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Call for Papers: 2014 Midwest Slavic Conference


The Midwest Slavic Association and The Ohio State University (OSU) Center for Slavic and East European Studies (CSEES) are proud to announce the 2014 Midwest Slavic Conference, to be held at OSU March 28-March 30, 2014.

Conference organizers invite proposals for panels or individual papers addressing all disciplines related to Eastern Europe and Eurasia. The conference will open with a keynote address by Eric McGlinchey (George Mason University) and a reception on March 28th, followed by two days of panels.

Please send a one-paragraph abstract in PDF format and brief C.V. to by January 13, 2014. Undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to participate. Limited funding is available for student lodging. Participants can elect to have their abstract, paper, and presentation included in the conference’s Knowledge Bank community. Those opting for inclusion in Knowledge Bank can also choose to receive a brief peer review by the conference committee. Please indicate by email when submitting your abstract whether you want to be included in the Knowledge Bank and have your submission reviewed.

outline of states that comprise the "Midwest Slavic Association" with a sepia photo of red square in the center

Abstract and C.V. Deadline: January 13, 2014
Notification of Acceptance: February 5, 2014
Panels Announced: February 28, 2014
Paper Submission Deadline: March 14, 2014

The Midwest Slavic Association also would like to announce Between Shots, a series of panels within the conference dedicated to East European/Eurasian film and visual culture. A Central/Southeastern European film will be screened with a corresponding panel discussion. Limited support for travel and lodging may be available to Between Shots participants. Please indicate your participation interest in Between Shots via email when submitting your abstract and C.V.

Center for Slavic and East European Studies at OSU
303 Oxley Hall, 1712 Neil Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210
(614) 292-8770


Polata Knigopisnaia featured on OSU Knowledge Bank’s homepage


The Knowledge Bank (KB), “a collaborative service of the Ohio State University Libraries and the Office of the Chief Information Officer,” serves as a digital repository for the preservation of digital materials and worldwide access to resources from the OSU community. Each month the Knowledge Bank administrators select a different KB collection to feature on their homepage. From today through the end of December 2012 the collection featured is Polata Knigopisnaia: An informational bulletin devoted to the study of early Slavic books, texts and literatures. Thanks to Brian Stamper from the Scholarly Resources Integration Department of the OSUL Collections, Technical Services, and Scholarly Communication Division (CTSCC) for coordinating this effort!


Screen shot of the Knowledge Bank homepage with the image of the cover of Polata knigopisnaia featured in the right-hand column of the page


 Image Source: Screen shot of Knowledge Bank homepage from Brian Stamper.


A History of “Cyrillic Manuscript Heritage”


Cyrillic Manuscript Heritage (CMH), the biannual newsletter of the Hilandar Research Library (HRL) and the Resource Center for Medieval Slavic Studies (RCMSS), is entering its 16th year of publication under the editorship of Helene Senecal, RCMSS Coordinator. Volume 31 has just been issued.

Image of the front page of newsletter Cyrillic Manuscript Heritage volume 1 (April 1997)

CMH vol. 1 (April 1997)

The inaugural volume of CMH, which outlined the history and structure of HRL/RCMSS, was published in April 1997 with the assistance of Lorraine Abraham (media editor), Dongsoo Jeon and M.A. Johnson (contributing editors), and R.J. Stansbury (technical consultant).

Image of the page 8 of newsletter Cyrillic Manuscript Heritage volume 3 (June 1998)

CMH vol. 3 (June 1998): 8

A “Selected Bibliography” of “theses, dissertations, books and articles made possible and/or enhanced by the primary and secondary source materials, especially manuscripts on microform, of the HRL or through the support of the RCMSS” debuted in volume 3. See also volumes 7, 9, 11, 13, 15, 16, 20, and 21.

From CMH 4, the names of donors who have contributed to the Hilandar Endowment and other named funds have been listed in the newsletter. The names of donors of “gifts in kind” have appeared in CMH since volume 6.

Image of page 6 of volume 5 (May 1999) of newsletter Cyrillic Manuscript Heritage

CMH vol. 5 (May 1999): 6

The recurring features, “Director’s Desk” by Predrag Matejic and “HRL Journal” – where CMH “asks researchers who have used the HRL in the past year, either in person or by mail, to describe their experiences and work,” first appeared as regular columns in volume 5. The design editor for this volume was John R. Wilson.

Image of the front page of newsletter Cyrillic Manuscript Heritage volume 6 (December 1999)

CMH vol. 6 (December 1999)

A series of interviews introducing readers to the members of the RCMSS Advisory Councils was initiated in CMH 6 with profiles of Daniel E. Collins and Edward Kasinec, and continued in volumes 7, 8, 10, 11, 13, 15-17. Volume 6 also reported on the first Medieval Slavic Summer Institute (MSSI) and set a precedent for a two-page photo spread of the MSSI activities and reactions from the participants.

Image of the front page of newsletter Cyrillic Manuscript Heritage volume 15 (May 2004)

CMH vol. 15 (May 2004)

“News Notes” appeared as a regular feature title in volume 15; earlier issues included the headlines “RCMSS/HRL in the News” (CMH 6), “In the News” (CMH 7, 13), and “RCMSS News Briefs” (CMH 10).

Volume 23 was the first to be published in color. Volumes 1-22 are archived online with color photos inserted in place of the black and white images that were printed.

Image of the page 8 of newsletter Cyrillic Manuscript Heritage volume 23 (June 2008)

CMH 23 (June 2008): 8

Back issues of Cyrillic Manuscript Heritage are available on the OSU Knowledge Bank and the RCMSS website.





Call for Papers: Polata Knigopisnaia, Volume 39


Polata Knigopisnaia publishes scholarly articles, editions, indexes, and bibliographical and review essays related to Early Slavic texts, manuscripts, and early printed books, and their historical and cultural contexts. This is a call for papers to appear in vol. 39. Authors considering submission are encouraged to contact an editor (see below) to discuss length and subject matter, and to obtain a style sheet.

Image of the front cover of the journal Polata knigopisnaia, volume 1.


The current editors of Polata Knigopisnaia adopted an editorial-board peer review system for contributions beginning with volume 38. All contributions that the editors consider to fit the scope and criteria of PK will be reviewed anonymously by two members of the editorial board.


Polata knigopisnaja: An informational bulletin devoted to the study of early Slavic books, texts and literatures was founded by William R. Veder (University of Nijmegen, The Netherlands) and Mario Capaldo (University of Rome, Italy) in 1978. They generously allowed all past issues accessible freely via the internet through the Hilandar Research Library and The Ohio State University Libraries (Columbus, Ohio). From its 2006 issue PK has been available exclusively on-line through the OSU Knowledge Bank.


Editors of Polata Knigopisnaia:
Cristiano Diddi, Università degli Studi di Salerno <>
M.A. Johnson, The Ohio State University <>
Robert Romanchuk, Florida State University <>