We received over 60 vibrant, engaging, and original submissions tackling a broad spectrum of topics and grounded in a variety of methodological traditions. Authors from Russia, Kazakhstan, Germany, US, UK, Ukraine, Georgia, Hungary, Kyrgyzstan, India and Estonia participated in the contest. All submissions were checked for plagiarism and assessed for six criteria: originality of the empirical data; theoretical, methodological, and empirical validity of the analysis; the quality and depth of the analysis; the study’s contribution to the existing discussions of the topic; the heuristics of the conclusion; and, finally, structure, logic, and style of the written text. We judged the submissions in two stages: first, we selected the finalists, then, during the second round of evaluations, we established the winners.

The winners are:

1 place: Anna Varfolomeeva (PhD student, Central European University, Budapest), “The Soul of Stone: Indigenous Peoples and Mining in Karelia”

2 place: Olga Yakushenko (MA in History, European University, St. Petersburg), “Soviet Architecture and the West: Discovery and Assimilation of the Western Experience in Soviet Architecture at the End of 1950s/1960s”

3 place: Maureen Pritchard (PhD student, SOAS University of London), “Social Suffering and Ethnic-Based Marginalization in Contemporary Kyrgyzstan,” and Sergey Mokhov (MA in Public History, Higher School of Economics, Moscow), “Disenchanting Death: Grief, Mourning, and Symbolic Immortality in The Battle of Psychics


The finalists of the contest are:

Ramina Abilova, Kazan’ Federal University

Evgeniia Gol'man, Higher School of Economics, Moscow

Gabriela Gonzalez-Vaillant and Gianmarco Savio, State University of New York at Stony Brook

Rebecca Gould, School of Modern Languages University of Bristol

Eline Helmer, University of Oxford

Anastasiia Novkunskaia, European University, St. Petersburg

Anna Riabchikova, Higher School of Economics, Moscow

We are grateful to all the contest participants for interest and participation!