RGWR Call for Proposals: Science, Technology, the Environment, Engineering, and Medicine

December 31st, 2015

RGWR Project Team members are interested in producing a stand-alone volume on “Science, Technology, the Environment, Engineering, and Medicine” (STEEM) and seek to identify individuals willing to contribute an original essay to the collection. Essays may involve any aspect of the history/culture of STEEM (broadly construed) across Russia and Eurasia between c. 1914-1922.

Younger scholars, including recent ABDs, are particularly encouraged to participate. Non-native English-speaking colleagues are welcome to submit their essays in their native language.

Deadline for the delivery of initial essay drafts is: 1 February 2017. Following the process of peer-review, revision, and editing the final volume is expected to appear by November 2018.

Those interested in participating the project should contact Dr. Scott W. Palmer through this website.

New Series Volume Arriving in Fall 2015

October 24th, 2015

Slavica Publishers and the RGWR Editorial Team are pleased to announce the impending arrival of Volume Three in the RGWR series. Titled, Russia’s Home Front in War & Revolution, 1914-22, the two-book volume focuses on the daily lives of ordinary citizens during the Empire’s 1914-1922 “continuum of crisis.” Among the subjects addressed in the Volume’s more than two-dozen entries are essays examining the political mobilization of the populace in the provinces and capitals; migration, emigration, and wartime demographic trends; the lived experience of peasants, soldiers, women, and children; the economic transformations of cities and the countryside; and the personal strategies employed to survive widespread violence, crime, and the disintegration of society.

Book 1: Russia’s Revolution in Regional Perspective (Sarah Babcock, Ludmila G. Novikova, and Asron B. Retish, eds.) will arrive this November.

Book 2: The Experience of War and Revolution (Adele Lindenmeyr, Christopher Read, and Peter Waldron, eds.) will appear before the end of 2015.

NOTE: Slavica Publishers is attending the 2015 annual convention for AASEES, the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, November 19-22 in Philadelphia. You can find them in the convention exhibit hall, Franklin Hall B – Booth 116. Copies of Book 1: Russia’s Revolution in Regional Perspective will be available for purchase; an advance copy of Book 2: The Experience of War and Revolution will be on display.

St. Antony’s College RESC Seminar Series

May 25th, 2014

Over the Spring and Summer of 2014 the Russian and Eurasian Studies Centre at At. Antony’s College is hosting a seminar series on Russia’s Great War and Revolution.

Sessions will be held Mondays at 5:00 pm in the Nissan Lecture Theatre.

For a .pdf containing a complete line-up of topics and speakers please click HERE.

Conference on Russia and the First World War

July 24th, 2013

CALL FOR PAPERS

The International Center for the History and Sociology of World War II and its Consequences: National Research University Higher School of Economics (Moscow); German Historical Institute (Moscow); and Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum are pleased to announce an international conference on “Russia in the First World War” to be held on 3-5 June 2014 in Moscow, Russia, at the Higher School of Economics.

The conference marks the centenary of the First World War, the “suicide of Europe” that shaped the history of the 20th century. The Russian Empire shared the experiences of other European nations in a war that profoundly affected its economy, social relations, politics and culture. At the same time, in Russia the consequences of war were markedly different. The war launched a series of cataclysmic events, including the collapse of the old regime, the upheaval of February 1917, the Bolsheviks’ rise to power and the bloodshed of the Civil War. For many decades, Russia’s experience in the First World War was overshadowed by the “revolutionary myth” that lent legitimacy to the Soviet state. Only recently, have scholars started to analyze this war on its own account as a crucial event in Russian history, rather than simply as a prelude to the revolution. Russia’s war experience is now studied in its contemporary European context, but also as a political testing ground. Ideologies and practices that emerged in the conditions of the First World War later persisted through the interwar period and found their deadly application during the Second World War.
The conference will bring together scholars of various methodological and national traditions who study Russia’s experience in the First World War. The objectives of the meeting are to share recent research, to expand knowledge and understanding of the country’s participation in the war, and to stimulate further research. Our aim is both to discuss Russia’s particular experience in the war and to contextualize it as a part of broader European conflict. Papers are invited to engage with one or several of the following themes:

  • economic and financial aspects of the warsocial and gender dynamics
  • ethnic cleansings in the rear and on the occupied territories as well as wartime violence against civilians in Russia and other countries (including the Armenian Genocide)
  • history of nationalisms, national movements and the Jewish question
  • Russia’s occupation policy in Galicia and German occupation of Russian imperial territories
  • POW and concentration camps
  • history of wartime diplomacy
  • the role of ideas and ideologies during the war

We also aim to discuss the memory of the First World War as represented in diaries, memoirs, fiction, art and film. Papers that discuss the influence of practices and ideologies of the First World War on the interwar period as well as on the Second World War are particularly welcome. Other topics may also be considered.

This conference is conceived as multidisciplinary, papers are welcome from scholars of Russian history, as well as scholars of other disciplines working in related fields. Both established scholars and advanced graduate students are invited to submit proposals. Conference participants are expected to be currently engaged in research on one of the topics mentioned above. Papers should be previously unpublished and dwell on original research. Papers of the selected participants will be pre-circulated one month in advance to maximize the usefulness of the meeting.

The working languages of the conference will be Russian and English.

The deadline for submitting paper proposals is 15 September 2013. Successful applicants will be notified by 15 October 2013.

Submissions should include (1) name of the applicant, institutional affiliation, postal and electronic addresses; (2) a brief statement explaining how the applicant’s research relates to the study of Russia’s experience in the First World War; (3) a CV; (4) a one-page outline of the paper. Proposals are invited in Russian or English and can be for both individual papers and panels. Proposals should be sent by e-mail to Liudmila G. Novikova

The Higher School of Economics will assist international participants with obtaining Russian visa invitations. Meals (coffee breaks, lunches and a conference dinner) will be provided. As a result of support from a number of sources, including the HSE, the German Historical Institute Moscow, the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies and the Kennan Institute, the organizers have limited funds to cover (partially or in full) participants’ airfare and accommodation costs for the duration of the conference. We ask prospective participants who will need financial assistance to indicate this is their submissions.

Project Update

May 7th, 2013

Editorial work on the RGWR print volumes is moving forward and on schedule. Our first two books (focusing on “Culture” during the period 1914-1922) are expected to go to press this summer with a publication target of July 2014. Two additional books are slated for publication in the autumn of 2014 — the subject areas of those books will be determined in the coming months as editorial teams and authors wrap up final drafts.

Thereafter we expect to publish four books per year during the period 2015-17, with the final book appearing in early 2018. As due dates near, we will be releasing additional information, including Tables of Contents and select excerpts, here at russiasgreatwar.org

Stay tuned!

P.S. If you are contributing a chapter and need further information, please contact your volume editor.