Beyond Brezhnevism : Growing Autonomy for Social Groups and Assimilation of Socialist Values
CALL FOR PUBLICATIONS by peer-reviewed historical journal Cahiers du Monde russe for a special issue devoted to the USSR's final decades : Beyond Brezhnevism: Growing Autonomy for Social Groups and Assimilation of Socialist Values.
Abstracts (500 words maximum) should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org by 1 June 2012.
Authors of accepted abstracts will be informed by the end of June 2012
Submission language: French, English, Russian or German
Article submission deadline : 1st April 2013
Article length : 60 000 signs (including spaces and notes)
Publication : First half of 2014
Editors : Isabelle Ohayon, Marc Elie
The image of “real Socialism” as an age of “stagnation” is gradually disappearing from studies of the Soviet Union. Indeed the clear cultural and social changes of the Brezhnev era are now part of a revised historiography. Despite the immobility of a political leadership unable to bring any serious reform to a drifting economic and social system, as political repression and ideological control slackened, Soviet citizens created, revived and occupied areas of autonomy.
At the same time, the socio-cultural processes that flourished in 1964-1982 had their own timing that preceded or extended beyond the precise dates of Brezhnev’s rule: this concerns urban planning, the development of tourism, communications and media, and greater access to higher education. The study of these already reported phenomena deserves to be reviewed on the basis of the written and oral sources to which the researcher now has access. Similarly, the recent emphasis on the spread of cross-border patterns of consumption and thought and the increase in international exchanges places the geographical bounds of the Soviet Union in a wider context.
Cahiers du Monde Russe wishes to challenge “Brezhnevism” in two ways, as the incarnation of “stagnation” and as a strictly delineated temporal and spatial framework, unsuited to the study of the profound social, cultural and economic changes that prepared the way for the upheavals of the late 1980s and the collapse of the USSR.
Proposals will be welcome from many and various disciplines and fields: environment, technical-scientific expertise and development policy; arts, literature, music and films; religious life; political authority; foreign policy; slackening growth, major projects and parallel economy; memory policy and ideological research; demography; etc.
More details on http://monderusse.revues.org/7494
Cahiers du monde russe
Ecole des hautes études en sciences sociales/EHESS
190-198 avenue de France
75244 Paris cedex 13
Phone 33(0)1 45 54 25 96
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