Info for Authors

Dear colleagues,

The Institute of History and International Relations of Southern Federal University is calling for papers to the new academic journal "Novoe Proshloe / The New Past" (NP/NP). The academic journal "Novoe Proshloe / The New Past" (NP/NP) is a journal in interdisciplinary humanities that positiones itself as a supra-national and inter-state journal.

The journal intends to be published four times per year in the form of special issues. We aim to be interesting to our readers, staying within the academic discourse. We use literary allusions in topics of journal issues as a way of updating scientific problems, being aware of conventionality of disciplinary boundaries in human knowledge.

The New Past is a peer-reviewed journal which publishes original papers in Russian and English on issues, covering such disciplines as history, cultural anthropology, language studies and different hybrid areas of Social Sciences and Humanities without any regional or chronological limitations.

The Editorial Board accepts papers for publication in the following areas of research:
- Phenomenon of the past and identity;
- academic practices of representation of the past;
- mass historical representations in different epochs;
- symbols of the past and their role in the functioning of historical consciousness;
- historiographical schools and trends, and their characteristics;
- historical memory and historical oblivion, factors of their formation;
- politics of memory, tools and mechanisms for managing the past;
- collective trauma and its role in the reflection on the past;
- documents and archives, techniques of working with them;
- biographies and shaping of historical consciousness.

The main journal topics are (No)Doubt, Theme of the issue, Theory and Methodology, Articles and Reports, Discussions, Sources, Reviews, Academic Life.

Submission Guidelines to the Academic Journal “Novoe Proshloe/ The New Past”

We draw your attention that the submitted articles should correspond to the concept of the journal. The journal publishes manuscripts in which the past is perceived as a subject of constant processing in the framework of academic and non-academic practices. The Editorial Board of the journal prefers manuscripts that reflect not only the events of the past but rather different forms of reflection about it or a new look at the events - a new problem statement, use of new methods of analysis or introduction of new sources that open up a new perspective for the research. We expect these new aspects to be reflected in the submitted papers.

Sections of the journal and length of the manuscript:

Sections "(No)Doubt", “Theme of the Issue”, “Theory and methodology”, “Articles and messages”, “Sources”, "Discussion" are regular and peer-reviewed.
The recommended length of the article is from 20,000 to 40,000 characters, spaces included, taking into account all units of the article (see Author’s Guide).
The section “Theme of the Issue” contains submitted articles on topics proposed in advance by the Editorial Board following the Annual Program.
In the section “Theory and Methodology” articles that highlight the current state of theoretical and methodological aspects of historical research are published.
Articles that are not related to the topic of the current issue are published in the section “Articles and Messages”.
In the “Sources” section previously unpublished sources and archival materials are introduced for further scientific use. The section is intended for the publications of written historical sources, narrative or documentary. In some cases, the Editorial Board may consider publishing a specific set of archaeological sources, although it is not possible to follow this practice in each of the issues. Priority is given to sources first introduced for scientific use through their archaeographic publication. Reprinting sources is not encouraged and should be justified.
In methodological terms, an archaeographic publication should meet the requirements of "Rules for the publication of historical documents in the USSR" (Moscow, 1990), as well as methodological recommendations for the publication of certain varieties of written historical sources (e.g. acts). In the structure of the publication, it is necessary to highlight the archaeographic introduction (foreword), an array of published documents (if there are several) and comments on them. Guided by the methodological recommendations of leading Russian archaeographers and counting on the development of an archaeographic culture of text transmission, we consider it necessary for the authors to justify the inclusion of the sources in the publication. The number of published documents, however, is not regulated. The recommended total amount of accepted materials is up to 40,000 characters, including spaces. Author’s Guide are identical to the requirements for manuscripts for other sections.
The “Discussion” section contains 4-5 authors' materials ranging from 12,000 to 15,000 characters each on the issues previously announced to the participants (related to the topic of the current issue) and based on questions formulated by the Editorial Board. The authors can choose all questions or just several to answer. The column "Discussion" is peer-reviewed, and therefore, the materials must contain all units of the manuscript structure (see. Author’s Guide). The Editorial Board invites leading experts, representing different points of view, to participate in the discussion.
The recommended length of manuscripts for sections that do not require a peer-review procedure (“Reviews”, “Scientific Life”, “Personalities”, “In Memoriam”) ranges from 8,000 to 12,000 characters (spaces included). The materials in these sections contain all units of a scientific article (see Author’s Guide).

Opinions articulated in published articles reflect personal views of authors and could not coincide with those of the Editorial Board.

The annual programme of the NP/NP for 2020
is looking as follows:

«They Fought for Their Country» (4/2020). The issue continues the discussion of previously raised questions of war (3/2016 - “The War and The Peace”) in the context of the formation of memory of the past (1/2016 – “What to Recall”). The main specificity of the issue does not arise from the research of the events of military history per se, but from the research of its reflections in various forms of historical memory, public consciousness, everyday life, culture and language, as well as problems of its institutionalization and verification. We also invite you to discuss the anthropological features, demographic and psychological consequences of various wars and armed conflicts, the problems of people and societies coming out of war. Special attention is paid to the memory of the Great Patriotic / World War II, which is largely because of the influence that the war had on the entire subsequent development of the Soviet society and the world as a whole. Images of war in the post-Soviet space transform and take on new features because more and more war witnesses pass away. The title of the issue uses the name of the Mikhail Sholokhov’s novel, as he was one of the first to raise questions about the formation of the Soviet Soldier’s psychology and the difficulties soldiers had to endure along the way. The solution of these problems inevitably implies interdisciplinary approach and allows us to invite not only historians, but also demographers, political scientists, sociologists, ethnographers, anthropologists, linguists, folklorists and representatives of other disciplines to offer their views on the war and its reflections in memory.

