Midwest Slavic Conference

General Information on the Conference

Each year the Midwest Slavic Association and CSEES partner together to host the Midwest Slavic Conference. The conference has been held on the OSU campus since 2003 and is normally held in the spring. Participation is open to undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and independent scholars from across the United States and abroad. Approximately 30 panels are held each year with over 250 attendees from institutions throughout the country and internationally. Conference events include a keynote address, reception, and panels covering film, political science, culture, history, linguistics, and many other disciplines and that focus on all countries and regions of Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. 

Knowledge Bank

Knowledge Bank is a digital repository maintained by OSU's University Libraries. Conference participants can elect to have their abstracts, papers, and PowerPoints included in Knowledge Bank. Within Knowledge Bank, CSEES has created a community for the Midwest Slavic Conference that contains programs and participants' materials. Knowledge Bank is accessible through the University Libraries' website and is open to everyone, including those not affiliated with OSU. Papers are searchable and downloadable, helping to increase the impact of the conference and providing a way to spread participants' work. Learn more about the Knowledge Bank.

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Upcoming Conferences

2017 Conference

The Midwest Slavic Association and the Center for Slavic and East European Studies are pleased to announce that the 2017 Midwest Slavic Conference will take place on Friday, April 7-Sunday, April, 9, 2017 at the campus of The Ohio State University. The conference will open with a keynote address by author and former National Public Radio correspondent Anne Garrels about her most recent book, Putin Country: A Journey into the Real Russia.

PDF icon Call for Papers

The Midwest Slavic Association and The Ohio State University (OSU) Center for Slavic and East European Studies (CSEES) are pleased to announce the 2017 Midwest Slavic Conference to be held at OSU April 7-9, 2017. Conference organizers invite proposals for panels or individual papers addressing all disciplines related to Central Europe, Eastern Europe, Eurasia, and Southeastern Europe. The conference will open with a keynote address by Anne Garrels about her latest book, Putin Country: A Journey into the Real Russia on Friday, April 7th, followed by two days of panels. Please send a one-paragraph abstract and a brief C.V. in a single PDF format to csees@osu.edu by January 20th. Undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to participate. Limited funding is available for undergraduate and graduate student lodging with preference given to out-of-state participants.

Registration

Conference registration will open in late February 2017 for presenters. Further details will be posted in January 2017!

Events

  • Keynote Address, Friday, April 7th: Anne Garrels, an author and former NPR correspondent, will open the conference with a keynote address about her latest book, Putin Country: A Journey into the Real Russia.  Over her 40+ year career, Garrels has devoted much of her time to reporting on the former Soviet Union, Russia, and other countries in Eastern Europe and Eurasia. Putin Country is based on Garrels' fieldwork in Chelyabinsk, Russia over a period of 20 years, experiencing and noting firsthand the changes in Russia politically, socially, and culturally. This keynote address is open to the public, free of charge. Anne Garrels will be on hand before the keynote address for a book signing.
  • Conference Day 1, Saturday, April 8th, 8:30AM-5:30PM at Mendenhall LaboratoryThe first day of the conference panels will take place in Mendenhall Laboratory from 8:30AM to 5:30PM. A detailed list of panels will be published in late March.  
  • K-12 Workshop, Saturday, April 8th: Topic and details to come soon!
  • Informal Student Mixer, Saturday, April 8th, time and location to be announced
  • Conference Day 2, Sunday, April 9th, 8:30AM-12:15PM at Mendenhall LaboratoryThe second day of the conference panels will take place in Mendenhall Laboratory from 8:30AM to 12:15PM. A detailed list of panels will be published in late March.

Deadlines

  • Abstract and C.V. Deadline: January 20
  • Notification of Acceptance: February 24
  • Panels Announced, Scheduling Conflicts, and Housing Requests Due: March 10
  • Final Papers to Committee: March 29
  • Presenter Registration Deadline: March 31

Registration Fees

  • Undergraduate: $10
  • Graduate: $20
  • Faculty/Public: $35

Participants can elect to have their abstract, paper, and presentation included in the conference’s Knowledge Bank community. Knowledge Bank is a digital archive that is part of Ohio State’s University Libraries. CSEES maintains a community within Knowledge Bank for the Midwest Slavic Conference to increase the dissemina-tion of knowledge produced at the conference. Items included in the community are freely available to be viewed and downloaded by the public and are searchable. Please consider having your abstract, paper, and PowerPoint included in Knowledge Bank this year.

