The Ottoman rule of the Balkans continued in varying forms for about six hundred years. Many public buildings and structures were created and/or adapted in the period. Logically, the edifices presented the characteristics of the stages of Ottoman architectural development. But different regional elements and structures were also adopted and rethought and changed – in administrative, cultural, and even religious buildings and ensembles.

The Balkan History Association will prepare a volume which implies careful examination oг the processes of creating, adapting, and/or preserving public buildings in the Balkans during Ottoman rule. Authors are invited to submit book chapters relying on the following questions: Are there, and what are the regional features of Ottoman public architecture of the Balkans? Are there patterns or differences in the choice of size, structure, building material, builders, or decorations? Are there, and if there are – what are the links between the Byzantium and the Ancient Roman, Greek or Thracian heritage and the samples of Ottoman public buildings in the Balkans? Which are the models of public buildings, common of all the locations and forms of creation? Are there samples of buildings featuring both Ottoman and regional architectural traditions? What are the specifics of stone and wood in Balkan Ottoman architecture?

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). The volume may contain up to 20 black-and-white images.


August 1, 2022: Submission of the proposals to editors

September 1, 2022: Notification of accepted proposals

October 1, 2022: Receipt of final papers for peer-review

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

December 1, 2022: Approved chapters submitted for publishing


Stela Tasheva (University of Forestry, Sofia),

Haris Dervisevic (University of Sarajevo),

Velika Ivkovska (International Balkan University, Skopje),

Engin Beksaç (Trakya Research Center, Trakya University, Edirne),

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

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