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The Canadian Association of Slavists is proud to announce the results of the 2008 CAS Annual Essay Contest for Best Graduate and Undergraduate Essays

The CAS essay prize for the best Graduate essay is awarded to Timothy Sayle, an MA candidate in History at the University of Toronto (nominated by Prof. Robert E. Johnson) for his essay "Andropov and the Hungarian Complex."

The Undergraduate essay prize is awarded to Megan Butler (BA 2008, University of Lethbridge, AB; joint major in History and Art History). Meagan's essay, "The Prayers of the Soviets," was nominated by Prof. Christopher Burton

Congratulations to our winners and their professors! Our heartfelt gratitude goes to the readers of many excellent essays, and for making this tough and just choice.

The Canadian Association of Slavists/Taylor and Francis Book Prize in Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies 

The Canadian Association of Slavists' Taylor and Francis Book Prize was established in 2014 and is sponsored by Taylor and Francis Publishers. It is awarded annually for the best academic book in Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies published in the previous calendar year by a Canadian author (citizen or permanent resident).

The book prize jury consists of three members chosen by the CAS executive. Nominations for the 2018 Book Prize competition are to be postmarked by or on 15 May 2018The prize winner will be announced in an e-mail to CAS members and on the CAS/CSP website in September 2018. The winner receives a cash award of $250 CAD and recognition at the annual conference of the Canadian Association of Slavists. 

Rules of eligibility for the Canadian Association of Slavists' Taylor and Francis Book Prize competition are as follows:

    • The copyright date inside the book must list the previous calendar year as the date of publication (the book must have been published in 2017 to be eligible for the 2018 competition).
    • The book must be in the form of a monograph, preferably by a single author, or by no more than two authors.
    • Authors must be citizens or permanent residents of Canada. 
    • The work must originally be published in French or English either in or outside Canada.
    • Works may deal with any aspect of Slavic, East European, or Eurasian Studies (languages, literatures, cinemas, cultures, visual arts, politics, history, etc.).
    • Textbooks in the strict sense of the word do not qualify, but a broad interpretive work of a major period or area qualifies.
    • Translations, bibliographies, reference works, edited volumes, and smaller works such as pamphlets are not eligible.

Nominating Instructions


Nomination for the prize can come from an author, a third party, or a publisher. There is no limit on the number of entries a publisher may submit.

Send an e-mail to the office of Canadian Slavonic Papers/Revue canadienne des slavistes (csp@ualberta.ca) to notify the Canadian Association of Slavists of your intent to nominate a publication for the CAS’ Taylor and Francis Book Prize. Please copy this e-mail to yourself as well.

Send one copy of the eligible monograph to each member of the book prize jury (see addresses below). Submissions should be marked “The Canadian Association of Slavists' Taylor and Francis Book Prize Nomination.” If you would like to receive an acknowledgment that your nomination was received, please enclose with the copy mailed to a jury member a note with your e-mail address or a self-addressed stamped envelope. Nominations must be postmarked by or on 15 May 2018 to be eligible for the 2018 competition.

It is the responsibility of the author (if s/he self-nominates), his/her nominator, or his/her publisher to send the books to the jury. Please note that books sent to members of the jury will not normally be returned once the competition is over. However, special arrangements to return a book may be made between a jury member and nominator after the competition ends.

2018 Jury for the Canadian Association of Slavists' Taylor and Francis Book Prize

Dr. Maryna Romanets, Committee Chair
maryna.romanets@unbc.ca
Mailing address:
Department of English
University of Northern British Columbia
3333 University Way
Prince George, BC, Canada
V2N 4Z9

Dr. Allan Reid
allanpreid1@gmail.com
Mailing address:
 Department of Culture and Media Studies
University of New Brunswick
P.O. Box 4400
Fredericton, NB, Canada
E3B 5A3 

Dr. Joy Demoskoff  
jdemoskoff@briercrest.ca
Mailing address:
P.O. Box 1075
Caronport, SK, Canada
S0H 0S0

Le prix Taylor & Francis pour le meilleur livre en études slaves, est-européennes et eurasiennes de l’Association canadienne des slavistes


Le prix Taylor & Francis de l’Association canadienne des slavistes a été créé en 2014 et est commandité par les éditeurs Taylor & Francis. Il est remis chaque année au meilleur livre académique dans le domaine des études slaves, est-européennes et eurasiennes publié au cours de l’année civile précédente par un auteur canadien (citoyen ou résident permanent).
Le jury pour le prix est composé de trois membres choisis par le comité de direction de l’ACS.
Les candidatures doivent être acheminées au plus tard le 15 mai 2018, le cachet de la poste faisant foi.  Veuillez noter qu’un membre du jury préfère recevoir les versions électroniques des livres.  

