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 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:

«A Hero of our Time» (1/2019). The issue is dedicated to the historical and sociocultural transformations of the concept "the hero of his / our time". The literary allusion referring to the novel M.Yu. Lermontov allows to articulate the problem of a hero and his era, generation, and milieu (or time, environment, a group that chose this or that personality as their "hero") in the full variety of semantic nuances - from the literal understanding of a hero as a headman, a leader, “a ruler of thoughts”, an extraordinary charismatic person capable of "infecting" others with conviction in the rightness of his cause and leading them - to a "reduced" - ironic, sarcastic or even outrageous, "trickster" interpretation of this image. It is intended to pay special attention to the problem of dialectical interdependence of two sides in the controversial tandem of the hero and his time, environment, historical context: not only an outstanding person does personify the era or even really influences the vector of historical development, but also time, society, mass media, groups and parties create their heroes.

«A Map of Homeland» (2/2019). In the materials of this issue we plan to discuss the spatial dimension of Russian history. The literary allusion refers to the book of Peter Weil, which is woven from the texts of various genres, united by the theme of the multifacetedness of the national geographical space and the dissimilarity of sociocultural landscapes. Following Fernand Braudel, who reflected in his book "What is France?" over the problem of French diversity, we will try to present a voluminous reflection on the heterogeneity of the Russian spatial and institutional structure. Of particular interest is the consideration of various mechanisms for combining dissimilar political and cultural elements in the general field of a "big society". We are also interested in the contradictory processes of acquisition and loss of identity, its paradoxes in the situation of close interaction of various cultural practices and imperatives of behavior. In this issue we are waiting for papers about borders / borderlands, outskirts, imaginary geography and images of various regions, the relationship and interaction of landscapes: physical, geographical, cultural, religious, etc.

«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.

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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