ASN News

Phishing Emails Alert

June 06, 2017 Lisa Koriouchkina

ASN has been alerted about recent fraudulent attempts to request financial transfers from academic organizations. Please be aware that ASN officers never contact individual members directly with such requests. If you receive an unexpected email asking for any sensitive information,  especially those unprofessionally written or with poor grammar/punctuation, keep in mind that it could be an online scam. Never transmit sensitive information over email or social media, even if the message requesting information appears to be legitimate. 

2017 Documentary Film Award

May 19, 2017 Lisa Koriouchkina

"Liberation: A Guide to Survival" receives the ASN documentary film award. "The Unforgiven" and "The Trial" were runner ups.

Beware of Email Invitations to Submit ASN papers

September 13, 2017 Lisa Koriouchkina

Since the 2017 ASN Convention, many participants have received emails inviting them to submit their ASN Convention papers to a journal for publication. Please be aware that such emails were sent without the approval or knowledge of the ASN. There is a large international industry of essentially fake journals that charge authors fees for “publishing” their papers online.  Authors should only submit manuscripts to journals that have a reputable publisher and editorial board. (Read more)

Many of us read articles on sites such as Research Gate and Academia.edu. However, please bear in mind that these sites are for profit operations that make money by running ads. The problem is that they take reader traffic away from the sites of the journals where the articles were originally published, such as Nationalities Papers, the ASN flagship journal. This is bad for the author, because it means that readership data (which are collected on the journal site) underestimate the impact of your article. And it is bad for the profession, because lower official download data make it more likely that libraries will drop their subscriptions to the journal, undermining the perilous economics of academic journal publishing. In light of these concerns, we would encourage our ASN membersnot to post their journal articles on sites like Academia.edu and Research Gate.

A recent article describes a scale of the predatory journals problem in Academia - http://media.uottawa.ca/news/predatory-journals-global-problem

2017 Huttenbach Prize Winner is Announced

May 01, 2017 Lisa Koriouchkina

Mohira Suyarkulova (American U of Central Asia) wins the 2017 Huttenbach Prize for the best article published in the Nationalities Papers in 2016. The full text of the announcement is available here.

2017 Rothschild Prize Winner is Announced

May 01, 2017 Lisa Koriouchkina

Max Bergholz' "Violence as a Generative Force: Identity, Nationalism, and Memory in a Balkan Community" (Cornell University Press, 2016) wins the Rothschild Prize. The full text of the announcement is available here.

ASN Statement on the CEU Survival

March 31, 2017 Lisa Koriouchkina

On March 28, the government of Hungary introduced a bill that, if passed, would effectively prevent the Central European University (CEU) in Budapest from operating in Hungary. CEU is a leading institution of higher education, which has played a pivotal role in providing world‐class learning and research opportunities to academic communities in Europe and worldwide. Thousands of masters and doctoral students from around the world have studied there, and as many faculty and visitors have connections to the university.

The Association for the Study of Nationalities (ASN) is deeply concerned about the threat that the proposed bill presents for the survival of CEU in Hungary. ASN is a leading international academic association with long‐standing connections with CEU.   Our shared mission is to contribute to the advancement of scholarship, freedom of expression, and critical thinking. A significant number of CEU faculty members and students are part of the global ASN community. ASN organized a major European conference in 2014 together with the CEU’s Nationalism Studies Program. The adoption of this legislation would be an assault an on an independent institution of higher education in the European Union, with repercussions well beyond the country. It would have a chilling effect on academic freedom worldwide. We urge the Hungarian government to withdraw the bill and to secure the ability of CEU to operate freely in Hungary.

The ASN Board of Directors and Advisory Board

ASN Statement on the License Revocation of European U at St. Petersburg

March 31, 2017 Lisa Koriouchkina

The ASN expresses its deep concern over the revocation of the license of European University at St. Petersburg (EUSP) by the Arbitration Court of St. Petersburg and Leningrad Oblasts.Since its founding in 1994, EUSP has been one of Russia’s most valuable scholarly institutions.

  The administration, faculty, and students of EUSP are deeply committed to a dispassionate and rigorous approach to the social sciences and humanities. It is recognized today as one of the very top universities in Russia, and its students are leaders in academic and public life around the world. Through its efforts, the university has shaped and influenced international scholarship, serving as a beacon for scholarly collaboration, knowledge transfer, and policy engagement. 

Over the last year, EUSP has been under constant threat of closure owing to alleged administrative violations. The university has made every effort to address these violations and to clarify standards for compliance while continuing to serve its students and the academic community. EUSP now reaches a critical juncture as it appeals the Arbitration Court’s decision revoking its license.

ASN is a leading international scholarly association devoted to the promotion of knowledge and to the understanding of ethnicity, ethnic conflict, and nationalism studies broadly defined. Our mission is to contribute to the advancement of scholarship, freedom of expression, and critical thinking, bringing together scholars, students, analysts, and educators from all over the world. In our view, the closure of EUSP would deprive academic and policy communities of the university’s exceptional contributions to global scholarship. We urge Russia’s authorities to consider the university’s value for academic freedom when examining its appeal.