The annual programme of the NP/NP for 2021
is looking as follows:

«The Government Inspector» (1/2021). In this issue, we propose to continue the discussion that we started earlier about the features and patterns of development of the Russian Empire (2/2019 - “A Map of Homeland”). The authors are going to focus on the reports of governors (governor-generals, viceroys) of the Russian Empire and materials of senatorial audits. These clusters of documents contain factual and statistical material that is still largely unexplored by historians, that represent the Romanov Empire in all its diversity. In Russian historiography, certain traditions of studying these sources have developed. At the same time, some aspects of their content were not addressed. In particular, no attempts were made to compare them using examples of various macro-regions of Russia at the end of the 18th – 19th centuries. Governor reports and senatorial audits contain information on the forms and methods of control of regional administrations by the center, on communicational channels between the capital departments and governors, and on their competitive opposition. They provide an opportunity to trace the process of formation and evolution of the governance characteristics in the provinces and outskirts of the Russian Empire. These and other subjects are the focus of the issue. The name of the issue is an allusion to the famous work of N.V. Gogol and is a metaphor for the contradictory interactions between imperial institutions, filled with conflicts and mutual misunderstandings. On the other hand, it is also a metaphor for the revision of the established scientific ideas about the potential of the selected sources.

«I Have Come to Give You Freedom» (2/2021). The novel by V. Shukshin, the name of which gave the title to our issue, was devoted to the Razin's movement - either the anti-feudal “peasant war” or the “Cossack rebellion” - and his leader, Stepan Razin, either "a thief and a traitor ... and a murderer", or a "dashing ataman" whose feats were celebrated in the bandit songs. The Will, understood as active freedom, as the right to act in accordance with one's desires and aspirations, is one of the key concepts of the Russian worldview. However, active freedom is also one of the main intellectual and political fetishes in the history of humankind. We plan not to limit ourselves to the “rebel age” in Russian history and Stenka Razin’s comrades. The focus of our interest is the entire repertory of religious, intellectual and social movements, appealing to freedom as the main value - from the ancient "slave rebellions" to the countless contemporary "emancipations" and irredentist projects. Also, the issue is about the people who make up the human dimension of these movements - from ideologists and leaders to ordinary "inconspicuous" participants. In addition, of course, it is about the contexts - temporal, regional, and sociocultural - that determine originality and similarity of the events and make them a fact in the history of humanity.

«War of the Worlds» (3/2021). Herbert Wells' "War of the Worlds" was chosen as the literary allusion of the issue. We propose to abandon the established Soviet connotation of the war of the worlds as a confrontation between the capitalist and socialist camps and present it as a metaphor for the pivotal moment in the history of humanity, the clash of civilizations. Like Herbert Wells, who witnessed the destruction and disappearance of Victorian England, the world that we know is disappearing in front of our eyes, and humanity is on the verge of a “new normality,” which still requires reflection and interpretation. Within the framework of the issue, we expect to start a discussion about historically given vectors and global trends in international relations, special features of the decision-making process within the framework of coexistence of traditional and non-traditional actors, strategies and mechanisms of cooperative actions in the context of global uncertainty that the modern system of international relations is experiencing. The focus of the issue is the transformation of ideas about the "center" and "periphery" in international relations alongside the axes West-East and North-South, the behavior of actors in the new political "environments" and the digitalization of international relations in general. We also hope to discover the outlines of that “new normality” that could serve as a representation of the new system of relations.

«The Man. In the case?» (4/2021). The issue is devoted to the anthropological dimension of socialist and post-socialist societies. The questions what was a "Soviet man" and how the “socialist type of personality” is reproduced in the post-socialist era are continuing to interest generations of scientists. In the academic writings the idea that the ideological confrontation between the USSR and the countries of the West, especially during the Cold War, predetermined the worldview of a modern man was widespread. In this historiographic tradition, a person in a socialist and post-socialist society appears to be practically identical to the Chekhov's "man in the case" - a closed person who is wary of the outside world. At the same time such a narrow understanding of the socialist personality puts researchers of Russian history in a difficult position, because Soviet people - by citizenship, education and self-consciousness - were involved in a wide variety of forms of activities, not necessarily corresponding to the officially recognized features of the “socialist type of personality”, and have a lot in common with the modern type of personality. During the Cold War many Soviet people had a craving for fashion, Western pop and rock music, alternative scientific theories and eastern martial arts, abnormal sexual identities and practices, had a keen interest in international life and persistent adherence to the religious rituals. In this issue of the New Past, we invite researchers to discuss issues related to the formation of a socialist man and socialist society in the context of the Cold War, which include not only ideological and political confrontation, but also new forms of communication through the Iron Curtain and the emergence of the global knowledge society. We also expect a discussion about the "closeness" and "openness" of socialist societies, as well as the discussion about the place and role of “socialistic” in the modern world.

According to the annual plan for publication in the journal the deadlines are set as follows:

The date of paper acceptance to an issue is the date of positive decision on the publication made at a meeting of the Editorial Board.

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