Since 2008 the editors initiated the preparation of thematic issues. 

Upcoming releases, the themes and deadlines for materials to publish:
2017 No.3
The theme:
"V.K. Arsenyev at the origins of comprehensive regional studies of the Russian Far East"
Deadline: July, 16th, 2017
2017 No.4
The theme:
"Development of the peripheries: Comparative studies of politics and practices"
Deadline: October, 16th, 2017
2016 3 2017 4

The Baikal Asia region is a geocultural sphere of Russian and Mongolian world’s interaction. The central object, defined not only the name of the region, but its natural-climatic, social, economic characteristics, is Baikal Lake. In this regard, the Baikal Asia region is one of the most strategically important one for the Russian Federation that is determined by the natural resources, territory, geopolitical position. This transborder space is a multi-component structure of the interaction of social systems (including economic, political, and cultural components) of Russia, Mongolia, and China. The Baikal region becomes a provider and an important node of interaction in Northeast Asia. The question is who will control this buffer zone? What is the mechanism of its political system, and what are the difficulties faced by the ruling elite? What is the social structure of communities living in the area? What are the trends in the sphere of interaction of different social groups? These and other issues will be considered in the thematic section of the journal.

History has different conceptual explanations of the various colonization models of periphery, colonies, frontiers, which led to totally diverse results in terms of social, economic and political development. The US and Canada represent an obvious example of successes while postcolonial African countries symbolize a clear picture of failures. In the Ojkumena special issue we will focus on varied aspects of peopling and development of peripheral, remote territories of different countries and world regions. Our authors, - historians, economists, sociologists, - will present papers on colonization, and development, including the emergence and development of property and population management regimes as well as on the formation of modern discourses in human sciences aiming to study this region.

For information on the principles of preparation and processing of materials for submission to the Editor, please, refer to the section «Guidelines».