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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 main journal topics are Theory and Methodology, Articles and Reports, Discussions, Sources, Reviews, Academic Life, Personalia.

The annual programme of the NP/NP for 2019
is looking as follows:

«The Roads We Take» (3/2019). The thematic issue is devoted to the problem of a choice of alternative ways in development made by a society during the crisis periods of the history that defined the "moment of truth": tolerance and openness against conflict and egocentric aspirations. We are supposed to discuss the subjects related both to the determinism of combining one's own interests with universal values and randomness of the chosen way. We look forward to a number of papers on socio-political and socio-cultural manifestations of key events in the world history. The problems of civilizational choice, the role of individual in history, and structural changes in society are of interest. Although we propose to pay attention to such "points of no return" in history as the Revolution of 1789 in France and the Revolution of 1917 in Russia, disintegration of colonial empires, etc., a special interest for us is the "global 1989", the anniversary of events would be necessary to note specifically. It was a year of at least two epochal events that sent history to a new course - the "velvet revolutions" in Europe and the First Congress of People's Deputies of the USSR. Both of them, probably forever, have changed the map of Europe. We expect them to fill the main part of the journal issue.

«Steppe Knights» (4/2019). The issue is dedicated to the history of paramilitary communities of Antiquity, the Middle Ages and the New Times, who lived in the steppe landscapes of Eurasia. Among them - ancient and medieval nomads, Cossacks, Uskoks, Grenzers and many others, whose status and position were largely determined by their connections to contact (border) zones. We suppose to discuss the scientific classification of these communities, identification of common and special, historical continuity between them, their role in the political, social and cultural spaces of Eurasia. We expect papers on social forms of paramilitary communities in historical retrospectivity (squads, men's associations, Cossack troops, etc.), as well as military and political aspects of their functioning. It is also planned to pay attention to sources of formation and features of reproduction of paramilitary communities, their traditional occupations and symbols of military culture, military equipment and technologies, violence and practices of its cultivation / control.

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

«Battles for History» (1/2020). The issue aims at considering scientifically the impact of commemorative images on current socio-political discourse. According to the famous saying of Zigmund Graff, “History is the policy that cannot be turned back. Politics is the history that can be turned back”. The main questions for discussion are as follows: What is the way historic symbols are presently used by authorities and the public? What are the ethno-political strategies of exploiting them? How anniversaries turn into commemorative dates? etc. The answers may highlight the potential of historic symbols for public and municipal authorities. They can also contribute to characterizing the mechanisms of historic symbols politization as well as raising the profile of expert community as a regional ethno-political monitoring agent.

«Warrior at the Crossroads» (2/2020). In this issue, we intend to continue the discussion initiated earlier (1/2017 – “Lost Illusions”, 3/2019 – “Roads We Take”) about the “bifurcation points”, “historical road forks” and the problem of choosing alternative paths of development. The focus is now shifted to the “Russian Middle Ages” – the epoch of Russian national history separated from subsequent eras by a grandiose cataclysm of the Troubles Times. That is why the title of A.A. Zimin’s book on the Moscow strife in the late 15th century has been taken as a key metaphor for the theme of this issue able to illustrate such turning points. Being far from sharing the author’s concept, we nevertheless see a certain accord between the narrative strategies of our journal and A.A. Zimin’s cycle of works, which were both classical academic monographs in terms of essence and literary works of nonfiction genre in terms of form. At the same time, the fate of one of the most controversial books by A.A. Zimin, which stimulated debates over historical alternatives without being accepted by the academic community, allows for historiographical perspective of the discussion. It might be worth reflecting on the fact that “bifurcation points” can be characteristic of our understanding of history as well as history itself.

«Custodian of Antiquities» (3/2020). The issue is devoted to the transformation of history-writing practices in various historical contexts. Just like most artifact collectors, contemporary historians often choose the historical sources at random without due consideration of the research methods applied. While balancing its status between ‘science’ and ‘art’, history-writing is influenced by contemporary technologies including digitalization and political discourses. The issue considers the role of a historian as a ‘Custodian of Antiquities’ and a keeper of memory about the collective past. It is also devoted to the status of history (viewed as memory and knowledge) in various cultural environments while emphasizing its up-to-date context. The range of issues raised in this volume are: dynamics of attitudes towards the past and factors triggering these changes; transformation of research instruments and methods of dealing with historical sources; factors and practices of instrumentalization of history as well as contexts and discourses which determine this process.

