Call for Submissions: Ottoman Macedonia: a Social and Cultural History

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Call for Papers
October 1, 2021
Subject Fields: 
Area Studies, Cultural History / Studies, Demographic History / Studies, Eastern Europe History / Studies, Ethnic History / Studies


Dear colleagues,


On behalf of the editorial board of the journal Istorija / Journal of History, I am pleased to invite you to send your submissions for the special issue “Ottoman Macedonia: a Social and Cultural History”, as explained below.


A web-search of scholarly literature about Ottoman Macedonia yields more than a thousand results. The vast majority of them tackle topics related to the region’s political history and the revolutionary and counter-revolutionary violence in the last decades of Ottoman rule. However, the researcher is hardly that lucky with a similar search on the everyday life of the region’s inhabitants. Indeed, works in English or French about urban sociability in Ottoman Skopje, Bitola (Monastir), Serres and especially Thessaloniki can be found here and there, but a lot of material remains hidden either in ephemeral publications of the time, or in the almost unknown books by authors who have lovingly described the stories of their own native towns and villages.


In order to fill this gap, we are accepting submissions for an upcoming edited and peer reviewed special issue of the journal Историја / Journal of History – “Ottoman Macedonia: a Social and Cultural History”.


We especially invite contributions related – but not limited – to the following topics: the atmosphere in the taverns, coffeehouses and cafés chantants; fairs and festivals; public rituals; clothing; cuisine; theatre and opera; the press; storytelling; commerce; gender roles; labor history; urbanization; mobility; ideas.


Preference will be given to contributions which are focused on case studies and demonstrate use of primary source data.


Feel free to consult the Submission Guidelines / Style Sheet given below. Should you have further inquiries, please do not hesitate to contact us.


Please be kind to send your submissions no later than October 1, 2021 to prof. Nikola Minov, the Editor of the Special Issue, at The issue is expected to be published by the end of the current year.



prof. Nikola Minov, Editor of the Special Issue, Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje

prof. Vojislav Sarakinski, Editor-in-Chief of Историја / Journal of History, Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje






Form, length & language. Submissions should not exceed 15,000 words, including notes. All exceptions are left to the discretion of the Board of Editors. An abstract of up to 500 words should be included at the beginning of the sub­mission.

Submissions should be in English. All text in the manuscript, including original source citations, must be in Unicode.

Referencing and citation style. Preferably, all referencing and citation should be included in the footnotes. In-text referencing that disrupts the text flow must be avoided.

Referencing and citation should follow the traditional MLA Style Sheet, pre­dominantly used in the liberal arts and humanities.

A bibliography should be supplied at the end of the article, containing the full bibliographic information concerning the works cited. Titles of publications in Greek or languages using Cyrillic script should be given in the original script.

Other peculiarities. Footnotes begin with capital letters. Eventual aknowledgments are men­tio­ned in an unnumbered note, marked by an asterisk, before the first footnote.

Numeral spans are usually not abbreviated (e.g., 217–255), unless con­sis­ting of 4 digits or more (e.g., 2142-68).

Images. Except within the manuscript, drawings and grayscale photographs should also be included as separate electronic files. The image files should have a minimum resolution of 300 dpi. Wherever possible, please include sources and usage policies for the image files.

Submission & review. Submissions should be sent in both .doc(x) and .pdf format to the e-mail address of the Editor of the Issue, listed above.

Once accepted for the review process by the Editor, manuscripts are sent to external peer review; the reviewers are requested to submit their evaluation with­in 30 days. If accepted for publication, the authors receive proofs and are requested to check the final version of their submission and provide the Editors with their com­ments within a week. In the absence of a response, the article is published in its cur­rent state.

Authors are kindly requested to consult and follow our house style, as des­cribed in the Style sheet below. Articles that do not follow the style sheet will not be ta­ken into consideration for publication.






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