2019 Convention Special Events

Please note that the Exhibit Hall hours will be different than past conventions.

Saturday, November 23 - 4:00 - 6:30 PM (No Opening Reception)
Sunday, November 24 - 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday, November 25 – 9:00 AM – 6:30 PM (Book Awards Reception in Exhibit Hall - 5:30 - 6:30 PM)
Tuesday, November 26 - The Exhibit Hall Closed

For information on our Film Series, please visit the 2019 Convention Film Series.



  • Join all registered convention attendees at this opening night Opening Reception. Complimentary dessert will be offered along with a cash bar. 




  • Valuing Difference: Diversity, Inclusion, and the Future Direction of Slavic Studies 8:00am-9:45am Pacific C

    • ASEEES’s Committee for the Advocacy of Diversity and Inclusion (CADI) will present a Lightning Round panel focused on curricular change, pedagogical/methodological change, and changes in administrative actions as part of the re-envisioning, development, and implementation process of effecting change in Slavic Studies towards increased inclusion and diversity.

  • Presidential Plenary: "Illuminating the Darkness: Practices of Belief and Disbelief" 12:00pm-1:30pm Salon 7

    • Mark D. Steinberg, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign chairs the Plenary with speakers Eliot Borenstein (New York University), Laurie Essig (Middlebury College), Joan Neuberger (University of Texas at Austin) and Ronald Grigor Suny (University of Michigan)

    • Can belief be a transformative practice? Are there practices of belief that do the work not only as theoretical alternatives to dark realities past and present but create real change. As theorists of “utopia” have suggested, can belief be a method, a refusal to accept “the tyranny of the now,” a disruption of normativities? Through explorations of visual, literary, historical, performative, and social practices, this panel will explore such questions. Socialism, capitalism, heteronormativity, and ideology are among the questions that may be scrutinized—for our region and beyond, past and present. And belief itself may be interrogated for its own hazards.

  • Vice-President Designated Panel: "Poland: Cultural Mechanisms of (Right-wing) Political Upheaval" 1:45pm-3:30pm Salon 14


  • ASEEES Book Awards Pre-Reception 5:30pm-6:30pm Exhibit Hall Salon 9

  • ASEEES Book Award Presentations and President's Address. 6:30pm-8:00pm Salon 8

    • Mark D. Steinberg, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will present his address, "Belief: Possibility and its Discontents".

  • Celebrate the Future Dance Party 8:30pm-11:00pm Salon 7 

  • Contemporary Jewish Museum 736 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

    • With an addition designed in 1998 by Daniel Libeskind, the Contemporary Jewish Museum serves as a lively center that focuses on the celebratory nature of the Jewish experience through shared experiences with the arts. 

    • Below are some of the exhibits that will be open during the Convention

    • Daria Martin: Tonight the World

    • Annabeth Rosen: Fired, Broken, Gathered, Heaped

    • Izidora Leber LETHE: Peristyle

    • Convention attendees will receive a discounted rate of $11 to visit the museum which is conveniently located next to the San Francisco Marriott Marquis.

  • Museum of Russian Culture 2450 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94115

    • The Museum is located at The Russian Center on the 3rd floor and can be reached by buses 38 or 38R (Divisadero St. & Geary Blvd stop)

    • Established by individuals fleeing the 1917 Revolution, the Museum of Russian Culture focuses its attentions on the pre-revolutionary Russia. There will be special hours for 2019 Convention Attendees (Saturday from 10:00am-2:30pm and Monday 10:00am-9pm) and on Saturday, November 23rd at 7:00pm the Russian Center will have its annual Autumn Ball (formal attire). You must purchase tickets for the ball in advance. Please call Zoia Choglokoff at (415) 794-2301 with questions.