The Canadian Association of Slavists Announces Its Undergraduate and Graduate Student Essay Contests for 2013
The Canadian Association of Slavists (CAS) offers two awards for the best
students essays, one at the undergraduate, the other at the graduate level.
Papers completed in any discipline relating to the region of Central and Eastern Europe are eligible. Students participating in the contest must have been enrolled in a Canadian educational institution during the preceding academic year (Fall 2012-Winter 2013). Their essays may have been written in connection with course work, thesis or dissertation research, or for presentation at scholarly meetings, etc.
Only previously unpublished papers that are not under consideration by another journal are considered for the contest.
Submissions should be no longer than 35 pages, double-spaced. To facilitate
blind assessment, they should be "anonymous" and bear no identifying references in the text. Each essay must be accompanied by a letter of nomination from a faculty member involved with the student's supervision. Complete submissions should be sent electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline is September 1, 2013.
Submissions may also be mailed in hard copy provided they meet the same criteria of anonymity and are postmarked no later than September 1, 2013:
Undergraduate / Graduate Student Essay Contest
Canadian Slavonic Papers / Revue canadienne des slavistes
Department of History and Classics
2-28 Tory Building
University of Alberta
Edmonton, AB T6G 2H4 CANADA
The winners in the competition are announced during the following academic
year in May. Each winner receives a one-year paid membership in the CAS, and up to $250 in reimbursement to help cover expenses for participating in the association's subsequent annual conference. Additionally, winning submissions are considered for publication in the association's journal, Canadian Slavonic Papers.
Faculty are encouraged to publicize this opportunity among their students
List of Student Essay Winners
Undergraduate Essay: Dennis Khaiter (University of Toronto) "Reflecting the Problems from One Epoch to Another: A Contrast of Pushkin and Tchaikovsky’s Versions of Yevgeni Onegin."
Graduate Essay: Francesca Silano, PhD Student (Department of History, University of Toronto) "‘A Link in the Chain of Art’: The Life of Maria Yudina."
Undergraduate Essay: Sara Miller (University of Ottawa) "From the Politics of Amnesia to the Politics of Remembrance: An Analysis of the Katyn Massacre’s Historical Narrative."
Graduate Essays: Will McFadden, PhD Candidate (Department of History, University of Toronto) "The Power and the Paradox: The Early Lives and Writing of John Dos Passos, John Scott, and Vasily Grossman"; and Ian Garner, PhD Candidate (MA Student at the time of submission, Department of History, University of Toronto). "Why the USSR Sent Troops into Kabul in December 1979."
Undergraduate Essays: Stephen Ejack (University of Alberta) "A Brief Critical Analysis of the War Industries Committees' Political Activities: May – September 1915"; and Terrance David Reid (University of Waterloo) "Laying the Theoretical Groundwork of Biomechanical Technique: Understanding the origins and theories of 'Biomechanics'."
Graduate Essay: Ben McVicker (University of Toronto) "The Creation and Transformation of a Cultural Icon: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn in Post-Soviet Russia, 1994-2008."
Undergraduate Essay: Megan Butler (University of Lethbridge) "The Prayers of the Soviets."
Graduate Essay: Timothy Sayle (University of Toronto) "Andropov and the Hungarian Complex."
Undergraduate Essay: Alex Souchen (University of Ottawa) "The Czechoslovak Legion in Russia." "
Graduate Essay: No prize awarded this year
Undergraduate Essay: Talia Zajac (University of Toronto) "Silk and Crosses: Contextualizing the Rus' Conversion of 988 in Byzantine and Rus' Sources."
Graduate Essay: Auri Berg (University of Toronto) "From Town to City: Urbanization and Social Integration in late 19th Century Nizhnii Novgorod."
Undergraduate Essay: Paul Ferguson (Carleton University), “The Failed Middle Path: Russian Liberalism, 1900-1914”
Graduate Essay: Olga Kesarchuk (University of Toronto), “Loving Investment, Hating Investors? The Case of Ukraine”
Undergraduate Essay: Emily Anglin ( ), "'A
Disastrous and Dangerous Illness': Division and Danger in A Double
Graduate Essay: Max Bergholz (University of Toronto), "Who was the
Graduate Essay: Denis
of Toronto): "The Leningrad Martyrology: A Note on the Statistics
of 1937 Executions in Leningrad City and Region."
Graduate Essay: Peter Waisberg (Carleton
University), "A Citizenship Law for Tatarstan."
Graduate Essays: Heather DeHaan (U of Toronto), " Russia's
rebirth: The Spiritual Aspect of Enlightenment"; and Tawnia
Sanford (Carleton U), "The Creation
of Criminal Russia." Articles based on both of these submissions
were published in CSP, Volume
43, Nos. 3-4 (Sept.-Dec. 1999).