ASN Conventions

20th Annual ASN World Convention

Date: 23-25 April 2015
Location: Harriman Institute, Columbia University

Convention Information

ASN 2015 Annual World Convention

Co-Sponsored by the Harriman Institute at Columbia University in New York City, April 23-25, 2015

Please see the 2015 Annual World Convention Program, and the accompanying text, below, for details.


Since the preliminary program was announced last month, a number of special events were added to the lineup:

*Jose Manuel Barroso, former President of the European Commission (2004-2014), will deliver a keynote address, “The European Union and the Challenge of the Russia-Ukraine Conflict” (Saturday 5:10 PM, Room 1512).

*John Crosby and Ursula Froese, of the OSCE Vienna office, will speak on the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission in Ukraine (Friday 2:50 PM, Room 1512).

*Five scholars will take part in a roundtable on “The Greece-Europe Crisis: End of the Road or Turning Point?” (Thursday 6:00 PM, Room 1027).

An exceptional lineup of 15 new international documentaries will be announced shortly. Three of the films, which have yet to premiere in New York, will be shown as sneak previews and can be revealed only during the Convention. This is in addition to a roundtable on the Oscar-nominated Russian feature film Leviathan (Saturday 2:50 PM, Harriman Institute Atrium, 12th Floor).

ASN 2015 will be held on the 100th Anniversary of the Ottoman Government's decision to deport the leadership of the Armenian community from Istanbul on April 24, 1915, the day on which the Medz Yeghern (“Great Crime”) is commemorated. To observe the centennial, Ron Suny’s “They Can Live in the Desert but Nowhere Else”: A History of the Armenian Genocide (Princeton 2015) and Tom de Waal’s Great Catastrophe: Armenians and Turks in the Shadow of Genocide (Oxford 2015) were added to a distinguished roster of 17 book panels. Also added were Madeleine Reeves’ Border Work: Spatial Lives of the State in Rural Central Asia (Cornell 2014), a finalist for the ASN Harriman Book Prize, and Charles King’s Midnight at the Pera Palace: The Birth of Modern Istanbul (Norton 2014).

A dozen panels/events will touch on the extraordinary events that have engulfed Ukraine and Russia in the past year. In addition to the Barroso keynote and the OSCE roundtable, the Convention will screen Sergei Loznitsa’s Maidan (Ukraine/Netherlands 2014) and Anthony Butts’ The Donetsk Peoples’ Republic or the Curious Tale of the Handmade Country (UK 2015) and feature up to eight scholarly panels on Maidan, the war in Donbas, NATO, the far right and political/economic reforms in Ukraine.

The Convention runs from Thursday, April 23, 11:00 AM to Saturday, April 25, 7:10 PM. All panels/events will be held on various floors of the International Affairs Building (IAB), 420 W. 118th St. (and in the adjacent Faculty House on Thursday). The opening reception, celebrating the Convention’s 20th Anniversary, will be held on the 6th floor of IAB on Thursday, April 23 at 8:00 PM. The closing reception, in the same location on Saturday, April 25 at 7:15 PM, will feature the announcements of the ASN Harriman Book Prize, the Best Doctoral Student Papers Awards and the Award for Best Documentary.

Registration fees are $100 for ASN members, $130 for nonmembers, $60 for students (and a special rate of $30 for nonpanelist graduate students enrolled in New York area universities). For registration information, please contact Registration Manager Kelsey Davis ([email protected]). During the Convention, the registration desk will be located in the lobby of the 15th floor.

For general and practical Convention information, please contact ASN Executive Director Ryan Kreider ([email protected], 212-851-2174).

For questions regarding the program, contact ASN Convention Academic Director Dominique Arel ([email protected]).

We look forward to seeing you at the Convention! 

Dominique Arel

On behalf of the Organizing Committee and Program Committee


Book panels

  • Radovan Karadzic: Architect of the Bosnian Genocide
  • Moscow in Movement: Power and Opposition in Putin’s Russia
  • Policies of Ethno-cultural Diversity Management in Belarus, Moldova, and Ukraine
  • Great Catastrophe: Armenians and Turks in the Shadow of Genocide

This year's featured books include:

  • Michael Hechter's Alien Rule (Cambridge University Press, 2013)
  • Alan Patten's Equal Recognition : The Moral Foundation of Minority Rights (Princeton University Press, 2014)
  • Michael Bryant's Eyewitness to Genocide : the Operation Reinhard Death Camp Trials, 1955-66 (University of Tennessee Press, May 15, 2014)
  • Thomas de Waal's Great Catastrophe : Armenians and Turks in the Shadow of Genocide (Oxford University Press, 2015)
  • Joshua Sanborn's Imperial Apocalypse : The Great War and the Destruction of the Russian Empire (Oxford University Press, 2014)
  • Sabine Dullin's La frontière épaisse : Aux origines des politiques soviétiques (Éditions de l’EHESS, 2014)
  • Olga Onuch's Mapping Mass Mobilization : Understanding Revolutionary Moments in Argentina and Ukraine (Palgrave, 2014)
  • Charles King's Midnight at the Pera Palace : The Birth of Modern Istanbul (Norton, 2014)
  • Samuel A. Greene's Moscow in Movement : Power and Opposition in Putin’s Russia (Stanford University Press, 2014)
  • David Marples's Our Glorious Past : Lukashenka’s Belarus and the Great Patriotic War (ibidem-Verlag, 2014)
  • Henry Hale's Patronal Politics : Eurasian Regime Dynamics in Comparative Perspective (Cambridge University Press, 2014)
  • Mikalai Biaspamiatnykh, Alexander Osipov, Federica Prina, Ihar Pushkin, Hanna Vasilevich's Policies of Ethno-cultural Diversity Management in Belarus, Moldova, and Ukraine : between Soviet Legacies and European Standards (Vilnius: European Humanities University)
  • Robert J. Donia's Radovan Karadzic : Architect of the Bosnian Genocide (Cambridge University Press, 2014)
  • Valerie Sperling's Sex, Politics and Putin : Political Legitimacy in Russia (Oxford University Press, 2014)
  • Paul Werth's The Tsar's Foreign Faiths : Toleration and the Fate of Religious Freedom in Imperial Russia (Oxford University Press, 2014)
  • Myroslav Shkandrij's Ukrainian Nationalism : Politics, Ideology, and Literature, 1929-1956 (Yale University Press, 2015)
  • Ron Suny's “They Can Live in the Desert but Nowhere Else” : A History of the Armenian Genocide (Princeton University Press, 2015)

For more information on our book panels for 2015 click here

Film presentations


This year's featured films include:

  • Madeleine Sackler's DANGEROUS ACTS
  • Elwira Niewira and Piotr Rosolowski's DOMINO EFFEKT (THE DOMINO EFFECT)
  • Marc Mauceri's JE SUIS FEMEN I AM FEMEN
  • Sergei Loznitsa's MAIDAN
  • Meelis Mulu and Kristina Norman's PMR—IN A STATE OF LIMBO
  • Erich Rathfelder and Amela Maldosevic's THE LAND IS HARD, THE SKY IS HIGH
  • Tony Gerber and Maxim Pozdorovkin's THE NOTORIOUS MR BOUT
  • Aleksandar Nikolic's THE SERBIAN LAWYER
  • Andreas Apostolidis's WAR & PEACE IN THE BALKANS
  • Marc Silver's WHO IS DAYANI CRYSTAL?



ASN Film Poster, here. ASN Film Lineup, here.

The ASN 2015 Annual World Convention is unveiling an unusually strong lineup of 15 new international documentaries, all but one of them in pre-release (touring film festivals and not yet commercially available). Three of the films, which have yet to premiere in New York, will be shown as sneak previews, and thus cannot be advertised in advance. All we can say at this point is that one touches on the North Caucasus, another on Eurasia, and the director of the third was recently nominated for an Academy Award (Oscar). They will be revealed on the eve of the Convention.

The theme of resistance to authoritarian regimes prevails in three films. Maidan(Ukraine/Netherlands, 2014), shown at the 2014 Cannes Festival and directed by famed filmmaker Sergei Loznitsa, is a riveting account of the protests that brought down the Yanukovych regime a year ago. I Am Femen (Switzerland, 2014) chronicles the rise of the sextremist Ukrainian group Femen and its courageous actions against repression in Ukraine – and even in Russia and Belarus. Dangerous Acts, Starring the Unstable Elements of Belarus (US/UK, 2014) is a tale of resistance to Belarusian dictatorship through the medium of theater.

No less than three movies are devoted to pro-Russia breakaway republics. The Donetsk People's Republic, Or The Curious Tale of the Handmade Country (UK, 2015) is an exercise in guerrilla film-making that documents the chaotic beginnings of the Donetsk-based entity in April 2014. PMR—In a State of Limbo (Estonia, 2014) depicts the so-called “Transnistrian Moldovan Republic,” recognized by no one but Russia for nearly 25 years. Domino Effekt (Germany/Poland, 2014) uses a strange “international” domino competition to observe broken lives in the limbo state of Abkhazia.

The conflictual nature of historical memory is addressed in five films. The Land is Hard, the Sky is High (Bosnia, 2014) examines the painful memory of the 1992 Prijedor massacre, the second largest instance of mass killing in the entire Bosnia war, after Srebrenica. The Forgers of History (France, 2014) is a blistering examination of Holocaust denial, from the early postwar years to nowadays. War & Peace in the Balkans (Greece, 2014) looks at the meaning of World War I in contemporary Balkans. Two films shown in sneak previews (to be revealed at the Convention) are riveting forays into the repression of memory.

Two films take a political/legal angle. The Notorious Mr Bout (Russia/US, 2014) is a visually inventive and morally troubling portrayal of Victor Bout, an alleged Russian “merchant of death” serving a 25 year sentence in the US for having sold weapons to US-designated terrorist groups. The Serbian Lawyer (Germany, 2014) tells the story of Marko Sladojevic, a young Dutch lawyer originally from Serbia who agreed to represent Radovan Karadzic at his ICTY trial in The Hague. (A special panel on Robert Donia’s biography of Radovan Karadzic is also on the program.)

Finally, the perilous intersection of security and treatment of foreigners in the United States is at the center of two documentaries. Who is Dayani Cristal? (US/Mexico, 2013) investigates the death of a Mexican who tried to illegally enter the United States, with the participation of international movie star Gael Garcia Bernal in the recreation of scenes. The third sneak preview, to be shown at the Convention, will bring us closer to the “war on terror.”

For more information on our film presentations for 2015 click here.

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