Sunday, October 17, 2021









To support graduate student scholarship and international participation in the field of Southeast European Studies, the Southeast European Studies Association (SEESA) has established the SEESA Travel Grants to subsidize travel costs for the presentation of papers at international, national, regional, or state conferences. In 2022, instead of the Travel Grants, SEESA will award a prize for the best paper authored by a student who presented at the 22nd Biennial Conference on Balkan and South Slavic Linguistics, Literature and Folklore, which will take place at The Ohio State University, in Columbus, Ohio, USA, on April 7-10, 2022, and due to the Covid-19 pandemic  will be held online via Zoom.


SEESA plans to fund, on a competitive basis, 1 prize of $750 for the best paper authored by a graduate and undergraduate student.


Applicants must be undergraduate students or graduate students at either the master's or doctoral level in any field of Southeast European Studies.


Applicants should submit their paper presented at the conference, a CV, and proof of student status as an email attachment to Bavjola Shatro []. Author name(s), affiliation(s), and contact information should be written below the title of the paper.


The applications will be evaluated by SEESA’s Committee for The Prize for the Best Paper (BSSC22). The quality of writing as well as the content of the paper will be considered.


Questions about the prize may be directed to Bavjola Shatro.

Paper Submission Deadline: April 30, 2022.

Award Notification Date: May 20, 2022.





Friday, October 8, 2021



22nd Biennial Conference on Balkan and South Slavic

Linguistics, Literature and Folklore


    The 22nd biennial conference on Balkan and South Slavic Linguistics, Literature and Folklore will be hosted by The Ohio State University in Columbus, OH from Thursday April 7 - Sunday April 10, 2022.

    Due to uncertainties about COVID-related safety and possible difficulties or uneasiness participants may have about travel, both domestic and international, to Columbus, we have decided to hold the conference virtually, entirely on-line via Zoom.  It is not ideal, we realize, but a virtual conference has the advantage of guaranteeing that we can indeed hold a robust and intellectually stimulating gathering, and doing it this way will maximize participation.  We will also explore various avenues for socializing via virtual modalities.

    We also hereby extend the deadline for the submission of abstracts; they are now due by 11:59pm (Eastern Time, i.e. as in New York City) October 22, 2021

Other aspects about the conference remain the same:

a.  There will be two keynote speakers:

            Victor Friedman (University of Chicago)

            Andrey Sobolev (Marburg University), delivering the 2022 Kenneth E. Naylor Memorial Lecture

b.  The last attempt to hold this conference, at Arizona State University in 2020, was derailed due to the pandemic and the conference ultimately was cancelled. Accordingly, by way of compensation, we have decided to “grandfather” in papers that had been accepted for the 2020 conference and also make room for new papers.  Thus, if you were on the program for the Arizona State conference, and if your paper has not yet been published anywhere, you are welcome, if you like, to submit the same paper you would have presented in Arizona; we ask only that you (re-)submit an abstract for it in the manner required for this conference.

c.  Your paper should treat some aspect of Balkan and/or South Slavic linguistics, literature, folklore, or culture.

Abstracts should be submitted through EASYCHAIR:

Abstracts should be no more than one page long, with a second page for data, graphics, bibliography, and the like; please use a 12-point font and allow at least 1" margins. The abstracts do *not* need to be anonymized.

Please submit your abstract by 11:59pm (Eastern Time, i.e. as in New York City) October 22, 2021.  Notification of selection, as well as invitation letters if needed, will be sent by November 22.

The conference is sponsored by the Center for Slavic and East European Studies at The Ohio State University and by the Kenneth E. Naylor Professorship of South Slavic Linguistics.

Questions about the conference may be directed to the conference organizers, Brian Joseph and Andrea Sims, at

The conference website (still under construction but to be updated and populated with useful information in the coming months) can be accessed at

Monday, March 8, 2021

SRS Announcement


The Society for Romanian Studies


The Sixth Biennial SRS Book Prize


The Society for Romanian Studies invites nominations for the Sixth Biennial SRS Book Prize awarded for the best scholarly book published in English in the humanities or social sciences, on any subject relating to Romania or Moldova and their diasporas. To be eligible, books must have been published between 1 January 2019 and 31 December 2020 as indicated by the copyright date. Books may be in any academic field, with a predominant focus on Romanian or Moldovan subject matter (including subjects relating to the activities of non-Romanian ethnic groups on Romanian or Moldovan territory). Edited books, translations, reprints or new editions of works published before 2019, and non-scholarly books are not eligible.