L’annonce du gagnant est faite au mois de septembre via un courriel aux membres de l’Association ainsi que sur le site Web de l’ACS/RCS. Le gagnant reçoit un prix en argent de 250 $ CA ainsi qu’une reconnaissance à la Conférence annuelle de l’Association canadienne des slavistes.

Les critères d’admissibilité pour le prix Taylor & Francis de l’Association canadienne des slavistes sont les suivants :

    • La date de copyright à l’intérieur du livre doit être celle de l’année civile précédente (un livre doit avoir été publié en 2017 pour être éligible à la compétition de 2018).
    • Le livre doit prendre la forme d’une monographie, préférablement écrite par un seul auteur ou par deux au maximum.
    • Les auteurs doivent être citoyens ou résidents permanents du Canada.
    • L’ouvrage doit être publié originellement en anglais ou en français, mais le lieu de publication, soit le Canada ou ailleurs, n’importe pas.
    • Les livres peuvent aborder n’importe quel aspect relié aux études slaves, est-européennes ou eurasiennes (la langue, la littérature, le cinéma, la culture, les arts visuels, la politique, l’histoire, etc.).
    • Les manuels dans le sens strict du terme ne sont pas admissibles, par contre, un ouvrage d'interprétation général traitant d'une époque ou d'un lieu important peut se qualifier.
    • Les traductions, les bibliographies, les ouvrages de référence, les ouvrages collectifs et les œuvres plus courtes comme les pamphlets ne sont par éligibles.

Instructions pour la mise en candidature 

      • Une mise en candidature pour le prix peut venir d’un auteur, d’un tiers, ou d’un éditeur. Il n’y a pas de limite au nombre de candidatures qu’un éditeur peut soumettre.

Envoyez un courriel au bureau de la Canadian Slavonic Papers/Revue canadienne des slavistes (csp@ualberta.ca) pour indiquer à l’Association canadienne des slavistes votre intention de faire une mise en candidature pour le prix Taylor & Francis. Envoyez également une copie du courriel à vous-même.

      • Envoyez une copie de la monographie éligible à chaque membre du jury (vous trouverez les adresses plus bas). Chaque soumission doit contenir la mention « Candidature pour le prix Taylor & Francis de l’Association canadienne des slavistes. » Si vous souhaitez recevoir une confirmation de réception de votre soumission, veuillez joindre dans chaque enveloppe destinée au jury une note avec votre courriel ou encore une enveloppe-réponse affranchie. Les mises en candidature doivent être envoyées par la poste au plus tard le 15 mai 2018, le cachet de la poste faisant foi, pour être éligibles à la compétition de 201.
      • Il est de la responsabilité de l’auteur (s’il présente sa propre candidature), de la personne qui le propose, ou de son éditeur de faire parvenir les livres au jury.
      • Veuillez noter que les livres envoyés au jury ne seront pas retournés lorsque la compétition sera terminée. Toutefois, une entente spéciale pour retourner le livre peut être faite entre l’auteur de la mise en candidature et le membre du jury après la compétition.

