2020 Conference


NOTE: NESEEES 2020 is Cancelled.
The NESEEES Board regrets to announce that due to restrictions imposed in response to the Corona virus, we are unable to hold the annual conference as planned on April 4th. The Graduate Student Essay contest will still take place and we plan to create a repository for papers that were to have been presented at the conference. Details will be announced in the coming weeks.


The North East Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (NESEEES) Executive Board invites proposals for individual papers and complete panels for the 41th annual NESEEES conference.

The conference will be held on Saturday, April 4th, 2020 at the NYU Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia.  We are very grateful to the Jordan Center and its Director, Joshua Tucker, for providing the space and support.

Scholarly papers and panels are welcome on any aspect of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies. Proposals for complete panels of thematically related papers are strongly encouraged.  Recommendations for discussants and chairs are not required for panel proposals but will be accepted and taken into consideration.

Proposals must include the following:

  • Title and a one-paragraph abstract
  • Technology requirements
  • Presenter’s email address
  • Presenter’s institutional affiliation and professional status (professor, graduate student, etc.)
  • The name and contact information for the panel organizer, where applicable.

Proposals may be submitted directly by graduate students enrolled in related programs as well as by independent scholars with academic credentials and by faculty members of all ranks.  Proposals may be submitted on behalf of undergraduate students by faculty mentors supervising their projects. 

Please submit your proposals here: https://forms.gle/hneRX3J6AwMzaonG6 no later than Monday, January 13th, 2020.

We strongly urge professionals in the field to volunteer to serve as chairs and/or discussants. Those wishing to volunteer may do so using the space provided on the proposal submission Form.

NESEEES awards an annual prize for the best graduate student paper presented at the conference.  The selection committee may award a second-place prize when appropriate. 

Essays are judged based on the quality of the following elements:

  • A research question presenting the problem to be investigated
  • A methodological framework outlining the scholar’s approach to the topic
  • A clearly articulated argument
  • Evidence presented in support of the argument
  • Readiness for publication: English usage, readability and style
  • The importance of the research to the profession

Following the conference, a deadline will be announced by which graduate students should submit revised papers to the competition. Visual materials accompanying the presentation at the Conference may be submitted along with the written text. The papers must be between 6,000 and 12,500 words in length. The first prize paper will be entered in the national ASEEES competition for the best graduate student paper presented at a regional affiliate conference.

Questions can be sent to: neseees@gmail.com

We look forward to hearing from you and seeing you at the conference in April. 

Nathaniel Knight

North East Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies