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, East European and Eurasian Studies (CSEEES) has hosted and organized the annual Midwest Slavic Conference at Ohio State, its permanent location.
President: Dr. Tim Pogacar, Bowling Green State University
Vice-President: James McGavran, Kenyon College
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. Students should have participated in the Midwest Slavic Conference, or be from an institution in the Midwest (defined as any college or university in the states of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Ohio, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin). 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 in 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. With your submission, please also include a short bio of the author, an abstract of the essay, and indicate the format of the essay.
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.
The 2022 essay competition has closed. Information on the 2023 competition will be available after the 2023 Midwest Slavic Conference.
2022 Midwest Slavic Association Student Essay Prize Competition
Winners of the 2022 essay competition are:
Undergraduate: Katie Frevert, Oberlin College, “'Kill the State in Yourself': Totalitarianism and the Illiberal Dissidence of Egor Letov”
Graduate: Tamara Polyakova, University of Wisconsin-Madison, "'Past Enemy, Future Ally: Nature as Actor in the Russian Civil War”
2021 Midwest Slavic Association Student Essay Prize Competition
Winner of the 2021 essay competition are:
Undergraduate: Helen McHenry, Ohio State University, “The Demilitarization of Kaliningrad”
Graduate: Moira O'Shea, University of Chicago, "'We took the national game and turned it into a sport': Playing kok boru and re-inventing tradition in post-Soviet Kyrgyzstan”
2019 Midwest Slavic Association Student Essay Prize Competition
Winners for the 2019 essay competition are:
Undergraduate: Alec Wood, Grinnell College, "Dionysian Ecstasy as Intrapsychic Narrative in Scriabin’s Late Sonatas"
Graduate: Madeline McCann, Indiana University, "The Neighborhood as a Site of Political Mobilization: Challenging Housing Renovation and Pension Reform in Moscow"
2018 Midwest Slavic Association Student Essay Prize Competition
Winners for the 2018 essay competition are:
Undergraduate: Josh Gold, University of Toronto, "Neo-Eurasianism and Russia's Minorities Question"
Graduate: Anna-Christine Grant, Carnegie Mellon University, "Social Reform on the Move: Nineteenth-century Penitentiary Agricultural Colonies, from the Loire to the Neva"
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"