ASN Board of Directors and Advisory Board

ASN 17 Convention Program is announced

March 19, 2017 Lisa Koriouchkina

149 Panels, over 600 panelists from 35 countries, 14 documentary films and 14 book panels - the complete lineup of the 22nd ASN Convention is available here.

ASN issues a statement regarding the Executive Order Restricting Travel

February 02, 2017 Lisa Koriouchkina

The Association for the Study of Nationalities (ASN) expresses deep concerns about the Executive Order #13769, "Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States,” signed on January 27, 2017. The Executive Order temporarily suspends entry of citizens of seven countries to the United States, significantly limits the admission of refugees, and indefinitely suspends the entry of Syrian nationals as refugees.

The ASN is a scholarly association devoted to the promotion of knowledge and understanding of ethnicity, ethnic conflict, and nationalism studies broadly defined. Our organization brings scholars, students, educators, and analysts from all over the world to engage in discussions and intellectual collaboration about issues that are of importance, among other things, to U.S. foreign policy and understanding of global politics. The Executive Order significantly impedes the spirit of this endeavor.

By prohibiting people of specific nationalities from coming to the United States, the Order stifles academic exchange, disrupts intellectual dialogue, and generates uncertainty and fears. We stand together with a number of professional organizations that have openly opposed the new regulation (AAA, ASA, APSA, ISA among many others). The ASN strongly urges President Trump to rescind this order.

ASN issues a statement of concern regarding DA-RT

April 23, 2016 Lisa Koriouchkina

The Association for the Study of Nationalities (ASN) raises concerns regarding the Data Access and ResearchTransperancy Initiative originating within the American Political Science Association (APSA). 

The Association for the Study of Nationalities (ASN) has recently learned of the DA-RT discussions originating within the American Political Science Association (APSA). We are concerned that a set of stipulations regarding research signed by 27 journals (JETS) was enacted on January 15th 2016 when so few of those who will be affected by these stipulations are aware of their requirements. We share the concerns outlined by the 1,173 petition signatories to delay DA-RT implementation to more fully consider its implications for a broad range of research.

The DA-RT stipulations establish conditions in which editors and reviewers can request that materials produced in the course of research should be made available on a public domain website. These materials can include databases but also interview transcripts, recordings, and fieldnotes. We understand that exemptions can be requested from these requirements. However, we remain concerned that there is not sufficient clarity in the policies as outlined to protect from the potential harms to sources and researchers in the conduct of research, as well as to long-term implications of harm for the conduct of research on sensitive topics. Nor do we find IRB / ethics board statements to be sufficient protection, given the diversity of access to such protections for our members across the globe. We note many of the concerns DA-RT raises for research on violence and autocratic regimes as well as those using qualitative approaches, as outlined in the APSA Qualitative and Multi-Methods Research newsletter in 2015 as well as the APSA Comparative Politics Newsletter in Spring 2016. As researchers on sensitive topics, we share many of these concerns in our own work. We are particularly disturbed that the serious problems outlined by researchers in these forums have not yet produced changes to the policy appropriate to the potential harms.

We urgently request a re-thinking of the DA-RT stipulations to incorporate better policies to address concerns of researchers working on sensitive topics, including those using qualitative and historical research.

The ASN Board of Directors and the Advisory Board

ASN issues a statement on Violations of Academic Freedom in Turkey

April 22, 2016 Lisa Koriouchkina

The Association for the Study of Nationalities (ASN) expresses a deep concern regarding the disciplinary measures (including dismissals), criminal prosecutions, and widespread intimidation of numerous scholars by the government and various academic institutions under governmental control in Turkey.

These measures followed the participation of Turkish scholars among more than 2,000 scholars from all over the world who signed an international peace petition. The government response has affected ASN members and had a direct impact on the participation of Turkey-based scholars at the ASN 2016 World Convention held from April 14-16. ASN is a scholarly association devoted to the promotion of knowledge and to the understanding of ethnicity, ethnic conflict, and nationalism, with a particular geographic focus on Central, Eastern, and Southeastern Europe, and Eurasia, including Turkey. Our mission is to contribute to the advancement of scholarship, freedom of expression, and critical thinking, which we consider to be important tools of conflict resolution in contested regions and war-torn states.

Whereas academic freedom is necessary to advance peace and democracy;

Whereas the punitive measures taken against scholars violate their freedom of expression and opinion;

Whereas the freedom of opinion and expression is guaranteed under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights; the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights; and the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms;

We condemn the actions taken against numerous academics and express our full solidarity with our Turkish colleagues. We invite the international community to take a clear stand against these actions and to urge Turkey to respect its international obligations.

ASN Board of Directors and the Advisory Board

Edin Hajdarpasic wins the 2016 Rothschild Book Prize

April 20, 2016 Lisa Koriouchkina

The Rothschild Prize Selection committee awarded the Rothschild Book Prize to Edin Hajdarpasic's "Whose Bosnia? Nationalism and Political Imagination in the Balkans, 1840-1914"

2016 Documentary Film Award

April 20, 2016 Lisa Koriouchkina

Oleg's Choice received the Film award at the 2016 ASN Film Festival. The Siege and All Things Ablaze were runner ups. 
 

