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The Canadian Association of Slavists is proud to announce the results of the 2008 CAS Annual Essay Contest for Best Graduate and Undergraduate Essays

The CAS essay prize for the best Graduate essay is awarded to Timothy Sayle, an MA candidate in History at the University of Toronto (nominated by Prof. Robert E. Johnson) for his essay "Andropov and the Hungarian Complex."

The Undergraduate essay prize is awarded to Megan Butler (BA 2008, University of Lethbridge, AB; joint major in History and Art History). Meagan's essay, "The Prayers of the Soviets," was nominated by Prof. Christopher Burton

Congratulations to our winners and their professors! Our heartfelt gratitude goes to the readers of many excellent essays, and for making this tough and just choice.

The Canadian Association of Slavists'
Taylor and Francis Book Prize
in Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies

The Canadian Association of Slavists' Taylor and Francis Book Prize was established in 2014 and is sponsored by Taylor and Francis Publishers. It is awarded annually for the best academic book in Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies published in the previous calendar year by a Canadian author (citizen or permanent resident).

The book prize jury consists of three members chosen by the CAS executive. A call for nominations and contact information for the jury are posted on the CAS/CSP website in March; nominations are to be postmarked by or on 15 May.

The prize winner is announced in an e-mail to CAS members and on the CAS/CSP website in September. The winner receives a cash award of 250 CAD and recognition at the annual conference of the Canadian Association of Slavists.

Rules of eligibility for the Canadian Association of Slavists' Taylor and Francis Book Prize competition are as follows:

    • The copyright date inside the book must list the previous calendar year as the date of publication (for example, the book must have been published in 2014 to be eligible for the 2015 competition).
    • The book must be in the form of a monograph, preferably by a single author, or by no more than two authors.
    • Authors must be citizens or permanent residents of Canada.
    • The work must originally be published in French or English either in or outside Canada.
    • Works may deal with any aspect of Slavic, East European, or Eurasian Studies (languages, literatures, cinemas, cultures, visual arts, politics, history, etc.).
    • Textbooks in the strict sense of the word do not qualify, but a broad interpretive work of a major period or area qualifies.
    • Translations, bibliographies, reference works, edited volumes, and smaller works such as pamphlets are not eligible.

Nominating Instructions

  • Nomination for the prize can come from an author, a third party, or a publisher. There is no limit on the number of entries a publisher may submit.
  • Send an e-mail to Canadian Slavonic Papers Assistant Editor (csp@ualberta.ca) to notify the Canadian Association of Slavists of your intent to nominate a publication for the CAS’ Taylor and Francis Book Prize.
  • Send one copy of the eligible monograph to each member of the book prize jury (see addresses below). Submissions should be marked “The Canadian Association of Slavists' Taylor and Francis Book Prize Nomination.” If you would like to receive an acknowledgment that your nomination was received, please enclose with the copy mailed to a jury member a note with your e-mail address or a self-addressed stamped envelope. Nominations must be postmarked by or on 15 May 2015 to be eligible for the 2015 competition.
  • It is the responsibility of the author (if s/he self-nominates), his/her nominator, or his/her publisher to send the books to the jury. 
  • Please note that books sent to members of the jury will not normally be returned once the competition is over. However, special arrangements to return a book may be made between a jury member and nominator after the competition ends.

2015 Jury for the Canadian Association of Slavists' Taylor and Francis Book Prize

Professor Nigel A. Raab, Loyola Marymount University
Committee Chair
Mailing address:
Department of History
Loyola Marymount University
1 LMU Drive
Los Angeles, CA
90045 USA

Professor Donna Orwin, University of Toronto
Mailing address:
Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures
121 St. Joseph Street, Alumni Hall, Rm. 429
Toronto, ON M5S 1J4

Professor Tatiana Rizova, Christopher Newport University
Mailing address:
6073 John Jackson Dr.
Williamsburg VA
23188 USA


The Canadian Association of Slavists Announces Its Undergraduate and Graduate Student Essay Contests for 2014

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 2013-Winter 2014). 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 csp@ualberta.ca. The deadline is September 30, 2014.

While we encourage the electronic submissions whenever possible, they may also be mailed in hard copy provided they meet the same criteria of anonymity and are postmarked no later than September 30, 2014:

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 winning submissions are considered for publication in the association's journal, Canadian Slavonic Papers.

Faculty are encouraged to publicize this opportunity among their students and colleagues.


List of Student Essay Winners

Undergraduate Essay: Antony Kalashnikov (BA University of Alberta; currently enrolled in the graduate program on Russian and East European Studies at Oxford) "Party Ideology in the Late Soviet Period: an Althusserian Analysis."
Graduate Essay: Zsofia Surjan, PhD Student (Department of History, University of Victoria) "Fertility Treatment in Sixteenth-Century Hungary: The Correspondence of a Count, His Wife and a Physician."

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 Life." 
Graduate Essay: Max Bergholz  (University of Toronto), "Who was the Soviet Professional?" 

Graduate Essay: Denis Kozlov (University 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).



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