Vestnik – Issue 8, Winter 2010

Vestnik was launched by SRAS in 2004 as one of the world’s first online academic journals focused on showcasing student research. We welcome and invite papers written by undergraduates, graduates, and postgraduates. Research on any subject related to the broad geographic area outlined above is accepted. If you have written solid research eligible for publication according to the guidelines listed here, please submit it.

This, our eighth issue, sees Vestnik return after a nearly-three-year hiatus with another great issue! We have original archival research on “Collaboration and Resistance in Occupied Mogilevskaya Oblast” in Soviet Belarus during WWII. “Tolstoy’s Peasant Schools at Yasnaya Polyana” explores the history and philosophy behind Leo Tolstoy’s experimental school. “Environmental Policy and Politics of Lake Baikal” discusses environmental organizations and the psychology of environmentalism in Irkutsk, Russia.

In literature, “Identity Fragmentation in Babel’s ‘Story of My Dovecote’” explores what it meant to be Jewish in Tsarist Russia through Isaac Babel’s short story. Taking a more experimental approach, “Nabokov vs. Набоков: A Literary Investigation of Linguistic Relativity” explores the linguistic differences in Vladimir Nabokov’s autobiographies by breaking his word choices down to “primitives.” Lastly, “Gogol’s ‘The Portrait’ and Russian Orthodox Iconography” examines the historical influences of the great schism on Gogol’s short story.

Keep an eye out for our November newsletter, where the winner of our first ever $200 Jury Award will be announced!

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Articles also available individually in HTML below

2010-11-10 – Environmental Policy and Politics of Lake Baikal

2010-10-19 – Nabokov vs. Набоков: A Literary Investigation of Linguistic Relativity

2010-10-18 – Tolstoy’s Peasant Schools at Yasnaya Polyana

2010-10-18 – Identity Fragmentation in Babel’s “Story of My Dovecote”

2010-10-18 – Collaboration and Resistance in Occupied Mogilevskaya Oblast

2010-11-02 – Gogol’s “The Portrait” and Russian Orthodox Iconography

About the Author

Josh Wilson

Josh Wilson is the Assistant Director for The School of Russian and Asian Studies (SRAS) and Communications Director for Alinga Consulting Group. In those capacities, he has been managing publications and informative websites covering geopolitics, history, business, economy, and politics in Eurasia since 2003. He is based in Moscow, Russia. For SRAS, he also assists in program development and leads the Home and Abroad and Challenge Grant scholarship writing programs.