20 th Annual ASN World Convention
20th Convention of Association for the Study of Nationalities (ASN)
New York 23-25 April 2015
Seven members of Tensions project participated in the 20th Convention of Association for the Study of Nationalities (ASN) hosted by the Harriman Institute at Columbia University in the City of New York, April 23-25, 2015.
A team of 4 from Dublin City University (Giorgio Comai, Chiara Loda, Ann Tsurtsumia-Zurabashvili and Donnacha Ó Beacháin) and a team of 3 from Tallinn University (Oleksandra Seliverstova, Emilia Pawlusz and Abel Polese) presented their research papers and organised and contributed to a panel on South Caucasus under the auspices of Tensions.
The Convention featured over 150 scholarly panels, workshops, roundtables, book exhibits and films screenings. It drew people from all over the world who share interest in the issues of nationalism, ethnic relations, communism and post-communism studies. Naturally, a dozen panels and several documentaries addressed the recent conflict situation in Eastern Ukraine, and Russia-NATO relations.
"Impressions from 20th ASN World Convention" Emilia Pawlusz
For an early stage researcher like me, the Convention was a great opportunity to get quick insight into contemporary research landscape and engage in interesting discussions with inspiring people. Some of them I have known before from their scholarship and now I could listen and speak to them in person. I especially enjoyed the panel on Russia's policy towards compatriots as it featured two excellent papers on the situation in the Baltic states, which were hugely relevant to my research project. I also received some fruitful and friendly feedback from the participants of the panel on Music and the Nation, where I presented my paper. It was really nice to exchange ideas with people who share my enthusiasm for researching nation-building through music practices. I left New York with a head full of new ideas for my own research.
"Impressions from 20th ASN World Convention" Oleksandra Seliverstova
For the first time I have participated in academic event of such scale and specialisation. During ASN I had a great opportunity to listen and even talk to scholars, whose works I know from books and journals and with the help of which I develop my research work. The myriad of works that was presented was very inspiring for my own research topic as I started to look on it from different perspective. In the same time presenting my work to an audience that is specialised in the area of my studies was very important to me. I received constructive and in the same time positive feedback, which gave me inspiration and motivation to go further in my research. I really enjoyed the overall atmosphere, friendliness of organisers and scholars who came from all over the world to share their passions and interests about post-Soviet area made me feel very comfortable and motivated. I think that this event also gave us a great opportunity to meet people for potential cooperation on future work and introduced us to editors from different academic journals who also gave a workshop on publishing.