Since 2008 the editors initiated the preparation of thematic issues. 

Upcoming releases, the themes and deadlines for materials to publish:

2020 No.4

The theme: 

"Life on the Frontier: Migration and Mobility in the Borderland" 

Deadline: October, 16th, 2020

2021 No.1

The theme:

""The Invisible City": Russian Cities Beyond Academic and Power Discourse"

Deadline: January, 16th, 2021

2019 4
2020 1


Social transformations taking place in modern society affect all spheres of human life without exception. At that, there is a specific regionalization of transformational processes, which, combined with geopolitical, economic, socio-cultural characteristics, acquire originality and regional flavor. All this fully applies to the border regions. The status of the border area as an outpost of the country does not lose its significance, and, at the same time, the need to understand the processes of migration mobility taking place in the border area and their impact on the life strategies of the local population is becoming actual. Overcoming difficulties that are experiencing the inhabitants of the borderland is impossible without reliable scientific knowledge about actual practices of their life: how people living in the border regions, are involved in the migration and mobility processes; what are the specific characteristics of the border region; does it serve not only as an interstate barrier, but also as a bridge for socio-economic, cultural, scientific and other exchange? These and other questions are supposed to be considered in the thematic section of the issue.




The image of the Russian city, which is rapidly forming in the domestic academic discourse, is emerging more and more clearly. In it, the features that are endowed with the city not only by the actors of its development, but also by researchers who select plots, problems and groups that are placed in the focus of analysis, are brought to the judgment of reviewers and the readers, are embodied in articles, books, lectures, and popular programs. The media are no less active in creating the image of the city, addressing it not only to the man in the street and the authorities, but also – as an object of study – to experts and researchers. However, for a variety of reasons, a significant part of the Russian city is beyond their views. In the academic text, the image is formed not of a real Russian city, but only of its visible part. Visible due to the interests of researchers, dominant theories, power priorities, and market conditions. Other parts of the city remain excluded from both academic and media, power discourse. What processes take place on the border of the "visible" and "invisible" city, what groups participate in them, how this borderland develops – all this requires research attention. The proposed rubric is focused not only on the discussion of specific issues that are extremely poorly included in modern Russian urban studies, but also on the formulation of a more general problem of studying the "unspeakable" (according to Sh. Rothbard) city based on Siberian and Far Eastern material.

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