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. 

 

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Upcoming Conferences

2018 Conference

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 

The Midwest Slavic Association and The Ohio State University (OSU) Center for Slavic and East European Studies (CSEES) are pleased to announce the 2018 Midwest Slavic Conference to be held at OSU March 23-25, 2018. Conference organizers invite proposals for panels or individual papers addressing all topics related to Central Europe, Eastern Europe, Eurasia, and Southeastern Europe. The conference will open with a keynote address by Tara Zahra based on her latest book The Great Departure: Mass Migration from Eastern Europe and the Making of the Free World, on Friday, March 23rd. Two days of panels will follow the keynote address.
 
Building on the title of the keynote address, this year we also invite interdisciplinary papers or panels that focus on migration from historical or contemporary perspectives. The conference will open with a plenary panel “Borders, Barriers, and Belonging: A Spotlight on Global Migration” on Saturday morning that will feature five migration experts who will discuss mobility in five world regions. There will also be a lunchtime lecture sponsored by the Slovene Research Initiative featuring Michael Biggins on the subordinated status of Slovene and Central European literature.
 
Panels will begin on Saturday, March 24 with a plenary panel "Borders, Barriers, and Belonging: A Spotlight on Global Migration," which will host migration experts, Dr. Jeffrey Cohen (Ohio State), Dr. Steven Lee (UC Berkeley), Ms. Eleanor Paynter (Ohio State) Dr. Sunnie Rucker-Chang (University of Cincinnati), and Dr. Johanna Sellman (Ohio State), who will discuss movement and migration from the perspective of five world regions. The panel is hosted by the five area studies centers at Ohio State, including: the Center for African Studies, Center for Latin American Studies, East Asian Studies Center, Middle East Studies Center, and Center for Slavic and East European Studies.

Deadlines                                                                                        

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

Fees

Students: $20

Faculty/Scholars: $45

General Attendees: $20

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!

Co-sponsors

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

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

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 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 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:

Transportation and Parking

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.

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.

Check out CSEES' community today!

Prior Conferences

2017 Conference

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.

Keynote Address:

"Putin Country: A Journey into the Real Russia, The Challenge of Covering Russia" by Anne Garrels

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, abstracts, and program 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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