CFP: Hungarian Historical Review (Special Issue: “Spatial and Urban Patterns in the Eighteenth, Nineteenth, and Twentieth Centuries”)

Deadline for abstracts:  31 July 2018

Deadline for accepted papers: 30 September 2018.

The history of urban spaces is of key importance to several disciplines, including history, geography, and demography. However, the methods used in the various disciplines are quite different, as are the various focuses of study, and scholars in the fields often fail to share their findings and insights.

Historical spatial patterns are only rarely made the subject of study in history and geography: historians do not often take advantage of geographical (or demographic) methods and tools in their research, and the use of historical knowledge in modern urban geography remains one-sided.

One explanation for this may be that historical research usually focuses on the vertical (and not on the horizontal) component of socioeconomic processes (social stratification, mobility, welfare), so historians’ analyses lack spatial reference systems which would be essential for geographers. And though some socioeconomic phenomena have clear spatial patterns, historical research rarely focus on these patterns, because historians refrain from using methods applied in geography (while geographers, focusing on processes of the present and future, are less likely to investigate historical phenomena).

This special issue of the Hungarian Historical Review attempts to enhance cooperation between the abovementioned fields. Our goal is to promote interdisciplinary research, especially on the spatial patterns of urban societies in the eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries in East Central Europe. We invite authors to submit their proposals on topics including

  • the location and spatial patterns of certain social strata;
  • their socioeconomic relationships and networks (entrepreneurial networks in space, family ties, kinship, etc.);
  • analyses of spatial patterns of rural-urban relationships (distribution of labor, centers and peripheries, supply models, etc.);
  • investigations of socio/ethno/religious segregation or cohabitation;
  • migration patterns (newcomers and their socioeconomic influences on towns);
  • transformations of traditional spatial patterns and urban spaces (esp. from socioeconomic perspectives);
  • spatial differences in demography, welfare, health, crime, etc.;
  • urban structures (functional morphology), infrastructural connectedness, spatial differences in accessibility to resources, spatial aspects of competition for markets, etc.;
  • public, semi-public, and private spaces;
  • spaces of leisure and green zones as spaces for separation and amalgamation.

We also welcome studies from the fields of cultural anthropology, historical geography, historical demography, and sociology. Studies should focus on East Central Europe.

Please send an abstract of no more than 500 words and a short biographical sketch with a selected list your five most important publications (we do not accept full CVs).

The editors will ask the authors of selected abstracts to submit their final articles (max. 10,000 words) no later than September 30, 2018. The articles will be published after a double blind peer-review process. We provide proofreading for contributors who are not native speakers of English.

All articles must conform to our submission guidelines:

Proposals should be submitted by email:

The Hungarian Historical Review is a peer-reviewed international quarterly of the social sciences and humanities the geographical focus of which is Hungary and East-Central Europe. For additional information, including submission guidelines, please visit the journal’s