Slavia Meridionalis

Slavia Meridionalis is an interdisciplinary journal publishing papers on the literature, culture, history, ethnology and languages of southern Slavic countries, as well as their dynamic interactions with other regions. Each issue contains articles concerning a specific, pre-defined topic, which enables scholars of various disciplines (history, literary and cultural studies, linguists, sociologists, and anthropologists) to present in-depth analyses of their research questions.

The journal is published in open access and is indexed in databases including Scopus, Emerging Sources Citation Index (Clarivate Analytics) and European Reference Index for the Humanities Plus (ERIH Plus). Points awarded for publication according to the List of scholarly journals and peer-reviewed international conference materials, issued by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education, Republic of Poland: 40.



„Slavia Meridionalis” to humanistyczne pismo interdyscyplinarne prezentujące wyniki badań nad literaturą, kulturą, historią, etnologią i językami Słowiańszczyzny południowej oraz jej dynamicznymi związkami z innymi obszarami kulturowymi. Wyraźnie określony przedmiot zainteresowań, precyzowany dla każdego numeru tematycznego, pozwala na wszechstronną eksplorację problemów przez przedstawicieli różnych dyscyplin, historyków, literaturoznawców, kulturoznawców, lingwistów, socjologów oraz antropologów.

Czasopismo ukazuje się w otwartym dostępie i jest indeksowane w bazie Scopus, Emerging Sources Citation Index (Clarivate Analytics), European Reference Index for the Humanities Plus (ERIH Plus). Zgodnie z Wykazem czasopism naukowych i recenzowanych materiałów z konferencji międzynarodowych Ministerstwa Nauki i Szkolnictwa Wyższego liczba punktów przyznawanych za publikację w czasopiśmie wynosi 40.



Slavia Meridionalis 22



Editors: Ana Kolarić and Katarzyna Taczyńska 

The 22nd volume of the journal Slavia Meridionalis will be devoted to social and political protests during the COVID-19 pandemic in the Central and Southeastern Europe, and potential relationships between such protests and education. The pandemic is considered here as a context for further reflection. The keywords SCHOLARSHIP – ENGAGEMENT – ACTIVISM refer to the issues that are related to, caused by or revealed by various phenomena which have occurred during the pandemic, like social activism via internet, scholars’ engagement in political protests, (ir)rational processes of decision-making (mask-wearing, vaccinations, lockdowns/curfews), social inequality or exclusion due to lack of internet access (especially in education), and “teaching the moment” in online classrooms.

Indeed, during the COVID-19 pandemic many political and social protests have taken place all around the world. In Central and Southeastern Europe, it is worth mentioning the Women’s Strike in Poland, in reaction to the ruling of the Constitutional Tribunal which made almost all cases of abortion illegal; the peaceful Slovenian protests against Janez Janša’s government; the protests in Bulgaria against corruption associated with Prime Minister Boyko Borisov’s government(s); in Serbia, a series of protests triggered by the government’s announcement of the reintroduction of the curfew, poor handling of the COVID-19 situation, and, more generally, the crisis of democratic institutions since 2012. All those protests reveal a more complicated image of the relationship between local traditions and practices in the fields of education and scholarship, social activism and crisis-oriented politics.

The timeline of the protests indicates that some were organized during – and in spite of – strict measures like public gatherings restricted to a maximum of 5 people. Even in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, if basic rights and freedoms become endangered – e.g. women’s right to choose or citizens’ right to be properly informed by the media about the pandemic or the state budget – the citizens will object. All the mentioned protests, despite differing in causes and grounding, indicate that political and social problems go on despite the pandemic. In some cases, the pandemic has become an excuse for the authorities to introduce controversial laws, but at the same time it has been a reason for remodeling social activism and creating new ways of protesting.

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed all aspects of our lives. In a short period, it initiated a response from many scholars, either through conferences, roundtables, workshops, or via articles in academic journals, online magazines, different websites and blogs. Some scholars explore philosophical responses to the pandemic, focusing on a range of issues, such as personal liberty, collective interests and various responsibilities of the state (Gerard Delanty), others compare social democratic and neoliberal visions of society, focusing on the significance of public health (Sylvia Walby). The humanities, history and literature in particular, can also help us to make some sense of the world which has changed drastically (see, for example, pandemic fiction).

If the University’s/Academia’s mission has always been to create and spread knowledge, one that will be relevant for a community/society, what do scholars (teachers and researchers), especially those working in the humanities and social sciences, have to say about various political and social protests in 2020 and 2021? How can scholars use their scientific authority to “teach the moment” and “write the moment”? More specifically, how can scholars use the knowledge from their respective disciplines to discuss the moment we live in, both in the classrooms and in public?

The subject-matter of the volume covers the following range of issues and topics:

  • education and political and social crisis
  • education and social movements
  • teaching/researching/writing in the time of COVID-19
  • online teaching and social inequality and exclusion
  • online teaching and personal lives
  • “Teach the Moment” and the “Pandemic Syllabus” (

But also broader issues, such as:

  • society in crisis – lessons from the past
  • “social distancing” and lack of community
  • institutional trust and distrust
  • changing work environment, social class and exclusion
  • women’s/minority rights in social and political crises

We would like to initiate a discussion on the relationship between education and society. We invite articles from scholars from disciplines like literary and cultural studies, history, linguistics, political science, sociology and anthropology.

There are plenty of sources, both from the past and present, which may be useful for thinking about the relationship between education (knowledge and pedagogy), social and political crises, and social movements, e.g. periodicals, archives, special collections, as well as literary works. We welcome papers engaged with such historical/primary sources or fictional narratives.

Slavia Meridionalis is a multidisciplinary Open Access journal presenting research on the South Slavic countries and their connections with other cultural regions. It is indexed in Scopus (Elsevier) and Emerging Sources Citation Index (Clarivate Analytics), as well as CEEOL, DOAJ, EBSCO, ERIH Plus, Google Scholar, and other databases.

Authors are invited to submit English-language papers of up to 40,000 characters with spaces (including bibliography).

Please submit articles via the journal’s OJS platform:  


Deadline for submission: 30 September 2021

Planned date of publication: 2022

Detailed information and guidelines for authors can be found on the journal’s website, under the bookmark “Submissions”:  


Questions should be addressed to:

Posted: 2021-03-29
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Vol 20 (2020): Intelektualiści oraz "to, co religijne" [Intellectuals and the religious]

Cover Page

Editors-in-Charge of the issue [Redaktorzy prowadzący] 20/2020: Ewelina Drzewiecka, Danuta Sosnowska

Complete list of reviewers for the volume 20 [Lista recenzentów tomu 20]

Language and stylistic editors [Redaktorzy językowi]: Barbara Grunwald-Hajdasz (Polish/polski), Michael Timberlake (English/angielski), Jakub Ozimek (English/angielski), Piotr Styk (English/angielski), Sirma Danova (Bulgarian/bułgarski), Ana Stoykova (Bulgarian/bułgarski), Jan Linka (Czech/czeski), Ana Marković (Croatian/chorwacki)