European Memories

of the Gulag

Online publishing

This website is trying out an alternative model of scholarly publication, aimed at researchers, teachers, and the general public. As a sort of “living book”, this type of publishing platform is able to regularly update its account of a research project’s findings.

Combining presentations intended for the general public with peer-reviewed academic contributions, the online platform is intended to provide both teaching material and discussion points for further research. Unlike publishing that presents a fixed state of knowledge, this dynamic form gives all users a vision of ongoing scholarship and reports on new approaches, including those that are still hypotheses subject to critical debate.

This platform arises from a research project that began in 2007 on forced population transfer in Stalin’s Soviet Union. The research was backed by CERCEC (EHESS and CNRS), Radio France Internationale and INED, and has already collected 200 accounts from former deportees to Gulag camps and Soviet “special settlement” villages, with photos, private and public archival material, and films. Many topics remain to be studied, particularly from the archives and testimony collected by Russian, East and Central European institutions.

Research project


The website is in four languages (English, French, Polish, and Russian) and comprises both brief thematic presentations in the form of short texts linked to sound and visual sources and also in-depth academic contributions making original use of sound and visual sources.




International advisory committee

Currently being set up

Editorial committee
Alain Blum (Chair, historian and demographer, INED and EHESS,), Marta Craveri (historian, Fondation de la Maison des Sciences de l’Homme), Juliette Denis (lecturer, historian), Denis Eckert (geographer, CNRS), Véronique Ginouvès (research engineer at CNRS, sound archives director at Maison Méditerranéenne des Sciences de l’Homme), Catherine Gousseff (historian, CNRS), Marie-Hélène Gatto (Grand Équipement Documentaire Condorcet), Anouche Kunth (historian, CNRS), Emilia Koustova (historian, lecturer-researcher, University of Strasbourg), Guillaume Le Roux (geographer, junior researcher, INED), Marie-Paule Reydet (editor, Éditions de l’Ined), Karin Sohler (reference librarian, open archive director INED), Wanda Romanowski (head of Éditions de l’Ined), Irina Tcherneva (historian)

Editorial team

Marie-Paule Reydet, editor; Wanda Romanowski, head of Éditions de l’Ined; Karin Sohler, reference librarian.

Appraisal procedure
Each proposed item is submitted to two external appraisers, specialists in that thematic field, whether geographical, historical or methodological (peer review system). If they disagree, the Editorial Committee asks the Advisory Committee or some third-party appraiser for broader criteria to be used in its decision. Any submission that requires reworking after the opinions and criticisms expressed may not be re-submitted to the Editorial Committee more than twice.

Submitting an article