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.
The Ohio State University, April 5-7, 2019
The Blackwell Inn and Conference Center
2110 Tuttle Park Place
Columbus, OH 43210
Theme: "1989 and its Effects on Central and Eastern Europe"
Coinciding with the 30th anniversary of the beginning of the fall of communism in Central and Eastern Europe, the theme of this year's Midwest Slavic Conference will focus on the effects that the events of 1989 had on the countries in those regions. Conference organizers invite proposals for panels or individual papers addressing all topics related to this theme, as well as papers and panels addressing topics or countries unrelated to the theme. This year, the conference will be preceded by the 22nd Annual Kenneth E. Naylor Memorial Lecture, which will be given by Dr. Dorin Uritescu (York University), entitled "Geolinguistic Variation and Language Change in Romanian" on Friday, April 5th. The conference will then open with a keynote address by Dr. Vitaly Chernetsky (U. of Kansas) on the topic of cultural representations of the fall of communism in Ukraine and other countries in Central Europe. A plenary panel with Dr. Krisztina Fehervary (U. of Michigan), Dr. Venelin Ganev (Miami University), and Dr. Mark Svede (OSU) focusing on the larger political, economic, and social impacts of 1989 will follow on Saturday morning. Panels by conference participants will then commence on Saturday and Sunday.
Below you can find a detailed schedule.
Friday, April 5th
- 4:00PM - 22nd Annual Kenneth E. Naylor Memorial Lecture by Dr. Dorin Uritescu
- 5:30-7:00PM - Registration and Reception
- 7:00PM - Keynote Address by Dr. Vitaly Chernetsky
Saturday, April 6th
- 8:30AM-10:30AM - Plenary Panel with Dr. Krisztina Fehervary (U. of Michigan), Dr. Venelin Ganev (Miami University), and Dr. Mark Svede (OSU)
- 10:45AM-12:00PM - Participant Panels
- 12:00PM-1:00PM - Break for lunch
- 1:00PM-5:30PM - Participant Panels
- 6:00PM - Student Mixer, location TBD
Sunday, April 7th
- 8:30AM-12:30PM - Participant Panels
Below are the deadlines that all conference participants must to adhere to in order to participate. If you have an questions or concerns, please email firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible.
- Abstract and CV Submissions Due: January 14th
- Notification of Acceptance: February 8th
- Scheduling Conflicts Due: February 12th
- Panels Announced: February 22nd
- Final Papers to Committee and Registration Deadline: March 22nd
We invite both presenters and attendees to join in on conference panels and activities. Please keep in mind that the final deadline for presenters to register is Friday, March 22nd. General attendees will be able to register until one day before the conference and on site. For any questions regarding registration or payment, please email email@example.com.
- Students: $35
- Faculty/Public: $50
- General Attendees: $25
We will not be able to provide lodging for any participants at the conference. We encourage undergraduate and graduate students to apply for travel grants from their home universities to cover all travel costs. If any documentation is needed to apply for funds, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lodging options include:
- The Blackwell Inn (on-campus)
- Fairfield Inn and Suites (off-campus)
- Hilton Garden Inn (off-campus)
- Holiday Inn (off-campus)
- Holday Inn - Staybridge Suites OSU (off-campus)
- Homewood Suites (off-campus)
- Hyatt Place (off-campus)
- Red Roof Inn (off-campus)
- Spring Hill Suites (off-campus)
- Varsity Inn South (off-campus)
Transportation and Parking
A variety of taxi cab services also operate in the Columbus metro area, as well as Lyft and Uber.
- Yellow Cab of Columbus – (614) 444-4444
- Columbus Taxi Service – (614) 262-4444
- Blue Cab Company – (614) 236-4444
- Acme Taxi – (614) 777-7777
- Orange Cab – (614) 414-0000
- United Taxi – (614) 449-9999
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 email@example.com in advance.
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.
- Apollo's Greek Kitchen-1758 North High Street
- Blaze Pizza-1708 North High Street
- BIBIBOP Asian Grill-1778 North High Street
- Buckeye Donuts-1998 North High Street
- Chipotle Mexican Grill - 1726 North High Street
- Diaspora-2118 North High Street
- Little Donut Shop-1716 North High Street
- McDonald's-1972 North High Street
- Penn Station East Coast Subs-1980 North High Street
- Pita Pit-1988 North High Street
- Qdoba Mexican Grill-1956 North High Street
- Red Chili-1948 North Hight Street
- Sbarro-1990 North High Street
- Subway - 6 East 13th Avenue
- Starbucks - 1782 North High Street
- Wendy's-2004 North High Street
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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Friday, March 23rd - Sunday, March 25th, 2018
Co-sponsored by The Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, Center for African Studies, OSU, Center for Latin American Studies, OSU, Department of History OSU, Department of Political Science, OSU, Department of Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures, OSU, Department of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, OSU, East Asian Studies Center, OSU, The Global Mobility Project OSU, The John Glenn College of Public Affairs, OSU, The Mershon Center for International Security Studies, OSU, Middle East Studies Center, OSU , The Resource Center for Medieval Slavic Studies, OSU, The Undergraduate International Studies Program OSU
"The Great Departure: Mass Migration from Eastern Europe and the Making of the Free World" by Dr. Tara Zahra, University of Chicago
Friday, April 7th - Sunday, April 9th, 2017
Co-sponsored by The Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies,The Center for Slavic and East European Studies OSU, The Department of Comparative Studies OSU,The Department of History OSU,The Department of Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures OSU, The Department of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies OSU,The Hilandar Research Library OSU,The Mershon Center for International Security Studies OSU, The Midwest Slavic Association, The Office of International Affairs OSU,The Resource Center for Medieval Slavic Studies OSU, and The Undergraduate International Studies Program, OSU.
Over 70 panelists presented at the conference with close to 150 attendees. Papers, abstracts, and program from the conference can be found in the conference's Knowledge Bank collection.
"Putin Country: A Journey into the Real Russia, The Challenge of Covering Russia" by Anne Garrels
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, abstracts, and program from the conference can be found in the conference's Knowledge Bank collection.
"Future of the Past: The Ukraine Crisis in Historical Perspective" by Dr. Serhii Plokhii, Harvard University
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.
"Is Putin's Russia a Kleptocracy? And So What?" by Dr. Karen Dawisha, Miami University of Ohio
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.
"A Theft so Nice, They Did it Twice: Fleecing Local Populations and Foreign Investors in Central Asia" by Dr. Eric McGlinchey, George Mason University
"Russian Mad Men: Valery Todorovsky's Teleserial Ottepel' as a Window on Russian Culture" by Dr. Todd Armstrong, Grinnell College
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.
“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
"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.