Special Events at the 2018 Conference

The AATSEEL Conference Program and Executive Committees are planning a number of special events for the 2018 AATSEEL Conference in Washington, DC. Please continue to check this page for updates on these, and other special events at the conference.

Pre-Conference LEARN Workshop

This year a pre-conference workshop is being offered on Wednesday, January 31st and Thursday, February 1st. Please see the workshop website as well for more information or to contact the organizers.

Keynote Address

The Keynote Address in DC, "'A sudden twinge of gloom and loathing.’ Hatred as the Modern Affect: From Dostoevsky To Witkiewicz” will be given by Michał Paweł Markowski (University of Illinois at Chicago) on Saturday morning, February 3rd at 11:00am.

Memorial Events

Friday, February 2nd, 4:30-6:30pm: In Memoriam: Emilia Pavlovna Hramova (Organizer: Benjamin Rifkin, Hofstra University)

Advanced Seminars

Friday, February 2nd, 1:30-3:30pm: Laura Janda (University of Tromsø), "TWIRRLL Workshop: Targeting Word Forms In Research-based Russian Language Learning"

Saturday, February 3rd, 1:15-3:00pm: Monika Greenleaf (Stanford University), "Latency and Season: How Russian Theater Performs in Time"

Translation Workshop

Friday, February 2, 12:00-1:30pm: Translation Workshop with Alexandra Petrova, Ainsley Morse (UC-Riverside), and Maria Khotimsky (MIT), Alexandra Petrova is a Russian-language poet and prose writer based in Rome. This workshop will focus on excerpts from her recent novel about migration(s), Appendix (NLO, 2016).


Saturday, February 3rd, 5:15pm-7:00pm: Alexandra Petrova

Saturday, February 3rd, 8:00pm-10:00pm: The Rehearsals, by Vladimir Sharov: Reading and Launch Party

A reading and launch party to mark the publication of Vladimir Sharov’s novel Repetitsii (written 1986-88) in English translation by Oliver Ready (Dedalus Books, 2018). A stunning reflection on art, religion, history and national identity, The Rehearsals is the seminal work in the unique oeuvre of Vladimir Sharov, Russian Booker Prize winner (2014) and author of Before & During, which received the Read Russia Prize in Ready’s translation in 2015.

Both author and translator will read at this event, which will be chaired by Mark Lipovetsky. The event coincides with a special panel devoted to Vladimir Sharov’s fiction at this year’s conference at 3:15pm on Saturday. Books will be for sale (cash only) at a 25% discount for $15.

Professional Development

Getting the Most from Video - Finding, Adapting and Delivering Content to Our Students, Christian Hilchey, (University of Texas-Austin) and Anna Szawara (University of Illinois, Chicago)

Pedagogy Roundtable

Strategies for Teaching Literature, Culture, and Film in Translation
Friday, February 2nd, 10:15am-12:00pm: Roundtable speakers will briefly share frameworks teachers can use with different content to teach literature, culture, and film in translation. There will be time for audience participants to share briefly the strategies and activities they use to teach literature, culture, and film in translation.

Roundtable Participants and Topics
-Karen Evans-Romaine (University of Wisconsin-Madison): Activity for Connecting Literature and Other Art Forms (example from music)
-Thomas J. Garza (University of Texas at Austin): Activity for Teaching Youth Culture
-Colleen Lucey (University of Arizona): Digital Map Activity for the Teaching of Literature
-Benjamin Rifkin (Hofstra University): Activity for Teaching Literary Styles
-Richard Robin (George Washington University): Strategy for Teaching with Film and Television
-Kathleen Scollins (University of Vermont): Strategies for Teaching Russian Literature in Translation

Association Gatherings

Friday, February 2nd, 12:00-1:30pm: North American Association of Teachers of Polish
Friday, February 2nd, 3:30-4:30pm International Association of Teachers of Czech
Saturday, February 3rd, 5:15-7:00pm: American Council of Teachers of Russian

To schedule a meeting or gathering of a professional association at the 2018 AATSEEL conference, please contact Rachel Stauffer (aatseelconference@usc.edu).

Receptions and Coffee Breaks

Thursday, February 1st, 5:00-8:00pm, American Councils welcomes study abroad program alumni to Capitol City Brewing Company from 5 to 8 pm for a special Happy Hour.

Friday, February 2nd, 9:45am-10:15am, Coffee Break sponsored by the Association for Women in Slavic Studies (AWSS) and the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).

Friday, February 2nd, 7:00pm-9:00pm, President's Reception and Awards Ceremony sponsored by the Kennan Institute and American Councils for International Education. Complimentary hors d'oeuvres and cash bar (credit cards accepted).

Saturday, February 3rd, 2:30pm-3:30pm, Coffee and Snack Break sponsored by the Princeton University Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures and the Stanford University Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures

To sponsor a coffee break or to hold a reception at the 2018 AATSEEL Conference, please contact AATSEEL Conference Manager, Rachel Stauffer (aatseelconference@usc.edu).