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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 (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:

«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.

«Custodian of Antiquities» (2/2020). 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.

«Warrior at the Crossroads» (3/2020). 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 Muscovite Civil War in the second quarter of the 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.

«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.

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.

Author’s Guide