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The Association for Women in Slavic Studies is dedicated to the promotion of research and teaching in Slavic, East European, and Eurasian women's, gender, and sexuality studies, and to the support of scholars who identify as women or LGBTQIA.


Become a Member.

We welcome those of any gender identity who study women, gender, and sexuality in Slavic and Eurasian studies, as well as women working in any field pertaining to the region.

Membership rates are as follows:

Lifetime Membership // $400 (one time)
Graduate Student / Low Income // $15 Annually
Salary is LESS than 30K/year // $30 Annually
Salary is MORE than 30K/year // $40 Annually
Contributor // $55 Annually
Friend of AWSS // $100 Annually
Institutional Membership // $100 Annually

AWSS is Community.


AWSS Biennial Conference

“Hidden Histories:
Reshaping Canons, Reimagining Archives, Making Gender Visible”

Dedicated to the Late Mary Zirin
June 6-8, 2024
(in person and virtual)


Hosted by the Slavic
Reference Service t the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Call for Papers


We foster community through regular gatherings at annual and biennial conferences, collaboration with other affiliate organizations, frequent communication through our listserv as well as informal networking opportunities. We also connect with our members via social media. Please find us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Read the current issue of Women East-West 

Herlihy Prize Fundraising

In 2020 AWSS launched a fundraising effort to support a graduate research prize in honor of Patricia Herlihy and her incredible contributions to both the study of Ukraine as well as her support for multiple generations of scholars across disciplines engaged in study on Ukraine and its neighbors. Please consider making a donation to support the future of the field and honor the memory of a scholar who did so much to shape the field and her discipline. Select the Herlihy Prize For Graduate Research option on the drop-down menu through the Paypal link below.

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awss prizes and awards


AWSS awards prizes to scholars at all stages of their careers. We support the work of individuals who embody our organization's values and mission each year through the following awards.

  • The Graduate Research and Graduate Essay Prizes are awarded to scholars at the beginning of their careers.
  • The Mary Zirin Prize recognizes independent scholars.
  • The Outstanding Achievement Award is given to senior scholars for their mentoring and scholarship.
  • The Heldt Prizes recognize outstanding books and articles in several categories.