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It is probably possible to register at Berezhkovskaya first but I think it's actually easiest to register first at Big GARF because you can use the same propusk for both places. That being said, the reading room head at Little GARF will insist on a separate otnoshenie (I managed to register once without because I didn't realize it was needed, though). As for lunch options, the area around there is pretty barren, although I was once told that you can get a propusk to get into the patent office's cafeteria, which is a few doors down.
Call for Papers and Panels
Lessons and Legacies Conference on the Holocaust XIV
The Holocaust in the 21st Century: Relevance and Challenges in the Digital Age
November 3-6, 2016, Claremont McKenna, California
Background: Established in 2012 by the Mikhail Prokhorov Foundation and Academic Studies Press, the Historia Nova Prize for the Best Book on Russian Intellectual and Cultural History recognizes the best scholarly volume originally written and published in English within the preceding two years. The range of eligible genres has included single and collective-author monographs, collections of articles, and special thematic issues of scholarly journals.