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CFP: "Defining & Defending Borders in Imperial, Soviet and Post-Soviet Contexts" / Issue 18 (Autumn 2017)

The Journal of Power Institutions in Post-Soviet Societies ( is an online international social sciences journal devoted to the armed forces and power institutions of post-Soviet societies. The journal's focus is the comparative and multi-disciplinary study of the structures and forces that make up the security systems, administrations and institutions employing armed personnel in all the Republics of the Former Soviet Union.

Editorial Board: Eden Cole (UK), Anna Colin Lebedev (FR), Natalya Danilova (UK), Françoise Daucé (FR), Gilles Favarel-Garrigues (FR), Anne Le Huérou (FR), Erica Marat (USA), Amandine Regamey (FR), Brandon Schetchter (USA), Elisabeth Sieca-Kozlowski (FR - Founder & Chief Editor), Gavin Slade (Germany).

Call for contributors - Issue 18 (Autumn 2017) - "Defining & Defending Borders in Imperial, Soviet and Post-Soviet Contexts"

Issue Editors: Anna Colin Lebedev, Ioulia Shukan, Amandine Regamey, Elisabeth Sieca-Kozlowski

Borders remain today a crucial issue across the post-Soviet space in debate over both contemporary geopolitics and historical legacies, as Russia's seizure of Crimea and the war in Ukraine's East have shown.

Over the last several centuries, an inhabitant of Eastern Europe could be born in one country, grow up in another, die in a third, and yet never leave home. Shifting borders shaped not only place names, but also everyday lives and practices. Establishing, challenging, and guarding borders was inseparable from war, population exchanges, deportations, confinement, imprisonment.

New borders appeared as the collapse of the Soviet Union turned administrative borders into the national borders of new states. Some of these borders have been immediately challenged by separatist and/or nationalist movements, as in Nagorno-Karabakh, Transnistria, Abkhazia or Chechnya. Today, migration, displacement, and minorities also pose new challenges to states and societies in the expanded European Union. A number of institutions are today involved in the borders’ enforcement and management: national force ministries, international agencies, border assistance programs. The attention paid to borders in security, economic and identity policies make these peripheral territories increasingly central.

The issue will focus on borders and conflict in Imperial, Soviet and Post-Soviet contexts.

Topics of investigation could include:

Borders as object and result of power relations and international order
  • Nationalism, separatism and new states
  • State borders vs. Imperial borders vs. regional borders
  • Borders and armed conflicts
  • Cross-border violence
  • Gendered practices of border enforcements

Governing borders
  • Governmentality of territorial limits
  • Actors of border control
  • Crossing and transgressing borders
  • International cooperation and transborder policies
  • Economy of border enforcement

Borders and political communities
  • Imagined borders, remembered and forgotten borders and their effects
  • Internal borders
  • Defining citizenships, shaping citizens
  • Asylum seekers and refugees on borders
  • Schengen Area and “Fortress Europe”
  • Externalization of EU migration policy

Guidelines for submission

The journal will be published in three languages (French, English and Russian with a 100-word abstract in English), as a result of which most authors will be able to write in their native language. But we would like to draw your attention to the fact that articles in English will reach a much broader audience. The articles (30 000 to 50 000 characters) submitted for publication should be original contributions and should not be under consideration for any other publication. Each article will be submitted to double-anonymous peer review; final decisions on publication will be made by the Editorial Board.

If you wish to submit an article, please first contact the Chief Editor ( and send a 100-word abstract in English. For details about the guidelines for article submission please check

The deadline for article submission is end of December 2016 with publication in Autumn 2017.

We welcome also shorter research notes (15 000 signs), interviews as well as presentation of unpublished documents. For details contact 18th issue editors

Papers dealing with other issues related to armies and power institutions in the CIS, as well as book review proposals are also welcome.

Book Reviews

Publishers interested in publicizing their editions, please send review copies to: Elisabeth Sieca-Kozlowski, CERSIPS c/° CERCEC, 190-198 av. de France 75244 Paris cedex 13.

Scientific Board: Adrian Beck (UK), Alexander Belkin (Russia), Frédéric Charillon (France), Stephen Cimbala (USA), Julian Cooper (UK), Roger Mc Dermott (UK), Isabelle Facon (France), Mark Galeotti (UK), Boris Gladarev (Russia), Aleksandr Gol'ts (Russia), Dmitry Gorenburg (USA), Dale Herspring (USA), Jacob Kipp (USA), Matthew Light (Canada), Philippe Manigart (Belgium), Kimberly Zisk Marten (USA), Michael Orr  (UK), Michael Parrish (USA), Nikolay Petrov (Russia), Eduard Ponarin (Russia), Jean-Christophe Romer (France), Jacques Sapir (France), Manfred Sapper (Germany), Louise Shelley (USA), Richard Staar (USA), Brian Taylor (USA), Mikhail Tsypkin (USA), Stephen Webber (UK), Elena Zdravomyslova (Russia).


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