Czech and Slovak Studies Workshop

CALL FOR PAPERS: Twentieth Annual Czech and Slovak Studies Workshop
March 19-21, 2020

The Twentieth Annual Czech and Slovak Studies Workshop will be held at the University of Pittsburgh on March 19-21, 2020. The program committee welcomes proposals for papers on Czech and Slovak topics, broadly defined, in all disciplines. In the past, the areas of interest have been: anthropology, architecture, art, economics, education, film, geography, history, Jewish studies, linguistics, literature, music, philosophy, politics, religion, society, sociology, and theater.

The Czech and Slovak Studies Workshop aims to bring together researchers, scientists, faculty members and advanced graduate students to exchange their experiences, research results, and ideas. New work in progress is appropriate for our workshop format. Each speaker is typically allotted a 50-minute slot divided between a presentation and active discussion.

This year’s keynote speaker will be Pavol Demeš, an internationally recognized NGO leader who opened German Marshall Fund (GMF) of the United States office in Bratislava, Slovak Republic, in 2000 in order to oversee GMF’s activities in Central and Eastern Europe. Before joining GMF, Demeš was executive director of the Slovak Academic Information Agency – Service Center for the Third Sector, a Slovak NGO committed to enhancing civil society. Previously, he served his country as foreign policy advisor to the president of the Slovak Republic (1993-1997), minister of international relations (1991-1992), and director of the Department of Foreign Relations in the Ministry of Education (1990-1991).

Some funding for Ph.D. candidates traveling from universities in the United States and Canada may be available. Faculty accepted to present at the workshop are encouraged to cover their airfare from their own travel and research budgets.

The workshop is a collaboration of the University of Pittsburgh, the Czechoslovak Studies Association, and the Slovak Studies Association.

The deadline for submitting proposals is January 22, 2020.

Submissions should include:

  • Name, institutional affiliation and contact details of each author (full mailing address, email address, daytime telephone)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Statement indicating in which years the applicant has previously submitted proposals to and/or participated in the Czech and Slovak Studies Workshop
  • Presentation title
  • Keywords
  • An abstract of approximately 250 words, outlining the presentation

Applications should be submitted by e-mail to or by mail to:

Marcela Michálková
Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures
1228 Cathedral of Learning
4200 Fifth Avenue
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

Any questions can be sent directly to Marcela Michálková at

Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center 
The University of Pittsburgh has designated Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center as the recommended conference hotel. Located within easy walking distance from the university campus and CSSW venue.

Make your room reservation online for the conference. Group rate available only for reservations made by February 22, 2020.

Additional lodging is also available at nearby hotels.

Stay dates: March 19 - March 22, 2020
Group Code: 03196841CZ
Reservation method: Individual call-in
Group Rate: $148/night rate available until February 22, 2020.
Cancellation:  Cancel 24 hours prior to 4pm day of arrival.
Additional Information: $15 parking with in and out access

Contact Wyndham for in-house reservations Monday - Friday 8am - 6pm
Nour Moufid 412-682-6251 |
Gabby Gassman 412-682-6200 ext. 6131 |

Join the Facebook group CSSW@PItt to coordinate accommodations.

Pittsburgh International Airport to the University of Pittsburgh
The nearest airport to the University of Pittsburgh is the Pittsburgh International Airport. It is a 30-40-minute drive to the University from the airport. Rental cars, taxis, and public transportation are readily available at the airport. The cost of a taxi from Pittsburgh International Airport to the University of Pittsburgh is approximately $60. Both Uber and Lyft also operate in Pittsburgh.

The 28X Airport Express (Port Authority Transit bus) (412-442-2000) is very reliable and inexpensive, just several dollars. The bus runs each 20-30 minutes from the ground transportation area of the airport. The driver does not carry change, so have small bills and change on hand. The bus stops in Oakland at the Corner of Fifth Ave. and Bigelow Blvd, directly opposite the Cathedral of Learning.

If you drive, please try to arrive to campus at least 30 minutes before your scheduled visit to allow time to park and find your way to your destination. Hourly visitor parking and maps are available.

Getting around Pittsburgh
Navigating Pittsburgh can be quite difficult for someone who is not used to the roads. Downtown is triangular rather than on a square grid, highways are built on top of highways, and there are many road oddities all throughout the city.  But there are many options to get around Pittsburgh for those looking to visit the city. View a selection of the best recommendations.

There are an abundance of things to do on campus in Oakland or find attractions in other neighborhoods.

Places to Eat
Find restaurants on the Pitt campus in Oakland or see a listing of neighborhood eateries to see why Pittsburgh ranked #4 Best City for Foodies.

At Pitt
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Printing Services on Campus
To print on the Oakland campus, please visit the UPS Store or the Fedex Print and Ship Center on Forbes Avenue, each a 5-minute walk from Wesley W. Posvar Hall.

Conference Venue
The 2020 CSSW will take place at the Wesley W. Posvar Hall in Oakland.

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