Special issue of the “Labyrinth” journal: The Symbol of Motherland in Russian Culture: Politics, Semiotics, and History
The Symbol of Motherland in Russian Culture:
Politics, Semiotics, and History
Special issue of the “Labyrinth” journal
The electronic journal “Labyrinth: The Journal of Social and Humanitarian Studies” as well as the Center for Ethnic and Nationalism Studies at the Ivanovo State University invite scholars to contribute to the collection of papers “The Symbol of Motherland in Russian Culture: Politics, Semiotics, and History”.
The maternal image of Russia is one of the most famous and influential symbols of Russian culture. The symbol of Motherland is involved in practices of political mobilization, in legitimation and delegitimation of power, and in the branding of various political actors. The “Motherland” serves as an important factor of supporting collective identity in Russia, a weapon of the war propaganda, as well as the part of Russia’s “soft power” in the foreign policy discourse.
Submissions might include reflections on:
- Theoretical problems in studying the maternal symbol of country;
- Female allegories of countries in the world cultures;
- “Motherland” in national identity;
- “Motherland” and the Great Patriotic war: war propaganda and contemporary practices of mobilization;
- “Motherland” in political mobilization;
- “Motherland” in political branding;
- “Motherland” in regional identity;
- “Motherland” in the international relations discourse;
- “Motherland” in literature and arts;
- “Motherland” in politics in education;
- “Motherland” in gender politics;
- “Motherland” in ecological politics.
The articles will be published in the special issue of the electronic journal “Labyrinth” http://journal-labirint.com/. The length of the article should be within 25 000 to a maximum of 40 000 characters.
Abstracts (150 – 200 words) of the proposed articles should be sent by August 20, 2015.
Full articles will be due by November 1, 2015 (for publication in December 2015).
Submissions will be accepted in Russian.
Instruction for the contributors could be found here
Guest editor of the special issue is Oleg V. Riabov, Professor at the Ivanovo State University, Director of the Center for Ethnic and Nationalism Studies,firstname.lastname@example.org.