2016 Doctoral Prize Winners are Announced

April 20, 2016 Lisa Koriouchkina

5 PhD students who presented their work at the Convention were honored with the Doctoral Prizes

14 Books to be Discussed at the Convention

April 07, 2016 Lisa Koriouchkina

14 Books on a wide range of topics published in 2015-2016 will be presented at the Convention.

14 Films to Be Shown at the Convention

March 21, 2016 Lisa Koriouchkina

ASN 2016 is proud to present an impressive lineup of 14 films. For more details - see Films Description, the Film Program, and the Film Schedule.

The Final Program for 2016 Convention is available

March 06, 2016 Lisa Koriouchkina

150+ panels including 14 books, 10 panels on the conflict in Urkaine, 14 recent documentaries and more - see the Final Program for details.

Call for 2016 Rothschild’s Prize Nominations

October 05, 2015 Lisa Koriouchkina

Nominate an outstanding book on Russia, Eastern Europe or Eurasia in which substantial attention is paid to questions of ethnicity and/or nationalism for a Rothschild's Prize. The nomination deadline is December 7, 2015. Rules of eligibility can be found here

Call for Papers for ASN’s 2016 Annual World Convention

September 15, 2015 Ryan Kreider

ASN's Annual World Convention, the largest international and inter-disciplinary scholarly gathering of its kind, welcomes proposals on a wide range of topics related to nationalism, ethnicity, ethnic conflict and national identity in regional sections on the Balkans, Central Europe, Russia, Ukraine, Eurasia, the Caucasus, and Turkey/Greece, as well as thematic sections on Nationalism and Migration/Diasporas. Individual paper and panel proposals are due by October 29, 2015. Please see ASN's 2016 Call for Papers for more details.

2015 Doctoral Student Award Winners

April 27, 2015 Lisa Koriouchkina

ASN distinguishes excellence in research of 7 promising PhD students.

2015 Rothschild’s Prize is Announced

April 23, 2015 Lisa Koriouchkina

Congratulations to Madeleine Reeves on winning the 2015 Rothschild's Prize for her "Border Work: Spatial Lives of the State in Rural Central Asia" (Cornell U Press, 2014)

17 Book Panels

April 21, 2015 Lisa Koriouchkina

The Convention hosts book panels on a wide range of topics. 

Exciting Film Lineup

April 21, 2015 Lisa Koriouchkina

ASN 2015 is proud to present 15 new documentaries (with 3 exclusive sneak previews).

ASN 2015 Final Program

March 07, 2015 Ryan Kreider

The final program for ASN's 2015 Annual World Convention is ready to view! Please click here to view the program.

Joseph Rothschild Book Prize

September 29, 2014 Ryan Kreider

Call for Nominations: The Joseph Rothschild Prize in Nationalism and Ethnic Studies.

On behalf of the Association for the Study of Nationalities and the Harriman Institute, we are pleased to announce the call for nominations for the Joseph Rothschild Prize in Nationalism and Ethnic Studies. Full details here.

ASN 2015 Call for Papers

September 17, 2014 Ryan Kreider

The ASN World Convention welcomes proposals on a wide range of topics related to nationalism, ethnicity, ethnic conflict and national identity in several regional sections: The Balkans; Central Europe, Russia, Ukraine, Eurasia, the Caucasus, and Turkey/Greece/Cyprus. Cross-regional sections on nationalism and migration/diasporas also are welcomed.

Individual paper and panel proposals are due by October 29th, 2014. Please see ASN's Call for Papers 2015 for more details.

UKL: Digest of Recent Events in Ukraine

August 29, 2014 Lisa Koriouchkina

The chair of Ukrainian Studies at Ottawa U presents a digest of commentaries on developments in Ukraine (PDF). 

Dmitry Gorenburg comments on MH17

July 29, 2014 Amendments

Click here to read Dmitry's article on the Malaysia Airlines flight that was shot down over Ukraine.

Statement concerning the detention of Alexander Sodiqov

June 27, 2014 Amendments

ASN issues an official statement of concern about the fate of Alexander Sodiqov, a young scholar from the U of Toronto, who has been detained by Tajik security forces since June 16th.

Read the full statement

April 26, 2014

April 30, 2014 Amendments

The Convention Committee presents the Best Doctoral Student Papers Awards during the convention's closing reception.

April 24, 2014

April 30, 2014 Amendments

The Convention Committee announces the winner of the Annual Rothschild’s Book Prize.

April 10, 2014

April 30, 2014 Amendments

All papers submitted by doctoral candidates to the Convention committee on or before April 10, 2014 are eligible to compete for the Best Doctoral Student Papers Awards conferred in five categories. 

March 18, 2014

April 30, 2014 Amendments

Dominique Arel, Chair of Ukrainian Studies at the University of Ottawa, examines in Foreign Affairs the complexities of language identities and domestic policies in Ukraine in light of the ongoing crisis. Read the article here

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