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

2016 Conference

The Midwest Slavic Association and the Center for Slavic and East European Studies are pleased to announce that the 2016 Midwest Slavic Conference will take place on Friday, April 8-Sunday, April, 10, 2016 at the campus of The Ohio State University. The conference will open with a keynote address by Dr. Serhii Plokhii (Harvard University) on Ukraine's current crisis in historical perspective.


Online registration for the conference is now open! We are able to accept both credit card and check through a new online registration system, but please note registration is non-refundable. Online registration will be accepted through April 6th. After that, onsite registration will be available on Saturday, April 9th and Sunday, April 10th.


  • Keynote Address and Opening Reception, Friday, April 8th, 5:30PM at Mendenhall Laboratory 100: Dr. Serhii Plokhii from Harvard University will deliver the keynote address, "The Future of the Past: The Ukraine Crisis in Historical Perspective." Dr. Plokhii will speak about how the current crisis in Ukraine is deeply connected to the country's complex history. The address will be based on his recently published book, The Gates of Europe: A History of Ukraine. Following the address, a reception in the Faculty Club and it will include a dinner and a cash-bar. To attend, please RSVP to csees@osu.edu by April 1st. 
  • Conference Day 1, Saturday, April 9th, 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. Please follow this link to check the entire list of panels. Attendees of the conference must register in advance or onsite. Please see the Registration section of this page for information on fees. 
  • Luncheon Lecture, Saturday, April 9th, 12:30-1:40PM Mendenhall Laboratory 100: "History of Slavic Studies and its Importance Today" by Dr. George Kalbouss, Professor Emeritus. Dr. Kalbouss will discuss in this special luncheon lecture the history of the field of Slavic studies, how it has changed over the decades, and why it is still important today. The talk will explore how the United States' foreign policy towards the Soviet Union was important to the field's development in its early decades and how this has impacted its development in the succeeding years. Those who wish to attend the luncheon lecture can opt to purchase a boxed lunch for $10 in advance. 
  • K-12 Workshop, Saturday, April 9th, 10:00am - 4:00pm, Mendenhall Laboratory and Gateway Film Center: The workshop will begin with a lecture on the Holocaust in Hungary and the reemergence of fascists groups in the country. Following the lecture, there will be a viewing of the Academy Award winning Hungarian film, Son of Saul. 
  • Informal Student Mixer, Saturday, April 9th, time and location to be announced
  • Conference Day 2, Sunday, April 10th, 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. Attendees of the conference must register in advance or onsite. PLease see the Registration section of this page for information on fees. 

Abstract and C.V. Deadline: January 15
Notification of Acceptance: February 5
Panels Announced, Scheduling Conflicts, and Housing Requests Due: February 12
Registration Deadline and Paper Submission: March 25

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.


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.       


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.


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.


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.


  • Brian Baer, Kent State University
  • Helena Goscilo, Ohio State University
  • Gerry Hudson, Wittenberg University (Emeritus) and the Mershon Center for International Security Studies at Ohio State University
  • Marianna Klochko, Ohio State University
  • Tim Pogacar, Bowling Green State University
  • Andrea Sims, Ohio State University
  • Susan Vdovichenko, Washington and Jefferson College


Prior Conferences

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.