Le jury 2018 pour le prix Taylor & Francis de l’Association canadienne des slavistes 

Dr. Maryna Romanets, Président du comité   
maryna.romanets@unbc.ca
Mailing address:
Department of English
University of Northern British Columbia
3333 University Way
Prince George, BC, Canada
V2N 4Z9

Dr. Allan Reid
allanpreid1@gmail.com
Mailing address:
 Department of Culture and Media Studies
University of New Brunswick
P.O. Box 4400
Fredericton, NB, Canada
E3B 5A3 

Dr. Joy Demoskoff  
jdemoskoff@briercrest.ca
Mailing address:
P.O. Box 1075
Caronport, SK, Canada
S0H 0S0

The Canadian Association of Slavists' 
Taylor and Francis Book Prize 
in Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies

We are pleased to announce the winner of the 2017 Canadian Association of Slavists/Taylor & Francis book prize. Dr. Max Bergholz's book, Violence as a Generative Force: Identity, Nationalism, and Memory in a Balkan Community (Cornell University Press, 2016) is the winning entry.In their report, the members of the jury described Dr. Bergholz's work as
 “An extremely powerful book, excellent in every way: exhaustively (and courageously) researched; meticulously documented; well written and theoretically well informed. The author uncovers the untold story behind a bout of extreme ethnic violence in Kulen Vakuf (a rural area straddling Bosnia and Croatia) in 1941. The author is unflinching in piecing together the sad and gruesome facts, which give insight into the local dynamics of a conflict situation in which war has broken down central authority. The author seeks to illuminate not just how ethnic conflicts break out, but also how some individuals and groups try to de-escalate, stop or prevent conflict. The former Yugoslavia has become known as a place where neighbor fought neighbor, but Bergholz argues that the perpetrators of atrocities were a minority, and that even at the worst of times there were those who were willing to step up to try to save civilians. This complicated story will chart new paths for future researchers of ethnicity and conflict."

List of Past Book Prize Winners

2017 Max Bergholz, Violence as a Generative Force: Identity,
Nationalism, and Memory in a Balkan Community (Cornell University
Press).

2016 Myroslav Shkandrij, Ukrainian Nationalism: Politics, Ideology, and Literature, 1929-1956 (Yale University Press).

2015 Alan Barenberg, Gulag Town, Company Town: Forced Labor and its Legacy in Vorkuta (Yale University Press).

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The Canadian Association of Slavists Announces Its Undergraduate and Graduate Student Essay Contests for 2017

The Canadian Association of Slavists (CAS) offers two awards for the best students essays, one at the undergraduate, the other at the graduate level.

Papers completed in any discipline relating to the region of Central and Eastern Europe are eligible. Students participating in the contest must have been enrolled in a Canadian educational institution during the preceding academic year (Fall 2016-Winter 2017). Their essays may have been written in connection with course work, thesis or dissertation research, or for presentation at scholarly meetings, etc.

Only previously unpublished papers that are not under consideration by another journal are considered for the contest.

Submissions should be no longer than 35 pages, double-spaced. To facilitate blind assessment, they should be "anonymous" and bear no identifying references in the text. Each essay must be accompanied by a letter of nomination from a faculty member involved with the student's supervision. Complete submissions should be sent electronically to csp@ualberta.ca. The deadline is October 15, 2017.

While we encourage the electronic submissions whenever possible, they may also be mailed in hard copy provided they meet the same criteria of anonymity and are postmarked no later than October 15, 2017:

Undergraduate / Graduate Student Essay Contest
Canadian Slavonic Papers / Revue canadienne des slavistes
Department of History and Classics
2-28 Tory Building
University of Alberta
Edmonton, AB  T6G 2H4  CANADA

The winners in the competition are announced during the following academic year in May. Each winner receives a one-year paid membership in the CAS, and winning submissions are considered for publication in the association's journal, Canadian Slavonic Papers.

Faculty are encouraged to publicize this opportunity among their students and colleagues.

 

List of Student Essay Winners

2016:
Undergraduate Essay: Christopher Martin (McGill University) "Community and the Sacred: A Durkheimian Approach to Polish Nationalism in Nineteenth-Century Russian Poland." 
Graduate Essay: Violčne Dauvois (University of Ottawa)"AQUA VITAE, AQUA MORTIS: Le système atemporel de l’eau dans l’œuvre Watermark de Joseph Brodsky."