The prize carries with it an award of $800. Either authors or publishers of books may make submissions. Submissions should be sent to the SRS prize committee by 1 June 2021.

Three copies of each submitted book should be sent by mail, one copy directly to each committee member at the addresses below. Questions or inquiries can be sent to the committee chair,      Dragoş Petrescu, via email at The award will be announced in October 2021.

SRS Book Prize Committee Members:



Dragoș PETRESCU (Chair)

Reader in Communication

Department of Creative Arts

Edge Hill University

St Helen’s Road, Ormskirk

L39 4QP, UK



Senior Lecturer in Anthropology University College London

Mailing address:

76 Chobham Road, London 

E15 1LZ, UK


Professor of Comparative Politics

Department of Political Science

University of Bucharest    

Mailing address:

Str. Șipotul Fântânilor Nr. 2, Sc. A, Ap. 22 Sector 1, 010157 Bucharest. ROMANIA



About the SRS Book Prize:

For details of the Prize and past winners please see:

Monday, February 15, 2021


  “Towards a New Typology of Para-militarism: Balkan and Global Perspectives in Retrospect”

Balkan History Association
Institute of History, University of Hradec Králové, Czech Republic

For further information, please check the following link:

Sunday, December 13, 2020

Old and New Insights on the History of Intelligence and Diplomacy in the Balkans

The Balkans always were and continue to be the struggle area of the Great Powers on the diplomatic and intelligence field/level. Thus, they have played a prominent role in European intelligence and diplomatic activities over the past centuries, numerous intelligence organizations being present in them, openly or covertly. At the same time, practitioners and historians agree that intelligence cooperation there – often referred to as liaison – has its roots in nineteenth-century efforts to exchange information on anarchism and war.

This volume will go into the history of intelligence and diplomacy in the Balkan region. The aim of the volume is to analyse and put into debate various facets (practical and theoretical) of intelligence and diplomacy activities in the Balkans and to provide a better understanding on how has developed over the years those two complementary domains.

Paper proposals on every issue relating to the volume theme are welcome, with special emphasis on: intelligence and diplomacy as complementary domains; intelligence and diplomatic cooperation; cultural framework of intelligence and diplomatic activities; people, talent and human capital in intelligence and diplomacy; intelligence structures and intelligence-gathering, protecting intelligence and diplomatic communication.

We especially encourage paper proposals from young researchers, doctoral students, established scholars and former practitioners.

Submission procedure

Please submit your proposal, including the title of your manuscript, an abstract (up to 300 words) and short bio (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. All submitted studies will be peer-reviewed and the revision process will start immediately after the deadline.


March 15, 2021: Submit proposals to editors
April 30, 2021: Notification of accepted proposals
July 15, 2021: Receipt of full studies for review
August 30, 2021: Revised studies re-submitted to editors
October 15, 2021: Approved studies delivered to publisher


Mihaela TEODOR (National Institute for Intelligence Studies, Romania),
Matthew CROSSTON (Bowie State University, USA),
Jordan BAEV (Rakovski National Defense College, Bulgaria),
Bogdan TEODOR (National Intelligence Academy, Romania),

Call for contributions


Call for Book Chapters BHA: “Warfare in the Twentieth Century Europe: The Balkan Wars from the Ottoman Turkish Perspective”

The end of the 19th century was a period when the colonial race between the Great Powers was intensified, especially with the participation of Germany and Italy in the competition. The area over which the Great Powers contended was the Balkan lands of the Ottoman Empire, which in this period was called the Sick Man of Europe. Furthermore, the Balkan League was formed against the Ottomans under the control of Russia. Therefore, political tension which was born from independence struggles of the non-Muslim nations of the Ottoman Empire never ceased in the Balkan Peninsula. This tension, which forced the Balkans, put the parties in a race that was quite worn out in terms of military.

