Since 2008 the editors initiated the preparation of thematic issues. 

Upcoming releases, the themes and deadlines for materials to publish:
2023 No.2                                        
The theme:                                            
"Russia in the post-imperial and post-colonial world"
Deadline: April, 16th, 2023                         
2023 No.3
The theme:
"The art of being (un) governed. The Chinese and Koreans in agriculture of the Eastern Russia over 160 years"
Deadline: July, 16th, 2023
2019 4
2020 1                       


The thematic section addresses the problem of how Russia, with its deep imperial heritage, political and mental traditions, is (or can be) integrated into the modern world, in which the imperial and colonial principles of coexistence of countries and peoples are clearly being overcome. This kind of "overcoming" does not mean that the hegemony of certain states ceases to be an active factor in politics, but indicates that the right to "leadership in the union" has a different nature than imperial-colonial dependence. It seems to be an erroneous attempt to describe the modern world, the relationship between the center and the periphery in the old terms. Of interest is the study of the attempts of politicians and scientists to describe and present the modern post-imperial and post-colonial situation in concepts belonging to the past era. The time of empires has passed, but the idea, in its transformed form, has remained. ("The dead seize the living"). In the light of contemporary trends, the historical experience of Russia's development of the territories of the Far East also allows for rethinking. In theoretical and methodological terms, the rubric uses the heuristics of the world-system approach, postcolonial theory and mobility theory.


The special issue is designed as a collection of cases examining the presence of Chinese and Koreans in the agriculture of Eastern Russia over 160 years, i.e. since the signing of the Treaty of Aigun. We aim to:

- emphasis on how the state (the Russian Empire, the Soviet Union, and finally modern Russia) has built and is building relations with ethnic Koreans/Chinese – foreign subjects, its citizens, and finally economic migrants – involved in agricultural production;

- focus on how ethnic Koreans/Chinese – farmers, agricultural workers, collective farm members, and migrant workers – become (not) governed by the state;

- reveal external effects of subordination or avoidance of being subordinate of particular ethnic groups to the state rules over land and people.

Our special issue seeks to contribute to the debate unfolding in global history on the formation of the modern state and society, giving a voice to those deprived of it in the epistemological domination of the European view of the world.

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