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Submit a Manuscript to the Journal
Journal of Baltic Studies

For a Special Issue on
(Beyond) National Identity in the Baltic Countries: Varieties, Correlates, and Takeaways

Manuscript deadline
30 April 2022

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Special Issue Editor(s)

Marharyta Fabrykant, National Research University Higher School of Economics; Belarusian State University
[email protected]

Ammon Cheskin, University of Glasgow
[email protected]

Anastassia Zabrodskaja, Tallinn University
[email protected]

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(Beyond) National Identity in the Baltic Countries: Varieties, Correlates, and Takeaways

Scope: Individuals have multiple identities and perform them when needed or desired. For each individual, the tendency to participate in a group’s collective action is affected by both emotional and rational factors. Groups evolve and develop their (national/ethnic/linguistic) identity through the history in the interaction of their environment. National identity has featured prominently in Baltic studies over recent decades. Initially, researchers’ interests focused on the national democratic movement for national sovereignty; then, on migrants and ethnolinguistic minorities who were redefining their position and self-perception in the newly independent Baltic countries; and later still, on the regional situation vis-à-vis global migration, the worldwide rise of nationalism populism, and growing geopolitical tensions. The result is a rich and varied body of research that is still waiting to be brought together into a coherent picture. What makes the dynamics and current state of national identities in the Baltic countries unique, and what attributes do they share with its counterparts in other regions? How is national identity in the Baltic countries related to other forms of identities? What do new Baltic identities tell us about variability and internal logics of nations and nationalism? How does (Super-)diversity created by a growing number of transnational companies, multicultural and linguistically mixed families and new immigrants trigger new modes of national identity and the development and chances of supranational identity concept and what emotional and rational factors lay behind that? This special issue aims to analyse how local ethnicities position themselves in between major narratives and what rhetorical devices are used to reconcile or hide conflicting national values. A more concrete task is to search for commonalities and specificities of each national identity type within broad categories of mainstream perceptions. Theoretically, the analyses aim to tease out the relationships between processes of national identity formation and collective emotional alignment and its impact on the reappraisal of other individual and social identities reflected in collective actions and everyday practices.

Aims and Submission Guidelines: The purpose of the special issue is to provide a coherent set of answers to these questions. We welcome studies from a variety of disciplinary and methodological perspectives. Of particular interest are contributions that are both theory-driven and empirically grounded and include one or more of the following:
• comparisons between national identity in the Baltics and other regions, especially those beyond Europe;
• interrelations between national and gender/socioeconomic/professional/other identities;
• long-term trends of national identity dynamics;
• case studies informed by historical and or sociological factors, revealing the “context” of national identity types, and or phenomenological perspectives (interviews, participant observations) to address the features of the main components of national identity and corresponding ethno-national perceptions at the elite and mass levels of society;
• counterintuitive theoretical implications.

Submission Instructions

Manuscript submissions should be original research papers and must not have been previously published in full or in part or under consideration for publication elsewhere.

Abstracts should be a maximum of 300 words (excluding references). We advise that you include the following information in your abstract submission:
• Title of paper
• Author name, position, affiliation and contact information (including all co-authors)
• An introductory statement which explains the background/significance of your research
• A brief description of your methodology and theoretical framework(s)
• A brief overview of the main findings of your research
• A short concluding statement

Please submit your abstract in Word/OpenOffice format to the guest editors, Marharyta Fabrykant at [email protected], and the co-guest editors, Ammon Cheskin at [email protected] and Anastassia Zabrodskaja at [email protected] on or before June 1, 2021 for an initial review. We will notify all authors of the outcome by June 15, 2021.

Important dates
 Abstract submission: June 1, 2021 at the latest.
 Invitations to submit full papers will be sent out by June 15, 2021. Acceptance of abstracts does not guarantee acceptance of the papers.
 The deadline for submitting full papers is January 1, 2022.
January 1, 2022–April 30, 2022 – Thorough review of papers by guest-editors, revision process by authors.
 The deadline for submitting full special issue for peer review is April 30, 2022.
April 30, 2022–December 30, 2022 – the peer review and revision process. All papers submitted will go through a rigorous double-blind peer review process.
January 2023 – notification of acceptance of final manuscripts.
 The special issue is scheduled for 2023 (JBS 54:3). Kindly note that the articles could likely be published online a bit sooner.

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