Voices from the Soviet Edge (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2019) has won the 2020 Canadian Association of Slavists/Taylor and Francis Book Prize.

Sponsored by Taylor and Francis Publishers, the Book Prize was established in 2014 to award the best academic book in Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies published in the previous calendar year by a Canadian author.

Voices from the Soviet Edge is authored by Professor Jeff Sahadeo, Director at the Institute of European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (EURUS). His book tells the story of migrant populations in Leningrad and Moscow.

Through extensive use of oral history interviews, along with archival and published materials, Sahadeo uncovers the fascinating stories from various migrant populations who arrived toward the end of the Soviet era to live and work in these major Russian cities.

Jeff Sahadeo

In describing Voices from the Soviet Edge, Dr. Alison Rowley, President of the Canadian Association of Slavists, said that it, “informs our understanding of current-day racial politics and attitudes in Russia. Its protagonists involve a good balance of gender, region, and profession, thus making this excellent and thorough social history. Dr. Sahadeo also brings late Soviet history of migration into the global context of decolonization and population movements in the second half of the twentieth century, showing how much the Soviet modernist project shared with Western metropolitan areas.”

On receiving the award, Sahadeo shares, “My first-ever presentation as a budding scholar was at the Canadian Association of Slavists annual meeting and the support of its members has been critical in my academic development.  It’s a wonderful community and I am honoured to be the recipient of this prize.”

Tuesday, September 22, 2020 in , ,
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