Journal of Global and Historical Anthropology

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Focaal - Journal of Global and Historical Anthropology is a peer-reviewed journal advocating an approach that rests in the simultaneity of ethnography, processual analysis, local insights, and global vision. It is at the heart of debates on the ongoing conjunction of anthropology and history as well as the incorporation of local research settings in the wider spatial networks of coercion, imagination, and exchange that are often glossed as 'globalization' or 'empire'.

Seeking contributions on all world regions, Focaal is unique among anthropology journals for consistently rejecting the old separations between 'at home' and 'abroad' , 'center' and 'periphery'. The journal therefore strives for the resurrection of an 'anthropology at large', that can accommodate issues of the global south, post-socialism, mobility, metropolitan experience, capitalist power and popular resistance into integrated perspectives.

Introducing: FocaalBlog, which aims to accelerate and intensify anthropological conversations beyond what a regular academic journal can do, and to make them more widely, globally, and swiftly available.


Current Issue, Focaal 70


Edited by Caroline Humphrey and Vera Skvirskaja



Introduction: The Black Sea as region and horizon
Caroline Humphrey and Vera Skvirskaja

Geographical imagination and sociality of sailors of the Black Sea merchant fleet during the Cold War
Caroline Humphrey

To Russia with love: Hope, confinement, and virtuality among youth on the Georgian Black Sea coast
Martin Demant Frederiksen

Ideology, history, and politics in service of repatriation: Pontic Greeks and Crimean Tatars
Eftihia Voutira

The many faces of Turkish Odessa: Ecumenical communities and multiple alliances across the Black Sea
Vera Skvirskaja



Red salute at work: Brick factory work in postconflict Kailali, western Nepal
Michael Hoffmann

Northern European space making in the era of neoliberal Europeanization and the emerging solidarity among Baltic Sea workers
Mats Lindqvist

Ethnicity without labels? Ambiguity and excess in “postethnic” Rwanda
Laura Eramian



Conjunctures, crises, and cultures: Valuing Stuart Hall
John Clarke