"Old Town" Alexandria in Northern Virginia will be the site of the 49th annual conference of the Southern Conference on Slavic Studies (SCSS) on 7-9 April 2011. Hosted by George Mason University’s Center for Eurasian Studies, it will meet at the new Westin Alexandria hotel in Alexandria, VA. The SCSS is the largest of the ASEEES’s regional Slavic and Eurasian studies affiliates and the oldest (older than ASEEES itself). Its programs attract national and international scholarly participation.
SCSS looks forward to the usual wide variety of interesting panels, but also want to address two special themes. One is "Twenty Years After the Collapse" to mark the 20th anniversary of the end of the Soviet Union. The other is "Vasily Aksenov, His Work and Times," to mark the recent death of a man who was one of the most important literary and cultural figures of post-Stalin Russia and also a distinguished professor of Russian literature and culture at George Mason from 1987-2004. In addition to panels, the conference features a plenary session, a banquet address by a prominent scholar, and awards for best undergraduate and graduate papers, best book by a SCSS member, and a special Senior Scholar Award, among other activities.
Visit the conference website at http://mblog.lib.umich.edu/CREES/archives/2010/10/conference_49th.html