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Canadian Association of Slavists Article of the Year Award

Announcing the 2018 winner

The prize of a certificate and $250 is awarded to:

Jeffrey S. Hardy (2018) for 'Of pelicans and prisoners: avian–human interactions in the Soviet Gulag'.

Committee members of the CSP board, Professors Norman G. O. Pereira (Dalhousie University), Christine Worobec (Northern Illinois University), and Allan Reid (University of New Brunswick) stated in their citation:

In a beautifully written and well-researched essay, Jeffrey Hardy makes a major contribution to Soviet environmental history by examining the complex relationship between humans and birds in the Gulag. He deftly demonstrates the ways in which different varieties of bird species were used scientifically, how they supplemented meagre food supplies, and how they provided some inmates with emotional support and others with an impending sense of death. Even some of the Gulag's gang members used images of birds to decorate their own bodies as well as those of their victims. Hardy's article is a powerful reminder of humanity's overall resilience in the most difficult circumstances.

Free access to the article is available until the end of April 2020.

Canadian Slavonic Papers / Revue canadienne des slavistes (CSP/RCS) , founded in 1956, is a quarterly, interdisciplinary journal of the Canadian Association of Slavists, publishing in English and French.

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Canadian Association of Slavists Article of the Year Award

WinnerArticle TitleYearVolumeIssuePrize 
Jeffrey S. HardyOf pelicans and prisoners: avian-human interactions in the Soviet Gulag2018603-4$250Free to access

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