The Laboratory of Folklore and Social Anthropology at Democritus University of Thrace (Greece) and the Balkan History Association (Romania) are preparing a volume dedicated to Balkans, history, geopolitics, language, culture, and society. The volume, entitled “Material culture and everyday politics in the Balkans (19th-21st century)” aims at an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary approach to the cultural past and present of the Balkans from the perspective of material culture, from the 19th to the beginning of the 21st century, and its contribution to the construction of real or symbolic identities of Balkan societies. Special emphasis will be given on exploring the various ways that objects are connected to people and participate in the configuration of social relations, values, identities, and otherness in the wider Balkan region.

The volume will be published by Peter Lang (Series “South-East European History”). Authors will be folklorists, social and cultural anthropologists, historians, sociologists, linguists, and scholars of religion, of art, and of museum studies. All these experts are invited to submit their paper proposals with special emphasis on material culture, as manifested in fashion, food, architecture, theater/cinema, religion, folk arts (weaving, embroidery, woodcarving, etc.), technical practices and attitudes, as well as its consumption as a museum and tourist product.

Submission procedure

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 endnotes should be included in the abstract. Proposals should be sent to Nantia Macha at


November 10, 2021: Submission of proposals

December 15, 2021: Notification of accepted proposals

March 15, 2022: Receipt of final chapters for peer-review

April 30, 2022: Revised chapters re-submitted to editors

June 30, 2022: Approved chapters submitted for publishing


Manolis G. Varvounis (School of Classics and Humanities, Democritus University of Thrace),

Nantia Macha (Department of History and Ethnology, Democritus University of Thrace),

Dorina Onica (“Bogdan Petriceicu-Hasdeu” Institute of Romanian Philology, Chișinău),

Tudor Dinu (University of Bucharest),

Gordana Blagojević (Institute of Ethnography, Belgrade, SASA),

Andrew Farrington (Department of History and Ethnology, Democritus University of Thrace),

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

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