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Nationalism and Multiculturalism

Call for Papers

Theme: Nationalism and Multiculturalism
Type: 30th ASEN Annual Conference
Institution: Association for the Study of Ethnicity and Nationalism (ASEN)
Location: Edinburgh, Scotland (United Kingdom)
Date: 22.–23.4.2020
Deadline: 15.11.2019

The 30th Annual Conference of the Association for the Study of
Ethnicity and Nationalism (ASEN) will take place on 22-23 April 2020.
This year’s theme will be Nationalism and Multiculturalism. The
Annual Conference will take place in Edinburgh and is organised in
cooperation with ASEN Edinburgh. The Anthony D. Smith Lecture will
take place on 21 April 2020.

Call for Papers

Nationalism, as a political principle and ideology that seeks to make
cultural and political boundaries coincide in the form of the
nation-state, can be at odds with prevailing ethnic, religious,
linguistic and racial diversity. This diversity may originate either
in long-established and often indigenous communities, or in more
recent, immigrant communities.

Multiculturalism emerged as a principle of political and social
integration of culturally plural societies and an alternative to
assimilation and imposition of a dominant culture on cultural
minorities. However, multiculturalism has been challenged both by
liberal egalitarians who consider its explicit and implicit
advancement of collective rights to be inconsistent with liberal
individualism, and by a re-surgent mono-ethnic or mono-cultural
nationalism that sees it as a threat to the ethno-/culturally-defined
nation. Furthermore, multiculturalism has remained an ambiguous
principle, whose realisation has been pursued through a diverse and
even contradictory range of policies, generally tied to the
contingencies and specificities of particular cultural groups and

This conference focuses on the complex relationship between state and
culture/cultural identity, nationalism and multiculturalism. It seeks
to explore a key issue that dominates contemporary social theory and
policymaking: To what extent and in what ways could culturally plural
societies find expression, without antagonism, both in public life
and in the politics of democratic societies? The conference addresses
both the long-standing forms of multiculturalism and post-colonial
immigration. The aim is to examine multiculturalism as a state
project, but also as a broader cultural framework in which diversity
is contained or acted out as a social practice.

Is multiculturalism another form of nationalism, i.e., another form
of national self-affirmation and determination within existing
states? How do we reconcile the necessity of common values and
national solidarity in modern democratic states, on the one hand,
with the demand for individual and/or group differentiated rights, on
the other? How can multinational/multicultural societies develop
cooperation and loyalty to state institutions? What are the
advantages and limits of multiculturalism in regulating the
relationship between immigrants and host societies, minorities and
majorities? Does multiculturalism inadvertently reify ethnic groups?
Is multiculturalism retreating in Western societies as a result of
the rise of national populism? Are some forms of recognition
especially challenging, not least to other minorities?

The conference is intended to cover cases from all parts of the world
and welcomes papers based on different theoretical perspectives and
methodological approaches, and from different disciplines and fields,
such as political science, political theory, critical studies,
philosophy, sociology, law, and history.

Themes include:
- State and Culture
- Nationalism and diversity
- Multiethnicity in post-colonial states
- Religious diversity in multiethnic societies
- Nationalism and belonging
- Race studies and critical perspectives on ethnicity
- Nationalism, homogenisation and assimilation
- Liberal nationalism and group differentiated rights
- Nationalism, multiculturalism and interculturalism
- Multicultural citizenship/nationalism
- Competing nationalisms in multinational states
- Empires and multiculturalism
- Evaluating the ‘politics of recognition’
- Migration, multiculturalism and minority rights


Notably 2020 will mark three significant anniversaries:
- 30 years of ASEN
- 25 years of Nations & Nationalism
- 25 years of Edinburgh’s Nationalism Studies programme

In order to celebrate these anniversaries, the conference will close
with a plenary event involving the current and previous ASEN

Abstract submission

Please, submit your abstract by 15 November 2019:

Abstracts should be no longer than 250 words and they must include a
working title and the position and affiliation of the author. You
should expect to speak for no more than 15 minutes. Please ensure
that you highlight how your paper relates to the conference theme and
its central questions. Co-authored papers must be submitted by only
one of the authors.

Indicate at the beginning of the form if yours is an individual paper
submission or a contribution within a larger panel proposal and
explain the panel proposal on the ‘Extra notes’ section. Reviewers
will take into consideration the proposal, however, papers are
evaluated on an individual basis and panel paper submissions may be
split up.

The abstract will be reviewed by the Conference Committee and a
decision will be announced around January and February. Please note
that you will not receive a confirmation email when you send your
abstract, however, if you have filled in the SurveyMonkey page
correctly, your abstract will have been received.


For any enquiries in relation to the conference, please contact
Javier Carbonell – the ASEN Coordinator –

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