Article Prize

Soyuz’s annual article prize recognizes an outstanding article in postsocialist studies published by a junior scholar in the preceding year.



The SOYUZ Postsocialist Studies Network announces its annual competition for the best article related to the culture, history, politics of postsocialism by a junior scholar. This prize recognizes significant contributions to the advancement of scholarly understandings of postsocialism, broadly defined.

Articles published in 2017 and 2018 by a scholar who has earned a PhD within the past six years (2012 or later) are eligible. Scholars from any discipline with any geographic area of interest are encouraged to apply.

Submissions should be sent electronically to Kathryn Graber at [email protected] no later than October 25, 2018.

Please include “Soyuz Article Prize” in the subject line.



The winner was Dr. Madgalena E. Stawkowski for her article “‘I Am a Radioactive Mutant:’ Emergent Biological Subjectivities at Kazakhstan’s Semipalatinsk Nuclear Test Site,” which appeared in American Ethnologist:

Honorable mentions went to:

Dr. Lily Chumley, for “Seeing Strange: Chinese Aesthetics in a Foreign World,” published in Anthropological Quarterly:


Dr. Emily Channel-Justice, for “‘We’re Not Just Sandwiches:’ Europe, Nation, and Feminist (Im)Possibilities on Ukraine’s Maidan,” which appeared in Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society:



The inaugural article prize was awarded to Dr. Inna Leykin for “Rodologia: Genealogy as Therapy in Post Soviet Russia,” which appeared in Ethos:

Receiving honorable mentions were:

Dr. Tatiana Chudakova, for her Medical Anthropology Quarterly article “Caring for Strangers: Aging, Traditional Medicine, and Collective Care in Post-socialist Russia:”
Dr. Liene Ozolina-Fitzgerald, for her article “A State of Limbo: The Politics of Waiting in Neo-Liberal Latvia,” which appeared in the British Journal of Sociology: