The 16th Annual Association for the Study of the Nationalities (ASN) World Convention ‘Charting the Nation between State and Society’ took place at Columbia University in New York City between 14-16 April, gathering a large number of researchers working on the Balkans, Central Europe and the Baltics, Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Central Asia, the Caucasus, Turkey, Afghanistan, and China.
Among 140 panels, the CITSEE team hosted a panel entitled ‘Citizenship Dilemmas after the Third Yugoslavia: Rights, Participation, and Belonging in Serbia, Montenegro and Kosovo’. The panel was chaired by CITSEE post-doctoral fellow Dr Igor Stiks and had Dr Sherill Stroschein of University College London (UCL) as the discussant. CITSEE research fellows Dr Jelena Dzankic and Jelena Vasiljevic, as well as CITSEE research assistant Gezim Krasniqi presented papers on recent developments in citizenship policies in Montenegro, Serbia and Kosovo. This well-attended panel inspired a lively debate, revealing a considerable interest in citizenship-related issues in these countries.
In addition to that, CITSEE research associate Ljubica Spaskovska, who presented at another panel, won the ASN Best Doctoral Student Paper Award. Her paper ‘Landscapes of Triumph, Memory and Loss: Yugoslav Supra-nationalism and Anti-nationalism, 1986-1991’ was judged as the best contribution to the Balkans regional/thematic section.