The AATSEEL conference is a forum for exchange of ideas in all areas of Slavic and East/Central European languages, literatures, linguistics, cultures, and pedagogy. The Program Committee invites scholars in these and related areas to form panels around specific topics, organize roundtable discussions, propose forums on instructional materials, and/or submit proposals for individual presentations for the 2024 Conference. The conference regularly includes panels in the following areas:
phonology, morphology, syntax, historical linguistics, discourse analysis, pragmatics, semantics, dialectology, sociolinguistics, cognitive linguistics, applied linguistics, and linguistics and pedagogy.
second language acquisition, empirical studies in language learning, study abroad, teaching of individual skills (pronunciation, reading, listening, writing, speaking), content-based instruction (in film, history, politics, culture, literature, etc.), curriculum design, language teaching for special purposes, teaching of languages other than Russian (Polish, Czech, BCS, Romanian, etc.), use of technology in language teaching.
individual writers and poets (Pushkin, Gogol, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Akhmatova, Bulgakov, Nabokov and others), themes (history and literature, travelogues, gendered readings, etc.), critical approaches (including various theoretical approaches), genre (avtorskaia pesnia, ode, drama), periods (medieval to contemporary), culture, film, dance, music, philosophy, and religion.
The Program Committee will accept proposals for the following six formats:
All prospective participants are strongly encouraged to consult the 2024 Conference Proposal Guidelines for additional information and to answer any questions. Additional questions about the proposal submission and decision processes may be directed to the Program Committee Chair, Ainsley Morse (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Each proposal will be reviewed by the Program Committee. Proposals for all formats should not exceed 300 words, but a successful, effective proposal for any format can certainly be shorter.
Proposals for individual papers must identify a problem that needs solving in the fields of linguistics, pedagogy, literature, and/or culture, or present a hypothesis that sheds light on the interpretation of a text or body of texts. It should outline the author's plan for defending the paper’s hypothesis or advancing an interpretation. An abstract should not provide more than minimal background to the issue addressed in the paper, unless the background itself is the issue, and should not give more than a brief suggestion of the paper’s conclusions. If your paper is associated with a stream, please note the title of the stream in your proposal.
Proposals for fully-formed panels in Pedagogy and Second Language Acquisition or in Literature and Culture (for panel proposals in Linguistics, see below) will now contain, in addition to a panel title, the titles of individual papers and names and email addresses of presenters, chair, and discussant (if there is one), a single paragraph-long statement, prepared by the panel organizer (who can also serve as one of the presenters, the chair, or the discussant). This single-paragraph proposal should also not exceed 300 words, and like a paper proposal it can be shorter. It must contain a concise description of the rationale for bringing the individual papers together as a panel and describe briefly how each paper fits into the discussion.
No individual proposals for papers submitted as part of a fully-formed panel in Pedagogy and Second Language Acquisition or in Literature and Culture need to be included at the time the panel is proposed. If a panel proposal is accepted by the Program Committee, the organizer will be responsible for obtaining from each participant a description of each paper for the online program, and sending in those descriptions to the Program Committee Chair by September 30, 2023. These descriptions, like individual proposals, should outline the author’s plan for defending the paper’s hypothesis or advancing an interpretation. If a description is not sent for an individual paper on an accepted panel, that paper may be deleted from the program.
Proposals for fully-formed panels in Linguistics should contain a concise description of the panel, consisting of a rationale for bringing the individual papers together as a panel and brief description of how each paper fits into the theme of the panel. Effective 2012, proposals for fully-formed panels in Linguistics must also contain a standard abstract for each individual paper in the panel. Panel proposals in Linguistics may be composed of the following participants:
The panel organizer may be any of the above-listed participants, but no participant may serve in a second participant role on the same panel (e.g., chair and (co-)author, chair and discussant, (co-author and discussant, etc.). The panel proposal should be submitted by the panel organizer and should contain, at the beginning, the panel title, the names and email addresses of the chair, the presenters, and the discussant (if there is one), and the titles of the individual papers. (Please repeat that information there even though it is entered in the list of participants above the Panel Description field.) That information should be followed by the panel description (as outlined above), which should not exceed 300 words, exclusive of the list of names and panel or paper titles. Panel themes may be broad or narrow, but panels in which the papers are focused on or connected to a particular topic, topic area or problem which provides a connective thread are encouraged (e.g., a panel on Aspect in Slavic, or Russian Dialectology, or Reflexes of the Neo-Acute in BCS, rather than on Russian Linguistics, or South Slavic Linguistics, where the papers might have little relation to each other). In addition to the panel description and list of papers, a standard abstract (as described for individual paper proposals earlier) for each paper in the panel must be included in the overall panel proposal (uploaded as provided for in the submission form). The individual paper abstracts should not exceed 300 words, exclusive of examples in the text and bibliographic references at the end. The panel proposal form will allow organizers to add presenters one at a time and to upload an abstract file for each one. The panel description itself should be entered in the field labeled “Panel Description” below the list of participants.
Proposal deadlines are July 1, 2023 and August 15, 2023.
Abstracts recommended for revise/resubmit should be submitted to the website as a new proposal for the second round. Please do not edit your initial submission as this will fail to show up in the system and will not be sent out for review.
There is no limit on how many times a member can appear on the program. Participants are limited to one single-authored paper in the general conference and one single-authored paper in each stream session (“A” and “B”); however, a member presenting a single-authored paper may also present a co-authored paper, as long as at least one additional co-author is registered and present at the conference (in other words, as long as the second paper results in registration for and attendance at the conference by an additional person).
The first deadline allows for revision and resubmission of proposals, should reviewers deem that necessary. The second deadline does not allow for resubmission. Proposals should be no longer than 300 words. Detailed guidelines for proposals and published program abstracts from past years are available on the AATSEEL website.
The Program Committee notes that all conference participants in a proposal must be AATSEEL members in good standing (or request a membership waiver) for the proposal to be sent out for review. Membership can be renewed online on the AATSEEL website.
Please contact the area heads below with questions on submitting in each of the respective areas:
Head of the Stream division
The Ohio State University
Assistant to the Chair of Program Committee
Pedagogy and Second Language Acquisition
University of Toronto
Special Consultant for Second Language Acquisition
University of Southern California
Literature and Culture Division Heads
Pre-1900: Victoria Juharyan, Middlebury College
1900-1950: Colleen McQuillen, University of Southern California
1950- : Molly Thomasy Blasing, University of Kentucky
Film and Media: Olga Mesropova, Iowa State University
Central and Eastern European: Kristin Bidoshi, Union College
AATSEEL Membership and Conference Pre-registration. In conformity with AATSEEL's bylaws, all conference participants must be members of AATSEEL in good standing and must pre-register for the conference by December 15, 2023.
AATSEEL Membership: Notification of acceptance of proposals will be sent only to AATSEEL members in good standing. Membership expires June 30th each year. Presenters at the conference must have current memberships.
Conference Registration: Conference participants who have not pre-registered by December 15, 2023 will not be listed in the conference program.
Exceptions to Membership Requirement:
Non-Slavists may apply to the Executive Director, Elizabeth Durst
Exemptions to Conference Registration:
Colleagues from Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union for whom the conference cost would prove a significant financial hardship may apply to the Executive Director, Elizabeth Durst (email@example.com) for exemption from the registration requirement, which will be determined on an individual basis. Please request exemption from the registration requirement when you submit your proposal, so as to avoid being excluded from the program for failure to register. In addition, poets participating in the Poetry Reading who are not Slavists and are not taking part elsewhere in the program are exempt from the conference registration requirement, as well as the AATSEEL membership requirement.