Сall for papers for the 2022 annual program

SETTLING RUSSIA’S FAR EASTERN FRONTIER (February 2022).

The deadline for submitting articles is 1 September 2021

This issue will be devoted to the challenges of populating Russia’s Far Eastern border from the 1850s to today. Its articles will focus on the impact both of the border itself and those posed by relations with neighboring countries on migration as well as the social, economic and demographic development of Russia’s Pacific region.  

Authors are invited to consider the following questions:

- Developing the Russian Far East’s human capital and its prospects for the future;

- The geopolitical challenges to the Russian Far East’s population in the recent past and today;

- The influence of Chinese political developments on migration and the development of the population of Russia’s Pacific region;  

- The Far Eastern border and Sino-Russian relations;

- The ethnicity of the Far Eastern frontier.

PETER THE GREAT’S REFORMS AND RUSSIA’S NATIONALITIES (May 2022)

The deadline for submitting articles is 10 January 2022

This issue’s theme will be the impact of Peter the Great’s reforms on the Russian Empire’s nationalities. Authors will examine the interaction of the imperial center with the frontier as well as the assimilation and political integration of nationalities with different cultural traditions. As during other periods in history, the reign of Peter influenced the unique multi-ethnic and politically heterogenous features of the Russian state.

Articles should consider these issues:  

- The communication strategies and practices of the Russian state to govern its many nationalities;

- Was the multinational composition of the empire its mission, destiny or tragedy ?

- How did nationalities on the empire’s periphery see their incorporation into Russian politics and society.

- Russian modernization and national elites;

- The changes effected by the metropole on  regional culture and ethnicity;

- The interaction of imperial and national identity, how the center perceived, identified and classified the nationalities on its frontier.

- The methods and means for legitimizing the central government on the empire’s outskirts;

- The impact of relations between the empire’s center and regions on Russian foreign policy;

- Westernizing the imperial frontier: subordination or civilization?

 

RUSSIA AND THE BALTICS IN THE TWENTIETH CENTURY (August 2022).

The deadline for submitting articles is 1 May 2022

This issue will consider the interaction between Russia and its three Baltic neighbors - Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. The trio witnessed several changes in its legal status during the 20th century: they were provinces of the Russian Empire, independent republics, components of the USSR, and ultimately regained their sovereignty. Today, relations between Russia and the Baltic republics face challenges that are rooted in the “imperial” past.

The editors propose these topics:

- The place of the Baltic provinces in the Russian system of general imperial rule at the beginning of the 20th century;

- The impact of political upheavals in Russia and the USSR in the 20th century on the Baltic nations and their self—determination;

- The features of international contacts between the neighboring states in the 20th century;

- The influence of the Soviet "Big Brother" on the social and cultural life of its Baltic components;

- Efforts to preserve national identity in the Baltic republics.

 

THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE FORMATION OF THE USSR (November 2022)

The deadline for submitting articles is 1 June 2022

 

Among the issues associated with the history of the USSR are the prerequisites, conceptual foundations, tools, practices and results of the modernization of the former Russian Empire’s ethno-social space. Soviet nation-building from the 1920s to the 1940s did not simplify, but rather confirmed the cultural complexity of Russia’s society and government

Authors should address these questions:

- Controversies in the modern historiography of the Soviet Union;

- The USSR as an object of historical memory;

- The formation of the USSR as a multinational state;

- The nature, evolution and features of Soviet federalism;

- The social, cultural, organizational and political practices of the creation and transformation of Soviet national republics from the 1920s to 1991;

- The incorporation of ethnic elites into the Soviet federation;

 - Ensuring a balance between the integrity of the state and the cultural and social autonomy of its nationalities;

- The political, institutional and cultural instruments for modernizing traditional ethnic communities in the USSR;

- The historical experience of interethnic integration in the Soviet project, i.e. from the family of peoples to the Soviet people. The concept of the "Soviet people" in theory and practice. Homo Sovieticus as a historical phenomenon.

- Internationalism and the "civilizational" mission of the Soviet project. The concept of the USSR as a special civilization.

 


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