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The ethnic, national and religious dimensions of political demography

Association of the Study of Ethnicity and Nationalism conference
Friday 29 and Saturday 30 September, LSE

Jack Goldstone, George Mason University, Michael Hout, University of California Berkeley, and Monica Duffy Toft, Harvard University, will give the plenary presentations at the 2006 Association of the Study of Ethnicity and Nationalism (ASEN) conference at LSE. The event, on Friday 29 and Saturday 30 September, will probe the topic Political Demography - ethnic, national and religious dimensions.

Demography - chiefly in the form of international migration and differential fertility rates - has enormous socio-political implications. Below replacement fertility in developed countries, increased global migration and differential fertility rates between groups within states are altering population balances. In addition, growing state reflexivity and democratisation - censuses, border controls and elections - magnify demographic changes.

The two days will feature seventeen panels with fifty papers addressing a range of issues involving demography, politics, ethnicity, religion, and nationalism. From migration to differential fertility to ethnic conflict, this conference will be instrumental in exploring how demography relates to politics.

Eric Kaufmann, convenor of the ASEN conference, said: "demography causes groups to grow or decline relative to each other. Democratisation, the equality of individuals and modern record-keeping mean that, increasingly, numbers determine power. Throughout the world, people increasingly know this, worry about it, and struggle over it.'

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Political Demography: Ethnic, National and Religious Dimensions is on Friday 29 and Saturday 30 September 2006 at LSE. The conference is sponsored by the Association for the Study of Ethnicity and Nationalism (ASEN), in association with the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and British Academy. Registration is required - tickets cost £30 (full price), £20 ASEN members and students, £10 ASEN student members. 

The Association for the Study of Ethnicity and Nationalism (ASEN) was founded by research students and academics in 1990 at the London School of Economics and Political Science, where the headquarters of the Association are based. ASEN is composed of academics, researchers, students, journalists and others directly concerned with advancing the study of ethnicity and nationalism. Its membership is international and multi-disciplinary. For more information, see ASEN| 

13 September 2006

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