2015:
Graduate Essay: Stephanie Dreier, PhD Student (Germanic Studies, UBC) "The Problem of Literary History"

2014:
Undergraduate Essay: Nicolas Tetreault (McGill University) "Foreign Tourism's Under-Assessed Challenge to the Polish United Workers' Party, c. 1970-1980."
Graduate Essay: Meagan Fairholm (University of Alberta) "Motherly Compassion and Matriarchy" (a chapter from MA thesis "Mothers, Wives, Housekeepers and More?  Maria Feodorovna and Women's Education in Russia, 1796-1828.").

2013:
Undergraduate Essay: Antony Kalashnikov (BA University of Alberta; currently enrolled in the graduate program on Russian and East European Studies at Oxford) "Party Ideology in the Late Soviet Period: an Althusserian Analysis."
Graduate Essay: Zsofia Surjan, PhD Student (Department of History, University of Victoria) "Fertility Treatment in Sixteenth-Century Hungary: The Correspondence of a Count, His Wife and a Physician."

2012:
Undergraduate Essay: Dennis Khaiter (University of Toronto) "Reflecting the Problems from One Epoch to Another: A Contrast of Pushkin and Tchaikovsky’s Versions of Yevgeni Onegin."
Graduate Essay: Francesca Silano, PhD Student (Department of History, University of Toronto) "‘A Link in the Chain of Art’: The Life of Maria Yudina."

2011:
Undergraduate Essay: Sara Miller (University of Ottawa) "From the Politics of Amnesia to the Politics of Remembrance: An Analysis of the Katyn Massacre’s Historical Narrative."
Graduate Essays: Will McFadden, PhD Candidate (Department of History, University of Toronto) "The Power and the Paradox: The Early Lives and Writing of John Dos Passos, John Scott, and Vasily Grossman"; and Ian Garner, PhD Candidate (MA Student at the time of submission, Department of History, University of Toronto). "Why the USSR Sent Troops into Kabul in December 1979."

2010:
Undergraduate Essays: Stephen Ejack (University of Alberta) "A Brief Critical Analysis of the War Industries Committees' Political Activities: May – September 1915"; and Terrance David Reid (University of Waterloo) "Laying the Theoretical Groundwork of Biomechanical Technique: Understanding the origins and theories of 'Biomechanics'."

2009:
Graduate Essay: Ben McVicker (University of Toronto) "The Creation and Transformation of a Cultural Icon: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn in Post-Soviet Russia, 1994-2008."

2008:
Undergraduate Essay: Megan Butler (University of Lethbridge) "The Prayers of the Soviets."
Graduate Essay: Timothy Sayle (University of Toronto) "Andropov and the Hungarian Complex."

2007:
Undergraduate Essay: Alex Souchen (University of Ottawa) "The Czechoslovak Legion in Russia." "
Graduate Essay: No prize awarded this year

2006:
Undergraduate Essay: Talia Zajac (University of Toronto) "Silk and Crosses: Contextualizing the Rus' Conversion of 988 in Byzantine and Rus' Sources."
Graduate Essay: Auri Berg (University of Toronto) "From Town to City: Urbanization and Social Integration in late 19th Century Nizhnii Novgorod."

2005:
Undergraduate Essay: Paul Ferguson (Carleton University), “The Failed Middle Path: Russian Liberalism, 1900-1914”
Graduate Essay: Olga Kesarchuk (University of Toronto), “Loving Investment, Hating Investors? The Case of Ukraine”

2003:
Undergraduate Essay: Emily Anglin (   ), "'A Disastrous and Dangerous Illness': Division and Danger in A Double Life." 
Graduate Essay: Max Bergholz  (University of Toronto), "Who was the Soviet Professional?" 

2000:
Graduate Essay: Denis Kozlov (University of Toronto): "The Leningrad Martyrology: A Note on the Statistics of 1937 Executions in Leningrad City and Region."

1998-99:
Graduate Essay: Peter Waisberg (Carleton University), "A Citizenship Law for Tatarstan."

1997-98:
Graduate Essays: Heather DeHaan (U of Toronto), " Russia's rebirth: The Spiritual Aspect of Enlightenment"; and Tawnia Sanford (Carleton U), "The Creation of Criminal Russia." Articles based on both of these submissions were published in CSP, Volume 43, Nos. 3-4 (Sept.-Dec. 1999).

 

 

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