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Subject: 25.3968, Calls: Russian; Discourse Analysis; Ling & Literature; Sociolinguistics/ Zeitschrift für Slavische Philologie (Jrnl)

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Date: Thu, 09 Oct 2014 20:50:55
From: Tilman Berger [tberger at uni-tuebingen.de]
Subject: Russian; Discourse Analysis; Ling & Literature; Sociolinguistics/ Zeitschrift für Slavische Philologie (Jrnl)

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Full Title: Zeitschrift für Slavische Philologie 

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis; Ling & Literature; Sociolinguistics 

Subject Language(s): Russian (rus)

Call Deadline: 15-Dec-2014 

Call for Papers for a special issue of Zeitschrift für Slavische Philologie,
dedicated to: 
Mat, Slander, Blasphemy, Propaganda, and Extremism: The Culture and Politics
of Verbal Prohibition in Putin's Russia

Guest Editors:
Prof. Michael S. Gorham (U. of Florida)
Prof. Daniel Weiss (U. of Zürich)

Since the beginning of Vladimir Putin's third presidential term, Russian
society has been on the receiving end of a flood of legislative initiatives
that in some manner attempt to regulate language and speech in the public
sphere. Among them, a May 2012 law re-criminalizing slander, the August 2012
law ''On the Protection of Children from Information Harmful to Their Health
and Development,'' the July 2013 ''Law on Punishment for the Defamation of
Religious Feelings'' (otherwise known as the ''anti-blasphemy law''), a series
of laws penalizing vaguely defined notions of ''extremism,'' and, most
recently, the April 2014 law regulating the use of obscenity in the mass
media, theater, literature, and film. How do we best understand this trend?
How does it reflect broader attitudes toward language, speech, public morals,
and relationships between the individual and society? Does it reflect a new
moral conservatism and if so, to what extent does it enjoy popular support, or
have roots in more time-honored traditions? What are the intended and
unintendedconsequences of such legislative prohibitions? To what extent are
they feasible from a jurisprudential perspective? How, if at all, does it
impact the language culture of Russian society and subgroups therein? Are
there ways in which such attempts at verbal regulation may serve as a
positive, civilizing force? To what extent, and in what ways, do the debates
over public language reflect broader concerns about, or visions of, Russian
national identity?

To provide fresh, interdisciplinary perspective on these questions,
Zeitschrift für Slavische Philologieinvites manuscript submissions for a
special issue devoted to the culture and politics of verbal prohibition in
Putin's Russia. Submissions may focus on a broad range of interrelated topics,
which may include (but need not be limited to):
- Cultural, linguistic, legal, and/or conceptual histories of the targeted
areas of language prohibition;
- Analyses of court cases and juridical proceedings involving the application
of the laws in question;
- Studies of the literary, historical, and/or political contexts, precedents,
or manifestations of language monitoring and control;
- Critical discourse analyses of keywords, media, or genres as they relate to
various forms of verbal prohibition;
- Profiles of individuals, laws, events, or media central to the current trend
of verbal prohibition;
- Studies investigating the impact of verbal prohibition in Russia either
historically or in the contemporary context.

- December 15, 2014: 250-word abstract proposal
- March 15, 2015: completed draft of article (max. 9000 words)

Papers may be submitted in English, Russian, or German, and will go through
double-blind peer review. Those accepted for publication will likely appear in
the second 2016 issue of the journal.

Please send abstracts and draft submissions to: to Prof. Tilman Berger
(tberger at uni-tuebingen.de).

For detailed submissionguidelines, please see:

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