Anthropological Journal of European Cultures

(formerly: Anthropological Yearbook of European Cultures)

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Editor: Ullrich Kockel, Intercultural Research Centre, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, Scotland

Previously published as Anthropological Yearbook of European Cultures

Published since 1990, Anthropological Journal of European Cultures (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.

Subjects: Anthropology, Cultural Studies, European Studies


Current Issue

Volume 23 • Issue 2 • 2014


THEMATIC FOCUS: Jewish Space Reloaded!

Guest Editors: Eszter B. Gantner and Jay (Koby) Oppenheim


Jewish Space Reloaded: An Introduction
Eszter B.Gantner and Jay (Koby) Oppenheim

Jewish Dating or Niche-making? A Topographical Representation of Youth Culture
Alina Gromova

Interpreting the Jewish Quarter
Eszter B. Gantner

Performing the Hyphen: Engaging German-Jewishness at the Jewish Museum Berlin
Jackie Feldman and Anja Peleikis

‘Jewish’ Ethnic Options in Germany between Attribution and Choice: Auto-ethnographical Reflections at the Jewish Museum Berlin
Victoria Bishop Kendzia

Jews and Other Others at the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin
Irit Dekel

Jewish Space and the Beschneidungsdebatte in Germany: Multiculturalism, Ritual and Cultural Reproduction
Jay (Koby) Oppenheim



Identity and Traditional Law: Local Legal Conceptions in Svan Villages, Georgia
Stéphane Voell, Natia Jalabadze, Lavrenti Janiashvili and Elke Kamm

The Literary Making of Home(land): Transnational Fictions of Home in Lloyd Jones’ Mister Pip
Stella Butter



Mariusz Filip (2012), Od Kaszubów do Niemców. Tożsamość Słowińców z perspektywy antropologii historii (Poznań: Wydawnictwo Nauka i Innowacje)
Review by Karolina Koziura

Venla Sykäri (2011), Words as Events: Cretan Mantinádes in Performance and Composition. Studia Fennica Folkloristica 18 (Helsinki: Finnish Literature Society)
Review by Jonathan Roper