Уважаемые коллеги! Центр исследований золотоордынской цивилизации при Институте истории им. Ш. Марджани Академии наук Республики Татарстан планирует с 2008 года издавать сборник статей посвященных истории, культуре, источниковедению и историографии Золотой Орды. Сборник будет называться "Золотоордынская цивилизация". Просим специалистов присылать свои статьи Миргалееву Ильнуру Мидхатовичу по электронному адресу: dilnur1976@mail.ru

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 Требования по оформлению статей для сборника "Золотоордынская цивилизация":

 - Статья принимается в электронном варианте. Размер кегля 14. Шрифт - Times New Roman, стиль обычный, одинарный интервал, поля - 2 см.;

 - В начале - название статьи, ФИО автора, ученое звание, должность, место работы, страна, город;

 - Общий объем - не менее 5 и не более 20 страниц;

 - Между словами и знаками должен быть только один пробел;

 - Ссылки и примечания в тексте указываются внизу страницы (фамилия и инициалы автора, название работы, место и год издания, страница);

 - В конце статьи дается список литературы и источников в алфавитном порядке (фамилия и инициалы автора, название работы, место и год издания, страницы);

 - Список сокращений представить с расшифровкой аббревиатур;

 - В конце статьи необходимо дать сведения об авторе или авторах (в случае коллективной работы) - Ф.И.О. (полностью), место работы, занимаемая должность, ученая степень, научная тематика, которой занимается автор.


Dear colleagues,


Please, find below Ab Imperio annual program for 2008.


Ab Imperio


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International Quarterly on the Studies of New Imperial History and Nationalism in the Post-Soviet Space






annual theme:


Gardening Empire


As a result of Ab Imperio’s focus on languages of self-description in the imperial space (2005-2006) and on knowledge and its gray zones in empire

(2007), the journal explored discourses and practices of rationalizing and modernizing the diverse imperial space. To build on this trend - as well as

expand it to new areas of research and reflection - we invite our authors and readers to explore the history of empire through the concept of the

“gardening state” inspired by Zygmunt Bauman’s sociology. Following the established tradition, we would like to explore practices of the

rationalization of imperial space through a meta-concept - in this case a meta-concept in continental sociology reflecting grand historical processes

of modernity - which is brought to bear on diverse imperial experiences and encounters. It becomes immediately obvious that in the case of empire the

concept of the gardening state loses its single-vectored character and its homogenizing and totalizing potential, because in the imperial states the

right to “garden” is contested by multiple - social, political, ethnic, confessional - actors.


This right to garden is entangled with one of the key questions in the study of empire: the problem of uniqueness and exceptionalism of historical

experiences, both in the eye of the scholarly beholder and as contained in the languages of self-description of historical actors. Each and every

empire - from classic antiquity to modern day composite polities - rests on a notion of a unique and exceptional historical path. This exceptionalism is

dialectically translated into imperial universalism, which lifts imperial loyalties and identifications above local, regional, national, confessional,

or social loyalties. The dialectic transformation of imperial exceptionalism also reveals itself in hierarchies of shared and divided sovereignties,

exclusions, and gray zones unregulated by the ever increasing pace of rationalization of modern polities. As one of the central questions of our

first issue in 2008, we pose the problem of imperial exceptionalisms and the problem of academic languages that describe them. Can dichotomies between

colonial and land empires (which lead to specific configurations and isolation of research fields) be overcome through a dialogue between

research traditions and their mutual translation, and through exploration of connections and knowledge circulation within and outside of historic

empires? Can a post-colonial paradigm shed light on the history of the Russian Empire? And can the latter, in turn, generate new insights and

complicate post-colonial studies?


These and other questions naturally lead to the problem of gardening the imperial subject, the focus of the second issue of the journal in 2008.

Overcoming the nation-centered and top-down political history, is it possible to enrich our understanding of the history of empire by looking

into traditional themes of post-colonial studies: the relationship between the intimate and the collective across the divide between the metropole and

the colony? Borrowing research topics from post-colonial studies (family, sexuality, nurture, upbringing) and combining them with established research

programs in Russian imperial history (schooling, languages, socialization),  can we identify and describe multiple gardeners - and perhaps gardens - and

come to an understanding of the mechanisms of imperial subjectivity?


