On May 21th 2021 we commemorated the 100th anniversary of the birth of human rights activist and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Andrei Sakharov. On this occasion, seeking to shed light and bring meaning to his vast contributions, the Andrei Sakharov Research Center for Democratic Development at Vytautas Magnus University, in cooperation with "Deeds and Days", initiates a call for a special issue of the publication.
Andrei Sakharov was a man who by his example decidedly inspired the generations of struggle for freedom and human rights and set the course for many organizations in the field. He also left a deep imprint on Lithuanian dissident history and helped morally strengthen the local dissident community. A. Sakharov not only continuously raised the issues of autonomy and independence of small countries and the equality of all societies at the international level, but also personally fought for the release of political prisoners, and supported efforts to restore the independence of enslaved, small nations (including Lithuania).
Sakharov's legacy, which remains relevant in the whirlpool of current events, is a reminder that the principles of human rights and democracy will never lose salience. There will always be threats and challenges to overcome. It is impossible not to notice that moral issues were an integral part of technical progress. He spoke of growing inequality and the importance of curbing it. He could not comprehend the idea that parts of the world could enjoy great wealth while others remain poor and hungry. Human rights were for him a means to an end - the universal welfare of mankind.
In order to initiate a broader, interdisciplinary academic discussion on the occasion of Sakharov's anniversary, we invite colleagues (historians, sociologists, anthropologists, representatives of political sciences, etc.) to submit scientific articles for the special 2022 issue of the Journal “Deeds and Days”, on the following (and other) themes:
• Sakharov’s concept and activities on human rights;
• Sakharov’s academic legacy and relevance today;
• Sakharov and other 20th century political symbols in Eastern and Central Europe;
• Today’s “Sakharovs” in the age of modern technology;
• Dissident activity and its assessments in Lithuania;
• Dissidents and the current opposition in Russia: comparative analysis;
• Current human rights issues in Eastern and Central Europe;
• Contemporary conception and critique of human rights.
Article titles and abstracts (300-500 words) will be accepted until end of June 2021. For information on requirements for articles, see https://ejournals.vdu.lt/index.php/DiD/about/submissions. Abstracts of articles and articles (as well as requests for additional information) should be sent to the editor-in-chief prof. R. Petrauskaitė (firstname.lastname@example.org) and co-editor dr. Dainius Genys (email@example.com). We will be awaiting articles by selected authors, on approved topics, until end of November 2021.