Anthropological Journal of European Cultures

(formerly: Anthropological Yearbook of European Cultures)

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Editor: Ullrich Kockel, Irish and Celtic Studies Research Institute, University of Ulster, Northern Ireland

Previously published as Anthropological Yearbook of European Cultures

Published since 1990, AJEC engages with current debates and innovative research agendas addressing the social and cultural transformations of contemporary European societies. The journal serves as an important forum for ethnographic research in and on Europe, which in this context is not defined narrowly as a geopolitical entity but rather as a meaningful cultural construction in people's lives, which both legitimates political power and calls forth practices of resistance and subversion. By presenting both new field studies and theoretical reflections on the history and politics of studying culture in Europe anthropologically, AJEC encompasses different academic traditions of engaging with its subject, from social and cultural anthropology to European ethnology and empirische Kulturwissenschaften.

In addition to the thematic focus of each issue, which has characterised the journal from its inception, AJEC now also carries individual articles on other topics addressing aspects of social and cultural transformations in contemporary Europe from an ethnographically grounded anthropological perspective. All such contributions are peer reviewed. Each issue also includes book reviews and reports on major current research programmes.

Forthcoming themed issues:

Call for Papers: Anthropology and Language

Subjects: Anthropology, Cultural Studies, European Studies


Current Issue

Volume 23 • Issue 1 • 2014


THEMATIC FOCUS: Culture, Power and Policy in the New Europe

Guest Editor: Bilge Firat


Crisis, Power, and Policymaking in the New Europe: Why Should Anthropologists Care?
Bilge Firat

The Production of ‘Local Culture’ in Post-socialist Poland
Jaro Stacul

Policymaking in the Italian Courts: The Affermazione Civile Project and the Struggle over Recognition of Rights for Same-sex Couples in Italy
Lauren A. Anaya

Reproductive Governance in the New Europe: Competing Visions of Morality, Sovereignty and Supranational Policy
Joanna Mishtal

Food Activism in Italy as an Anthropology of Direct Democracy
Cristina Grasseni

The Accession Pedagogy: Power and Politics in Turkey’s Bid for EU Membership
Bilge Firat



Remembering the Leu: Encounters with Money and Memory in Post-communist, Accession-era Romania
Alyssa Grossman

‘I Listen to the Soundtrack and I’m Back There in the Day’: Impacts of Performing Memory in Northern Ireland
Magdalena Weiglhofer



Mary Nolan (2012), The Transatlantic Century: Europe and America, 1890–2010 (New York: Cambridge University Press)
Review by Judith Pajo