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TOC: The Soviet and Post-Soviet Review Volume 41, Number 1 (2014)

TOC: The Soviet and Post-Soviet Review Volume 41, Number 1 (2014)



Alun Thomas, “On Guard at BAMlag: Representations of Guards in the 1930s Gulag Press”

Cattle breeding in early 19th century Russia?

Dear all,

I forward a message from Professor Stephen Hall (University of Lincoln), who is seeking information that members of the list may be able to help with:

I am compiling the cattle entries for an encyclopedia of world livestock breeds and I would like to elaborate my account of the Bestuzhev breed with some examination of its early history. Apparently it descends from English Shorthorn cattle imported to Russia around 1810 and crossed with local cattle of the "central Volga region". The importer was M. Bestuzhev (or S. P. Bestuzhev - sources vary). I have not been able to trace any more detailed information, probably because I have been looking in the wrong places.

NYCAS and MAR/AAS proposal deadline extended to April 18

Call for proposals: Deadline extended to April 18 for panel, roundtable, and paper proposals for 2014 New York Conference on Asian Studies and Mid-Atlantic Region Association for Asian Studies

Deadline Extended: 2014 International Neighbourhood Symposium

2014 International Neighbourhood Symposium

“Exploring the Challenges of Political and Social Change in the Eastern Neighbourhood and the Mediterranean South”

Heybeliada, Turkey

24 – 29 June 2014

The Center for International and European Studies (CIES) at Kadir Has University will host the 4th International Neighbourhood Symposium at Heybeliada, Turkey between Tuesday, 24 June and Sunday, 29 June 2014.  This year’s Symposium will focus on “Exploring the Challenges of Political and Social Change in the Eastern Neighbourhood and the Mediterranean South”.

Literature on 'demshiza'?

Dear all,

I was trying to explain the concept of 'demshiza' to a Swiss colleague earlier today and was surprised to find out that a quick web search did not yield any results in English. Are you aware of any literature on 'demshiza' in English (or maybe other language apart from Russian)? Or is it indeed a blank spot?

Thank you very much in advance. Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated.

Pavel Vasilyev

Max Planck Institute for Human Development