalities Papers, Analysis of Current Events (ACE), the bi-annual ASNews, and a registration discount at the ASN Annual Convention. Beginning in 1999, ASN Members will also have the option of subscribing to Europe-Asia Studies at the cut-rate of $52 yearly. Membership forms are available at the ASN head office, c/o Oded Eran (see address below). Funding. Participants are responsible for seeking their own funds to cover all travel and accommodation costs. ASN is unable to assist participants financially, including applicants from Eastern Europe. Accommodation. ASN has a list of several recommended hotels, some in the $55-$75 price range, others in the $100-120 area. For further information, please contact the Convention Coordinator Oded Eran (address below). Advertisements/Exhibitors. Several dozen companies had exhibits and/or advertised in the convention program in 1998. Due to considerations of space, advertisers and exhibitors are encouraged to place their order early. For information, please contact the Convention Coordinator Oded Eran (address below). Web Site. Our web site will soon provide continuously updated information on the ASN Convention: We look forward to seeing you at the convention! Dominique Arel, Program Chair Oded Eran, Convention Coordinator Application Information ASN is accepting proposals for panels, roundtables, or individual papers. There is no particular form to fill out. Proposals can be emailed (preferably), faxed or mailed to the Program Chair (address 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 and of the three papers *the affiliation, postal address, telephone, fax, and email (very important) of all participants *a one-paragraph cv of the participants Proposals for roundtables must include: *a chair and no more than four presentors *the title of the roundtable *the affiliation, postal address, telephone, fax, and email (very important) of all participants *a one-paragraph cv of the participants Proposals for individual papers must include: *the title and a one- or two-paragraph abstract of the paper *the affiliation, postal address, telephone, fax, and email (very important) of the applicant *a one-paragraph cv of the applicant If audio-visual equipment is required, please indicate so. As before, applicants must abide by three golden rules: *No participant may be listed more than once on a given panel or roundtable *No participant may present more than one paper at the convention *No participant may appear more than twice in the convention program The proposals must be sent to Dominique Arel (address below). Email applications are accepted. Deadline for proposals: 10 December 1998 Dominique Arel ASN Convention Program Chair Watson Institute Brown University, Box 1970 Two Stimson Ave. Providence, RI 02912 USA 401 863 9296 tel 401 863 1270 fax Oded Eran ASN Convention Coordinator Harriman Institute Columbia U. 1215 IAB, Columbia University 410 W. 118th St. New York, NY 10027 USA 212 854 6239 tel 212 666 3481 fax