Conference update #1

First off, thankyou for registering for the ASEN/NISE conference on Nationalism and Media. We’re really looking forward to welcoming you to Antwerp, and we wanted to drop you a line with everything that’s going on.

First up, you may have seen that the outline schedule is up on our website. We’re going to be putting up the (more or less) final schedule, with panel assignments, next week. Presentations should be of up to twenty minutes.

As well as the plenaries and panel sessions, we have a few other events for you to look forward to.

On Monday 4th, the eve of the conference, we have the Anthony D. Smith Lecture, which will be given by Sabina Mihelj on the topic of ‘Platform Nations’. You can find more information, including an abstract, on the conference website. We then invite you to a reception at the University Club, where we will be launching Robert Schertzer and Eric Taylor Woods’ new book, The Nationalism in America and Beyond: The Deep Roots of Ethnic Nationalism in the Digital Age.

Our plenaries are being given by Michael Skey on Tuesday 5th, Athena Leoussi on the 6th, and Gertjan Willems on the 7th, with brief opening remarks first thing on Tuesday and equally brief valedictory remarks last thing on Thursday.

As we have modern forms of media on Monday, we thought we would go for an older form of media on the evening of Tuesday 5th. We are organising a visit and guided tour of the Museum Plantin-Moretus, which houses the two oldest surviving printing presses in the world in the former residence of the Plantin-Moretus family. Places are limited, so we will be asking you to sign up in advance – stay tuned for more info!

On the morning of Wednesday 6th, Prof. Attila Pók will give a public lecture on behalf of NISE at 0930 on ‘Asset or Liability for Europe? Faces of Hungarian Nationalism’, after which the conference will start in earnest for the day.

The conference dinner takes place on the evening of Wednesday 4th at the University Club. We’ll be in touch with more information about that soon, including menu options, but it is an optional extra priced at €50 for a three-course meal with wine.

The lectures, plenaries, and panels take place in the Meerminne building on the City Campus of University of Antwerp at Sint-Jacobstraat 2, 2000 Antwerpen. We will be on the front desk at the Meerminne building throughout the conference to help you with signing in and anything else you need!

We’re going to be sending out regular emails to keep you updated but please don’t hesitate to get in touch if there’s anything we can help with in the meantime. The best ways are by email to or by WhatsApp to +44 7885 991 633.

With every best wish,

The Conference Team.