and media


Please scroll down to see the day-by-day schedule. Clicking on the name of a panel will take you to the abstracts for that panel.

The number in each panel session indicates the room that the panel takes place in. For instance, A2 would be in room 2, and C5 would be in C5, and so on.

The lectures, plenaries, and panels all take place in the Meerminne Building on the City Campus of University of Antwerp at Sint-Jacobstraat 2, 2000 Antwerpen. The reception after the Anthony D. Smith Lecture and the conference dinner both take place at the University Club at Hof van Liere, Prinsstraat 13, 2000 Antwerpen, and the tour of the Museum Plantin-Moretus which, of course, takes place at the Museum, Vrijdagmarkt 22, 2000 Antwerpen.

Due to the uncertainty created by covid during the planning process, it was decided not to provide a sandwich lunch and leave lunch up to personal choices. There are numerous sandwich and coffee bars within five minutes’ walk, such as DistrictChipzAgora CaffeeVandoag istBelga en coThe BistroFoodmaker, and Délifrance. If you amble up to the Meir, the largest shopping street in Belgium, you will come across plenty of food options.

Registration on arrival will be in the Meerminne Building.

April 4

1700 – Anthony D. Smith Lecture

The Anthony D. Smith Lecture traditionally takes place on the eve of the ASEN conference. This year, it will be given by Sabina Mihelj on the subject of Platform Nations. Read the abstract and find out more about Sabina at the event’s page. After the lecture, we invite you to join us for a reception at the University Club.

April 5

1000 – Conference Welcome

Maarten Van Ginderachter, University of Antwerp
Jonathan Hearn, ASEN
Hanno Brand, NISE

1010 – Plenary with Michael Skey

Our first plenary is with Michael Skey on the topic of Ecstatic nationalism and the media: or why nations are not really imagined communities. Read the abstract.

1130 – Panel Session A

A1: Central Europe 1

A2: Cinema 1

A3: Israel

A4: Provinces and peripheries

A5: Separatism

1400 – Panel Session B

B1: Xenophobia and populism

B2: The former Yugoslavia

B3: Flemish nationalism

B4: Global perspectives

B5: Memes and discourses

1530 – Coffee

In the reception area of the Meerminne building.

1600 – Panel Session C

C1: The turn of the twentieth century

C2: Television and film

C3: Europe and populism

C4: India

C5: Music, museums, and maps

1800 – Visit to the Museum Plantin–Moretus

We invite you to join us for a guided tour of the Museum Plantin-Moretus, home of the world’s oldest printing presses and of the Plantin-Moretus printing dynasty. Situated in the house of the Plantin-Moretus family, restored to as it was four centuries ago, the museum has a unique place in the histories of letters, typography, printing, and publishing – perfect for a conference on nationalism and media! There is no charge but, as space is limited, signing up in advance is essential.

April 6

0930 – NISE Lecture by Attila Pók

NISE present a public lecture by Attila Pók on ‘Asset or Liability for Europe? Faces of Hungarian Nationalism’. Read the abstract.

1100 – Coffee

In the reception area of the Meerminne building.

1130 – Panel Session D

D1: Central Europe 2

D2: Russia

D3: Radio

D4: Iran

D5: Portugal

1400 – Plenary with Athena Leoussi

Athena Leoussi gives our second plenary on the subject of ‘National in form and national in content: the role of art in the development of national consciousness’. Find out more about Athena.

1530 – Coffee

In the reception area of the Meerminne building.

1600 – Panel Session E

E1: Digital nationalism in China

E2: Theoretical perspectives

E3: Frisian nationalism

E4: Latin America

E5: Sexuality

1900 – Conference dinner

The conference dinner will take place at the University Club from 1900. The cost is €50 and includes a three course meal with wine; booking in advance is essential.

7th April

0930 – Panel Session F

F1: Cinema 3

F2: Gender

F3: Lithuania

F4: Turkey

F5: Cinema 2

1100 – Coffee

In the reception area of the Meerminne building.

1130 – Panel Session G

G1: World Fairs

G2: Diasporic media

G3: Covid

G4: China

G5: Africa

1400 – Plenary with Gertjan Willems

Our final plenary is from Gertjan Willems on ‘Nationalism and film: towards a new research agenda’. Read the abstract.

1530 – Closing

Maarten Van Ginderachter, University of Antwerp
Jonathan Hearn, ASEN
Joep Leerssen, NISE