Our 28th Annual Conference will take place 27-28 March 2018 at LSE. This year’s theme will be ‘The New Nationalism: populism, authoritarianism and anti-globalisation’.

Co-Chair application deadline: 30 September 2017
Call for papers deadline: 17 November 2017

See the ASEN Annual Conference 2018 web page for the call for papers, abstract submission form, and, how to apply to be a conference co-chair.



23rd Annual World Convention of the Association for the Study of Nationalities (ASN)


International Affairs Building,
Columbia University, NY
Sponsored by the Harriman Institute
3-5 May 2018

***Proposal deadline: 26 October 2017***

Contact information:
Proposals must be submitted to:
darel@uottawa.ca and darelasn2018@gmail.com

The ASN 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 Studies and Migration/Diasporas. Disciplines represented include political science, history, anthropology, sociology, international studies, security studies, geopolitics, area studies, economics, geography, sociolinguistics, literature, psychology, and related fields.

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The new edition of the Italian language journal, Nazioni e Regioni is available at:



The BISA Historical Sociology and International Relations Working Group is organising a workshop in December 2017 that will follow on from the theme of the ‘Future of Historical Sociology and IR’ developed at the 2017 BISA Annual Conference. The workshop will have a more sustained focus on the problematic of difference central to the main strands of heterodox and critical IR, post- and de-colonial approaches in particular.

While the historical sociology of international relations has become firmly ensconced in the discipline – especially in the British context – questions remain about its future. The core focus has been on specific macro-historical theories of societal development in relation to the international to the relative neglect of questions of method (e.g. should the focus only be on the macro? should issues around historical contingency and continuity be foregrounded?), modes of theorising (e.g. idiographic v. nomothetic approaches), the production of evidence (e.g. historians versus social scientists), and the overall importance of the ‘sociological’ in relation to the ‘historical’. Most, if not all, of these questions arguably subsist on a deeper question regarding the condition of ‘difference’, including its historical, developmental, and epistemological instances. The problematic of difference and its fundamental implications for social sciences in general and IR and historical sociology in particular, have been thrown into sharp relief by the burgeoning postcolonial and decolonial approaches in the discipline. Some aspects of this question have been addressed, though often implicitly, in the recent debate about variations in understanding ‘the international’ in historical sociology in the works of those deploying frameworks of ‘uneven and combined development’ and ‘social property relations’. However, much more explicit, critical, and systematic reflection on this question is needed. This workshop is a tentative step in this direction.

The workshop invites contributions from any theoretical perspective within the broad remit of historical sociology looking at broad scope and direction of the study of HSIR in the future, with particular attention to the problem of difference.

The workshop is sponsored by the BISA Historical Sociology and International Relations Working Group: http://historical-sociology.org/. Thanks to funding from BISA, the workshop is free and catering will be provided (spaces will be limited). Both paper givers and research students will also receive a limited travel allowance. The workshop will be held at Queen Mary, University of London in December 2017.

To apply for the workshop, please submit a paper title and abstract (of no more than 200 words) to Bryan Mabee (b.mabee@qmul.ac.uk) and Kamran Matin (k.matin@sussex.ac.uk). The deadline is 29 September 2017.

Monday 02 October 2017, 4p.m.

Seminar Room 2, Chrystal Macmillan Building, 15 George Square.

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Jean-Francois Dupré, a graduate of the MSc in Nationalism Studies here at the University of Edinburgh, has just published his first book! It’s on a fascinating topic, language politics in Taiwan. And it’s also a great read! Congratualtions J-F!



The deadline for the delivery of articles for the “Studies” (Studi) section and the texts for the “Reviews and Debates” (Rassegne e Dibattiti) section to be published in the 11 issue of “Nazioni e Regioni” (June 2018) is January 31, 2018. As regards the book reviews (1.500 words), the deadline for their delivery is April 15, 2018.
The journal accepts contributions that analyze theoretical questions related to nationalism and regionalism, enquiries on the current situation of the study of specific cases, researches on concrete aspects of national construction analyzed from different scientific angles. Texts must not have been published previously. The submitted articles, whose length must not exceed 9,000 words, in Microsoft Word or Open Office format (doc, rtf o odt), must include on a separate sheet a short bio of the author and a 100-word abstract; three to five keywords must be indicated. The submitted articles will go through an anonymous peer review procedure.
The “Reviews and Debate” section is a space devoted to the presentation of an ongoing debate (whether theoretical, cultural or political), and to the attendant critique of recently published works which are deemed of particular theoretical or interpretive interest, in order to favour the dialogue and the cross-fertilization of different ideas and opinions on specific issues, articles, reviews, etc. The contributions submitted for this section, whose length must not exceed 4,000 words, will go through a procedure of internal evaluation by the editorial staff.

The journal is published in Italian, but it will accept contributions also in English, Spanish, French, Russian, Catalan. The texts will be translated by the editorial staff. The authors are kindly requested to follow the editorial guidelines below and not to exceed the accepted length; otherwise, their texts will not be taken into consideration for publication. The editorial guidelines of the journal are available on the following link: http://www.nazionieregioni.it/?page_id=278
For further information, please contact the editorial staff at the address: nazionieregioni@gmail.com