Call for submissions

Ideology and Politics Journal―Calls for papers:

issue 2, 2020: The image of ‘the Other’ in Post-Socialist Societies

issue 3, 2020: Universal Norms in a Time of Sovereigntism

The Ideology and Politics Journal (IPJ) is dedicated to the analysis of ideologies in their political, social, and conceptual forms. Devoted to the advancement of understanding of socio-political processes in post-Soviet Belarus, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine, as well as the wider space of the former Soviet Union, the IPJ addresses the ideological and intellectual issues arising from the formation of new societies in post-Soviet space.  The IPJ encourages discussion of the historical, cultural and ethical dimensions of political action, with the intention of contributing to both the advancement of interdisciplinary research of contemporary ideologies and the promotion of good politics in the countries of the region.

The Ideology and Politics Journal is a peer-reviewed interdisciplinary journal published once or twice a year in electronic form. The Journal is indexed by Scopus (since December 2016), the DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals, since 2015) and the Index Copernicus (since 2017).

issue 2, 2020: The image of ‘the Other’ in Post-Socialist Societies

Intensive instrumental use and misuse of the image of ‘the Other’ proves to be a common feature of all post-Soviet nations. As a rule, ‘the Other’ embodied a set of intertwined cultural, ethnic, gender, social, religious stereotypes born in 18-19th centuries with qualities reinvented through the ‘age of extremes’ started by the I World War. Use, misuse and abuse of stereotyped image of ‘the Other’ gained new significance and scale under current circumstances: attempts of revolutions and authoritarian reaction to them in Eastern Europe, immigration crisis in Europe, war in Ukraine and Syria.

Our new issue aims at dealing with these practices of manipulation by the image of the Other enhanced by new communicative and media technologies and by disappearance of classical ‘national’ borders in post-Soviet societies. Deconstruction of stereotyped images of the Other and critical assessment of relevant public/policy practices proves to be among most appealing needs for scholarly international community.

Consequently, this issue aims to scrutinize the following themes:

  • politics of the ‘othering’;
  • new quality of the ‘othering’ in old and new media;
  • political, social and cultural discourses leading to new or dormant conflicts;
  • hate speech and broad use of negative stereotypes about the Other in political and educational practices;

Single-case and comparative studies of the defined topics are most welcome.

Articles (min 5,000 words, max. 15,000 words) should be submitted no later than March 1, 2020 to the editor’s e-mail address [mikhailminakov1971@gmail.com].

issue 3, 2020: Universal Norms in a Time of Sovereigntism

The longstanding consensus around the liberal rules-based order is under assault from all sides. National elites―equally in old and new democracies―have seemingly abandoned the universal values that both inspired and defined the post-World War II and the post-Cold War periods.  Instead, they advocate for the superiority of their nation-state’s interests—a phenomenon referred to as sovereigntism.  Contemporary sovereigntists deny the legitimacy of universal rights, supranational or international actors, and global market forces in the pursuit of more populist and nationalistic goals.

This IPJ issue will be dedicated to finding answers for a number of questions, including:

  • How did sovereigntists become so influential on the national and international stage?
  • Can international peace and human rights norms survive in the world-system of exceptionalisms?
  • What are the potential implications of continuing down the current path for political systems in Europe?
  • What is the relationship between transnational human rights and domestic constitutional law, especially in post-socialist countries?
  • What is the conceptual language that can adequately describe the current change? What are antiuniversalism, antiglobalism, and sovereigntism?
  • What are the causes of the Western nations’ disunity and decline of the Western rules-based order?
  • What are the specific features of Russian and Eurasian sovereigntist policies? Can the sovereigntist regimes coexist peacefully? Is “sovereign democracy” possible?
  • How has the illiberal turn in Eastern and Central Europe undermined liberal democracy and individual rights? Will Eastern and Central European sovereigntism follow Russia’s path? Which actors can limit and reverse the spread of sovereigntism?

Single-case and comparative studies of the defined topics are most welcome.

Articles (min 5,000 words, max. 15,000 words) should be submitted no later than July 10, 2020 to the editor’s e-mail address [mikhailminakov1971@gmail.com].

Submitted texts should be arranged in accordance with the Instructions for authors that are specified here: [http://ideopol.org/?page_id=7]. The decision on publication will be made subsequent to two blind peer reviews of the manuscript. All authors who have submitted their articles will be notified on Editorial Board’s decision not later then six months after submission.

To enhance international dialogue on the regional issues, IPJ accepts the submission of articles in Belarussian, English, Russian and Ukrainian. All accepted articles are published in their original language with abstracts in English, Russian and Ukrainian.

Publication in our journal does not involve any fees or honoraria.