Сall for papers for the 2021 annual program

The history of relations between Russia’s center and the national regions

Deadline for submissions: 15 October 2020

Dedicated to the 300th anniversary of the Russian Empire, this issue proposes a comprehensive reconsideration of how the imperial system of multinational state governance came into being and how it functioned. To be discussed is the system's degree of efficiency, but also the factors that hindered the integration of annexed territories and peoples into the common imperial space. The issue also proposes to consider how national elites in Russia's regions perceived the center’s policy, as well as how the interaction between the capital and the provincial bureaucracies was reflected in journalism and memoirs. We will engage with a question that has become extremely relevant in our days: to what extent did the center’s policy take into account the interests of the regions? Equally of interest is how center-periphery relations in Imperial Russia compared with those in the “classical empires”.

War in the cultural and historical memory of Russia’s peoples

Deadline for submissions: 15 January, 2021

This topical section will be devoted to historical representations of war in the consciousness and cultures of the peoples that live in Russia. We will bring together studies of the cultural memory of war, and of how war events and experiences were reflected upon. We will search for characteristics shared by all peoples of Russia,  as well as for perceptions of war that are specific to national, ethnic, regional and other communities residing on the territory of the Russian Federation. This topical issue will study how war memory has been shaping national, ethnic, regional and social identities; how a “symbolic repertoire” connected to significant events in war history is used in politics of memory; and how perceptions of the war past are embodied in national and local practices of commemoration and in the memorial culture of peoples.

The Russian state’s political communication with the peoples of the Volga-Ural region, Siberia, and Central Asia, 16th to 20th centuries

Deadline for submissions: 15 April 2021

This topical section will discuss the diverging models of political communication and incorporation that the Russian state used vis-à-vis the peoples of the Volga-Urals, Siberia, and Central Asia, between the 16th and the 19th centuries. We invite contributions that identify the channels, forms and technologies of political acculturation that arose through the interaction of peoples with different political and cultural practices, with special attention given to the cultural patterns of Christianity (Orthodoxy), Islam, Buddhism, and paganism. Equally to be investigated is how these phenomena are reflected in the mental space and the public consciousness. The topical issue is to respond to the following questions: to what extent did the Russian authorities use elements of Asian traditions and cultures in their political communication; how did the Russian side perceive Siberian and Asian peoples, and how did this perception change over time; which methods and instruments did the Russian state use to justify its authority over Asian territories and peoples, and which of these were borrowed from the Mongol-Turkic political heritage; how were local non-Russian elites and their administrative practices incorporated into the imperial system of administration?

Society and elites of multinational Russia during transformation programs

Deadline for submissions: 15 July 2021

This topical issue will be dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the New Economic Policy and to the 30th anniversary of the start of liberal reforms in post-Soviet Russia. In this regard, this issue reviews how society and regional elites adapted to sociocultural and political transformations that took place during transitional periods in the country's history. Using the examples of national regions of the USSR and Russia, contributions will analyze the discrepancy between the utopian projects of the time and the real results of their implementation. Equally welcome are studies focusing on individual representatives of different nations and nationalities who experienced these eras of change. This topical issue responds to the following questions: are Russia's reforms a natural result of social development, or do they just reflect the will of the “genius on the throne”? Can the result of a given transformation be explained by the degree to which achievements of European thought were successfully borrowed and implemented, or by the reliance on own forces and national traditions, and hence by the protection of the interests not of the individual but of the community?

 


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