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, March 23-25, 2018
The 2018 Midwest Slavic Conference is scheduled for March 23 - 25, 2018, in Columbus, Ohio on the campus of Ohio State University.
Keynote address by Tara Zahra (University of Chicago) on her latest book The Great Departure: Mass Migration From Eastern Europe and the Making of the Free World
Abstract and C.V. Deadline: January 16
Notification of Acceptance: February 12
Scheduling Conflicts and Housing Requests Due: February 16
Panels Announced: February 26
Final Papers to Committee and Presenter Registration Deadline: March 9
General Attendees: $20
Midwest Slavic Conference Committee
- Brian Baer
- Jill Bystydzienski
- Nicole Freeman
- George Hudson
- Brenna Miller
- Tim Pogacar
- Andrea Sims
- Susan Vdovichenko
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 the Varsity Inn South. As much as possible, a shuttle will be provided from the Varsity Inn South to campus during the duration of the conference. CSEES staff will follow-up after receiving all requests with further information and roommate assignments.
A block of rooms has been reserved at the Hampton Inn and Suites on Olentangy River Road at a discounted rate of $119.00. Please reference the code MID when reserving your room.You can reserve by calling the hotel at 614-268-8700. Rooms must be reserved by February 23, 2018 to receive the discounted rate.
Additional hotel options include:
- The Blackwell Inn (on-campus)
- Fairfield Inn and Suites (off-campus)
- Hilton Garden Inn (off-campus)
- Holiday Inn (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
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, 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.