Call for the next issue of Slovak Ethnology/Slovenský národopis, volume 63, number 4/2015

Call for the next issue of Slovak Ethnology/Slovenský národopis, volume 63, number 4/2015

Civic Activism as a Determinant of Sustainable Urban Development


Civic activism represents one of the relevant factors of sustainable urban development.
It refers to group and individual activities, initiatives, practices and processes which
foster and facilitate broader citizen involvement, participation and representation in urban decision-making and governance. Groups involved in civic activism such as nongovernmenal organisations, grassroots community-based organisations or local interest groups increasingly contribute to the management of urban affairs. The objective of the issue is to look at initiatives, ideas, motivations, practices and challenges of civic activists which are directly related to the improvement of urban space and life, community participation, shared responsibility and strengthening of local identity.

The editors of this journal invite analytic, theoretical or synthetic articles, research
reports, essays and discussions in the fields of ethnology, social and cultural anthropology and related scholarly disciplines, focused especially (not, however, exclusively) on the following issues:

  • Urban activism focused on the protection or improvement of public spaces and their identity (including historic spaces)
  • The development of community activism and neighbouring initiatives through social and cultural actions
  • Activism focused on the needs and social inclusion of marginalised urban groups
  • Local initiatives aimed for better quality of life
  • Political activism focused on urban governance
  • Activism related to urban environment
  • Other specific civic urban initiatives and activities.

Submission guidelines: please follow the guidelines for submissions as given
on the website of Slovak Ethnology/ Slovenský národopis:

Final date for abstracts: 15. 6. 2015

Authors of accepted abstracts will be notified by the end of June, 2015 and will then be invited to submit a full paper. An invitation to submit a full paper does not constitute a commitment for publication; all papers will be subject to anonymous peer review following the submission.

Final date for papers: 15. 9. 2015

Please send your abstract as an e-mail attachment to the editors, at:

Apart from contributions focused on the above mentioned issues, year round the
journal of Slovak Ethnology also invites major articles, research reports, essays, discussions, overviews, annotations, book reviews and review essays beyond the thematic call for papers.