ASN Conventions

21st Annual ASN World Convention

Date: 14-16 April 2016
Location: Harriman Institute, Columbia University

Convention Information

Convention Information

ASN 2016 Annual World Convention

Co-Sponsored by the Harriman Institute at Columbia University in New York City, April 14-16, 2016

Please see the 2016 Annual World Convention Program, and the accompanying text, below, for details.


Key documents


ASN Convention acknowledges excellence in graduate studies research by offering Awards for Best Doctoral Student Papers.  Doctoral student applicants whose proposals are accepted for the 2016 Convention, who will not have defended their dissertation by 1 November 2015, and whose papers are delivered by the deadline, will automatically be considered for the awards. Each award comes with a certificate and a cash prize.

A 2016 winner of the annual ASN Harriman Book Prize will be announced at the Convention. At the 2015 ASN Convention, the prize was awarded to Madeleine Reeves for Border Work: Spatial Lives of the State in Rural Central Asia (Cornell University Press, 2014). The award comes with a certificate and a cash prize. 

Book panels

  • Introducing Peace Museums
  • Black Earth
  • A Political Theory of Territory
  • Total Wars and the Making of Modern Ukraine, 1914-1954

This year's featured books include:

  • Margaret Moore's A Political Theory of Territory (Oxford U Press 2015)
  • Tim Snyder's Black Earth : The Holocaust as History and Warning (Tim Duggan 2015)
  • Adam Fagan and Indraneel Sircar's Europeanization of the Western Balkans : Environmental Governance in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Serbia (Palgrave 2015)
  • Joyce Apsel's Introducing Peace Museums (Routledge Press 2016)
  • Veljko Vujačić's Nationalism, Myth, and the State in Russia and Serbia : Antecedents of the Dissolution of the Soviet Union and Yugoslavia (Cambridge U Press 2015)
  • Lucan Way's Pluralism by Default : Weak Autocrats and the Rise of Competitive Politics (Johns Hopkins U Press 2015)
  • David Miller's Strangers in Our Midst : The Political Philosophy of Immigration (Harvard U Press 2016)
  • Tarik Cyril Amar's The Paradox of Ukrainian Lviv : A Borderland City between Stalinists, Nazis, and Nationalists (Cornell U Press 2015)
  • George Lieber's Total Wars and the Making of Modern Ukraine : 1914-1954 (Toronto 2016)
  • Lauren McCarthy's Trafficking Justice : How Russian Police Enforce New Laws, from Crime to Courtroom (Cornell U Press 2015)
  • Jesse Driscoll's Warlords and Coalition Politics (Cambridge U 2015)
  • Edin Hajdarpasic's Whose Bosnia? : Nationalism and Political Imagination in the Balkans, 1840-1914 (Cornell U Press 2015)
  • Claire L. Adida, David Laitin, Marie-Anne Valfort's Muslim Integration (Harvard U Press 2016)

14 recent books on a wide range of topics will be discussed at the Convention. 

Film presentations

  • On Aggregate: The Saga of the Qarabag-Agdam “Horsemen”
  • The Event
  • Lampedusa in Winter
  • A German Youth (Une jeunesse allemande)

This year's featured films include:

  • Jean-Gabriel Périot's A German Youth (Une jeunesse allemande)
  • Oleksandr Techynskyi, Alexey Solodunov, Dmitry Stoykov's All Things Ablaze
  • Damien Kolodiy's Freedom or Death
  • Nicola Bellucci's Grozny Blues
  • David Aronowitsch's I Am Dublin
  • Jakob Brossmann's Lampedusa in Winter
  • James Keogh, Elena Volochine's Oleg’s Choice (Le choix d’Oleg)
  • Thomas Goltz's On Aggregate: The Saga of the Qarabag-Agdam “Horsemen”
  • Alexandre Westphal, Violaine Baraduc's Shades of True (À mots couverts)
  • Benny Brunner, Keno Verseck's The Erpatak Model
  • Sergei Loznitsa's The Event
  • Chad Gracia's The Russian Woodpecker
  • Rémy Ourdan, Patrick Chauvel's The Siege
  • Pierre-Olivier François, Bernard Mangiante's UN: Last Station Before Hell

The 2016 ASN Convention is proud to present 14 films that cover a wide range of urgent topics. For a full film line up, click here 

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