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Annual Program of the Journal “Novoe Proshloe / The New Past” 2020

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<b>Annual Program of the Journal “Novoe Proshloe / The New Past” 2020</b><br>
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<b>“Battles for History” (1/2020)</b><br>
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Issue’s Executive Editors: A. Abazov, D. Prasolov</b><br>
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.<br>
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<b>“Warrior at the Crossroads” (2/2020)</b><br>
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Issue’s Executive Editors: Andrey Korenevskiy, Igor Danilevskiy</b><br>
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.<br>
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<b>“Custodian of Antiquities” (3/2020)</b><br>
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Issue’s Executive Editors: Victor Apryshchenko, Andrey Boyko</b><br>
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. <br>
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<b>Open Selection Issue (4/2020)</b><br>
<b>An executive editor is required to work as a part of “The New Past” journal editorial staff on Issue №4 of the 2020 Programme</b><br>
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.<br>
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: http://newpast.sfedu.ru/about/.<br>
Proposals must contain:<br>
• 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.<br>
• Last, first and middle names of the executive editor; brief CV.<br>
• The relevance of the agenda proposed. What makes the topic crucial nowadays? Is it of top-request in modern humanitarian literary works? <br>
• 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? <br>
• The provisional list of contributions and contributors, including their academic status, affiliation and field of research. <br>
A proposal is limited to 20,000 printed characters. Proposals can be submitted to newpast@sfedu.ru. The deadline for submitting is September 1, 2019. <br>
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.<br>
The editorial board reserves the right to make the final call on the proposed content of the issue. <br>
The executive editors shall rigorously follow the following timetable and report to the editorial staff on completing each of the following stages: <br>
December 1, 2019. – section “Main Issue”: content, abstracts (150-200 words);<br>
February 15, 2020. – section “Discussion”: main concept of the section and the list of contributors;<br>
March 1, 2020. – articles for the section “Main Issue” submitted for peer-reviewing;<br>
March 20, 2020. – articles for the section “Discussion” submitted for peer-reviewing;<br>
April 10, 2020. – the executive editor’s article (section “No doubt”) submitted for peer-reviewing;<br>
April 30, 2020. – the work with comments and reviewers’ proposals complete;<br>
May 10, 2020 – all papers submitted for editing.<br>
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If further information is required do not hesitate to contact Dmitrieva Natalia at newpast@sfedu.ru.<br>
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