Сall for papers for the 2020 annual program

Life of the Nations of the USSR in the 1920-1950s

Deadline for submissions: 1 November 2019

Within the framework of this problem, authors are invited to discuss various aspects of the national-state structure of the USSR in the Stalin era taking into account the change in the status of the territories, the nature of the “center-periphery” relationship, to consider the practices of regulating interethnic relations, the status and situation of national elites, the changes in the religious and national policy in the postwar period, the functioning of the mechanism of state control over its implementation.

Peoples of the USSR during the Great Patriotic War:

Commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the Victory

Deadline for submissions: 1 February, 2020

Within the framework of this problem, it is important to highlight issues related to the participation of the peoples of the USSR in the fight against fascism, the organization of defense and the work of rear areas, to show a “man in war” in the micro-history and history of everyday life, to reveal the problem of values, ideas, beliefs and traditions of the peoples in war, the mechanism of the formation of heroic symbols, the manifestation of religiosity and atheism in a combat situation; the problems of the deportation of certain peoples and their consequences. Authors are invited to highlight the process of the evolution of historical memory of the Great Patriotic War in the Soviet and post-Soviet society.

History of the South-East Frontier of Russia

Deadline for submissions: 1 May 2020

The issue is timed to the 285th anniversary of the first founding of the city of Orenburg (26 August 1735). Within the framework of the proposed problem, authors are invited to discuss the issues related to the intercultural interaction in the territory of the historical Orenburg region, which played the role of the frontier in the triangle “Russian world – Bashkiria – Kazakh steppe” in the pre-revolutionary and Soviet periods. There will be considered the following issues: the history of Russia’s securing its rights for Bashkiria and the Kazakh steppe, the phenomenon of the Orenburg and Ural Cossacks, the policy towards “foreigners” and the formation of national intelligentsias, imperial and Soviet national policy in the region, intercultural interaction in the framework of the Virgin Lands Campaign.

Ethnic and Religious Diversity of Russia and the USSR:

Perception by the Authorities and Society

Deadline for submissions: 1 August 2020

The issue is timed to the 115th anniversary of the signing of the decree on religious tolerance (17 April 1905) and the 30th anniversary of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR adoption of the law on “Freedom of Conscience and Religious Organizations” (1 October 1990). Within the framework of the proposed topic, there may be considered various directions of the ethnic and religious policy of the authorities at Headquarters and in the field. There are plans to discuss the attitude of Russian society to the ethnic diversity of the country, to analyze the intelligentsia’s perception of the national and religious policy of the state, to reconstruct the ideological projects of solving the national question developed by various political forces of Russia in the 20th century.