Sunday, October 17, 2021









To support graduate student scholarship and international participation in the field of Southeast European Studies, the Southeast European Studies Association (SEESA) has established the SEESA Travel Grants to subsidize travel costs for the presentation of papers at international, national, regional, or state conferences. In 2022, instead of the Travel Grants, SEESA will award a prize for the best paper authored by a student who presented at the 22nd Biennial Conference on Balkan and South Slavic Linguistics, Literature and Folklore, which will take place at The Ohio State University, in Columbus, Ohio, USA, on April 7-10, 2022, and due to the Covid-19 pandemic  will be held online via Zoom.


SEESA plans to fund, on a competitive basis, 1 prize of $750 for the best paper authored by a graduate and undergraduate student.


Applicants must be undergraduate students or graduate students at either the master's or doctoral level in any field of Southeast European Studies.


Applicants should submit their paper presented at the conference, a CV, and proof of student status as an email attachment to Bavjola Shatro []. Author name(s), affiliation(s), and contact information should be written below the title of the paper.


The applications will be evaluated by SEESA’s Committee for The Prize for the Best Paper (BSSC22). The quality of writing as well as the content of the paper will be considered.


Questions about the prize may be directed to Bavjola Shatro.

Paper Submission Deadline: April 30, 2022.

Award Notification Date: May 20, 2022.





Friday, October 8, 2021



22nd Biennial Conference on Balkan and South Slavic

Linguistics, Literature and Folklore


    The 22nd biennial conference on Balkan and South Slavic Linguistics, Literature and Folklore will be hosted by The Ohio State University in Columbus, OH from Thursday April 7 - Sunday April 10, 2022.

    Due to uncertainties about COVID-related safety and possible difficulties or uneasiness participants may have about travel, both domestic and international, to Columbus, we have decided to hold the conference virtually, entirely on-line via Zoom.  It is not ideal, we realize, but a virtual conference has the advantage of guaranteeing that we can indeed hold a robust and intellectually stimulating gathering, and doing it this way will maximize participation.  We will also explore various avenues for socializing via virtual modalities.

    We also hereby extend the deadline for the submission of abstracts; they are now due by 11:59pm (Eastern Time, i.e. as in New York City) October 22, 2021

Other aspects about the conference remain the same:

a.  There will be two keynote speakers:

            Victor Friedman (University of Chicago)

            Andrey Sobolev (Marburg University), delivering the 2022 Kenneth E. Naylor Memorial Lecture

b.  The last attempt to hold this conference, at Arizona State University in 2020, was derailed due to the pandemic and the conference ultimately was cancelled. Accordingly, by way of compensation, we have decided to “grandfather” in papers that had been accepted for the 2020 conference and also make room for new papers.  Thus, if you were on the program for the Arizona State conference, and if your paper has not yet been published anywhere, you are welcome, if you like, to submit the same paper you would have presented in Arizona; we ask only that you (re-)submit an abstract for it in the manner required for this conference.

c.  Your paper should treat some aspect of Balkan and/or South Slavic linguistics, literature, folklore, or culture.

Abstracts should be submitted through EASYCHAIR:

Abstracts should be no more than one page long, with a second page for data, graphics, bibliography, and the like; please use a 12-point font and allow at least 1" margins. The abstracts do *not* need to be anonymized.

Please submit your abstract by 11:59pm (Eastern Time, i.e. as in New York City) October 22, 2021.  Notification of selection, as well as invitation letters if needed, will be sent by November 22.

The conference is sponsored by the Center for Slavic and East European Studies at The Ohio State University and by the Kenneth E. Naylor Professorship of South Slavic Linguistics.

Questions about the conference may be directed to the conference organizers, Brian Joseph and Andrea Sims, at

The conference website (still under construction but to be updated and populated with useful information in the coming months) can be accessed at