Midwest Slavic Conference Panel Schedule

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2022 Midwest Slavic Conference Panels

Panels subject to change; CSEEES will notify panelists in case of changes. 

All panels will take place in the Blackwell Inn and Conference Center. Panel room numbers TBD.

Saturday, April 2

8:00-8:30AM - Registration and Coffee

2nd Floor Foyer, Pfahl hall

8:30-10:15AM - Plenary Panel

Pfahl Hall, Room 202

Moderator: Dr. Ian Helfant (Colgate U.)
Participants:

  • Dr. Matthew Birkhold (Ohio State U.)
  • Dr. Andy Bruno (Northern Illinois U.) 
  • Dr. Maria Fedorova (Macalester College)

10:15-10:30AM - Coffee Break 

2nd Floor Foyer, Pfahl hall

10:30AM-12:00PM - Session 1

1.A: BUTTER, TREES, AND TIMBER: CONTESTED SPACES OF THE GLOBAL ECONOMY AND COLONIZATION
Pfahl Hall, Room 202

Panel Chair: Dr. Maria Fedorova (Macalester College)
Participants:

  • "Peasants into Global Capitalists: Siberian Dairy Cooperatives" by Dr. David Darrow (U. of Dayton)
  • "'The Last of the Mohicans': Semirechie in the Micro- and Macro-Optic of Botany in Writings and Photographs of Vasilii Sapozhnikov" by Dr. Tatiana Saburova (Indiana U. Bloomington)
  • "Environmental Moral Panic as a Strategy of Inaction. The case study of the 'Chinese Logged Everything'” narrative in Russia’s Deforestation Discourse" by Liudmila Listrovaya (U. of Oregon)
1.B:  Future Scholars of East European and Eurasian Studies
Pfahl Hall, Room 230

Panel Chair: Dr. Sunnie Rucker-Chang (U. of Cincinnati) 
Participants:

  • "Narodnaya Medicina: The Emergence of Integrative Medicine in Russia As A Consequence Of The Politicization of State Medicine" by Sonya Gupta (U. of Illinois at Chicago)
  • "Religion and The Identity of Russian Cinema" by Benjamin Thayer (Ohio State U.)
1.C: POLITICAL CONFLICTS AND RELATIONSHIPS IN THE POST-SOVIET WORLD
Pfahl Hall, Room 240

Panel Chair: Dr. Epp Annus (Ohio State U.)
Participants:

  • "Cyprus’ Accession to the European Union as a Case Study for Ukraine’s Membership Prospects: The Problem of Territorially Divided States" by Lauren Clemens (U. of Illinois Urbana-Champaign)
  • “The Consequences of Hate Speech in the Russian-Ukrainian Conflict in the Orthodox Church” by Dr. Nick Denysenko (Valparaiso U.)
  • "A Post-Post-Soviet Estonia: Reflections on Thirty Years of Independence" by Dr. Joseph Ellis (Wingate U.)
  • “'A Grandmother in the Police Van': Vulnerability and Resistance in Media Narratives About Belarus Political Uprising (2020-2021)” by Volha Verbilovich (U. of Massachusetts, Amherst)

12:00-1:30PM - Lunch Break (on your own) 

1:30-3:00PM - Session 2

2.A: REEXAMINING ZAMYATIN’S WE AND HUXLEY’S BRAVE NEW WORLD
Pfahl Hall, Room 202

Panel Chair: Dr. Alexander Burry (Ohio State U.)
Participants:

  • "Just Don’t be Yourself: The Creation and Control of the 'Natural' in Dostoevsky’s Notes from the Underground, Zamyatin’s We, and Huxley’s Brave New World" by Victoria Paige (Ohio State U.)
  • "The Garden of Earthly Delights by Evgeny Zamyatin: Grotesque Bodies and Pseudo-Carnival in We" by Aleksandra Shubina (Ohio State U.)
  • "Uncovering Hidden Meanings in We and Brave New World: A Postcolonial Reading" by Mykyta Tyshchenko (Ohio State U.)
2.b: LINGUISTICS OF THE BALKANS: PAST AND PRESENT
Pfahl Hall, Room 230

Panel Chair: Dr. Brian Joseph (Ohio State U.)
Participants:

  • "Can you speak Montenegrin in Montenegro? How a current political discourse is changing the sociolinguistic reality of the Montenegrin language" by Dr. Ljiljana Duraskovic (U. of  Pittsburgh)
  • "Batir des châteaux en Albanie? A preliminary look at the linguistic legacy of medieval French–Albanian contact in the Angevin Regnum Albanian" by Clayton Marr (Ohio State U.)
  • "Stance and National Identity in Montenegrin Twitter Discourse" by Joseph Patrick (U. of  Pittsburgh)
2.C: CLIMATE POLICY IN RUSSIA
Pfahl Hall, Room 240

Panel Chair: Dr. Motria Caudill (U. of Illinois Chicago)
Participants:

  • “'For the Future of Humankind': Russia’s Changing Climate Policy" by Dr. Judith Kullberg (Eastern Michigan U.)
  • "'Methinks he doth protest too much:' Russia and the discourse of climate change" joint paper by Dr. Richard Arnold (Muskingum U.), Rita Craft (Muskingum U.), and Halle Morehead (Muskingum U.)

