Special Issue of Studia Rossica Posnaniensia

Due Date: 02-28-2021

Studia Rossica Posnaniensia publishes original research papers that contribute to the development of two disciplines: linguistics and literary studies with a focus on Russian language and culture. We are calling for contributions for a special issue on the following topic: “From Perestroika to Putin and the Pandemic: Russian Humour since the Mid-1980s to the Present.”

This special issue of Studia Rossica Posnaniensia wants to uncover new perspectives on the research of humor and satire from the Perestroika all the way to Putin and the coronavirus pandemic. In these trying times it seems important to recall that both forms have had a long history in the development of Slavonic literatures, languages, and cultures. They have always been and remain one of the important carriers of the reflection on the most essential questions concerning human existence. We would like to continue the discussion on the complexity of the topic in all its variations, inviting multiple perspectives in its study, including new theoretical considerations, experimental methodologies, and comparative and interdisciplinary approaches.  In this special issue, we plan to focus on humor and satire in the late Soviet era and in the subsequent decades, as these are periods that are less widely studied, but their analysis can offer a new understanding of the past and the present.

Possible topics and areas of discussion include:

  • new theoretical considerations touching upon today’s understanding of satire, hybridization of generic conventions, and fundamental models and concepts of the comic and humor in Russian culture;
  • the twenty-first-century reception of Soviet humor, such as that of Faina Ranevskaya’s aphorisms in the Internet or the reception of Soviet heritage on YouTube and other online platforms;
  • new perspectives on social humor: gender, class and ethnic relations, taboos, anekdoty about New Russians, and “corona” jokes; and
  • political and historical verse of the 1980s, 1990s, 2000s—ad-hominem satire (on Brezhnev, Gorbachev, Yeltsin, Chernomyrdin, Zyuganov, Zhirinovsky, and also Clinton, Kohl, etc.).

Deadlines and organization of editorial process:

Submission of abstracts: 28 February 2021
Decision of the editors’ committee: 15 March 2021
Submission of complete articles: 31 August 2021
Results of reviews: 30 October 2021
Submission of revised articles: 2 January 2022
Publication of the issue: 30 June 2022
Languages of submissions: Russian, German, English, and Polish

Abstracts (1,000–1,500 characters) should be sent to the editors of the volume: Michael Düring (, Elisa Kriza (, Beata Waligórska-Olejniczak ( by 28 February 2021.
We kindly ask you to submit complete papers (25,000–40,000 characters with spaces, including bibliography) through the OJS platform at
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