Call for book chapters: Parks in the Balkan capitals: leisure, urban impact, monuments, stories and significance

One of the most powerful resources of the city is the park. Some of us will ask why? Because they represent a place of relaxation for the citizens, they protect the towns from pollution, they have impact on the urban aspect of the towns, they can host events, they can represent the identity of the city, they represent the intrusion of nature into urban life and they can inspire writers or painters. In a simple sentence, “Parks and playgrounds are the soul of a city” (Marty Rubin).

The Balkan History Association is preparing a volume dedicated to parks from Balkan capitals – their stories, architecture or significance for the community. Authors are invited to submit their paper proposals with special emphasis on: parks with special significance for Balkan capitals; stories related to parks in Balkan capitals (literature, folklore, etc.); representation of parks in Balkan capitals in comics, cartoons, movies, paintings; impact of parks in the urban aspect of Balkan capitals; impact of parks in the social life of Balkan capitals; historical monuments placed inside the parks in Balkan capitals; historical events and their impact in the evolution of parks in Balkan capitals; modernization from the Balkan capitals and how this changed the look of parks; parks in Balkan capitals, in the collective memory of the community.

Submission procedure

The volume will be published by Peter Lang (Series “South-East European History”). Original manuscripts should be prepared according to the latest edition of the Chicago Manual of Style. Manuscripts must not have been published, nor 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 biography (up to 100 words) to all editors. The abstracts should include the research question and purpose, the approach and main ideas, and results. No figures, tables, footnotes, or end-notes should be included in the abstract. Articles should not exceed 8,000 words in length including notes and references.


February 1st, 2022: Submission of the proposals to editors

March 1st, 2022: Notification of accepted proposals

June 1st, 2022: Receipt of final chapters for peer-review

July, 1st 2022: Revised chapters re-submitted to editors

September 1st, 2022: Approved chapters submitted for publishing


Ana-Maria Lepăr (Balkan History Association, Bucharest),

Alexandra Milanova (Institute of Balkan Studies & Centre of Thracology, Sofia),

Miroslav Šilić (Academy of Arts, University of Novi Sad),

Georgeta Connor (Georgia Gwinnett College, USA),

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

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