Women and the Military in Russia

CFP: Journal of Power Institutions in Post-Soviet Societies

The editors of the Journal of Power Institutions in Post-Soviet Societies (www.pipss.org) invite scholars and experts to submit papers for publication in a special issue on "Women and Military Institutions in Russia and the Post-Soviet Area."

Pipss.org is a new electronic journal of social sciences devoted to the armed forces and power institutions of post-Soviet societies. Pipss.org is a multi-disciplinary journal, which addresses issues across a broad field of disciplines including sociology, anthropology, political science, psychology, economics, history, legal science. Its main objective is to study changes and their underlying mechanisms in post-Soviet republics, through the analysis of the institutions that remain most hidden from the public eye: armies and power institutions. As an electronic journal, Pipss.org also aims to promote scholarly debate across as broad an audience as possible, and make CIS research available to Western scholars. Thanks to its international scientific board drawn from a large pool of leadingacademics and experts in their respective fields, it is in a position to become a leading source of analysis on post-Soviet societies. Pipss.org is a member of the French CNRS/EHESS scientific journals' network (Revues.org) and a Principal Partner of the International Security Network (ISN, www.isn.ethz.ch).

The issue editors of vol. 5 would like to invite scholars and experts to submit their papers for publication in a special issue on "Women and Military Institutions in Russia and the Post-Soviet Area". The subject is to be approached from a pluridisciplinary angle, touching on historical, political, social and economic aspects. Attention will be paid as much to the role of women within military institutions as to the relations between women and the army in Russia and the other CIS republics.

In this issue, preference is given (but not limited) to four major categories:

  1. The social role of women in their relations with the armed forces:
    • The social function of the soldier's wife, past and present
    • Careers, lives and times of soldiers' wives
    • Origins and functions of organisations of soldiers' wives (the role of the army's patronage system: zhensoviet / zhenotdel and Council of Parents of Servicemen of Russia, Belarusian Armed Forces' Women's Councils etc.)
    • The role of women in the economic functioning of military institutions
  2. Organisations of soldiers' mothers in Russia and the CIS:
    • Relations between organisations of soldiers' mothers and military authorities
    • Regional organisations and their modes of action with the authorities
    • The specificity of "feminine" intervention in the armed forces
    • Specific registers of justification used by women in their relations with military institutions such as, for example, "maternal right(s)"
    • Political action by soldiers' mothers, notably in the context of setting up a political party
  3. Women in armed conflicts:
    • The role of women during armed conflicts in the Soviet and post-Soviet area: Afghanistan, Nagorny Karabakh, Chechnya...
    • Women veterans: social reintegration on returning to civilian life, the place of women in veterans' organisations, comparison between the status of male and female veterans
    • Women civilians in zones of armed conflict: humanitarian organizations other than movements of soldiers' mothers, mothers in search of their enlisted sons
  4. Women within the armed forces and power ministries:
    • The status of women in power ministries (police, defence, transport, borders)
    • The choice of a career in the army or police
    • Which work for women within power ministries?
    • Women's careers in the power ministries
    • The place of women in the prison system

Papers dealing with other issues related to armies and power institutions in the CIS, as well as book review proposals are also welcome.

Publishers interested in publicizing their editions, please send review copies to:
Elisabeth Sieca-Kozlowski
15 rue Charlot
75003 Paris

Guidelines for article submission:
The journal will be published in four languages (French, English, Russian, and German with a 100-word abstract in English) thanks to which most authors will be able to write in their mother tongue. This will ensure greater precision in the articles and avoid a decrease in scientific quality. But we draw your attention to the fact that most Pipss.org readers are essentially English speakers, therefore we do encourage articles in English in order to reach an audience as broad as possible.

The articles submitted to Pipss.org for publication should be original contributions and should not be under consideration for any other publication at the same time. Manuscripts should be attached as Microsoft Word format. References should be given in footnotes. (For more details about the guidelines for article submission please check www.pipss.org or contact the Editorial Board). There should be a cover page stating the author's background and affiliation, full address.

If you wish to submit an article, please first contact the editorial board and send a 100-word abstract in English. The deadline for article submission is May 10, 2006, with publication in June. Final decisions on publication will be made by the Editorial Board.

Please send your contributions or inquiries to:
Elisabeth Sieca-Kozlowski, Chief Editor,
or Anna Colin Lebedev (5th Issue Editor)

Editorial Board: Eden Cole, Francoise Dauce, Gilles Favarel-Garrigues, Anna Colin Lebedev, Anne Le Huerou, Elisabeth Sieca-Kozlowski, Joris Van Bladel