Cultural Transformations after Communism. Focus on Russia
The Centre for European Studies at Lund University invites authors to contribute with book chapters to a volume on cultural transformations in Russia after communism. The book does not focus so much on “hard” macro-economic issues or big politics, but rather seeks to shed light on the changes and continuities of value systems and social practices in Russian society since the fall of the Soviet Union. The thematic range of the volume encompasses transformations in the fields of ethnic, national, regional and religious identities, in the culture of memory in different groups, domains and regions of Russian society, in notions of social status of groups and individuals, in cultural patterns of consumption, individualism vs collectivism, etc. How and to what extent have global cultural, ideological and political trends affected developments in those areas?
We welcome approaches from several academic disciplines e.g. sociology and social anthropology, history, cultural studies, intellectual history, and political science.
The volume is a follow-up to three books already published focusing on changes in regions of the former socialist bloc after communism:
Törnquist-Plewa, Barbara/Resic, Sanimir (eds) (2003): The Balkans in Focus. Cultural Boundaries in Europe. Nordic Academic Press
Törnquist-Plewa, Barbara (ed) (2006): History, Language and Society in the Borderlands of Europe. Ukraine and Belarus in Focus. Sekel bokförlag
Törnquist-Plewa, Barbara/Stala, Krzysztof (eds) (2011): Culture Transformations after Communism. Central and Eastern Europe in Focus. Nordic Academic Press
The book is first and foremost addressed to scholars and students on an advanced level. Nordic Academic Press has already expressed the interest to publish the volume.
Format: Contributions should be approximately 10-12000 words, prepared in Word.
Proposals (not more than 1000 words) submission deadline: March 1 2014.
Niklas Bernsand, coordinator, Centre for European Studies at Lund University
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