Call for book chapters: Parks in the Balkan Capitals: Leisure, Urban Impact, Monuments, Stories, and Significance

One of the most powerful resources of a city is the park. Parks represent a place of relaxation for the citizens, protect the city from pollution, have impact on the urban aspect of the city, host events, represent the identity of the city and the intrusion of nature into urban life, and inspire writers or painters.

The Balkan History Association and the Institute of Balkan Studies and Centre of Thracology at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences are preparing a volume dedicated to parks in 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, or paintings; impact of parks on the urban aspect of Balkan capitals; impact of parks on the social life of Balkan capitals; historical monuments placed inside the parks in Balkan capitals; historical events and their impact on the evolution of parks in Balkan capitals; modernization of the Balkan capitals and how this changed the look of parks; and parks in Balkan capitals, in the collective memory of the community.

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).


February 25, 2022: Submission of the proposals to editors

March 1, 2022: Notification of accepted proposals

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

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

September 1, 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),

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

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