The Conference Program

Here is the conference program.


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Conference Schedule (April 7-9, 2011)

THURSDAY EVENING:     6:00-10:00, registration and opening reception


Coffee, Juice and Rolls, 7:00-8:15

Session 1 – 8:15-10

Session 2 – 10:15-12:00

Lunch break, — 12:00-1:15 (Includes Executive Council lunch meeting)

Session 3 – 1:15-3:00

Session 4, 3:15-5:00

Special Plenary Session, 5:15-6:15 – “Richard Stites and his Impact on Us, Our Fields, Our Scholarship”

Pre-banquet reception, 6:30-7:00

Banquet and speaker, 7:00


Coffee, Juice and Rolls, 7:00-8:15

Session 5 – 8:15-10:00

Session 6 – 10:15-12:00

Business Lunch – 12:15-1:30

Session 7 —  1:45-3:30

Session 8 – 3:45 – 5:30

“Beach Party”  — 6:00-9:00, (The Light Horse, King Street, Alexandria).

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Our Keynote Speaker: Henry Hale

Yes, Henry Hale of GWU will be our keynote speaker at the conference. More info soon.

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Welcome to the Southern Conference on Slavic Studies 2011 Website!

The 49th annual meeting of the Southern Conference on Slavic Studies (SCSS) will take place in “Old Town” Alexandria, Virginia, April 7-9, 2011, at the Westin Alexandria Hotel. The conference is being hosted by George Mason University’s Center for Eurasian Studies. The purpose of SCSS is to promote scholarship, education, and in all other ways to advance scholarly interest in Russian, Soviet, and East European studies in the Southern region of the United States and nationwide.  Papers from all humanities and social science disciplines are welcome and encouraged, as is a focus on countries other than Russia/USSR.  Papers and panels on all topics are welcome, but the conference will have two special themes: “Twenty Years After the Collapse,” to mark the anniversary of the end of the Soviet Union, and “Vasily Aksenov, His Work and Times,” to mark the recent passing of a man who was one of the most important literary and cultural figures of post-Stalin Russia/Soviet Union and also a distinguished professor of Russian literature and culture at George Mason University from 1987-2004.

The program committee is accepting panel and paper proposals until January 14, 2011. Whole panel proposals (chair, three papers, discussant) are preferred, but proposals for individual papers are also welcome. Whole panel proposals should include the titles of each individual paper as well as a title for the panel itself and identifying information (including email addresses and institutional affiliations) for all participants. Proposals for individual papers should include email contact, institutional affiliation, and a brief (one paragraph) abstract to guide the program committee in the assembly of panels. If any AV equipment will be needed, the panel and paper proposals should indicate so. Email (preferably) your proposal to Sharon Kowalsky at, or send it by conventional post to:

Dr. Sharon Kowalsky
Department of History
Texas A&M University-Commerce
PO Box 3011
Commerce, TX 75429

The SCSS is the largest of the regional Slavic and Eurasian studies associations and its programs attract national and international scholarly participation. Alexandria and the Westin Hotel are close to Reagan National Airport (DCA), which is only five miles away and thus feasible by taxi and Metro. It is only two stops from National Airport on the Metro to King Street station near the hotel. To make a hotel reservation, visit the Westin Alexandria Hotel conference website. For conference information other than the program please contact Rex Wade ( or 703-323-6939). For program information or proposals please contact Sharon Kowalsky (

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