Call for Papers: 2020 Midwest Slavic Conference Science (&) Fiction(s)

2020 Midwest Slavic Conference: Science (&) Fiction(s)

April 3-5, 2020 | Columbus, OH

The 2020 Midwest Slavic Conference Science (&) Fiction(s) will be held at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio on April 3-5, 2020. The conference committee invites proposals for papers on all topics related to the Slavic, East European, and Eurasian world, particularly those that explore science and the history of science, science fiction in film, cartoons, art, music, and literary works, information science and disinformation. In a world where truth is often stranger than fiction—and harder to find—science fiction can be revelatory. As society grapples to answer questions about climate change, ecological justice, and environmental disasters, does the function and ethical responsibility of science fiction change? What is the relationship between science, fiction, and the arts? How do they illuminate, reinforce, and change each other?

The conference will open on Friday, April 3 at 5:30PM with a keynote address by Dr. Anindita Banerjee (Cornell U.). Building on the keynote address, a plenary panel will follow on the morning of Saturday, April 4. Panels by conference participants will then be held on Saturday, April 4 from 10:30AM-4:45PM and Sunday, April 5 from 8:30AM-11:45AM.

Please send a one-paragraph abstract and a brief C.V. in a single PDF format file to by Monday, January 13. Undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to participate. Interdisciplinary work and pre-formed panels are encouraged. Proposals for individual papers will be accepted.

More information is available on the Conference website. The Midwest Slavic Conference is organized by the Midwest Slavic Association and the Center for Slavic and East European Studies at Ohio State.


  • Abstract and C.V. Deadline: January 13
  • Notification of Acceptance: February 7
  • Scheduling Conflicts Due: February 11
  • Panels Announced: February 21
  • Final Papers to Chair: March 20
  • Presenter Registration Deadline: March 20

Registration fees:

  • Student Presenters: $35
  • Faculty/Independent Scholars: $50
  • All attendees (those not presenting): $25

If you have any questions regarding the conference, please email or call (614) 292-8770.