Academic Journals in Jewish Studies in the Post-Soviet Space: the 30 years’ experience
Euro-Asian Jewish (EAJ) Policy Papers, No 38 (23 July 2020)
For 30 years there have been academic journals of Jewish studies in the post-Soviet states. Moreover, some of them are rather successful. There are four stages in the history of the academic journals: 1) the first half of the 1990s, 2) the late 1990s – early 2000s, 3) the first half of the 2010s, and 4) since the mid-2010s. In February 2013, editors of Jewish academic journals had the ’round table’, which proved two things: both academicians and the society need academic journals of Jewish studies, as well as the fact that an academic journal should be published by either a university or a research institution. Anyway, it is very hard to do such things under the circumstances of the post-Soviet reality – generic crisis of the humanities in the FSU states, ‘brain drain,’ either internal or external, and political conflicts within the territory. Nonetheless, the current situation with the academic journals of Jewish studies maintains the system of Jewish academic and educational institutions which was founded in the FSU countries in the 1990s.
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