The Albanians – Christians and Muslims alike – in the Balkans, are a people of great interest, not just within the context of the Ottoman period, but also during the following one, when Southeastern Europe began to break up into nation-states. A major part of the bibliography and the historiographical production perceived the Albanians through the Hederian narratives of the 20th century. Though, a different approach towards the Albanians can be achieved in a transnational context as well.

The Balkan History Association is preparing a volume which investigates how these communities in the Balkans were understood and perceived. Authors are invited to submit book chapters dealing with the following topics: Balkan historiographies and national narratives on the Albanians; Albanians in the Ottoman Empire: national and transnational narratives, Albanians and the Age of Revolutions in the Balkans; Albanian minorities as a marker of diplomacy in the 20th century; Ethnic Albanians in the Balkan states and aspects of their history; Social and economic topics in the history of these ethnic Albanians.

Submission procedure

The volume will be published by Peter Lang (in the series “South-East European History”). Original manuscripts should be prepared following the editorial guide of Peter Lang available on its website, especially “Style Guidelines – British English” and “Submission Guidelines“. Manuscripts must not have been published, submitted for publication or available on the internet elsewhere. Interdisciplinary work is particularly welcome. Please submit your proposal, including the title of your manuscript, an abstract (up to 300 words), and an author’s biography (up to 100 words) to all editors. The abstract should include the research question and purpose, the approach and main ideas, and results. No figures, tables, footnotes, or endnotes should be included in the abstract. Articles should not exceed 8,000 words in length including footnotes and references (reference list or bibliography). The volume may contain up to 20 black-and-white images.


December 31, 2022: Submission of proposals to editors

January 31, 2023: Notification of accepted proposals

February 28, 2023: Receipt of final papers for peer-review

March 31, 2023: Revised chapters re-submitted to editors

April 30, 2023: Approved chapters submitted for publishing


Elias Skoulidas (University of Ioannina),

Enriketa Pandelejmoni (University of Tirana),

Adrian Brisku (Charles University, Prague),

Joshua Pennington (Balkan History Association),

Jędrzej Paszkiewicz (Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan),

Please circulate this call for papers among your colleagues and other potentially interested scholars.

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