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The Canadian Association of Slavists/Revue Canadienne des Slavistes Article of the Year Award
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To mark of the achievement of the 60th volume of Canadian Slavonic Papers/Revue canadienne des slavistes in 2018, the Canadian Association of Slavists and Taylor & Francis established the “Article of the Year” Award, which honours 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.
The first annual Canadian Slavonic Papers/Revue canadienne des slavistes Article of the Year Award is awarded to Jeffrey S. Hardy for his article “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.
Professor Hardy’s article is available for free access until the end of April 2020.