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CfP: Bear and Russia, Journal 'Labyrinth' 31.5.13

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  • Andreas Umland
    “The Bear and Russia” Special issue of journal “Labyrinth”   The Center for Ethnic and Nationalism Studies at Ivanovo State University as well as the
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      “The Bear and Russia”
      Special issue of journal “Labyrinth”
       
      The Center for Ethnic and Nationalism Studies at Ivanovo State
      University as well as the electronic journal “Labyrinth: A Journal of
      Social and Humanitarian Studies” invite scholars to contribute to the
      collection “The Bear and Russia”.
      The bear symbol, one of the most ancient and mysterious in the world
      history, has been associated with Russia for several centuries. As an
      allegory of the country, it has a significant impact on attitudes of
      foreigners towards Russia and Russians. The image of bear widely
      circulates also in Russian culture, especially in the post-Soviet
      period, when it pretends to being an unofficial symbol of the nation.
      How deeply is the bear as a metaphor of Russia rooted in the world
      history? What meanings does the “Russian Bear” receive in Russian and
      foreign cultures? How does the bear symbol influence the international
      security? How is the “Russian Bear” utilized in the symbolic politics of contemporary Russia? Is the “Russian Bear” a part of the “myth-symbol
      complex” of the Russian culture or is it a case of the “invention of
      traditions”?
      In searching answers to these questions the participants of the project “ ’The Russian Bear’: History, Semiotics, and Politics” have organized a few workshops and published a number of studies, including ‘Russkii Medved’: Istoriia, Semiotika, Politika / Oleg Riabov, Andrzej de Lazari (Eds.). Moscow: Novoe Literaturnoe Obozrenie, 2012. In 2013 the Centre for Polish-Russian Dialogue and Understanding
      publishes a monograph by Andrzej de Lazari, Oleg Riabov and Magdalena
      Żakowska Europa i Niedźwiedź (Wizerunek Rosji-niedźwiedzia w kulturach europejskich).
      We invite scholars to submit the articles till May 31, 2013 on the themes as follows:
      * The image of bear in the world cultures;
      * The image of bear in regional identity;
      * “Russian Bear” in the rhetoric on domestic policy;
      * “Russian Bear”  in the discourse on international relations;
      * “Russian Bear”  in the war propaganda;
      * “Russian Bear”  in commercial advertising;
      * “Russian Bear”  in literature and arts;
      * “Russian Bear”  in mass culture.
       
      The articles will be published in a special issue of the journal “Labyrinth”. The length of the article should comprise from 20 000 to 30 000 characters. Languages of the volume are Russian or English. Guide instructions  for the authors are on the web-site of the “Labyrinth”: http://journal-labirint.com/?page_id=14

       
      Guest editors of the special issue
      Oleg Riabov, Professor at Ivanovo State University
      Andrzej de Lazari, Professor at University of Lodz
      http://journal-labirint.com/?p=2065
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