3:00-3:15PM - Coffee Break

2nd Floor Foyer, Pfahl hall

3:15-4:45PM - Session 3

3.A: THE IMPRISONED SELF: TOTALITARIANISM AND EVERYDAY LIFE IN SOVIET AND POST-SOVIET NARRATIVES
Pfahl Hall, Room 202

Panel Chair: Dr. Alexander Burry (Ohio State U.)
Participants:

  • "Khrushchevki and Khrushchebi in Film of the Late Soviet Era: Self and State" by Elizabeth McBean (Ohio State U.)
  • "The Authoritarian State’s Manipulation of Sexuality in Sorokin’s Day of the Oprichnik" by Lily Conway (Ohio State U.)
  • "Green Death, Red Death: The Paradoxical Nature of Cremation in Early Soviet Ideology" by Morgan Fox (U. of Illinois Urbana-Champaign)
3.b: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES FROM THE SOVIET PERIOD TO THE MODERN DAY
Pfahl Hall, Room 230

Panel Chair: Dr. Andy Bruno (Northern Illinois U.) 
Participants:

  • "A New Murmansk Initiative: Arctic Development in the Age of Climate Change" by Michelle Hanssen (Georgetown U.)
  • "Communicating air pollution health risk in Ukraine on a shoestring budget" by Dr. Motria Caudill (U. of Illinois Chicago)
  • “Security, Prestige, and Power: Understanding the Determinants of Russian Strategic Nuclear Modernization under Vladimir Putin" by Spenser Warren (Indiana U. Bloomington)
3.c: FOOD AND WINE IN EAST EUROPEAN HISTORY AND POLITICS
Pfahl Hall, Room 240

Panel Chair: Dr. Angela Brintlinger (Ohio State U.)
Participants:

  • "Red Vine for Liturgical Books: The Historical Little Ice Age as Reflected in the Book-Trade between the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth and the Hungarian Kingdom" by Dr. Sándor Földvári (Debrecen U.)
  • "Ordeal by Dinner: US Diplomats and Eating Traditions in the Russian Empire" by Dr. Svetlana Paulson (Southern Arkansas U.)

Sunday, April 3

8:00-8:30AM - Registration and Breakfast

2nd Floor Foyer, Pfahl hall

8:30-10:00AM - Session 4

4.A: HISTORY AND POLITICS IN CENTRAL ASIA
Pfahl Hall, Room 230

Panel Chair: Dr. Morgan Liu (Ohio State U.)
Participants: 

  • "The Unofficial Russo-Qing Trade in Northern Xinjiang and on the Eastern Kazakh Steppe in the First Half of the 19th Century" by Di Wang (Ohio State U.)
  • "Is Kazakhstan the last of the color revolutions?" by Dr. Peter Millich (Washington U. in St. Louis)
  • "Putting Territorial Autonomy in Its Place: The Case of Tatars and Chechens in the Russian Federation" by Dr. Renat Shaykhutdinov (Florida Atlantic U.)
4.B: NOVELISTIC DISCOURSE IN DOSTOEVSKY AND PELEVIN 
Pfahl Hall, Room 240

Panel Chair: Dr. James McGavran (Kenyon College)
Participants:

  • "Holy or Hellish: Buffoonery in Dialogic Contexts in The Brothers Karamazov" by August Hagemann (U. Illinois Urbana-Champaign)
  • “Dostoevsky’s Chaotics” by Joseph Puckett (Miami U.)
  • "Psychoanalysis and Its Discontents: Vladimir Nabokov and Victor Pelevin’s The Sacred Book of the Werewolf" by Marija Fedjanina (U. of Illinois Urbana-Champaign)

10:00-10:15AM - Coffee Break

2nd Floor Foyer, Pfahl hall

10:15-11:45AM - Session 5

5.A: LIFE AND ART IN SPACE 
Pfahl Hall, Room 230

Panel Chair: Dr. Myroslava Mudrak (Ohio State U.)
Participants:

  • “Identity and Place in Shifting Soviet Political Climates: Kazimir Malevich, 1927” by Dr. Marie Gasper-Hulvat (Kent State U.)
  • "Heterotopic Sites and Marginal Spaces in Chekhov’s Prose" by Dr. Mila Shevchenko (Ohio State U.)
  • "Examining continuity in Khvyl’ovyj’s prose of 1924-1927" by Daniel Ozernyi (Northwestern U.)
5.B: LIVES ON THE SCREEN AND PAGE 
Pfahl Hall, Room 240

Panel Chair: Dr. Adela Lechintan-Siefer (Ohio State U.)
Participants:

  • "Ostatnia rodzina (The Last Family) through a Russian Formalist Lens: Film and Biography" by Tetyana Dovbnya (Ohio State U.)
  • "Nationalism in Socialist Romania: The use of history in the film Michael the Brave" by Will Zadeskey (Ohio State U.)