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 24 • Issue 1 • 2015

THEMATIC FOCUS: Language and Anthropology

Guest Editors: Máiréad Nic Craith and Bernadette O'Rourke

Anthropology and Language in Europe: Setting the Context
Máiréad Nic Craith and Bernadette O'Rourke

Anthropology of the Word: The Stepsister of Linguistic Anthropology
Grzegorz Godlewski
Common Ground and Missing Links: German Volkskunde and Language
Stefan Groth
Re-locating the Ethnographic Field: From 'Being There' to 'Being There'
Máiréad Nic Craith and Emma Hill
Language Revitalisation Models in Minority Language Contexts: Tensions between Ideologies of Authenticity and Anonymity
Bernadette O’Rourke
Belonging through Language-cultural Practices in the Periphery: The Politics of Carnival in the Dutch Province of Limburg
Leonie Cornips and Vincent de Rooij
Cartographies of Communicability and the Anthropological Archive: Civil War Executions and the Harvard Irish Study
Brigittine French

FORUM: Society for the Anthropology of Europe Graduate Student Prize 2013

Troublesome Temporalities: Europe between Nostalgia and Promise
Cris Shore
Discarded Europe: Money, Trash and the Possibilities of a New Temporality
Elana Resnick
‘We Are the Losers of Socialism!’: Tuberculosis, the Limits of Bio-citizenship and the Future of Care in Romania
Jonathan Stillo
Technologies of the Afterlife: The Agency of the Dead at Spanish Mass Grave Exhumations
Jonah S. Rubin


Scheer, M., T. Thiemeyer, R. Johler and B. Tschofen (eds)(2013), Out of the Tower: Essays on Culture and Everyday Life (Tübingen: Tübinger Vereinigung für Volkskunde e.V.)
Review by Cristina Clopot