Gardening imperial and national spaces invokes establishing an ideal, utopian harmony of well-regulated and orderly relations among humans and

between human societies and nature. How is this ideal order challenged and contested, and what are possible forms of violating and vandalizing imperial

and national gardens? In the third issue of 2008 we are interested in exploring different forms of violence as practices of signification, as

forms of rationality and irrationality, and as means to making and unmaking of groupness. At the same time, we are looking for articles focusing on

rationalization and standardization as forms of (symbolic) violence.


In the last issue of the journal our focus is on the ecology of imperial gardens as reflected in languages and practices in imperial space. As

gardening transgresses the divide between the social and the natural, it generates languages of authenticity and nurture. Problems in this issue may

range from ecological discourses in constructing imperial and national identities, to sanitary and hygienic projects of different imperial and

national gardeners.


 1/2008 Imperial Exceptionalisms: Mechanisms and Discourses


Discourses and mythologies of exceptionalism in representations of empires Politics of comparison in studies of empires: the promise and limits of

postcolonialism and the problem of translatability of historiographies of empires Exceptionalism as an operative mode of empires: empires as

hierarchies of legal, social and cultural particularisms and exceptions Uniformity and individuation in governance and cultural encounters in the

imperial space Benevolent, modernizing and oppressive empire: the Russian/Soviet “mission” in the East, the West, and the world The

making of social and cultural differences as a practice of imperial governance Historiographies of imperial exceptionalisms and national

Sonderwege Localizing globalization: contested meanings of the post-Soviet and Eurasian space Is a comprehensive theory of empire

possible? Overcoming exceptionalist languages of self-description Regional and national exceptionalisms as practices of difference-building

Entangled experience of empire: communication and learning from different imperial ventures “Gardening state” as a metaphor in the context of

imperial and post-imperial histories.


 2/2008 Gardening the Imperial Subject: Intimate and Collective in the Imperial Space


Social practices of subjecthood in the imperial and national space Biographies of transitional selves: between old imperial and new national

elites The site of difference and uniformity: the imperial army as an instrument of gardening the imperial subject Regulating family,

reproduction, and nurture: mixed marriages, family, and children in imperial and national space Upbringing of imperial subjects: pedagogy of unity and

diversity Education, reform, and citizenship: between imperial and national subjects Practices of socialization in ethnically diverse

milieus: mimicry, translation, and assimilation The intimate of imperial and national subjecthood: emotions, attachments, loyalties Intimate

relations and collective subjects: agents and objects of gardening in imperial and national space Imperial minds: psychiatric discourses in the

empire Religiosity and subjectivity: confessional and interconfessional practices of the self.


 3/2008 Vandalizing the Garden: Multiple Forms of Violence in the Imperial Space


Between anarchy and tyranny: theoretical problems of violence understood as a social and political phenomenon in a heterogeneous space ● Social

engineering as violent interventionism ● Rationalization and standardization as repression ● Violence as the language of local

exceptionalism and uniqueness ● The rationality and irrationality of violence in culturally divided space ● Jewish pogroms; exterminations of

small nationalities; social landscapes of war zones and ethnic conflicts ● Violence as a “legitimate” politics: political terrorism and imperial and

national tensions ● Genocides, deportations and traumatic experience of ethnic conflicts ● The ambiguity of the concept of criminality in the

empire: drawing and violating cultural, social and political borders ● Violence as a social practice of vertical and horizontal communications in

the empire ● Imposing languages: symbolic violences in imperial and national spaces.


 4/2008 Nature and Nurture: Ecology of Imperial Gardens


Organic metaphors of the social order ● Discourses of environmental determinism: from Arnold Toynbee to Lev Gumilev ● The emergence of

environmental thought in imperial and national discourses ● Ecology, sanitation, and empire: landscaping national and imperial spaces ●

Ecological disasters or imperial triumphs: colonization, depletion of resources, re-making of spaces ● Ecological limits of expansion and

adaptation of imperial rule ● Ecology of communications in the expansion and integration of empires ● Regionalism through the prism of environmental

history ● Hygienic and sanitary projects in empire and nations across the 1917 divide ● Rationalizations of imperial spaces and the trope of

preservation of archaic authenticity ● Postcolonial claims on bodies and territories.


Permanent Sections:


Theory and Methodology n History n Archive n Sociology, Anthropology & Political Science n ABC: Empire & Nationalism Studies n Newest Mythologies n

Historiography and Book Reviews.

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