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Canadian Association of Slavists Article of the Year Award

Announcing the 2018 winner of the Article of the Year Award.

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', Canadian Slavonic Papers, 60:3-4, 375-406

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. 

For free access to the article until the end of April 2020, please go to the article here. 


The Canadian Association of Slavists, in conjunction with its publisher Taylor & Francis, announces its annual “Article of the Year” award.

The award is for the best article published in the Association’s journal, Canadian Slavonic Papers/Revue canadienne des slavistes in each completed volume (calendar year).

A committee of the editorial and advisory boards, appointed by the President of the CAS, will consider a shortlist of up to 5 articles selected by the Editor. A certificate and $250 will be awarded to the winner at the Annual General Meeting of the CAS the following spring of each year.

For more information, please contact the Editor, Professor Heather Coleman, at hcoleman@ualberta.ca