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 at 4:00PM on Friday, April 5th. Dr. Panayiotis Pappas of Simon Fraser University will discuss Greek in its Balkan context. 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 U.), 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.
Click here to view the official program for the 2019 Midwest Slavic Conference.
Below you can find a detailed schedule.
Friday, April 5th
- 4:00PM-5:30PM: 22nd Annual Kenneth E. Naylor Memorial Lecture
- 5:30PM-7:00PM: Opening reception
- 7:00PM-8:30PM: Keynote Address by Dr. Vitaly Chernetsky (U. of Kansas)
Saturday, April 6th
- 8:00AM-8:30AM: Registration and breakfast
- 8:30AM-10:15AM: Plenary panel with Dr. Krisztina Fehervary (U. of Michigan), Dr. Venelin Ganev (Miami University), and Dr. Mark Svede (OSU)
- 10:15AM-10:30AM: Coffee break
- 10:30AM-12:00PM: Panel Session 1
- 12:00PM-1:30PM: Lunch break (not held at the Blackwell, participants must find lunch on their own)
- 1:30PM-3:00PM: Panel Session 2
- 3:00PM-3:15PM: Coffee break
- 3:15PM-4:45PM: Panel Session 3
- 5:30PM-7:00PM: Student mixer (TBD)
Sunday, April 7th
- 8:00AM-8:30AM: Registration and breakfast
- 8:30AM-10:00AM: Panel Session 4
- 10:00AM-10:15AM: Coffee break
- 10:15AM-11:45AM: Panel Session 5
Please note that the deadline for submission has been extended to Monday, January 21! Send a one-paragraph abstract and a brief C.V. in a single PDF format file to firstname.lastname@example.org. Undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to participate.
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 email@example.com as soon as possible.
- Abstract and CV Submissions Due: January 21st
- Notification of Acceptance: February 8th
- Scheduling Conflicts Due: February 12th
- Panels Announced: February 22nd
- Final Papers to Panel Chairs and Registration Deadline: March 22nd
Registration is now open! Online registration is being accepted through Cvent for presenters through March 22, and for general attendees through April 3. Please note that Cvent only accepts credit card payments. Register today. Onsite registration will be accepted via cash or check for general attendees.
- reception on Friday, April 5;
- coffee breaks during the conference panels on Saturday, April 6 and Sunday, April 7;
- continental breakfast at conference site on morning of Saturday, April 6 and Sunday, April 7; and
- for students, invitation to and appetizers at the Student Mixer on the evening of Saturday, April 6.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Students: $35
- Faculty/Public: $50
- General Attendees: $25
Conference Committee Memebers
Listed below are the memebrs of the conference committee for this year's Midwest Slavic Conference.
- Dr. Brian Baer of Kent State University
- Dr. Nicholas Breyfogle of The Ohio State University
- Dr. David Hoffmann of The Ohio State University
- Dr. Gerry Hudson of The Ohio State University
- Dr. Brian Joseph of The Ohio State University
- Dr. Marianna Klochko of The Ohio State University
- Dr. Andrea D. Sims of The Ohio State University
- Dr. Irina Stakhanova of Bowling Green State University
The Center for Slavic and East European Studies would like to thank the following departments and colleges for co-sponsoring this year's Midwest Slavic Conference.
- Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies
- Department of History
- Department of Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures
- The John Glenn College of Public Affairs
- Undergraduate International Studies Program
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 email@example.com.
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)*
* indicates that hotel blocks have been reserved specifically for Midwest Slavic Conference attendees.
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 projector and internet access. Attendees should bring their own laptops and any special cords needed for connecting to a/v equipment. You can use PowerPoints or another presentation program, film clips, or other visual aids. Please prepare a backup in case you encounter any issues accessing your presentation. The conference site will have staff on hand to help. If you have any questions about a/v or software in the conference rooms, please email firstname.lastname@example.org in advance.
There are many dining options located in easy walking distance from the conference location, the Blackwell Inn and Conference Center. Below are a few close options but by no means is it an inclusive list.
- Buckeye Donuts-1998 North High St
- Buffalo Wild Wings- 2151 N High S
- Charleys Philly Steaks- 1980 N High St
- Chick-Fil-A- 1924 N High St
- Chop Shop- 2159 N High St
- Chipotle Mexican Grill - 2130 N High St
- Donatos- 2084 N High St
- Diaspora-2118 North High St
- Dunkin Donuts- 2060 N High St
- McDonald's-1972 North High St
- Moe's Southwest Grill- 2040 N High St
- Noodles and Company- 2124 N High St
- Panda Bear Express- 2044 N High St
- Panera Bread- 300 W Lane Ave
- Pita Pit-1988 North High St
- Qdoba Mexican Grill-1956 North High St
- Red Chili-1948 North High St
- Sbarro-1990 North High St
- Subway- 2187 Neil Av
- Starbucks - 2130 N High St
- Tommy’s Pizza-174 W Lane Av
- Varsity Club Restaurant & Bar- 278 W Lane Ave
- Wendy's-2004 North High St
- White Castle-2106 N High St
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.