Learn more about the biennial conferences sponsored by AWSS.


The Association for Women in Slavic Studies sponsors biennial conferences which now take place during even-numbered years.  The 2022 conference will be hosted by the Melikian Center for Russian, Eurasian and East European Studies, Arizona State University, Tempe AZ

2022 IN-PERSON AND VIRTUAL CONFERENCE, March 31-April 2, 2022

Association for Women in Slavic Studies (AWSS)


 Gender, Power, Violence in the Slavic, Eastern European, and Eurasian Regions, March 31-April 2, 2022

 The Association for Women in Slavic Studies welcomes paper proposals from scholars engaged in research on the role of gender in understanding acts of violence, including epistemological and discursive violence, and the power dynamics of gender in the Slavic, East European, and Eurasian regions. We seek paper submissions that will discuss the breadth of gender-based violence which may include examples from war, ethnic and racial conflicts, displacement, state policies, domestic and sexual abuse, trafficking, suppression of LGBTQ+ identities, and violence emanating from other contexts.

The conference is hosted by the Melikian Center for Russian, Eurasian and East European Studies, Arizona State University, Tempe AZ. The conference will begin in mid-afternoon on March 31 and end early afternoon on April 2.

The conference will be conducted as a hybrid event and will accept papers from participants who wish to attend virtually.  The expectation is that virtual and in-person participants will be present for all paper sessions.  Sessions will be available virtually to members of AWSS.

The conference program with individual session registration links can be downloaded here.

While participation in the conference is free, we are accepting donations for future conferences and events.

For questions, email mbokovoy@unm.edu.

Currently there is a call for a boycott of the conference.  After serious reflection on the request of a conference participant to demand that scholars affiliated with Russian institutions declare publicly their opposition the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the Board rejected this stance and as a result, some participants have withdrawn their papers and have called for a boycott.  AWSS deeply regrets that this call has led to the withdrawal of some of the presenters who disagree with our position.

As an affiliate of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian studies, we support the ASEEES “Joint Statement of Opposition to Banning Scholars based on Citizenship” and the Board has adopted the following attendance policy for the conference and all other AWSS events and virtual spaces:

  1. AWSS’s biennial conference welcomes all students and scholars who oppose Russia’s war on Ukraine.Anyone who supports Russia’s war or justifying it in any way, will not be welcome.
  2. We welcome all those who accept and wish to improve the general public's understanding about women, gender, and sexuality and are committed to challenging sexist, homophobic, transphobic, racist, classist, ableist, and ageist structures that reproduce injustice. Anyone who does not support our mission statement will not be welcome.

Recognizing the issues raised by the boycott and in response, AWSS will discuss these issues at our annual membership meeting at ASEEES, which is open to all members.

2019 AWSS Conference

Crossing Borders in Slavic Women’s and Gender Studies

2019 Biennial AWSS Conference Keynote speaker Trish Starks, University of Arkansas

2019 Biennial AWSS Conference Keynote speaker Trish Starks, University of Arkansas presenting on "The Empire Made Smoke and Flesh: Tobacco Imagery, Militarism, and Gender in Late Imperial Russia". The presentation drew on her new book Smoking under the Tsars: A History of Tobacco in Imperial Russia (Cornell University Press)

2019 Conference presenters

Twelve papers presented over two days under the 2019 Biennial AWSS Conference theme of "Crossing Borders", which was understood geographically, methodologically, and metaphorically.

2017 AWSS Conference

The 2017 conference, with the theme “Roots and Legacies of Revolution: Transformations for Women and Gender,” took place on 6-7 April at the Westin Alexandria in Alexandria, Virginia. The conference theme recognized the centennial of the Russian revolutions of 1917, which had a significant impact on the status and lives of women, as well as on the configuration of gender relations and representations throughout our region. Presentations drew attention to the roots of those revolutionary transformations in Slavic, East European, and Eurasian social, economic, political, literary, and creative practices and events of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Moreover, as we are still living with the legacies of 1917, especially the effects on women and the post-Berlin Wall gender order, some presenters addressed more contemporary questions. Thus, while we commemorated the Russian revolutions, we welcomed papers across chronological and geographical spans from the tsarist era to the present day, from Berlin to Vladivostok.

The conference included eight panels and 24 presentations over two days, overlapping with the SCSS meeting. Our keynote speaker, Dr. Rochelle Goldberg Ruthchild, spoke on “What’s Suffrage Got to Do With It? Women and Gender in Russia’s Revolutionary Year.” Dr. Ruthchild is a Center Associate at the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Harvard University, a Resident Scholar at the Women’s Studies Research Center at Brandeis University, Professor Emerita of Graduate Studies at The Union Institute and University, and former Director of the Norwich University Russian School. She is an Editor of Aspasia, The International Yearbook of Central, Eastern, and Southeastern European Women’s and Gender History. A co-founder of the Association for Women in Slavic Studies (AWSS), she has served as President, Clerk, and now Board member. The author of Equality and Revolution: Women’s Rights in the Russian Empire, 1905-1917 (University of Pittsburgh Press, June 2010), she has written articles, reviews, and bibliographies about women and gender in Russia and the Soviet Union. She is a member of the feminist collective that produced the documentary film “Left on Pearl: Women Take Over 888 Memorial Drive, Cambridge.”