CFP: Russian Anti-Extremism Legislation and Its Impact in the Putin Era

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CALL FOR ARTICLES: Russian Anti-Extremism Legislation and Its Impact in the Putin Era

                  We are soliciting proposals for articles to be considered for a special issue of the journal The Soviet and Post-Soviet Review, which will center around Russian anti-extremism legislation and its impact in the Putin era. The federal law on extremist activity, passed in the wake of terror attacks in the early 2000s, has been used to target religious minority communities, most notably the Jehovah’s Witnesses, which were officially declared to be an extremist organization in spring 2017. We are interested in articles that would add context to this law, its impact on minority communities, the use of “extremism” as a political discourse, and related questions of freedom of conscience and freedom of speech in contemporary Russia. We are also open to scholars who can draw conclusions that place developments in a broader framework, including comparisons to other former Soviet countries. Scholars from all disciplines are welcome. The editors of the special issue are Emily Baran (Middle Tennessee State University) and Zoe Knox (University of Leicester).

                  Abstracts should be no more than one page in length (single-spaced) and should be sent to by October 1. Please also include a brief CV or resume.



Zoe Knox is Associate Professor of Modern Russian History at the University of Leicester, UK. She has published widely on the history and historiography of the Jehovah’s Witnesses and the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society, including in the Journal of Religious History, Journal of the American Academy of Religion, and the Journal of American Studies, among others. She is currently completing a book entitled Jehovah’s Witnesses and the Secular World, to be published by Palgrave Macmillan.


Emily B. Baran is Assistant Professor of History at Middle Tennessee State University. Her first book, Dissent on the Margins (Oxford University Press, 2014), explored shifting boundaries of religious toleration and dissent in the postwar Soviet Union and post-Soviet states. She is currently writing a book on the arrival of Soviet power in postwar Transcarpathia. It uses a state investigation into the village of Bila Tserkva as its case study.