Heldt Prize

The Association for Women in Slavic Studies invites nominations for the 2014 Competition for the Heldt Prizes, awarded for works of scholarship. To be eligible for nomination, all books and articles must be published between 15 April 2013 and 15 April 2014. Nominations for the 2013 prizes will be accepted for the following categories:

  1. Best book in Slavic/Eastern European/Eurasian women's studies;
  2. Best article in Slavic/Eastern European/Eurasian women's studies;
  3. Best book by a woman in any area of Slavic/East European/Eurasian studies.

One may nominate individual books for more than one category, and more than one item for each category. Articles included in collections as well as journals are eligible for the "best article" prize, but they must be nominated individually. The prizes will be awarded at the AWSS meeting at the ASEEES National Convention in San Antonio, Texas, in November 2014. The translation prize, which is offered every other year, will be awarded next in 2015 for works published between 15 April 2013 and 15 April 2015.

To nominate any work, please send or request that the publisher send one copy to each of the four members of the Prize committee by 15 May 2014:

Choi Chatterjee, Heldt Prize Committee chairperson
Professor of History
California State University, Los Angeles
5151 State University Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90032

Yana Hashamova
Professor and Chair
Department of Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures
400 Hagerty Hall; 1775 College Road
Ohio State University
Columbus, OH 43210

Ali İğmen, Associate Professor of History and Director of Oral History Program
California State University at Long Beach
1250 Bellflower Blvd. FO2-116
Long Beach, CA 90840-1601

Mary Neuburger
Director, Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies
Chair, Department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies
Professor, Department of History
University of Texas at Austin
128 Inner Campus Dr., Stop B7000, GAR 1.104
Austin, TX 78712-1739

Outstanding Achievement Award

The AWSS Outstanding Achievement Award recognizes the work of a scholar in the field of Slavic Studies, who has also served as a mentor to female students/colleagues in this field.

To nominate, please 1) write a letter detailing what your candidate for this award has achieved in Slavic Studies in terms of a) scholarship or other professional accomplishment and b) mentoring of female students/colleagues; 2) provide a short list of references with accompanying email addresses so that the committee can contact these referees discreetly for further information. The committee recommends that this list include both peers and students/staff. For a partial list of past recipients click here.

Please email your letter and list by September 15, 2014, to Karen Petrone (Chair) at:; Choi Chatterjee at:; Adele Lindenmeyr at:

Mary Zirin Prize

The Association for Women in Slavic Studies (AWSS) is pleased to announce a call for nominations for the Mary Zirin Prize in recognition of an independent scholar in the field of Slavic Studies. The award of $500 is named for Mary Zirin, the founder of Women East-West.

Working as an independent scholar, Zirin produced and encouraged fundamental works in Slavic/East European Women's Studies and has been instrumental in the development of the AWSS. The Prize aims to recognize the achievements of independent scholars and to encourage their continued scholarship and service in the fields of Slavic or Central and Eastern European Women's Studies.

The Committee encourages the nomination of candidates at all career stages. For the purpose of this award, an independent scholar is defined as a scholar who is not employed at an institution of higher learning, or an employee of a university or college who is not eligible to compete for institutional support for research (for example, those teaching under short-term contracts or working in administrative posts). We welcome nominations from CIS and Central and Eastern Europe.

The Zirin Prize Committee will accept nominations (including self-nominations) until September 1, 2014. Nominations must include: (1) a nomination letter of be no more than two-pages double-spaced; (2) the nominee's current curriculum vitae; and (3) a sample publication (e.g., article or book chapter). The nomination letter must describe the scholar's contribution to the field, as well as work in progress.

Nominations should be sent to Marilyn Smith at, or by postal mail to Marilyn Schwinn Smith, 14 Allen Street, Amherst, MA 01002.

Graduate Essay Prize

AWSS invites submissions for the 2014 Graduate Essay Prize. The prize is awarded to the author of a chapter or article-length essay on any topic in any field or area of Slavic/East European/Central Asian Studies written by a woman, or on a topic in Slavic/East European/Central Asian Women's/Gender Studies written by a woman or a man. This competition is open to current doctoral students and to those who defended a doctoral dissertation in 2013-2014. If the essay is a seminar paper, it must have been written during the academic year 2013-2014. If the essay is a dissertation chapter, it should be accompanied by the dissertation abstract and table of contents. Previous submissions and published materials are ineligible. Essays should be no longer than 50 double-spaced pages, including reference matter, and in English (quoted text in any other language should be translated). Completed submissions must be received by September, 1 2014. For a partial list of past recipients click here.

The award carries a cash prize of $250; the winner will be announced at the ASEEES national convention in November.

Please send a copy of the essay and an updated CV to each of the three members of the Prize Committee; materials may be sent via regular mail or as email attachments. Please address any questions to the chair of the prize committee.


Adele Lindenmeyr, Ph.D., Committee Chair
Dean of Graduate Studies
Villanova University
Kennedy Hall
800 Lancaster Ave
Villanova, PA 19085 USA
Professor Janet Johnson
Associate Professor, Political Science & Women’s Studies
Brooklyn College, CUNY
2900 Bedford Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11210
Professor Adrienne Harris
Associate Professor of Russia
Baylor University
One Bear Place #97390
Old Main 313A
Waco, TX 76798-7390