Conference Chair Opportunity: ASEN’s 22nd Annual Conference

ASEN, the world’s leading organization for the study of ethnicity and nationalism, is pleased to announce an opportunity to act as one of the two Conference Chairs who will lead the ASEN Annual Conference that has developed into a major international event over the past 22 years. ASEN is unique, in that it is a research association run almost entirely by postgraduate students.

The Conference Co-Chairs of the Association work closely with the Executive Committee in managing a diverse range of activities within this research association and academic network. The successful applicant will be primarily involved in organizing and managing the 2013 ASEN annual conference, and is in charge of the conference sub-committee.

The Conference Chair’s duties generally encompass 6 hours per week and the appointment is from October 2012 until May 2012. Ideally, the Conference Chairs will regularly work from ASEN’s headquarters at the London School of Economics; although, flexible working arrangements will be considered. Applications from postgraduate students in the London area are encouraged.

The position is unpaid yet the Conference Chairs are provided with a work space in the ASEN office (to be used for both ASEN and personal work), administrative support by an Office Manager and access to LSE academic resources. Managing the conference also provides an excellent opportunity to work with leading scholars within the field and the proceedings of previous conferences have resulted in a number of publications, including edited volumes. In addition, the Conference Co-Chairs sit on the Editorial Teams of ASEN’s two leading scholarly journals: Nations and Nationalism (N&N) and Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism (SEN).

Necessary Qualifications and Skills:
 Completion of a Master’s Degree in a relevant discipline;
 Management and Organizational skills;
 Inter-personal skills;
 Strong communication skills (oral and written);
 The ability to work independently;
 The ability to show initiative; and,
 A capacity for creative and critical thinking.

Ideal Qualifications and Skills:
 Pursuing (or recently completed) a Doctoral degree in a relevant discipline;
 Experience in organizing events ( conferences, seminars)
 Management experience;
 Familiarity with ASEN’s work and the study of nations and nationalism.

Please submit a CV and short cover letter to asen@lse.ac.uk as soon as possible, and no later than September 30th, 2012.

Only those candidates that will be interviewed will be contacted. If a particularly
outstanding candidate is identified, they may be appointed prior to the closing of the competition. If you are interested in learning more about ASEN, please see our
website: www.lse.ac.uk/asen . Click here to find out about ASEN’s previous conferences.

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