Ab Imperio Quarterly announces its annual theme and invites interested authors to submit manuscripts for publication. The annual theme for the year 2002 is Russian Empire/USSR and Paradoxes of Modernization. There will be four thematic issues, each covering a specific field of inquiry. We welcome submissions that deal not only with Russian Empire/USSR but also works that focus on other regions and are relevant in methodological terms. In particular, we are interested in manuscripts that relate to the experiences of Western, Central and Eastern Europe, Central Asia and the Far East, Middle East and North America. Please, see more details on AI and contact information below.
2002 annual theme:
THE RUSSIAN EMPIRE/USSR AND PARADOXES OF MODERNIZATION
¹ 1/2002 “Russia’s “Special Path” and Varieties of Imperial and National Experiences of Modernization”
Rethinking of the concept of modernity and modernization (economic, social, political) in application to Russia (the problem of modernity as a Eurocentric concept) · Modernization and the concept of the nation state · History of the Russian discourses of modernization, anti-modernization, and a “Special Path” · Comparative analysis of the Russian experiences of empire-building, nation-building, and regulation of interethnic relations and ethnic minority rights · Debates on Russian totalitarianism, imperialism, colonialism, Eurocentrism, and orientalism in comparative perspective · Contemporary debates on “Special paths” in European historiographies; the concept of “Special path” in contemporary debates in Russia.·
¹ 2/2002 “Organization of Political Space of Empires and Nations”
Evolution of political institutes, political elites, and mentality in empires · Rationalization of space and population management · The challenge of modernization as a factor of international relations · The emergence of novel disciplinary practices and the persistence of pre-modern political patterns · Problems of federalism, centralism, and unitary state in empires and nations · Citizenship and ascribed nationality · Symbolic geography of historical regions, empires, and nations · Political languages of national movements.
¹ 3/2002 “Russian Society: Structures and Cultures”
Assimilation, emancipation, social mobility, and segregation · The problem of adaptation of social structures to the challenge of modernity · Dynamics of cultural change and institutional transformation · Institutions of Civil Society in the process of modernization of empire · Processes of secularization and democratization in a multiethnic and polyconfessional polity · History and sociology of the “imagining” of nations · Urban and rural dimensions of nation-building · Public opinion and mass consciousness: the formation of mass society · Strategies of social integration, segregation or marginalization of ethnic minorities
¹ 4/2002 “Economy of Empire, Nation, and Region”
The problem of the economic basis of imperial expansion in the Russian Empire and the Soviet Union · Family, peasant commune, city, regions as economic units and ways of their integration into the imperial economic space · Industrialization and its influence on assimilation of ethnic minorities or ethnic conflicts · the problem of Russian and Soviet colonialism · The role of economic factors in the development of ethnic separatism · problems of economic integration in the post-Soviet political space · Moral economy · The problem of multi-tiered economy in polyethnic society.
Ab Imperio quarterly is a newly established and exciting journal dedicated to the study of nationalism and nationalities in the post-Soviet realm in comparative perspective. The journal regularly publishes new works by leading American, European and Russian scholars on history, sociology, political science, economics and other disciplines as they relate to nationalism, nation building, multiethnic states in Central and Eastern Europe, former Russian Empire/USSR.
The journal is founded and run by five editors residing in 4 different countries (Russia, US, Germany, Hungary). All editors represent a new generation of scholars and possess both Russian and Western academic degrees. The journal is published in English and Russian, while manuscripts are accepted in English, Russian, German, French, Polish, Ukrainian.
The journal regularly informs the readers of the current events in the academic life of the region as they pertain to the general theme of the publication. Moreover, the journal is actively engaged in the process of developing new teaching tools (syllabi, reading lists, databases) to be used in the former Soviet bloc countries and abroad.
The first two years of Ab Imperio existence have been marked by steady interest in the publication. Many research libraries in US, Europe and Japan are subscribers to Ab Imperio (more than 300 addresses outside of the former USSR). Most universities in Russia and the NIS receive a free copy of Ab Imperio.
The editors of Ab Imperio have announced the annual theme for the year 2002 as Russian Empire/USSR and Paradoxes of Modernization. Full description and call for papers can be found at http://aimag.knet.ru/cgi-bin/aishow.pl?idlang=1&state=flyer_en
Ab Imperio invites prospective subscribers to visit the journal’s web site, which features the contents of the year 2000 free of charge for the public.
Finally, Ab Imperio recently announced significant cut in subscription rates. Now the annual subscription for institutions is as follows:
Annual subscription hard copy + web version 120 USD
Single issue hard copy + web version 30 USD
Web version access only (annual) 60 USD
All information concerning subscription, contents or manuscript submission can be found at http://aimag.knet.ru
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Editors of Ab Imperio
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