Call for Book Chapters: “Cyrillic Manuscripts: From Medieval to Digital”

Cyrillic medieval and early modern manuscripts behind the Slavonic world have been given less attention by scholars, and researchers on the region prefer to publish articles, not in English, but in the different Slavic languages. For example, during the International medieval congress in Leeds in 2021, there were 112 papers dedicated to Latin texts, 21 to Greek, and only 3 to Slavonic. Sometimes there is a problem of terminology: to find correct English terms fitted to Latin (Western) manuscripts that should reflect the specific features of Cyrillic manuscripts. The union catalogue of Cyrillic manuscripts in Britain and Ireland by Ralph M. Cleminson (1988) with other studies of the same author became the standard for the English-speaking scientific community on the topic. The modern focus in research is shifting from catalogue descriptions to social and material history, from the textuality to the functions of a book as a specific medium. The production of the manuscripts in the Cyrillic world during the medieval period was in constant change. It adopted Greek, Latin, Hebrew and Arabic cultural traditions. Such new tendencies in the research of Cyrillic manuscripts are not well represented in the English-speaking international community.

In geographical perspectives beyond the Balkans and Eastern Europe, where Cyrillic script was used for the creation of books and documents in the medieval and early modern period, Slavonic codices migrated to the West, and are now stored around the world. This volume will be useful for libraries wherever Cyrillic manuscripts are preserved by describing and presenting their contents for the international community of scholars who study Cyrillic manuscripts to find the points for cooperation and further research. The main topics are Cyrillic manuscript mainly of the period around 1000-1600 with the studies of their migrations, descriptions, researches, and digitalizing up to the 21st century.

The Balkan History Association, “Jan Stanislav” Institute of Slavistics in Bratislava and Waldemar Ceran Research Centre for the History and Culture of the Mediterranean Area and South-East Europe (Ceraneum), Department of Slavic Philology at the University of Łódź invite you to submit papers referring to: material aspects of Cyrillic manuscripts (paleography, codicology, problems of catalogue description, early watermarks, binding, digitalizing process in the 21st century); visuality: illuminating and decoration (initials, head-pieces, borders, end-pieces, paragraphs, script as specific visuality); textuality (intros and colophons, maniculae, culture of reading, writing and early printing, text and image); migrations and collections (manuscripts’ change of place during their owners’ travels, wars and conflicts, collecting movements of the 19th-20th centuries, scientific expeditions, auctions, modern libraries, today’s collections of Cyrillic manuscripts); fragmentology (separation and damaging of codices, fragments in bindings, separated fragments, hypothetical and digital reconstruction of manuscripts).

Submission procedure

Please submit your proposal, including the title of your manuscript, through 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 endnotes should be included in the abstract.


The volume will be published by Peter Lang (BHA Series “South-East European History”), and will comply with its editorial rules (Authors Peter Lang). Notes and bibliography will be written according to the recommendations of the Chicago Manual of Style (Notes and Bibliography Style (


December 1, 2021: Submission of the proposals to editors
December 15, 2021: Notification of accepted proposals
March 15, 2022: Receipt of final chapters for peer-review
June 1, 2022: Revised chapters re-submitted to editors
June 15, 2022: Approved chapters submitted for publishing


Alexander Okhrimenko (“Taras Shevchenko” National University of Kyiv),

Svetlana Šašerina (“Jan Stanislav” Institute of Slavistics, Bratislava),

Małgorzata Skowronek (Ceraneum Centre, University of Łódź),

Dușița Ristin (University of Bucharest),

Andrej Bojadžiev (Department of Cyrillo-Methodian Studies, Sofia University “St. Kliment of Ohrid”),

Mary Allen “Pasha” Johnson (Hilandar Research Library, The Ohio State University),

Elka Jaceva-Ulcar (Institute for Macedonian language “Krste Misirkov”),

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

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