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.

Submitted articles must contain the following elements:
- Introductory part, containing the statement of the problem and justification of the goal, the novelty and relevance of the presented research;
- Analysis of the sources and literature on the basis of which the research was carried out;
- Description of the methods used or theoretical basis;
- Analysis of arguments (main part);
- Conclusions.

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 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.

The annual programme of the NP/NP for 2022
is looking as follows:

«History of Kazan» (1/2022). The allusion used in the topic refers to the events of 1552, the conquest of Kazan by the troops of Tsar Ivan the Terrible and its reflection in historical memory. After the fall of the Kazan Khanate, we can talk about the beginning of a new stage in the history of the qualitative expansion of Russia and its relationship with the Turkic khanates - the heirs of the Golden Horde. However, the issue is not only about this. After the collapse of the Golden Horde, its historical fate did not stop. On its former territory, “hereditary” khanates and Hordes arose, which continued the Golden Horde ethnopolitical, cultural and civilizational traditions. In these states, many of the canons of governance and traditions established in previous two centuries were preserved, and new ethnic communities were formed – the ancestors of many modern nations.
The Crimean Khanate and the Moscow State were the most powerful and competitive in the struggle for the geopolitical inheritance of the Golden Horde. The Turkic domains in Eastern Europe in the XV–XVII centuries (Kazan, Astrakhan, the Greater and Lesser Nogai Hordes) gravitated towards either of these two poles, changing their adherence from time to time. The Qasim Khanate that was completely dependent on the Russian monarchs as well as the Siberian and Kazakh khanates located far on the east occupied a special place in this system.
The planned issue is supposed to highlight various aspects of the relationship between all these entities. We want to study the most relevant aspects of such a large topic as “Russia and the Turkic world” and present the modern views of historians regarding the situation in the post-Horde space. We also plan to attract information from newly discovered sources, show controversial and unresolved research problems, trace the evolution of military-political and cultural relations between Russia and various khanates, including the history of their cultural transfers and ideas about each other. General chronology of accepted articles for the issue is XV–XVIII centuries.

«Idealists and Realists» (2/2022). The theme of the issue refers to the title of the once popular novel about the era of Peter the Great, written by Daniil Lukich Mordovtsev. The author of the novel, nicknamed the “Russian Walter Scott”, saw in the conflict between supporters and opponents of the Petrovsky reforms a continuation of the old Russian dispute about power. Is it an end or a means? Should power serve people – for their salvation, happiness, or simply well-being, or, on the contrary, a person is obliged uncomplainingly sacrifice oneself to the Moloch of sovereign power? Is it appropriate for the ruler to restrain himself by subordinating himself to the moral and religious imperatives (“ideals”), or is the pragmatics of power (“realism”) the universal justification for his actions? We consider that this polemic, which began long before Peter the Great and has not been over yet, is the leitmotif of the intellectual and political history of the Russian state. We propose to analyze not only the positions of the parties in this dispute, but also the influence of the authorities on it. To actualize this aspect of the problem, we consider it necessary to draw the attention to a symbolic date. Exactly five centuries ago, in 1522, as a result of direct intervention of the authorities, the first Russian ideological and political discussion of a nationwide scale was terminated. Years of dispute between the Josephites and the Non-possessors ended only when one of the parties convinced the authorities of their readiness to be its “indulgers”. This is what Andrei Kurbsky called Josephites. He saw in the defeat of the Non-possessors a harbinger of the oprichnina. We suggest reflecting on the twists and turns of the centuries-old Russian dispute about power between zealots and indulgers, idealists and realists – no matter how these factions are called at different stages of Russian history.

«The White Man’s Burden» (3/2022). “The White Man’s Burden” of Rudyard Kipling has been chosen as the literary allusion for the journal issue. However, we propose to reject the established notion that “The White Man’s Burden” is simply a slogan of the “white man’s” civilising mission in the colonial era or a symbol of paternalism in British foreign policy. The starting point for rethinking the allusion seems to be the epochal event of the decolonisation – the break-up of British India and the emergence of two independent states, India and Pakistan, which are celebrating their 75th anniversary in 2022. This issue will examine the impact and reflection of decolonisation processes on the present situation in former metropolises and colonies in terms of the complex and multidimensional social, political, economic life. We examine decolonisation and the “white burden” through the prism of a shared traumatised past, multiple contemporary representations of the decolonisation consequences, policies and practices of inequality. It is no secret that we now live in a world where previously oppressed populations (ethnic or racial groups) seek revenge on formerly ‘white’ majority society. In this issue we hope to open up a discussion of the impact of decolonisation on the development of contemporary societies both in the West and the East, to outline the specifics of the inverted guilt and responsibility of both “white man” and “oppressed” populations.

«A Warsaw Melody» (4/2022). In “A Warsaw melody” by Leonid Zorin the private life of a couple of lovers – Soviet winemaker and Polish singer – breaks under the pressure of official barriers: the Government decree of February 15, 1947, prohibited Soviet citizens from marrying foreigners. The Warsaw melody eventually turns out to be a lyrical reminder of the unheard, an invisible but perceptible presence of external barriers, and a distinctive symbol of personal drama in the context of ideological domination. Taking this play as a starting point, we want to focus on similar social conflicts in which supranational institutions, norms, and communities are the main actors. We invite authors interested in the analysis of institutional, normative, and disciplinary practices of patriotism and cosmopolitanism, their conditional combination, and confrontation within supranational communities.
The one-hundredth anniversary of the founding of the USSR is a good occasion to consider the activities of supranational state entities in a wider historical and comparative perspective – for example, in comparison with such institutions, as the Russian and British Empire, the Non-Aligned Movement, Pan-Africanism, the European Union, etc. We would like to understand the processes of “birth” and “dying” of social groups created by (or against) supranational institutions and communities. We are also interested in studies of the potential risks and threats of the existence of such groups in the context of the integration and disintegration of supranational units. We invite the authors to focus also on the development of the methodology for analysis of “deviant social groups” in the context of relations between the “center” and various “peripheries”. We are also interested in discussing the question of the initial and constitutive duality of supranational entities, combining the universality orientation with the accentuation of local coarseness (“Union of Nations and Nationalities”, Commonwealth of Independent States, North Atlantic Bloc, Visegrad Group, etc.)
Continuing the analogy with the drama by L. Zorin, we invite contributors who would analyze internal and external institutional and individual tensions that not only tragically change the fate of a particular person but also predetermine the collapse of supranational geopolitical formations themselves.

According to the annual plan 2022 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