CFP: Journal “Vremennik Russkogo Formalizma”

Deadline: April 1, 2023

Journal “Vremennik Russkogo
Formalizma” (
is pleased to invite proposals for the next issue to be published in vol. I/

After a long decade of silence, four important international conferences
(Moscow 2013, Sheffield 2015, Paris 2015, Stanford 2015) celebrated the
centennial of the birth of Russian formalism, a movement whence emerged a
science of literature (Bottiroli 2006). The crisis of structuralism, on the
one hand, and growing aversion to theory in the humanities, on the other,
paradoxically marginalized the last century’s most original and irreverent
current of thought. The numerous recent publications dedicated to the
formalist school reveal the need to achieve some continuity in discussion on
concepts, themes, and questions that the formalists had identified,
regimented, and elaborated but not fully developed.

This is the background for the establishment of a new magazine, Vremennik
russkogo formalizma, marking the start of a new phase of discussion,
incorporating the outcomes of twentieth-century critical thinking reevaluated
in the light of the new heuristics of the twenty-first.
We are ready to collect and amplify contributions from all of you who believe
that the momentum of formalist thinking is not yet exhausted, that it has yet
to run its course.

With the aim of sparking bountiful discussion, the first issue aims to
reconstruct the historical-cultural dynamics of the context of the
protagonists and ideas of the formalist school. The issue originates in the
awareness we still lack a sound reconstruction of Russian formalism of
sufficient breadth and depth to describe its identity. This is a challenge
that can be undertaken—cognizant, naturally, of the broad proportions such
work will take—because it is only by sketching a map of the dialectical
relations among protagonists, associated figures, students, epigones, and
antagonists that we can obtain a more accurate, and more authentic, profile of
the movement.

We welcome contributions on:
1.      Formalism and environs: sympathizers and adversaries.
2.      OPOJAZ and MLK: affinities and divergences
3.      Formalists and politics
4.      Formalists and academia
5.      Formalists in literary journals
6.      Formalists and publishers
7.      The artistic side of Formalism

The Nauka section of this issue seeks contributions regarding the
extraordinary figure of Yuri Lotman on the thirtieth anniversary of his

Each issue of the magazine will present translations into different languages
of a text from the formalist corpus. The text chosen for this first issue is
Literaturny byt.

Authors should send the abstract (up to 300 words ) to,
along with a list of keywords (up to 5) and a brief bio of the author (100-150
words), all in English.
Deadline abstract: April 1st, 2023
Notification of acceptance:  May 1st, 2023
Deadline paper: August 1st, 2023
Release: December 2023