No one could have predicted the results would be so fast and surprising when the Balkan Wars started on 8th October 1912. The fact that the Bulgarian army besieged Edirne after 28 days and captured the city which had been capital of the Empire before Istanbul was a surprising result even for the Bulgarians and their allies. The success of the Balkan allies had very serious consequences for the Ottoman peoples including the fragmentation of the Ottoman homeland. These heavy consequences were severe enough to prevent the Ottoman army from properly evaluating the war situation. Although it caused serious controversy, the failure of the Ottoman army in the war was not fully analyzed. Also, there was not enough time was found to correct the mistakes observed, because the First World War started about a year after the Ottomans’ taking back of Edirne from Bulgarian hands by benefiting from the turmoil within the Balkan alliance.

The volume aims to thoroughly investigate the causes, course and results of the Balkan Wars which directly affected Ottoman Empire’s military structure in terms of military history. In this volume, which will be divided into three general sections as pre-war, war period, and post-war, topics that have not been studied before or little studied will be evaluated. In the first part the military situation of the belligerents, their war plans and mobilization, in the second part the military operations that directed the wars, sieges, field battles, military activities and rearguard supports and services, in the third part the results of the wars, military evaluations and criticisms, independent observations and experiences of those who participated in the war will be evaluated. Battles, communication, infrastructure, technology, intelligence, cartography, medical services and military staff activities are subtitles to be included in the volume.

The Balkan History Association welcomes scholars from the history, humanities, and social sciences to submit their proposals for book chapters. They may cover, but are not restricted to, the following topics:

Before the War: Ottoman General Staff; Ottoman Defense Plans; Ottoman Military Intelligence; Ottoman Preparation and Mobilization.

During the War: Ottoman Strategy of War; Ottoman Armies in the Field; Ottoman Firepower and Armaments; Military Transportation; Military Intelligence; Battles; Sieges; Military; Health Organization and Military Hospitals; German Officers in Ottoman Army.

After the War: The Armistices; The Treaties; Casualties of the War; Prisoners of the War; Experience of Ottoman Officers; Experience of Ottoman General Staff; War Finance and Ottoman Treasure; Memories of Soldiers, Officers and Commanders; The German Reactions after the War; Military Modernization in Ottoman Army.

Submission Procedure

Please submit your proposal, including the title of your manuscript, an abstract of no more than 500 words and a brief bio to all editors and to Authors should clearly explain the outline of the chapter and how it fits into the topic of the volume. No figures, tables, footnotes, endnotes or any other references should be included in the abstract. Accepted chapters should not exceed 10,000 words, including figures, tables, footnotes, endnotes and other references. All submitted chapters will be peer reviewed. The revision process will start immediately after the deadline.

Important Dates

January 1, 2021: Submit chapter proposals to editors

January 15, 2021: Notification of accepted chapters’ proposals

April 5, 2021: Receipt of full chapters for review

April 15, 2021: Revised chapters re-submitted to editors (if needed)

June 2021: Approved chapters delivered to publisher.


Ercan KARAKOÇ (Yıldız Technical University, Istanbul),

Ali Serdar METE (Yeditepe University, Istanbul),

George UNGUREANU (National Military Archives of Romania),

Danilo ŠARENAC (Institute for Contemporary History, Belgrade),

Nicholas MURRAY (U.S. Naval War College),

Panagiotis DELIS (Simon Fraser University, Canada),

Sunday, November 1, 2020

CfP: “Islamic Radicalization in the Balkans after the Fall of Communism”


The Balkan History Association and the Research Institute for European and American Studies invites academics from the following fields of research: intelligence, political science, history, cultural anthropology, social anthropology, and history of religions to submit original studies in English on the proposed topic.

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. All submitted studies will be peer reviewed. The revision process will be released immediately after the deadline.


December 31, 2020: Submit proposals to editors
January 15, 2021: Notification of accepted proposals
May 15, 2021: Receipt of full studies for review
June 30, 2021: Revised studies re-submitted to editors
July 2021: Approved studies delivered to publisher


John M. Nomikos (Research Institute for European and American Studies),
Darko Trifunovic (Institute for National and International Security),
Mihai Dragnea (University of South-Eastern Norway),
Vasko Stamevski (Slavic University “Gavrilo R. Derzhavin” in North Macedonia),
Joseph Fitsanakis (Coastal Carolina University, USA),