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Nationalist Responses to Economic and Political Crises conference organized by the Nationalism Studies Program at Central European University (CEU) and the Association for the Study of Nationalities (ASN)

Central European University,
Budapest, Hungary
12-14 June, 2014
***Proposal deadline: January 27, 2014***
Proposals must be submitted to:
The focus of the conference Nationalist Responses to Economic and Political Crises will be nationalism and ethnic conflict in Central Europe, the Balkans, the former Soviet Union, the Middle East and Central Eurasia. Special attention will be given to themes discussing the relationship between economic crises, nationalism and politicized ethnicity.
The year 2014 will be the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I, and also the 70th anniversary of the Holocaust in Hungary.  Thematic panel proposals and individual papers dealing with these events, as well as with the connections between them (both in the Hungarian context and more generally), are also welcome.
The conference invites proposals devoted to comparative perspectives on nationalism-related issues, empirical case studies as well as papers on theoretical approaches that need not be grounded in any particular geographic region. Disciplines represented include political science, philosophy, history, anthropology, sociology, international relations, economics, political geography, sociolinguistics, literature, and related fields.
The keynote lecture will be delivered by Donald L. Horowitz (Duke University).
Conference panels will be organized under five sections:
• Central and Eastern Europe
• Balkans
Russia, Ukraine, Moldova, Belarus and the Caucasus
• Middle East and Central Eurasia
• Nationalism studies (for comparative and theoretical proposals not specifically related to any of the sub-regions)
Topics covered in the conference will include:
• “First World War Centenary,” on nationalist challenges to the territorial and political order;
• “Nation-building and Empires,” on the politics of nation-building under and after empires;
• “Populism and the Radical Right”, the rise of populist rhetoric after economic and political crises;
• “Nationalisms and Crises,” on the impact of economic and social crises on nationalist politics and discourses;
• “History, Politics and Memory,” on the construction and contestation of the memory of historical events in particular sites, political discourses and historical research;
• “Ethnicity and Violence,” on the construction of personal and group identity and its potential mobilization in violence perpetrated against culturally-defined groups;
• “Migration and Globalization,” on the social and political challenges related to migration and the integration of immigrant communities in modern societies.
A limited number of grants (covering travel expenses and free accommodation in the CEU dormitory) offered by the Nationalism Studies Program at CEU and the Tom Lantos Institute are available for PhD students presenting a paper at the conference. Applicants for the travel grant should indicate the requested amount in the Fact Sheet (see below).
Proposal Information
The conference invites proposals for individual papers or panels. A panel includes a chair, three or four presentations based on written papers, and a discussant.
The conference is also welcoming offers to serve as discussant on a panel to be created by the Program Committee from individual paper proposals. The application to be considered as discussant can be self-standing, or accompanied by an individual paper proposal.
In order to send proposals to the conference, the three mandatory items indicated below (contact information, abstract, biographical statement) must be included in a single Word document (PDF documents will not be accepted) attached to a single email message.
Each applicant – single or multiple authors in individual proposals, every member of a panel proposal – must also fill out a Fact Sheet available at
Applicants can only send one paper proposal  — whether as an individual proposal, or as a paper part of a panel proposal. The Program will not consider more than one paper proposal from the same applicant.
Individual paper proposals must include four items:
*Contact information: the name, email, postal address and academic affiliation of the applicant.
*A 300- to 500-word abstract (shorter abstracts will not be considered) that includes the title of the paper.
*A 100-word biographical statement, in narrative form (a text with the length of one paragraph). Standard CVs will be rejected.
Individual proposals featuring more than one author (joint proposal) must include the contact information and biographical statement of all authors and specify who among the co-authors intend to attend the conference. Only joint presenters attending the conference will have their names in the official program.
*A Fact Sheet. In the case of co-authors, only those intending to attend the conference must send a Fact Sheet. 
Panel proposals must include four items:
*Contact information (see above) of all proposed panelists.
*The title of the panel and a 200- to 300-word abstract of each paper.
*A 100-word biographical statement (see above) for each proposed panelist. Statements in standard CV format will be rejected. The rules on joint proposals are the same as with individual proposals (see above).
*A Fact Sheet, for each panelist attached to the proposal. 
Proposals can also be sent for roundtables and book panels directly related to the core themes of the conference. Roundtables include a chair, four presenters, but no discussant, since the presentations, unlike regular panels, are not based on written papers. Roundtable proposals include the same four items as a panel proposal, except that the 200- to 300-word abstracts are presentation abstracts, rather than paper abstracts.
The convention is also inviting proposals for Book Panels, based on books published in English between January 2013 and April 2014. The proposal must include the Chair, three discussants, as well as the author. A Book Panel proposal must include the same four items as a panel proposal, except that the abstract is limited to a 200- to 300-word abstract of the book. The discussants need not submit an abstract.
Proposals for documentaries must include four items:
*Contact information (see above)
*A 300- to 500-word abstract of the documentary
*A 100-word biographical statement (see above). CVs will be rejected.
Two copies of the documentary on DVD (in NTSC or PAL format) will also need to be sent to the Convention, unless there is an agreement to provide a streaming link. These and other matters will be discussed upon receipt of the film proposals.
Proposals for a roundtable following the screening of a film are most welcome. In these cases, the requirements of a panel proposal apply, in addition to the 300- to 500-word abstract of the film.
Proposals to serve as a discussant must include four items:
*Contact information (see above)
*A 100-word statement about your areas of expertise
*A 100-word biographical statement (see above). CVs will be rejected.
Proposals for applicants already included in an individual paper or panel proposal need only include the 100-word statement on areas of expertise.
IMPORTANT: All proposals must be sent in a single email message, with an attached proposal in a Word document (PDFs will not be accepted) containing contact information, an abstract, a biographical statement, as well as the Fact Sheet (or multiple Fact Sheets, in the case of co-authors and/or panel proposals). Proposals including contact information, the abstract and the bio statement in separate attachments, or over several email messages, will not be considered. The proposals must be sent to
The receipt of all proposals will be promptly acknowledged electronically, with some delay during deadline week, due to the high volume of proposals.
An international Program Committee will be entrusted with the selection of proposals. Applicants will be notified by March 7, 2014 at the latest. Information regarding registration costs and other logistical questions will be communicated afterwards.
The Convention Organizing Committee:
Mária M. Kovács, CEU Nationalism Studies Program Director
Zsuzsa Csergő, ASN President
Florian Bieber, ASN Vice-President
Szabolcs Pogonyi, CEU Nationalism Studies Program
Deadline for proposals: January 27 (to be sent to