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Новая русистика

[New Russian Studies]

Международный журнал современной филологической и ареальной русистики

International journal of contemporary philological and Russian area studies

ISSN 1803-4950 (print); ISSN 2336-4564 (on-line)

The journal Новая русистика is included in the international ERIH PLUS database.

Published by the Czech Association of Slavists in cooperation with the Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic

Editorial policy, objectives and focus of the journal

Новая русистика is a peer-reviewed scholarly journal which publishes articles from the field of philology and Russian area studies. The role of the journal is to develop and cultivate Russian philological and area research and to create space for the presentation of new findings and methodological thinking.

The journal is headed by an executive editorial board, an editorial circle comprising Russianists from the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Germany and Belarus. The journal has four sections: Studies, Marginalia, Reviews and Informatory. The first is published in Russian with English abstracts (and in substantiated cases, Czech or Slovak abstracts), and the others in Russian and other Slavic and world languages. The studies undergo a review procedure, carried out at the request of the executive editorial board by a group of lecturers comprising Czech and foreign Russianists.

1) Новая русистика is an international journal which is based on traditions of European thinking about language and literature on the basis of morphological and structural approaches as well as various poststructuralist, communicative, receptionist and anthropological concepts and procedures.

2) Новая русистика maintains close ties with philological and other humanities and social sciences with the scope of area philology.

3) Новая русистика cultivates discussion on methodological issues of modern linguistics and literary science, particularly in the field of Russian studies.

4) Новая русистика opens research horizons and clarifies topics of Russian area studies in a broader concept.

5) Новая русистика is open to Russianists of various methodological orientations, but mainly develops an initial area direction offering synthesis of philological and area procedures.

6) Новая русистика supports international cooperation of Russianists in relation to Czech, Slovak and other institutions in the sense of organisation of workshops, seminars and international conferences, symposia and programmes on issues of Russian studies and their individual disciplines.

7) Новая русистика makes an effort to inspire the development of linguistic and literary science disciplines in general, and Russianist in particular, based on the Czech tradition of comparative and confrontational language and literary research with regard to the typified (generic) nature of literature.

8) Новая русистика does not avoid the methodology of teaching Russian and Russian literature at a scientific level in connection with the development of linguistics and literary science.

9) Новая русистика is not a generational but intergenerational, not a group but an open journal, whose task is, among other things, to interconnect the activities of  younger and older generations of Russianists with varying opinions and methodological foundations, and thus to make an effort to ensure the developmental continuity of the discipline in a non-ethical and value sense.

10) Новая русистика endeavours to strengthen the social position of Russianism in an international, European, Central-European and Czech-Slovak context, and makes an effort to study the ethno-psycho-socio processes beyond philological area Russian studies, e.g. the problems of the cultural integration of Russian speaking immigrants, or Eastern Slavs in general, in Central Europe, as well as mutual relations between Central Europe and Russia.

History of the Periodical

With the publication frequency of two issues per year, the periodical Novaja Rusistika is supposed to fill in the gap which appeared after the discontinuation of the periodical Československá Rusistika at the end of the year 1990. Československá Rusistika, as the only periodical at the territory of former Czechoslovakia focusing solely at Russian studies, went through various stages in its development. At some points, its quality decreased for various internal (editorial) and external (mostly ideological) reasons. However, it also had its peaks—in the 1960s and partly in the 1980s. The periodical Novaja Rusistika aims to pick up the threads primarily of these stages in the development of Československá Rusistika.

During the 1990s, and especially after the dissolution of Czechoslovakia, it was becoming more and more apparent that regardless of constantly widening publication possibilities of Czech and Slovak Slavonic studies, there is still no Russian studies periodical with international significance which would respond to the shifts in understanding of this principal field of Slavonic studies and also to the meaning and place of Russian language, art, culture and Russia itself in the contemporary world. The conception of the Brno area studies developed at the Department of Slavonic Studies at the Masaryk’s University Faculty of Arts was used to achieve this goal. Because of the circumstances, it was necessary to broaden the original Czechoslovakian framework and to open the journal for Central European Russian studies as well, and to make the periodical international in the sense of close collaboration among European Russian studies experts.