Though often overshadowed by the war Russia has fought to contain or reverse its achievements, Ukraine underwent a profound experience of revolution in 2013-14, transforming the country’s politics, culture, and society in ways previously unimaginable. To mark the tenth anniversary of the Euromaidan, Canadian Slavonic Papers / Revue canadienne des slavistes invites contributions to a special issue on the inner dynamics and world-historical significance of Ukraine’s Revolution of Dignity, planned for publication in autumn 2023. Research articles may address any aspect of the revolution, including its antecedents and consequences, from any disciplinary perspective.
They especially encourage submissions addressing the following themes:
- Politics. How were politics reinvented at local levels during and after the Maidan, not just in major centres like Kyiv, Lviv, and Kharkiv? Who participated, why, and with what effect? To what extent did the Maidan open a “constitutional moment” – an opportunity to transform power relations not just in the realm of state structures, but with regard to associational life of all kinds, perhaps including the family? How have workplace and other economic politics changed? What political theories and practices did the Maidan draw from and inspire?
- Culture. How did the experience of collective effervescence in 2013-14 transform webs of meaning and patterns of signification? How were cultural practices, understandings of collective history, and moral codes transformed? What traditions were invented? How has language changed? What was the symbolic import of violence on the Maidan, and how has violence structured meaning in the struggle with Russia that has followed? What was the Maidan’s impact on Ukrainian subjectivities and relationships to the sacred?
- Society. What social developments made the Maidan possible? How did the Maidan generate a new sense of community, and how has Ukrainian society changed in the years since? To what extent have old geographic, linguistic, religious, and economic cleavages been overcome, and what new divisions have arisen? How did young and old, men and women, more and less educated citizens experience the Maidan in comparison to one another, and how have they variously fared in the subsequent decade?
They also welcome new histories of the Maidan, recognizing that revolution is not just a moment, but also a long-term process. What rival narratives of the Maidan were articulated as the process unfolded in the winter of 2013-14, and how has narrativization evolved since? How should we understand the Maidan in relation to the Orange Revolution of 2004 or Ukrainian independence in 1991, and how does it compare with the experiences of Solidarity in 1980-81, the revolutions of 1989, “colour” revolutions beyond Ukraine, or the Arab Spring?
Prospective authors should contact the journal editor, Dr. James Krapfl (james.krapfl AT mcgill.ca), by 10 October 2022 to express intention to submit. Manuscripts may be written in English or French and should normally not exceed 10,000 words (including footnotes and bibliography). Authors should submit their papers by 30 November 2022 to ensure adequate time for peer review; manuscripts submitted after this date may be considered on an ad hoc basis.
Canadian Slavonic Papers / Revue canadienne des slavistes, founded in 1956, is a quarterly, interdisciplinary journal of the Canadian Association of Slavists, publishing in English and French. It is devoted to the study of central/eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, providing a forum for scholars from a range of disciplines: language and linguistics, literature, history, political science, sociology, economics, anthropology, geography, philosophy, and the arts.
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