Working on details for the conference and events, more details very soon!

The conference committee has finished reviewing submissions and we’ve notified all participants.

We’ll publish the schedule for panels and presentations by March 22.

Please note that we have decided to shorten the conference. We will not be holding panels on Sunday, April 18. The conference will conclude on Saturday, April 17.

Stayed tuned! We’ll also have further details on the keynote, plenary, student events, and registration within the next week!

A throwback to the 2010 Midwest Slavic Conference at the Blackwell!

2021 Conference Committee

Thank you to this year’s conference committee for helping to review this year’s presentation proposals.

The committee is:

Dr. Epp Annus, Ohio State University

Dr. Brian Baer, Kent State Univeristy

Dr. Nicholas Breyfogle, Ohio State University

Dr. Ljiljana Duraskovic, University of Pittsburgh

Dr. Venelin Ganev, Miami University

Dr. Marianna Klochko, Ohio State University

Dr. Stephen Norris, Miami University

Dr. Andrea Sims, Ohio State University

Photo by JJ Ying on Unsplash

New Details on Keynote and Plenary

We are excited to announce details for the keynote and plenary for the 2021 conference! The theme of the keynote and plenary will be “happiness”. Professor Yvonne Howell will discuss her forthcoming book, a translation of Alex Dubas’s Moments of Happiness. Professors Hannah Chapman, Smoki Musaraj, and Karen Petrone will then discuss happiness or the pursuit of it based up on their own research and disciplinary fields.

Serhii Plokhi speaking

2016 MWSC Keynote

Please check out the Special Events page for more details.

What do we mean by individual presentation options?

This year the Midwest Slavic Conference is offering two new participation options for individuals who are NOT submitting a proposal for a panel. Individual participants can submit proposals for either preparing a short, pre-recorded presentation OR posting a conference paper to the conference website.

Pre-recorded presentations: Participants who opt for this option will record themselves giving their presentation in advance. This can include speaking through a slide presentation. Any software may be used but the final file format submitted must be submitted as an MP4 file. Presentations must be no longer than 15 minutes, however, shorter lengths are encouraged to encourage more participants and audience members to view each other’s presentations.

Posting a conference paper: Participants who choose this option will prepare a traditional, written conference paper with a suggested length of 8-10 double-spaced pages, not inclusive of citations. The final file format must be a PDF. Speaking or recording will not be required for this option.

How individual presentations will take place: All individual presenters will be required to submit directly to CSEES their final video or paper file by Monday, April 5. We will then post all files to the conference website by Friday, April 9. These will be posted on a webpage that is password protected and only registered attendees will be able to access this page! Attendees will then have a week to view and/or read individual presentations at their leisure. Then on Friday, April 16 from 1PM EDT – 5PM EDT, there will be specific one-hour time slots based on disciplines (literature/culture/film, history, linguistics, and social sciences) in which attendees may log-in to discuss presentations with one another LIVE via blog postings and Zoom meeting rooms. These sessions will not have moderators or discussants but will be self-driven discussions based on the participants present. CSEES staff will help to start each session with some basic introductions and questions to get the conversations started.

For a refresher, take a second look at the full CFP and schedule for further details and timelines.


Three people sitting at desk

2017 MWSC Presenters

Help forming panels

For the 2021 Midwest Slavic Conference, participants can submit a proposal for a full panel OR present individually. This is different than prior years, when the conference accepted submissions from individual participants, and then the conference committee formed panels from these individual submissions. Please look for further posts on options for individual participants.

Panel presentations will be live, synchronous via Zoom on Saturday, April 17 and Sunday, April 18.

To help individuals network and connect with other potential collaborators, we encourage participants who want assistance forming a panel to use this blog as a way to post about their research and presentation ideas for the conference.

You can post comments and replies below! Click on the “Leave a Comment” link. And as always, you can contact us at!

Room full of people

2014 Midwest Slavic Conference Roundtable

Welcome to the 2021 MWSC

The Midwest Slavic Association (MWSA) and the Center for Slavic and East European Studies (CSEES) at The Ohio State University welcome undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty, and independent scholars from the Midwest and beyond to join us for the 2021 Midwest Slavic Conference, April 15-18, 2021. We are excited to host the conference for the first-time ever in an online, virtual format. The conference will take place over several days and include the same variety of panels, lectures, and networking events to foster a stimulating, diverse environment to further discussions and research about Eastern Europe and Eurasia.

Moving forward, this website and blog will be the online home for the conference. As we release details and planning items, all of that information you will be able to find here. We will create pages for the CFP, schedule, special events, panel sessions, and individual presentations. Blogs will open for potential participants to exchange information and ideas to encourage forming panels. As part of the conference, blogs will be dedicated to subject areas for the individual presentations. All special events, panel sessions, and online discussion rooms for the individual presentations will be conducted via Zoom. Registration and Zoom links will be provided for those via the schedule page.

This is a new endeavor for us, but we hope that you will find it to be an engaging, accessible, and professional way to maintain the conference and your professional work during this challenging time, and we hope to welcome you back to Columbus, Ohio for an in-person conference in 2022!

Four conference participANTS

Participants from the 2018 MWSC