About the Midwest Slavic Association
The Midwest Slavic Association is a regional affiliate of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES). It has been promoting the study of Eastern Europe and Eurasia since the first Midwest Slavic Conference was held at Bowling Green State University in 1952. Since 2003, the Center for Slavic and East European Studies (CSEES) has hosted and organized the annual Midwest Slavic Conference at Ohio State, its permanent location.
President: Dr. Brain Baer, Kent State University
Student Essay Prize Competition
In addition to its support of the Midwest Slavic Conference, the Midwest Slavic Association also runs an essay prize competition each spring for undergraduate and graduate students with support from ASEEES. Undergraduate and graduate students can submit a paper on any topic related to Slavic, East European, and Eurasian studies to the Midwest Slavic Association for consideration. The best undergraduate paper received will win a one-year membership to ASEEES, and the graduate winner will receive a one-year membership to ASEEES, as well as being considered then for the ASEEES Graduate Student Essay Prize at the national level. The graduate winner of the ASEEES Student Essay Prize at the national level wins travel, lodging, and registration for the Annual ASEEES Convention and membership for the following year. The prize is presented during the awards presentation at the Annual Convention.
Undergraduate paper submissions can be a variety of formats, including: conference paper, thesis, course paper, or article. They should be no longer than 20 double-spaced pages including notes and bibliography. Submissions must be submitted electronically and written in English.
Graduate essay submissions can be of several formats: expanded versions of conference papers, graduate level seminar papers, Master's thesis chapters, or dissertation chapters. The student should indicate what type of paper they are submitting and provide an abstract. Essays should have a minimum word count of 7,500 and a maximum word count of 14,000 (25 to 50 pages approximately) inclusive of footnotes and bibliography. Submissions must be written in English, double-spaced, and include footnotes or endnotes. With your submission, please also include a short bio of the author, an abstract of the essay, and indicate the format of the essay. Please visit ASEEES' website for full information on the national level competition.
2017 Midwest Slavic Association Student Essay Prize Competition
The Midwest Slavic Association's Essay Contest winners for 2017:
Undergraduate: Natasha Kadlec, University of Pennsylvania, "Strength through Weakness: Kenosis as Socialist Ideal in Pre-Revolutionary Gorky"
Graduate: Deirdre Ruscitti Harshman, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, "Cooking Up a New Everyday: Communal Kitchens in the Revolutionary Era, 1890-1935"
2016 Midwest Slavic Association Student Essay Prize Competition
The Midwest Slavic Association's Essay Contest winners for 2016:
Undergraduate: Adam Broeckaert, Lafayette University, "The Ability of New Member States to Dictate the EU Agenda: The Case of Poland's Geopolitical Agenda"
Graduate: Ognjen Kojanic, University of Pittsburgh, "Countering the Exclusion of the Working Class through Worker Ownership in Neoliberal Croatia"
2015 Midwest Slavic Association Student Essay Prize Competition
The Midwest Slavic Association's Essay Contest winners for 2015:
Undergraduate: Tom Elvins, University of Pittsburgh, "In the Shadow of the Sword: The Evolution of St. Nicholas Icons within a Russian Context"
Graduate: Madalina Veres, University of Pittsburgh, "Mastering Space: The Great Military Map of Transylvania"
2014 Midwest Slavic Association Student Essay Prize Competition
The Midwest Slavic Association's Essay Contest winners for 2014:
Undergraduate: Tom Elvins, University of Pittsburgh, "Epic and Empire: Reimagining Homer's Iliad in Lev Tolstoy's War and Peace"
Graduate: Michelle Maydanchik, University of Chicago, "Transgression and Transmission: The First Phase of Moscow Actionism, 1991-1995"