Tips for Presentations and Submitting Papers to Panel Chairs

You should prepare a presentation of 15-20 minutes in length, generally material that can be covered in an 8-10 page paper. If presenting or reading from a paper, be aware that reading directly from a paper is less engaging. Try to make eye-contact with the audience and not read word-for-word from the paper. Each panelist will present, then questions and discussion led by the chair will be at the end of the panel. Be respectful of other panelists' time to allow equal discussion and time for all members. Send your paper to the panel chair promptly and do not send them longer versions of your paper, what you send them should represent what you will present at the conference. The conference rooms will each have a computer, projector, and internet access. You can use PowerPoints or another presentation program, film clips, or other visual aids. Please have items on an external drive that you can bring with you to the conference, as well as backup in email in case you encounter any problems. We do not suggest trying to connect a laptop to A/V equipment in the room. If you have any questions about A/V or software in the conference rooms, please email csees@osu.edu in advance.      

Housing

Limited funding is available for undergraduate and graduate students at the conference. Preference will be given to out-of-state students. Housing will be provided in double-rooms at an area hotel. CSEES staff will follow-up after receiving all requests with further information and roommate assignments. 

For all others seeking housing, there are several hotels close to campus.

Transportation and Parking

Limited, first-come, first-served shuttle service will be provided from the Varsity Inn South to the conference site. A full schedule of shuttle times will be provided at the hotel.  

For those driving to campus, self-pay parking is available at parking garages close to the conference site in the Ohio Union North Garage, Ohio Union South Garage, and Neil Avenue Garage.

A variety of taxi cab services also operate in the Columbus metro area, as well as Lyft and Uber.

Dining Options

There are many dining options located on North High Street in easy walking distance from the conference location, Mendenhall Lab. Below are a few close options but by no means is it an inclusive list.

2017 Midwest Slavic Conference Committee

2017 Conference Sponsors

Prior Conferences

2016 Conference

Friday, April 8th- Sunday, April 10th, 2016

Co-sponsored by The Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies,The Center for Slavic and East European Studies,The Midwest Slavic Association, and The Office of International Affairs.

The 2016 conference had over 80 panelists and close to 200 attendees. Papers and abstracts from the conference can be found in the conference's Knowledge Bank collection.

Keynote Address:

"Future of the Past: The Ukraine Crisis in Historical Perspective" by Dr. Serhii Plokhii, Harvard University

2015 Conferece

Friday, March 13th-Sunday, March 15th, 2015

Co-Sponsored by The Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies,The Center for Slavic and East European Studies, The Department of Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures, Mershon Center for International Security Studies, The Midwest Slavic Association,The Office of International Affairs, and The Resource Center for Medieval Slavic Studies and the Hilandar Research Library.

The 2015 conference had over 150 attendees and 115 presenters. Papers and abstracts from the conference can be found in the conference's Knowledge Bank collection.

Keynote Address:

"Is Putin's Russia a Kleptocracy? And So What?" by Dr. Karen Dawisha, Miami University of Ohio

2014 Conference

Friday, March 28th-Sunday, March 30th, 2014

Co-sponsored by the Association of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, Center for Slavic and East European Studies (OSU), Department of Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures (OSU), Division of Arts and Humanities, College of Arts and Sciences (OSU), Friends of the Slavic Center, John Glenn School of Public Affairs (OSU), Midwest Slavic Association, and the Resource Center for Medieval Slavic Studies and the Hilandar Research Library (OSU).

The 2014 conference had over 170 attendees and 100 presenters from 28 universities. More information on the speakers, panels, and participants can be found in the conference's Knowledge Bank collection, including the conference program and select abstracts and papers.  

Keynote Address:

"A Theft so Nice, They Did it Twice: Fleecing Local Populations and Foreign Investors in Central Asia" by Dr. Eric McGlinchey, George Mason University

Lunch Lecture:

"Russian Mad Men: Valery Todorovsky's Teleserial Ottepel' as a Window on Russian Culture" by Dr. Todd Armstrong, Grinnell College

2013 Conference

Friday, April 5th-Sunday, April 7th, 2013

Co-sponsored by the Center for Slavic and East European Studies, the Department of Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures, the George Kalbouss Fund, the John Glenn School of Public Affairs, the Midwest Slavic Association, the Polish Studies Initiative, and the Resource Center for Medieval Slavic Studies and the Hilandar Research Library. 

The 2013 conference included 28 panels with participants from 5 international universities and 29 U.S. colleges and universities. The conference program and select abstracts and papers can be found in the conference's Knowledge Bank collection

Keynote Address:

“A Perfectly Normal Place: Globalizing Modernity in Eastern Europe” by Dr. Brian Porter-Szucs, University of Michigan with a response by Dr. Piotr Kosicki, University of Virginia

Lunch Lecture:

"The Devil's in the Detail: The Virtues of Close Reading" by Dr. Irene Masing-Delic, Professor Emerita Ohio State University

Prior Conference Programs

Programs from prior conferences can be found on CSEES' Knowledge Bank community along with other materials from the conference. 

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