Resource: Soyuz – The Research Network for Postsocialist Studies

Join the new SOYUZ listserv!

Soyuz is broadly conceived as a group of scholars working in postsocialist studies. It serves as a vehicle to promote the study of postsocialist societies, the dissemination of current research, and collaborative and interdisciplinary work among an international community of scholars. For a long time, Soyuz had a listserv through H-Net/H-Commons, but we decided to make a more inclusive listserv with a platform (Google Groups) that is easy for people to manage. Some of you have already been added to the listserv. If you want to be added or change your email address, just email the Soyuz webmaster Dafna Rachok (darachok [at] This listserv is seen as complementing the Soyuz Facebook page ( and the Soyuz website (  

Resources: The Rhetorical Rise and Demise of “Democracy” in Russian Political Discourse

In December 2021 Academic Studies Press published The Rhetorical Rise and Demise of “Democracy” in Russian Political Discourse, Volume One: The Path from Disaster toward Russian “Democracy” by David Cratis Williams, Marilyn J. Young, and Michael K. Launer. In the early 1980s the Communist Party still maintained nearly total control of political messaging in the USSR. This situation began to change after KAL007 was shot down in 1983. Then came Chernobyl (1986), which led to the development of a nascent civil society and, ultimately, the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991. Volume One focuses on analysis of rhetoric, public address, and political argumentation during the late Soviet period. Various studies (some previously unpublished) describe interactions between the US and USSR concerning these events. 

Resource: Scanned Issues of Samizdat Journals of the Late Soviet Period (University of Toronto Library)

We would like to draw your attention to some resources available for students, teachers and researchers in the Project for the Study of Dissidence and Samizdat (PSDS) ( at the University of Toronto Library. Under the button “Journals,” you will find scanned issues of over 20 samizdat journals. This is a unique resource on uncensored art and literature of the late Soviet period. The set includes the landmark edition of Soviet conceptualism, the MANI folios, from the Forschungsstelle Osteuropa at Bremen University, as well as a full set of issues of the important Leningrad journal Chasy (The Clock, 1-80), furnished by the Andrei Belyi Centre in St. Petersburg. Users will also find nearly full sets of the outstanding journals Thirty–Seven and Transponans.

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Russian as a Foreign Language Olympiad (St. Petersburg State University)

Deadline: October 29, 2021

Saint Petersburg State University is holding a unique Olympiad in Russian as a foreign language in the USA.
We invite all students from US universities to participate in our online event. 
Registration on the website is open until October 29.

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Prof. Dev: Academic Libraries of Siberia

Event Dates: Oct. 8 and Oct. 22, 2021

We invite you to a 2-part webinar devoted to academic libraries of Siberia on Friday, October 8 at 10 am EDT, and Friday, October 22 at 10 am EDT.

Librarians from six Siberian cities will introduce their unique collections (including electronic collections), discuss interesting projects and international collaborations at their libraries, and field questions from those in attendance.

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Remote Teaching Resources (American Historical Association)

The American Historical Association’s Remote Teaching Resources compiles materials and tools to help historians develop courses and teach remotely in online and hybrid environments. The site is a central location for resources that have been professionally vetted by historians, offering instructors access to high-quality materials that meet professional standards. Part of Confronting a Pandemic: Historians and COVID-19, the site is funded by a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) CARES Grant. The project is ongoing through May 15, 2021, and will be updated weekly with new resources.

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Resource: Etazhi Textbook

Georgetown University Press is delighted to announce the publication of Etazhi. This book, coauthored by Evgeny Dengub and Susanna Nazarova, uses the communicative approach to advance student’s Russian proficiency from the Novice High / Intermediate Low level of the ACTFL scale to an Intermediate Mid / Intermediate High level. Designed for one academic year of instruction, Etazhi engages students with highly relevant topics to internalize new vocabulary, expand their grammatical reach, and deepen their cultural understanding of Russian speakers. For more information, please see <> or email Stephanie Rojas at

Internship Database (Clements Center for National Security)

The Clements Center at The University of Texas at Austin maintains a comprehensive catalogue of opportunities for students ranging from internships in foreign policy to young professional programs. Currently, the database holds 185 entries with new opportunities being added throughout the year. As a reminder, many Summer 2022 internships with the U.S. Government that require a security clearance have early Fall 2021 deadlines.

Resource: Online Encyclopedia of Literary Neo-Avant-Gardes

NEW PUBLICATION: Online Encyclopedia of Literary Neo-Avant-Gardes

The OELN or Online Encyclopedia of Literary Neo-Avant-Gardes is a new online academic publication available at Its mission is to present and contextualize postwar literary experimentation across languages and cultures. By means of accessible introductions, readers are initiated into the literary aims, strategies, and themes of postwar authors, works, and movements showing affinity with the avant-gardes.

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Resource: Language and Education during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Ural Federal University is glad to announce the publication of its handbook “LANGUAGE AND EDUCATION DURING THE COVID-19 – PANDEMIC – AN INTERNATIONAL APPROACH TO NEW PRACTICES AND ADAPTIONS”, which includes papers in English and Russian based on two round tables, which were held online in 2020 and 2021 at the Ural Federal University in Ekaterinburg, Russia.

It is available online here:

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