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Territoriality and Non-territoriality in Accommodating National

Call for Papers

Theme: Territoriality and Non-territoriality in Accommodating National
Diversity within States, 1789-1989
Type: Interdisciplinary Conference
Institution: ERC Project Non-territorial Autonomy, University of
Vienna Location: Vienna (Austria)
Date: 2.–4.4.2020
Deadline: 8.1.2020

We invite scholars for an in-depth exploration of territorial and
non-territorial aspects in accommodating national diversity within
states, from the French Revolution to the end of the Cold War in
Europe and beyond. We welcome proposals that tackle the interplay
between the dimensions of territory, group, and the individual from
both theoretical and empirical perspectives. Since the late 18th
century states have increasingly perceived ethno-national diversity
as an issue to be addressed through policy. Voluntarily or not, some
of them responded to this challenge by granting positive rights to
individuals, groups or territories. What interests us is the
relationship between these various approaches and whether they can be
treated separately at all. While the accommodation of national
diversity is commonly associated with territorial arrangements,
ethno-national groups could also be conceived of separately from
specific territories. Yet, one could also argue that even
fullyfledged non-territorial solutions based solely on the
“personality principle” nevertheless have to take territorial issues
into account for administrative purposes. By exploring how
theoreticians or political protagonists engaged in entangling or
disentangling both ideas and policies about territory and nation, we
hope to shed new light on the chequered history of accommodating
national diversity. We invite a broad range of scholars (historians,
political scientists, legal scholars, anthropologists, sociologists,
geographers and political philosophers) to submit papers dealing with
the above-outlined problems. We are especially interested in
presentations that focus on one or several of the following agents:
governments, bodies claiming to represent national groups, parties
and other political organisations, supranational organisations, as
well as individual politicians, scholars (including legal scholars)
and national and minority activists.

Possible topics to be addressed through the lens of territoriality
and nonterritoriality include, but are not limited to: 

- Theories of national diversity accommodation – Federalism,
 non-territorial autonomy, consociationalism, collective rights
- Case studies of attempts to accommodate national diversity
- Discourses on territoriality and groupness
- National ideologies and party programmes
- Liberal citizenship, legal equality and group rights –
 complementarity and conflict
- Accommodating national diversity in non-liberal and authoritarian
- The scope, extent and content of national autonomy
- Managing national diversity in colonies and former colonies
- Indigenous groups and state territory
- International minority protection

The conference will take place at the University of Vienna between
April the 2nd and 4th of 2020.

Keynote addresses will be given by Prof. Jana Osterkamp (University
of Munich) and Prof. Yonatan Fessha (University of the Western Cape).

Accommodation will be fully covered by the organisers. Partial
reimbursement of travel costs will also be available. The working
language of the conference will be English. Please send paper
proposals of no more than 400 words and a brief CV to by January the 8th 2020.


ERC Project Non-territorial Autonomy
Institute for East European History
University of Vienna
Spitalgasse 2
1090 Wien
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