CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: H-Russia’s New Initiatives
H-Russia will be starting a series of new initiatives aimed at providing unique content to help researchers and educators who focus on Russian, Soviet, and Slavic studies as well as nearby regions. H-Russia is looking for interested contributors who are willing to write accessible blog posts, roughly 750-1000 words in length, as part of the two series detailed below.
- Decolonizing Russian Studies
With Russia’s War in Ukraine, there has been a push to consider Russian, Soviet and Slavic Studies beyond the typical narratives that have prioritized or emphasized the centre. While understanding those narratives are important, integrating history from the periphery or regions beyond the traditional Russian focus will ensure a better understanding of these histories. This series invites scholars to contribute blog posts to speak on how one can decolonize Russian studies through new research practices, focusing on different sources, or teaching Russian history from a different perspective.
Interested contributors should pitch their topic with a specific focus to either research or teaching. This approach will help ensure that the blog post reaches the appropriate audience, although overlap will exist between the two streams.
Potential approaches or topic can include:
- Teaching notable topics in Imperial Russian or Soviet history from the perspective of different regions (e.g. teaching the Great Terror from the perspective of Ukraine or Central Asia). Educators could reflect on trying new sources in class and commenting on what worked or didn’t. Specialists could also highlight published sources that would reflect notable trends that are frequently taught from a Russian perspective.
- Highlighting two or three books which decenter the Russian approach that scholars should review in researching or teaching a given topic
- Reflecting one’s own research and how decentering the Russian experience offers new conclusions or fresh analysis on specific topics in Russian history
- Highlighting historically overlooked work in the field that may focus on the imperial periphery and yet offer unique insights for researchers or teachers.
- “Starting Points” Book or Article Series
Seeking to give researchers or educators a starting point when looking into a new topic, this series invites specialists to comment on the state of their field by highlighting three to five books or articles that they feel best exemplify the current state of their field. Often, scholars focusing on one topic may see their research expand into new areas. In the interest of sharing knowledge, this series allows scholars to contribute to their own fields by highlighting which works deserve special attention. Educators also often teach a variety of topics and sometimes may wish assistance in determining where to best start if teaching a new module on a specific topic, crafting a lecture, or determining course readings. Contributors, again, would focus on either teaching or research, and would explain why they chose the given books or articles. Over time, the hope is to have scholars in overlapping fields to engage in discussion with one another. In the process, they would make the blog unique, but also a helpful resource for a diversity of scholars to gain valuable insights on a variety of topics important to Russian, Soviet, and Slavic studies.
H-Russia aims to start both series in late 2022 and is interested in contributions from PhD Candidates, Early Career Scholars, and Senior Scholars alike. We also are open to creative considerations of our aims for the series. For example, PhD Candidates who recently completed their comprehensive exams could pitch a list in which they respond to their readings and comment on how these readings influence their planned approach for their research or identify areas in need of further study. Senior scholars could look back at the books that initially inspired their methodologies and comment on how the field has changed over time.
Individuals interested in contributing to either of these series should email H-Russia (firstname.lastname@example.org ) or Network editor Oleksa Drachewych (email@example.com) directly with their pitch. They should identify series to which they wish to contribute, and include a copy of their CV or a link to their faculty page.