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SEN’s 15th anniversary conference67328_170832149594481_5268732_n

This year, Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism celebrates fifteen years since its founding. To mark the occasion, SEN are holding a free, one-day conference on Deconstructing Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism, on 7th September at Queen Mary University of London.

You can view the programme and sign up online here and don’t forget to check out SEN’s own blog at senjournal.co.uk.

The conference will critically examine the tenets underlying SEN’s mission statement. The different sessions on the day will deal with questions of how to define and analyse the concept of “national identity”, the relationship(s) between ethnic conflict and nationalist politics, as well as challenges and likely future directions of ethnicity and nationalism research in the early 21st century.

SEN is a fully refereed journal published by Wiley on behalf of the Association for the Study of Ethnicity and Nationalism (ASEN). It publishes three issues per volume relating to questions of ethnic identity, minority rights, migration and identity politics, with a particular focus on publishing exceptional articles from any social science discipline and from scholars as well as practitioners at all stages of their career.

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Professor Ewen Cameron will put the UK Election of 2015 in its historical context by trying to analyse historically the issues generated by the election; the importance of controlling narratives of the recent past, the performance of the Labour party, the near wipe out of the Liberal Democrats, the influence of Scottish results and of the SNP particular, and the role of opinion polling. What might it all mean for the future? A historian may not be the best person to ask, but a bit of speculation might be fun. More details here.

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Vytautas Magnus University, in cooperation with the Association for the Study of Nationalities (ASN), is pleased to announce the joint conference, “Europe, Nations, and Insecurity: Challenges to Identities,” which will be held on 30 June – 2 July, 2016 in Kaunas, Lithuania. The conference is being organized by the Faculty of Humanities and the Faculty of Political Science and Diplomacy of Vytautas Magnus University.

The panels of the conference will embrace a wide range of topics related to the political and economic situations in all regions of Europe. Serious consideration will be given not only to the persistent problem of state aggression and ethnic conflicts, but also to newly emerging threats, challenges, and insecurities. These new uncertainties create serious threats for global stability, and over the past years have become the only certainty in the modern world. Due attention also will be given to contested and challenged identities, ranging from Baltic, North Eastern, Central and other regions and nationalities, whether state-controlled and manipulated or sporadically emerging and self-asserting. Programmatic themes encompass Nationalism Studies, Memory and Culture Studies, Migration and Diasporas, History, Politics, Gender Studies, Ethnicity and Violence, Minority Rights, Energy Security, Language, Literature and Education, Public Diplomacy, etc.

Conference panels will be organized according to national and regional foci:

  • Central and Eastern Europe
  • The Baltic region
  • The Balkans
  • Russia, Ukraine, Moldova, Belarus and the Caucasus
  • Middle East and Central Eurasia

Prospective applicants can review the broad thematic scope of ASN’s conference papers by viewing programs from past conferences at: http://nationalities.org/conventions/euro/.

Proposal Submissions

ASN’s 2016 European Conference invites proposals for individual papers and panels. The standard panel format consists of a chair and three or four presenters. Conference proposals should be submitted in English. All required information must be included in a single Word document (PDF documents will not be accepted) and attached to a single email message.

Individual Paper Proposal Requirements:

  • Contact information: name, e-mail address, and academic affiliation of the applicant.
  • Paper abstract (up to 500 words) with the title of the paper, references and no more than five keywords.
  • A 100-word, one paragraph biographical statement in narrative form. Standard CVs will not be accepted.
  • Individual proposals featuring more than one author (joint proposals) must include contact information and biographical statements for all authors.

Panel Proposal Requirements:

  • Contact information for all panelists: names, e-mail addresses, and academic affiliations.
  • Title of the panel and abstract (up to 500 words) for each paper.
  • A 100-word biographical statement for each panelist. Statements in a standard CV format will not be accepted.

Please send your proposals to asnkaunas2016@hmf.vdu.lt no later than 30 November 2015.

All abstracts will be reviewed anonymously by the scientific committee.

Notifications of acceptance will be sent before 29 February 2016.

The deadline for registration is 31 March 2016.

The draft program will be published by the end of May 2016.

For more information, please contact: asnkaunas2016@hmf.vdu.lt.

Conference website: http://www.pmdf.vdu.lt/asn-kaunas

Vytautas Magnus University is located at:

K. Donelaičio Street 58
LT-44248 Kaunas, Lithuania
Tel.: +370 37 327828
Fax: +370 37 203858
E-mail: asnkaunas2016@hmf.vdu.lt
University website: www.vdu.lt

We look forward to receiving your proposals for our 2016 conference in Kaunas, Lithuania

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