25th Annual World Convention of the

Association for the Study of Nationalities (ASN)

International Affairs Building,

Columbia University, NY


Sponsored by the Harriman Institute

6-8 May 2021



Call for Proposals

Proposal deadline: 11 November 2020


Proposals must be submitted to:

darel@uottawa.ca and darelasn2021@gmail.com

The Association for the Study of Nationalities is proud to announce the return its Annual Convention. The ASN 2021 Annual World Convention will take place entirely online on 6-8 May 2021. Its 25th Anniversary, after an unforeseen hiatus forced upon us by the pandemic, will be celebrated with style.

Adapting to an online format: key points

  • The scope of the Convention will be as large as previous Conventions held in person at Columbia University, i.e., between 150-170 panels/events running over three days.

  • The panels, however, will be shorter: 90 minutes, instead of the usual 120 minutes.

  • Most of the panels, as before, will be structured around presentations based on written papers. There will also be book panels, roundtables, film screenings and special events.

  • Given the circumstances, in an effort to minimize technical problems, all panel chairs will be selected by the Convention Program Committee.

  • Registered panelists and non-panelists will be able to attend any session they want. Registration and membership fees will be announced later. A few special events will be open to the general public without a registration wall.

  • Applicants whose paper or panel proposal was accepted in 2020 can resubmit their application (or a revised version), using the updated application forms. The Convention will look favorably at these applications, without being able to make guarantees in advance that applicants will be on the program.

  • The schedule will take into consideration the panelists’ time zone.

  • In the wake of the pandemic, ASN has successfully launched a new initiative – Virtual ASN (vASN). Events are planned throughout the year. The ASN World Convention is entirely distinct from vASN.

The Scope of  the Convention

The ASN Annual World Convention, which annually brings together 750+ scholars from 50+ countries, welcomes proposals on a wide range of topics related to nationalism, national identity, ethnicity, race, conflict and migration in regional sections of Central, Southern and Eastern Europe or cross-regional sections in nationalism studies and migration/diaspora studies.


In addition to the thematic sections on populism/radicalism, memory, violence, nationalism and race, and nationalism and the pandemic, popular themes over the years have included gender, language, religion, EU integration/exit, security, nation-building, energy politics, parties and elections, youth, media, and civil society.


Disciplines represented include political science, history, anthropology, sociology, international studies, security studies, area studies, economics, geography, literature, and other fields of humanities and social sciences.


Prospective applicants can get a sense of the large thematic scope of ASN Convention papers and presentations by looking at the 2019 Final Program.

Applying to the Convention

To send a proposal, fill out a Fact Sheet online, download the relevant form below and send it by attachment to darel@uottawa.ca and darelasn2021@gmail.com.


Applying to the Convention: Key Points

  • Only ONE paper proposal by applicant will be considered, whether as an individual paper proposal or as part of a panel proposal. If your name appears on more than one paper proposal, your applications will not be considered.

  • Since the length of the panel will be shorter than usual (90 minutes), an individual paper proposal can only include the name of ONE author. If the paper was co-written, this will be acknowledged in the online program, but only the author whose name appears on the proposal will present. Panel proposals can only include single-authored papers.

  • Proposals for panels, roundtables or book panels do NOT include a Chair. Exceptionally, the Convention Program Committee will select all the Chairs.

  • Applicants can be on a maximum of TWO proposals (and only on ONE paper proposal). For example, you can submit an individual paper proposal and be discussant on a panel proposal, or participant in a roundtable or a book panel. If your name appears on more than TWO proposals, your applications will not be considered. This rule does not apply to a Documentary Film Proposal.

  • Book panel proposals will be considered for monographs published in 2019, 2020 or early 2021. Co-authored book panel proposals will be considered. Edited volumes will not be considered.

  • Documentary film proposals will be considered for films produced in 2019, 2020 or 2021.

  • An international Program Committee is entrusted with the selection of proposals. Applicants will be notified by January 2021.

  • Publishers and companies wishing to advertise in the Convention online program can contact ASN Executive Director Ryan Kreider at rk2780@columbia.edu.

(to be sent to both darel@uottawa.ca AND darelasn2021@gmail.com in a single attachment).
  • Dominique Arel, ASN Convention Director

  • Lisa Koriouchkina, ASN Communications Director

  • Alexandra Wishart, ASN Convention Assistant Director

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We very much look forward to receiving your proposal!