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Call for Papers - Europe, Nations, and Insecurity: Challenges to Identities

Conference venue: Kaunas, Lithuania
Period: June 30-July 2, 2016
Deadline for submitting abstracts: November 30, 2015



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". The Conference will be held on 30 June – 2 July 2016 in Kaunas, Lithuania.

The panels of the conference will embrace a wide range of topics related to the political and economic situation in all regions of Europe. A serious consideration will be given not only to the persistent problem of state aggression and ethnic conflicts, but also to the newly emerging threats, challenges, and insecurities. These new uncertainties create serious threats for world stability and over the past years have become the only certainty in the modern world. Due attention will also be given to contested and challenged identities, ranging from Baltic, Nordic Eastern, Central and other European to all world’s regions and nationalities, be these identities 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.

Eligible topics

Conference panels will be organized according to the 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 get a sense of the broad thematic scope of ASN conference papers by looking at the Programs of past conferences here.

Guidelines for submission

The ASN 2016 Conference invites proposals for individual papers and panels. A regular panel format consists of a chair and three or four presentations.
The language of a conference proposal is English. All the required information must be included in a single Word document (PDFdocuments will not be accepted) attached to a single email message.

Individual paper proposals must include:

  • Contact information: the 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 5 keywords.
  • A 100-word, one paragraph biographical statement~in a narrative form.~Standard CVs will be rejected.
  • Individual proposals featuring more than one author (a joint proposal) must include contact information and biographical statements of all authors.

Panel proposals~must include:

  • Contact information of all panellists: the names, e-mail addresses, and academic affiliations.
  • The title of the panel and abstract (up to 500 words) of each paper.
  • A 100-word biographical statement for each panellist.~Statements in a standard CV format will be rejected.

Please send your proposals to 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.
Deadline for the registration: 31 March 2016.
The draft programme will be published by the end of May 2016.


  • Faculty of Humanities and the Faculty of Political Science and Diplomacy of Vytautas Magnus University.

Information & contacts

Vytautas Magnus University
K. Donelaičio street 58
LT-44248 Kaunas, Lithuania
tel.: +370 37 327828
fax: +370 37 203858


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