The Anthropology of Flight and Forced Migration: History and Destiny

The phenomenon of refugees and forced migrants has been relevant for all historical eras, however, nowadays it has become one of the major global issues. In the twenty-first century, the number of people who are somehow or other involved in migration processes around the world has exceeded a billion, which has made this issue universally important.

Why do people decide to radically change their lives? What are the circumstances that force them to leave their homeland? Answers to these questions have always concerned historians, anthropologists, philosophers, literary critics, and culture researchers.

Quaestio Rossica is looking forward to a fruitful dialogue between representatives of different approaches and suggests discussing the following issues:

- Escape "from Russia" or chasing mirages: forced migrants and displaced persons in Russian history
- Rethinking the refugee experience: emigration as perceived by its participants and as interpreted by historians
- A person in a situation of flight: literary interpretations of the phenomenon
- "East-West": emigration and refugee phenomena in films
- "Cursed and forgotten" or the nation's spiritual teachers: forced migrants in Russian public consciousness

Authors are invited to submit their articles on these topics via the Journal’s website by February 25, 2022. Please follow the author guidelines.


Russia and the East: Historical and Political Contradictions and Cultural Interactions

‘Light from the East…’ Faraway exotic countries of the East have always attracted Europeans who have constructed the phenomenon of the “East” as an antithesis to the Christian civilization of the West. Russia started establishing contacts with India, the Arab world, and the Ottoman Empire in the Middle Ages, and later with China, Japan, Korea, Siam, and other countries. The East attracted pilgrims and merchants, adventurers, travellers, and diplomats. The unique and heterogeneous world of the East inspired them and influenced their perception of the world and their understanding of natural cultures and histories. The development of the state and the expansion of its territories caused the inner East to emerge; it was the world of Russian Islam and Buddhism. The new millennium has witnessed a growth of the economic and political influence of Asian countries, with China openly aiming at global leadership. The global challenges of the present day and the timeless culture of the countries of the region actualise the topic of Russia and the East.

Quaestio Rossica brings together specialists in different fields of the humanities and invites authors to publish articles exploring the topics listed below:

- The image of the East in Russian culture
- Russia and the Russians in the literary traditions of the East
- Russians in the East: history and destinies
- Russia and countries of the East: political contradictions and cooperation prospects
- Is a "pivot" of Russia to the East possible: stereotypes and limits of understanding of Eastern civilizations in Russia

Authors are invited to submit their articles on these topics via the Journal’s website by March 1, 2022. Please follow the author guidelines.


Cultural and historical exploration of the Siberian space: stages of knowledge and search for new aspects

Today, Siberian studies has become a multifaceted branch of humanitarian studies. This is facilitated by the processes of globalization, which have led to the need to identify territorial specificity. Embracing multiple meanings, the phenomenon of Siberia (including the Urals) is perceived as an opportunity of transformation in the perspective of "growing Russian power" - on the one hand, and disappointment in the boundaries and the prospect of change - on the other hand. Siberia's natural riches its grace or labor curse? Could the creativity of the settlers have changed Siberia's fate? Siberia's history as a metaphor and symbol: a breakthrough or an island in a swamp?

Quaestio Rossica offers a look at the contemporary state of Siberia's image in historical, philological and culturological discourses. The articles based on new archival documents and field research, which include discussion and comparativist aspects, are particularly attractive to the Journal.

- Did Siberia share the fate of the European colonies?
- Aesthetic understanding of the Siberian character: facets of myth
- Siberian utopia and Siberian escapism in nonfiction and fiction
- Bureaucratic system and Siberian entropy: the changing seasons
- Siberia in the reflections of Russian and foreign intellectuals
- Siberian history as a history of triumphs and a history of disappointments: The "truthfulness" of historiography
- Science in Siberia: fates and discoveries
- Is the Siberian factor of human destinies?
- Ethnography of late-Soviet and post-Soviet Siberia.

Articles on the presented topics, designed in accordance with the requirements of the Journal, are invited to be sent via the Journal’s website by March 1, 2022


The decision of dedicating certain issue to certain theme is based upon the actual number of reviewed and accepted papers. Therefore, the theme might be prolonged for several issues. The paper might be submitted via the web-site qr.urfu.ru.

In addition, any question could be addressed to the executive secretary associate, Prof. Alexey Antoshin: alex_antoshin@mail.ru.