The Influence of the Long Eighteenth Century upon Balkan Identities in the Feminine

deadline for submissions: 
March 31, 2021
full name / name of organization: 
Michaela Mudure/Babes-Bolyai University
contact email: 

Dear colleague,

You are kindly invited to contribute to a collection of articles entitled The Influence of the Long Eighteenth Century upon Balkan Identities in the Feminine.

This book will emphasise particularly women’s contribution in this area because there is a general deficit of knowledge  about women’s lives and their implication in the history of the Balkans. The emphasis on education, the translation of Enlightenment authors, the promotion of the cult of reason as well as of other ideals of the Enlightenment in the Balkan cultures coincide with a very strong tendency towards autonomy and independence in the Balkan political life. The Enlightenment did not constitute only the ideology backing the constitution of the American colonies that became independent during this period, it also inspired the peoples of the Balkans in their fight for independence and consolidation of that independence. The consequence was that the Enlightenment subsided in the Balkans much longer and in forms different from its traditionally acknowledged Western parameters. The feminists, the women’s activists, and the women writers from the Balkans were inspired by the ideals of the Enlightenment which spread beyond the strictures of traditional historical periodization.

If you are interested in contributing to this project, please send an abstract (maximum 200 words) and 6-8 keywords to Michaela Mudure, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania <mmudure@yahoo.com> by 31 March 2021. The collection will be published by a prestigious academic press.