Conference 2023: Nationalism and Multiculturalism


Update #3

Unfortunately, Nira Yuval-Davis has caught covid and so is unable to give her plenary. Instead, Marco Antonsich will present on “The ‘other’ side of the nation – counter-narratives of national belonging among racialised Italians”

Update #2

The full schedule for the conference has now been published! Panel abstracts are also up. We’ve accommodated everyone’s requests for presenting at particular times.

We’re also delighted to say that the rail strike that was due to take place on April 1st has been cancelled, which also means there won’t be a knock-on effect on the trains the following day.

Update #1

We’re looking forward to welcoming you to the 2023 ASEN Conference on Nationalism and Multiculturalism at the University of Loughborough in just under two weeks!

We wanted to get in touch with some updates about the conference.


All the events (except the conference dinner) take place at the Stewart Mason Building at the University of Loughborough.


The outline schedule is available on our website. On the eve of the conference, we have the Ernest Gellner Lecture, given this year by Andrew Wilson on ‘Ukraine at War: Baseline Identity and Social Construction’.

The conference itself starts on the morning of 3rd April. We will be open for registration from 0900, and the first event is a short welcome at 1000, followed by Mick Billig on ‘Banal Nationalism and Banal Internationalism’.

We are working hard to get the detailed panel assignments out. As soon as they are available, we will email you to let you know – we very much hope that the delay hasn’t inconvenienced you too much.

Unfortunately, Aleksandra Lewicki is no longer able to give her plenary due to a cycling accident. We wish Aleksandra a swift recovery. We are able to announce that Vincent Martigny (Sciences Po) will be giving a plenary instead.


There are a few spaces available for the conference dinner, priced at £30 and held at Tarboush – for more information or to sign up, please visit this link.


We have a page on the conference website with travel tips for getting to Loughborough.

As you may have heard, there is currently industrial action on the railways in Britain, and there will be a strike on Saturday, 1st April. Trains will be running on Sunday, 2nd April, but they may be disrupted so we would suggest leaving good time if you are aiming to attend the Gellner Lecture on the Sunday.


If you are presenting a paper on a panel, your presentation should be of up to 20 minutes. We are aiming for three people on each panel so that there is sufficient time for discussion afterwards.

If you would like to use a PowerPoint presentation, we suggest bringing it with you on a USB stick or having it available on Google Drive or similar.

There is no requirement to submit a written version of your presentation.

Participation Certificates, Invoices, and Receipts

If you would like a printed participation certificate to be ready for you at the conference, or you need an invoice or receipt emailed to you, please do reply to this email letting us know.

That’s everything for now – we’ll be back in touch with the panel assignments just as soon as they are ready, and we apologise that that’s taken longer than expected. In the meantime, please don’t hesitate to get in touch if there’s anything with which we can help.

Best wishes,

The ASEN Conference Team.