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 eSamizdat 2020 (XIII) 


Ed. by Emilio Mari

«The most important feature of human life is not symbolic language but the incessant and diverse transactions that take place between people and myriad artifacts»

M.B. Schiffer

«History pass through homes, through private

life of men»

Ju.M. Lotman

In the last years, the humanities and social sciences have increasingly discussed about the so-called material turn. The publication of The Social Life of Things, edited by Appadurai in 1986, along with a number of studies by Latour, Bourdieu, Douglas, Miller and Löfgren, directed the attention of the scholars to concepts like materiality, inalienable and consumer goods, “career” and the “social life” of things.

Slavic studies have approached this question following another, less straightforward path. The last researches conducted by Lotman on byt and the “everyday behaviour” prove a certain “densification” of the object of semiotics and its gradual repositioning from structural linguistics to cultural history.

However, only from the 2000s have scholars tried to connect with the new approaches based on the material turn. The results of this effort are, for example, the essays by Boym, Buchli, Kelly, Kiaer, Gronow, Reid and Crowley on everyday life during the Soviet period, or the collective volume Material

Culture in Russia and the USSR. Things, Values, Identities edited by Roberts in 2017.

Working within this framework, the monographic section “Rooms, décor, objects. The intérieur in the Slavic area” intends to reflect upon some fundamental questions from a variety of perspectives:

Which anthropological and cultural meanings has the intérieur acquired for Slavic people? In which way has the “small” history of the intérieur intersected the “big” political and social history, or the changes in fashion and habits? In which way has this particular microhistory mirrored or even anticipated changes in style and taste?

Moreover, shifting from real life to its representation: in which ways has the intérieur been deployed in Slavic folklore, figurative art and literatures? Which symbolic and narrative role has been assigned to domestic material culture by writers and artists from different eras, aesthetic and philosophic trends, political leanings and social backgrounds?

Finally, in which way have rooms, décor and objects interacted at an intra-textual and extra-textual level?

eSamizdat accepts theoretical and/or analytical proposals from a wide range of disciplines: aesthetics and history of art, history of architecture and interior design, sociology, anthropology and ethnology, literary criticism and cultural studies.


Deadline abstract (700-1000 words with bibliography): July 1st 2020

Notification of acceptance: July 15th 2020

Deadline paper: September 1st 2020

Release: December 2020

Founded in 2003 by Alessandro Catalano and Simone Guagnelli, eSamizdat has been one of the most innovative projects among Slavic studies in Italy, and a landmark for an entire generation of scholars.

The journal has adopted open access as its editorial policy from the very beginning. Moreover, it has always welcomed interdisciplinary approaches, with a special consideration for new methodologies, peripheric and non-aligned cultural phenomena, “minor” Slavic cultures, as well as for extra-academic publishing.

After almost 20 years and 18 published issues, eSamizdat carries on the same policies, although its scientific-editorial team has been recently renovated.

Keywords: CFP (Journal)