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Anthropological Journal of European Cultures

(formerly: Anthropological Yearbook of European Cultures)

Aims & Scope

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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.

ANNOUNCEMENT: Editorship and Changes to Editorial Team

Subjects: Anthropology, Cultural Studies, European Studies

Current Issue

Volume 25 • Issue 1 • 2016

THEMATIC FOCUS: Literature and Anthropology

Guest Editors: Laurent Sebastian Fournier and Máiréad Nic Craith

Literary Anthropology: The Sub-disciplinary Context
Laurent Sebastian Fournier and Máiréad Nic Craith

George Orwell’s Ethnographies of Experience: The Road to Wigan Pier and Down and Out in Paris and London
Michael Amundsen

The Peoples of Northern Russia Through the Eyes of Russian Writer and Ethnographer S. V. Maksimov
Natalya Gramatchikova

The Role of Anthropological Literature in Contemporary Shamanic Practices
Elina Hytönen-Ng

Milacres of San Vicente Ferrer: From the Pages of a Play to the Streets of Valencia
Urszula Wilk           

The Anthropology of Literature in France: Birth and Becoming of a New Field of Studies
Laurent Sébastien Fournier and Jean-Marie Privat

General Articles

Recalling the Past: Linguistic and Cultural Images of the Kurtijo Sephardic Courtyard
Agnieszka August-Zarębska and Zuzanna Bułat Silva

Re-enacting Historical Slavic Rites in Contemporary Poland: The Rękawka Fair in Cracow
Kamila Baraniecka-Olszewska


Alessandro Testa (2014), Il carnevale dell’uomo-animale: Le dimensioni storiche e socio-culturali di una festa appenninica (Napoli: Loffredo).
Angelika Dietz

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