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October 11, 2013

CFP: Siberian Historical Stu dies, Special Issue on "Conceptualizing GULAG"

Deadline: December 1, 2013

International journal "Siberian Historical Studies", Tomsk State University
(Russia)

Conceptualising GULAG: Visible and Invisible Spaces of Continuity and
Contemporary Practices of Remembrance

Totalitarian states of twentieth century produced the sites of mass
violence and such exemplary places of modern biopolitics as concentration camps. In the aftermath these sites continue to serve as tangible reminders of atrocities and provide important evidence for public recognition and remembrance of victims' suffering (Arendt 1979, Langer 1991, Levy 1988, Friedlander 1992). Recent memory studies have demonstrated how remembrance of mass violence across regions and cultures took various shapes ranging
from politics of victimisation and heroism to collective silence and
selective amnesia (Antze and Lambek 1996; Carsten 2007; Lambek 2002, 2006; Argenti and Schramm 2010). Given that in Russia memory about GULAG remains at the margins of public and official discourse and as a social fact has not yet received elaborate scholarly interpretation, the special issue seeks to address this underexplored area by examining the issue of continuity of unresolved GULAG past in the present and the ways it manifests and unfolds through spontaneous or unofficial forms of remembrance, symbolic imageries, localised interaction with abandoned and
re-appropriated spaces and territories of former GULAG camps. We welcome contributions in the disciplines of social and cultural anthropology, sociology and history that engage broadly with the legacy of GULAG and its contemporary social dimensions, i.e. continuity of social practices, visible and invisible aspects of GULAG legacy as well as voiced and silenced memories, local experiences of remembrance and forgetting.

The editors invite abstracts (max 500 words) in English and Russian that
respond to the focus of the issue. Please submit abstracts via email to
Olga Ulturgasheva (ou202@cam.ac.uk) by December 1, 2013.

Successful applicants will be asked to submit the draft articles
(4,000-5,000 words) by March 15, 2014. The special issue is scheduled for
the release by November 2014.

General inquiries should be addressed to:

Olga Ulturgasheva ou202@cam.ac.uk

Posted by jmkirsch at October 11, 2013 11:25 AM

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