Midwest Slavic Conference

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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

2020 Conference

In response to the coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19), The Ohio State University has suspended face-to-face instruction through March 30, and encouraged units to cancel non-essential university events through April 20. As a result, CSEES has cancelled the 2020 Midwest Slavic Conference that was scheduled to be held in April. We hope to be able to host a condensed version of the conference in September 2020. We will share details and updates as they are available!

Thank you to all participants who submitted abstracts and the conference committee for your work!

    2020 Midwest Slavic Conference Co-sponsors

    The 2020 Midwest Slavic Conference is made possible through the generous contributions of our co-sponsors: The Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, Department of History OSU, Department of Linguistics OSU, Department of Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures OSU, Department of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies OSU, the Undergraduate International Studies Program OSU, and University Libraries.

    2020 Midwest Slavic Conference Committee

    Dr. Epp Annus, Ohio State University

    Dr. Andrew Barnes, Kent State University

    Dr. Ljiljana Duraskovic, University of Pittsburgh

    Dr. David Hoffmann, Ohio State University

    Dr. Brian Joseph, Ohio State University

    Dr. Marianna Klochko, Ohio State University

    Dr. Stephen Norris, Miami University

    Dr. Benjamin Sutcliffe, Miami University

    Housing 

    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 csees@osu.edu.

    Lodging 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 Lane Avenue Garage and the Tuttle Garage.

    A variety of taxi cab services also operate in the Columbus metro area, as well as Lyft and Uber.

    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 csees@osu.edu in advance.

    Dining Options

    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.

    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

    2019 Conference

    Friday, April 5th - Sunday, April 7th, 2019

    Co-sponsored by Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, Department of History, OSU, Department of Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures OSU, The John Glenn College of Public Affairs OSU, and the Undergraduate International Studies Program OSU.

    The 2019 conference had over 60 panelists and over 100 attendees. Papers, abstracts, and the conference program can be found in the conference's Knowledge Bank collection.

    Keynote address:

    “A Farewell to an Empire Revisited” by Dr. Vitaly Chernetsky, University of Kansas

    2018 Conference

    Friday, March 23rd - Sunday, March 25th, 2018

    Co-sponsored by The Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian StudiesCenter 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

    Keynote address: 

    "The Great Departure: Mass Migration from Eastern Europe and the Making of the Free World" by Dr. Tara Zahra, University of Chicago

    2018 Midwest Slavic Conference Knowledge Bank Community

    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

    Prior Conference Programs

    Programs from prior conferences can be found on CSEES' Knowledge Bank community along with other materials from the conference.