Call for Papers (Updated 1 October 2021)

The 22nd biennial conference on Balkan and South Slavic Linguistics, Literature and Folklore will be hosted by The Ohio State University in Columbus, OH from Thursday April 7 – Sunday April 10, 2022.

Due to uncertainties about COVID-related safety and possible difficulties or uneasiness participants may have about travel, both domestic and international, to Columbus, we have decided to hold the conference virtually, entirely on-line via Zoom.  It is not ideal, we realize, but a virtual conference has the advantage of guaranteeing that we can indeed hold a robust and intellectually stimulating gathering, and doing it this way will maximize participation.  We will also explore various avenues for socializing via virtual modalities.

We also hereby extend the deadline for the submission of abstracts; they are now due by 11:59pm (Eastern Time, i.e. as in New York City) October 22, 2021

Other aspects about the conference remain the same:

  1. There will be two keynote speakers:

Victor Friedman (University of Chicago)

Andrey Sobolev (Marburg University), delivering the 2022 Kenneth E. Naylor Memorial Lecture

  1. The last attempt to hold this conference, at Arizona State University in 2020, was derailed due to the pandemic and the conference ultimately was cancelled. Accordingly, by way of compensation, we have decided to “grandfather” in papers that had been accepted for the 2020 conference and also make room for new papers. Thus, if you were on the program for the Arizona State conference, and if your paper has not yet been published anywhere, you are welcome, if you like, to submit the same paper you would have presented in Arizona; we ask only that you (re-)submit an abstract for it in the manner required for this conference.
  2. Your paper should treat some aspect of Balkan and/or South Slavic linguistics, literature, folklore, or culture.

Abstracts should be submitted through EASYCHAIR:

Abstracts should be no more than one page long, with a second page for data, graphics, bibliography, and the like; please use a 12-point font and allow at least 1″ margins. The abstracts do *not* need to be anonymized.

Please submit your abstract by 11:59pm (Eastern Time, i.e. as in New York City) October 22, 2021.  Notification of selection, as well as invitation letters if needed, will be sent by November 22.

The conference is sponsored by the Center for Slavic and East European Studies at The Ohio State University and by the Kenneth E. Naylor Professorship of South Slavic Linguistics.

Questions about the conference may be directed to the conference organizers, Brian Joseph and Andrea Sims, at