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Call for Submissions - Special Edition 'Looking East: Russia and the CEE'

The CEE Affairs Review is now accepting submissions from students for our special edition, 'Looking East: Russia and the CEE'. Applications are open until July 31, 2023.

 


One of the defining goals of CEE Affairs Review has been to illustrate the richness of Central and Eastern Europe’s history, politics, culture, and identity. A factor that has consistently shaped the fate of the region has been the presence of its troubled eastern neighbour. As a result of Russia's war in Ukraine and the return of large-scale conflict to Europe, the threat to the autonomy and the stability of the CEE region is at its greatest level since the dissolution of the Soviet block. To understand the present peril to the states and nations of Central and Eastern Europe, it is essential to fully understand the threat which Russia poses.

For this reason, CEE Affairs Review is announcing our first Special Edition titled ‘Looking East’. The aim of this new format is to offer an exploration of a more specific topic than our regular issues - in this case, Russia, and the relationship of the CEE states with their complex eastern neighbour. We are looking for articles that examine Russia’s past, present, and future in the context of a variety of disciplines: politics, history, international relations, economics, sociology, philosophy or linguistics. Ideally, the submissions would capture insight into Russia from the perspective of Central and Eastern Europe.

While we welcome all pieces that fall under the broad topic of Russia or the relationship between Russia and the CEE region, for this Special Edition we are particularly looking for articles that examine Russia from one of the following angles:


  • Politics & International Relations: The War against Ukraine; the stability or instability of Putin’s regime looking forward; the relationship between Russia, NATO, and former Soviet states; Russian civil society and resistance to the Putin regime; CEE relations with Russia in the post-Cold War period; Russian political influence in the CEE region; theories of international relations and their implications for the relationship between Europe and Russia.

  • Economy: The consequences of European sanctions on Russia and assessing their effectiveness; the economic implications of Ukrainian refugees in CEE; Russia’s economic transition away from Europe; the role of oligarchy in Russia and CEE; the economic legacy of the USSR; the impact of economic liberalisation in the 1990s on Russia and CEE; the long-term viability of the Russian economy.

  • Culture, History, and Society: Russian philosophy and literature; ethical questions regarding the consumption of Russian literature and arts in the context of the war in Ukraine; the influence of Russian thought on CEE; the cultural and social legacy of the USSR; the impact of Tsarist Russia in CEE; Slavic linguistic history in Russia and CEE; social and artistic movements originating from Russia/USSR; Russia in visual arts, literature, or pop culture; popular attitudes towards Russia.

For this special edition, we are looking for submissions between 500 and 2000 words, in line with our general submission guidelines and our style guide. Please note that for this special edition on Russia, we are accepting a wider range of articles: both in terms of length and content. In contrast to our regular editions, we are also asking for references to be, where possible, hyperlinked in text.

We welcome both completed pieces and idea pitches. To submit, please email us at ceeaffairsreview@gmail.com. The deadline for submissions is 31st July 2023. In the subject line, please put a concise topic of the submission and the section(s) it is intended for, e.g. ‘Submission_The Belarusian Perspective on Putin_Politics & International Relations’. In the body of the email, please indicate the section you are submitting to, as well as your name and affiliated academic institution. If you are pitching an idea for a prospective piece, please also include a short overview of what your piece is intended to be about, including the issues covered and the specific perspective taken.

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