Constantinople, modern Istanbul stands at the conjunction of Europe and Asia. Founded on the site of Byzantium by Constantine in 330 CE its significance religiously, politically, and culturally in the succeeding centuries from its foundation cannot be over-emphasised. But what did this ‘vision’ mean to various peoples – the Romans, the Byzantines, the Crusaders, and the Ottomans, who inhabited the city after 1453, up to the modern era when Turkey was modernised by Kemal Atatürk after 1922. The city had a profound effect on all who encountered it, and its legacy and vibrancy still attract travellers today, to modern Istanbul.

We are calling for papers on any topic from any period, from 330 CE-2021 CE about what Constantinople or Istanbul has meant to those who have encountered it, for good or ill,  and to those who lived there; and how Constantinople has impacted on the religious, cultural, and political landscape over the centuries.

The editors of this proposed volume, Dr Jill Mitchell (Balkan History Association), Dr Susan Fern (Department for Continuing Education, University of Oxford) and Dr Vladimir Crețulescu (University of Bucharest, Faculty of History) are interested in receiving expressions of interest for essays to be considered for inclusion in the above work to be published by Peter Lang (Series “South-East European History”) under the auspices of the Balkan History Association.


Proposals of 300 words plus a short author biography (100 words). No footnotes, endnotes or illustrations should be submitted with the abstract. Papers covering the early centuries from 330 to 800 CE should be sent to Dr Fern,, papers covering the intermediate centuries 800 to 1453 to Dr Mitchell at and papers covering 1453 to present day to Dr. Crețulescu at


1st September: Submission of proposals

15th September: Notification of acceptance of proposals

15th December: Receipt of final chapters for peer review

15th February: Resubmission of papers to editors

15th March: Submit for publishing

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

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