«Open selection issue» (4/2020). An executive editor is required to work as a part of “The New Past” journal editorial staff on Issue №4 of the 2020 Programme

Open selection of proposals should not be interpreted as an academic self-promotion exercise. Nor should it be understood in terms of ideas’ scarcity. We do realize that the journal’s current rank (list of Russian journals recommended by State Commission for Academic Degrees and Titles; Russian Science Citation Index) can hardly make it a high bar for those striving for other, well-known citation index systems. What are the expectations then? We believe that international humanitaristics holds great potential for scientific self-organization, the true nature of which implies being open and willing to cooperate. Thus, it is the commitment to open discussion that explains the open character of our selection procedure.

The invited executive editor decides on the agenda of the issue, shaping independently its most important sections, such as “No doubt”, “Main Issue”, “Discussion”. The invited editor also enjoys the right to make decisions on other “must-have” sections of the journal. For further details visit:

Proposals must contain:
• The title of the issue. Please, be reminded that we tend to use literary allusions emphasizing ceaseless relations between history and literature, as well as ongoing narrativization of history.
• Last, first and middle names of the executive editor; brief CV.
• The relevance of the agenda proposed. What makes the topic crucial nowadays? Is it of top-request in modern humanitarian literary works?
• The tentative structure (content) of the sections “No doubt”, “Main Issue”, “Discussion”. What stories should the articles and debates focus on? Will they be exhaustive in terms of the topic coverage? Or will they be just raising the questions for further consideration?
• The provisional list of contributions and contributors, including their academic status, affiliation and field of research. A proposal is limited to 20,000 printed characters. Proposals can be submitted to The deadline for submitting is September 1, 2019.

The selection procedure is a two-step process. Each application is first peer-reviewed by two independent editorial staff referees. At the second stage the final decision is made at the meeting of the editorial board (not later than September 30, 2019). The meeting will also define the theme of “The New Past” Issue №4, 2020.

The editorial board reserves the right to make the final call on the proposed content of the issue.
The executive editors shall rigorously follow the following timetable and report to the editorial staff on completing each of the following stages:

December 1, 2019. – section “Main Issue”: content, abstracts (150-200 words);
February 15, 2020. – section “Discussion”: main concept of the section and the list of contributors;
March 1, 2020. – articles for the section “Main Issue” submitted for peer-reviewing;
March 20, 2020. – articles for the section “Discussion” submitted for peer-reviewing;
April 10, 2020. – the executive editor’s article (section “No doubt”) submitted for peer-reviewing;
April 30, 2020. – the work with comments and reviewers’ proposals complete;
May 10, 2020 г. – all papers submitted for editing.

If further information is required do not hesitate to contact Dmitrieva Natalia at

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

Submission to Novoe Proshloe/The New Past implies that the manuscript has not been published elsewhere in substantially similar form or with substantially similar content, nor is it under consideration by another journal. Authors in doubt about what constitutes prior publication should consult the editors. Submission of a manuscript is confirmed by copywrite agreement and implies commitment to publish in the journal. Potential authors should clearly point the journal topic they apply to.

Authors are responsible for the selection and accuracy of facts, quotations, proper names and titles, guarantee a permit to publish archival and other materials. All papers submitted to the journal pass through the initial reviewing for compliance with the format and genre of the current topic of the journal. The Editorial Council has the right to reject manuscripts that do not meet the requirements.Manuscripts are normally sent to two reviewers for evaluation and comments. We allow one month for review, but the evaluation process may vary depending on reviewers' availability and responses. Normally, the Editors' decision is communicated to authors within two months from submission. Authors asked to revise their manuscripts have one to two months to submit a revised version. Revised manuscripts are sent back to the initial reviewers. Reviews are made by members of the Editorial Council and independent reviewers.

Submissions must be accompanied by a cover letter containing contact information: the mailing address, telephone and fax numbers, and e-mail address for each author. One of the authors should be designated as the “corresponding author” whose mailing address, telephone and fax numbers, and e-mail address must appear on a separate title page.

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

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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