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

2020 Conference

The Ohio State University, April 3-5, 2020
The Blackwell Inn and Conference Center
2110 Tuttle Park Pl., Columbus, OH 43215

2020 Conference Theme and Call for Proposals

The 2020 Midwest Slavic Conference Science (&) Fiction(s) will be held at OSU in Columbus, Ohio on April 3-5, 2020. The conference committee invites proposals for papers on all topics related to the Slavic, East European, and Eurasian world, particularly those that explore science and the history of science, science fiction in film, cartoons, art, music, and literary works, information science and disinformation. In a world where truth is often stranger than fiction—and harder to find—science fiction can be revelatory. As society grapples to answer questions about climate change, ecological justice, and environmental disasters, does the function and ethical responsibility of science fiction change? What is the relationship between science, fiction, and the arts? How do they illuminate, reinforce, and change each other?

Please send a one-paragraph abstract and a brief C.V. in a single PDF format file to csees@osu.edu by Monday, January 13. Undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to participate. Interdisciplinary work and pre-formed panels are encouraged. Proposals for individual papers will be accepted.

2020 MWSC CFP 

Keynote and Plenary

The conference will open at 5:30PM on Friday, April 3 with an opening reception and will immediately be followed at 7:00PM by a keynote address by Dr. Anindita Banerjee (Cornell U.). Building on the keynote address, a plenary panel will follow on the morning of Saturday, April 4.

Special Conference Events

As part of the 2020 Midwest Slavic Conference, a variety of special events have been organized that are open to all conference participants and FREE unless otherwise noted.

Friday, April 3

  • 2020 Naylor Memorial Lecture by Dr. Mark Janse (Ghent U.)
    4:00 – 5:30PM, Pfahl Hall 140, Blackwell Inn and Conference Center
    “From Katpatuka to Yunanistan: The Rise, Demise, and Reawakening of Cappadocian Greek”
    Abstract: Cappadocian (Asia Minor Greek) was generally believed to have died out in the 1970s, half a century after the population exchange between Greece and Turkey in 1924. In 2005, however, Naylor Lecturer Janse and his colleague from Patras, Dimitris Papazachariou, discovered native speakers of a Cappadocian dialect in northern Greece. In this lecture, Dr. Janse outlines the linguistic history of Cappadocia from the second millennium BC until the forced migration of the Cappadocians in 1924 and the rapid decline of the various Cappadocian dialects in Greece after the exchange and then discusses efforts to revitalize Cappadocian.
     
  • Opening Reception
    5:30 – 7:00PM, Ballroom, Blackwell Inn and Conference Center
    All conference and Naylor Lecture attendees are invited to join the opening reception that will take place in the Ballroom of the Blackwell immediately following the conclusion of the 2020 Naylor Lecture.
     
  • Keynote Address by Dr. Anindita Banerjee
    7:00 – 8:30PM, Ballroom, Blackwell Inn and Conference Center

    Title and abstract to come soon!
    All conference and Naylor lecture attendees are invited to stay for the keynote address that will take place in the Ballroom of the Blackwell after the conclusion of the opening reception. There will be time for Q&A at the end.

Saturday, April 4

  • Plenary Panel
    8:30-10:15AM, Pfahl Hall 140, Blackwell Inn and Conference Center
    To build off of the keynote address, a plenary panel will take place during the first session of the conference on Saturday morning.
    Panelist information to come soon!
     
  • Inaugural Ohio Undergraduate Russian, East European, and Eurasian Research Forum
    12:00-1:00PM, 3rd Floor foyer, Blackwell Inn and Conference Center

    Undergraduate students from across the state of Ohio will present their guided, undergraduate research project in a poster forum. During this time, students will give brief, 5-minute presentations about their project and poster. All conference participants are invited to attend.
     
  • Midwest Slavic Association Meeting
    5:00-5:30PM, Pfahl Hall 140, Blackwell Inn and Conference Center
    The Midwest Slavic Association will hold its annual meeting at 5PM on the Saturday of the conference. As a reminder, any individual registered for the conference is considered a member of the Midwest Slavic Association for that calendar year. This year, the association’s meeting will focus on discussing and voting on proposed by-laws and voting on open association leadership positions.
     
  • Student Mixer
    6:00-7:30PM, location TBD
    All students attending the conference are invited to come to the annual student mixer. The mixer is an informal, fun way to meet with students from across the country, network, and relax! The Midwest Slavic Association will provide heavy appetizers.

Sunday, April 5

  • Screening of Warsaw: A City Divided and Q&A with Eric Bednarski
    1:00-2:30PM, Wexner Film Center, 1871 N. High St.
    Following the conclusion of conference panels at 11:45, conference attendees and the general public are invited to make their way over to the Wexner Center for the Arts for a screening of the documentary Warsaw: A City Divided. Admission is free!
    Description: In 1941, soon after the creation of the Warsaw Jewish Ghetto by the Nazis, a Polish amateur 8mm camera enthusiast shot a remarkable 10-minute film from both sides of the Ghetto walls. This never before seen footage is woven into “Warsaw: a City Divided”, acting as a silent witness to the tragedy of the wartime division of the city and the murder of its inhabitants. In this story of a city, Ghetto survivors and witnesses, who still call Warsaw their home, recount their extraordinary memories, while architects, urban-historians, and the Chief Rabbi of Poland examine the chilling Nazi vision for Warsaw. Making use of little known German documents, “Warsaw: A City Divided” sheds new light on the insidious Nazi process of division and resettlement that culminated in the near total destruction of this once vibrantly multicultural city, and in the death of hundreds of thousands of its inhabitants. At the same time, it shows a thriving modern city still coming to terms with a traumatic period of its history. By interweaving rich material from the past with glimpses of present-day Warsaw, both its human face and its urban fabric, it affirms the importance – and the difficulty – of remembering.

Conference Panel Times

Panels by conference participants will be held on Saturday, April 4 from 10:30AM-4:45PM and Sunday, April 5 from 8:30AM-11:45AM. 

Location

This year’s Midwest Slavic Conference will be held at the Blackwell Inn and Conference Center from Friday, April 3 through Sunday, April 5. The Blackwell is conveniently located on OSU's campus and is close to downtown Columbus’ arts and entertainment district. For more information on lodging at the Blackwell Inn, please see the section on housing below. 

Important Dates                                                                                                                       

If you would like to present at this year's conference, please keep in mind the dates below. When submitting a proposal, please send a one-paragraph abstract and a brief C.V. in a single PDF format file to csees@osu.edu by Monday, January 13. Undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to participate. Interdisciplinary work and pre-formed panels are encouraged. Proposals for individual papers will also be accepted.

  • Abstract and C.V. Deadline: January 13
  • Notification of Acceptance: February 7
  • Scheduling Conflicts Due: February 11
  • Panels Announced: February 21
  • Final Papers to Chair: March 20
  • Presenter Registration Deadline: March 20

Registration

All presenters and attendees will need to pay a registration fee for the conference. Registration for the 2020 conference is currently not open, but please check back later for updates. 

  • Student Presenters: $35
  • Faculty/Independent Scholars: $50
  • All attendees (those not presenting): $25

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

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. 

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