Call for Papers for Special Issue

Call for Papers

Historia Crítica, a publication of the Faculty of Social Sciencies of Universidad de los Andes (Bogotá, Colombia), invites the academic community to participate in its next call:

Open topic articles: articles in Spanish, English, or Portuguese which present the results of historical research, innovations on theories related to historical interpretation debates, or complete historiographical reviews. Between March 1 and March 30, 2015.

Special issue: “The Russian Revolution (October 1917): Impact in Europe and Latin America”, edited by Renán Silva (Universidad de los Andes, Colombia). Papers should be submitted between 01 March and June 30, 2016.

The year 2017 marks the centenary of the October Revolution. A date for memory, but it is also a date for historical analysis. For historians, it is thus an opportunity to reflect with their own instruments on a historic world event that decisively marked — for better or for worse — the course of history on all five continents. It is impossible to deny its influence on most of the human societies that we know — with very few exceptions – either because their peoples saw in it the possibility of an “expected redemption in the face of the evils of the world,” increased by a century and a half of industrial revolution, or because in these same societies, or in others, peoples and leaders raised the voice of alarm against this attempt to assault heaven itself, which threatened to demolish all the values of the Christian civilization of the Western world; or, finally, because after World War II the voices of intellectuals from many different parts of the world were raised to denounce the fact that the prestigious project of redemption had culminated in the establishment of an insensitive bureaucratic dominion over society, as Max Weber had noted early on. This same process has led to an accelerated disappearance of all the formal guarantees of liberty that the old Revolution of 1789 had produced.

There is no doubt that the Soviet experience was part of its political and cultural modernization, and a real or imagined model that continues to permeate the aspirations of local socialist groups, but in the well-known authoritarianisms and populisms, which have long maintained the idea that social revolution coincides with “nationalization of the means of production.” Whether it be the political imaginary in which the hopes of progress were put forth, or as a model in which economic progress was conceived of with social justice, or from the viewpoint of the appearance of new political forces that were presented as alternatives to the model of 19th century political democracy that they wanted to qualify as “social,” once again indicating the complexity of the relationship between freedom and equality, or from the viewpoint of a new ideology that was simultaneously presented as a form of social analysis and as an ideal of collective freedom, the October Revolution of 1917 has continued to function as an ideal for many men and women in European and Latin American societies of the 20th and 21st centuries. As such, it serves as an imaginary lever for action, as a possible organizational model, as a source of new political experiences and as a formative matrix, in competition with Liberalism and the Catholic Church, of the language that has condensed the existence of a new mass society with multiplied needs and aspirations of freedom.

Historia Crítica, recognizing the importance and impact of the Revolution of October 1917 in Europe and Latin America in the 20th and 21st centuries as an important social, political and cultural event, invites all those in the academic world who are interested, to propose and present research articles on any of the aspects that may contribute to reflection on this extensive theme.

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