Anthropological Journal of European Cultures

(formerly: Anthropological Yearbook of European Cultures)

Jennifer R. Cash, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Aleksandar Bošković, Institute of Archaeology, Belgrade, Serbia

Subjects: Anthropology, Cultural Studies, European Studies

Call for Papers: Open Call

 Available on JSTOR    


Latest Issue Table of Contents

Volume 32 (2023): Issue 2 (Sep 2023): Special Issue: Off the Grid and on the Road in Europe: Living in an Age of Uncertainty and Polycrisis. Guest Editor: Michael O'Regan

Anthropological Journal of European Cultures
Volume 33, Issue 1
Table of Contents

Through the Looking Glasses and Anthropology Comes ‘Home’: Globalising the View on European Cultures
Introducing a New Co-Editor
Jennifer Cash

Response to Issue 32(2) ‘Off the Grid on the Road in Europe’: Crisis, Fallout and Fetish
Patrick Laviolette

Intangible Cultural Heritage and Climate Change: Sustainability and Adaptability in a Time of Crisis?
Philip McDermott and Mairéad Nic Craith

When Tradition Depends on the Weather: Polish Intangible Cultural Heritage in the Context of Climate Change
Karolina Dziubata-Smykowska

Perspectives on Climate Change Impact on Intangible Cultural Heritage: The Case of Traditional Lamprey Fishing in Latvia
Kitija Balcare, Elīna Gailīte, Rita Grīnvalde, Sandis Laime and Anita Vaivade

The Mountain That Collapsed into the Village: Reconsidering Environmental Sustainability on the Island of Samothráki
Eleni Kotsira

The Fairy Council of Ireland at the River Boyne: Heritage and Decolonial Climate Imaginaries
Anjuli Grantham

Impact and Challenges of Disseminating Ideas on Environmental Consciousness through Intangible Cultural Heritage Educational Programmes in Greece
Panas Karampampas

Rebuilding Biodiversity One Stone at a Time: Ecology and Intangible Heritage in Dry Stone Walling Practices
Geoffrey Gowlland

A Soviet-Estonian Ethnographer Contributing to the Ethnic Movements of Fellow Finno-Ugrians
Indrek Jääts and Svetlana Karm

Roma Community and Health Inequalities during the COVID-19 Pandemic in Romania:
The Role of Health Mediators
Raluca Cosmina Budian and Oana Maria Blaga

Review Article
Ethnographic Museums: A History
Aleksandar Bošković

Book Reviews
Pavel Brunssen and Stefanie Schüler-Springorum (eds) (2021), Football and Discrimination: Antisemitism and Beyond (London: Routledge).
Reviewed by Goran-Pavel Šantek

Francisco Martínez, Lili Di Puppo and Martin Demant Frederiksen (eds) (2021), Peripheral Methodologies: Unlearning, Not-knowing and Ethnographic Limits (London: Routledge).
Reviewed by Áron Bakos

Gérald Gaillard (2022), Françoise Héritier (New York: Berghahn Books).
Reviewed by Marcin Brocki

Iliana Sarafian (2023), Contesting Moralities: Roma Identities, State and Kinship (New York:
Berghahn Books).
Reviewed by Lada Viková

Freddy Foks (2023), Participant Observers: Anthropology, Colonial Development, and the Reinvention of Society in Britain (Oakland: University of California Press).
Reviewed by Isak Niehaus

Patrícia Ferraz de Matos (2023), Anthropology, Nationalism and Colonialism: Mendes Correia and the Porto School of Anthropology, translated by Ana Pinto Mendes (New York: Berghahn Books).
Reviewed by Aleksandar Boskovik

Volume 33 / 2024, 2 Issues per volume (spring, autumn)

Aims & Scope

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.


Anthropological Journal of European Cultures is indexed/abstracted in:

  • American Bibliography of Slavic and East European Studies (University of Illinois)
  • Anthropological Index (RAI)
  • Anthropological Literature (Tozzer Library – Harvard University)
  • A Current Bibliography on African Affairs (Baywood)
  • Bibliometric Research Indicator List (BFI)
  • Emerging Sources Citation Index (Web of Science)
  • IBR – International Bibliography of Book Reviews of Scholarly Literature on the Humanities and Social Sciences (De Gruyter)
  • IBZ – International Bibliography of Periodical Literature in the Humanities and Social Sciences (De Gruyter)
  • IBSS – International Bibliography of the Social Sciences (ProQuest)
  • Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts (Proquest)
  • MLA Directory of Periodicals
  • MLA International Bibliography
  • Norwegian Register for Scientific Journals, Series and Publishers
  • Scopus (Elsevier)
  • Social Services Abstracts (Proquest)
  • Sociological Abstracts (Proquest)
  • Worldwide Political Science Abstracts (Proquest)

AJEC blog logoVisit AJEC Blog, the official blog of the Anthropological Journal of European Cultures. The blog highlights the research of authors published in AJEC by giving them space to reflect on different aspects of their research and include photos and stories not included in their scholarly journal article. It also introduces readers to the editors of the Journal by way of short interviews, giving readers insight into AJEC and giving the editors opportunity to offer sage advice on the submission process, particularly for early career anthropologists. Finally, the blog reflects on recent issues of interest to anthropologists of Europe, in an effort to create a virtual community.

Jennifer R. Cash, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Aleksandar Bošković, Institute of Archaeology, Belgrade, Serbia

Reviews Editor: Katarina Mitrović Ražnatović, Institute of Ethnography SASA, Belgrade, Serbia

Forum Editors
Patrícia Ferraz de Matos, University of Lisbon, Portugal
Philip McDermott, Ulster University, Northern Ireland

Social Media Editors
Ana Ivasiuc, NUI Maynooth, Ireland
Gareth E. Hamilton, University of Latvia, Riga, Latvia 

Editorial Board
Andrés Barrera González, Complutense University, Madrid, Spain
Vytis Čiubrinskas,Vytautas Magnus University, Kaunas, Lithuania
Cristina Clopot, Royal Society of Edinburgh, Scotland
Dorle Dracklé, University of Bremen, Germany
Alexei Elfimov, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia
Annet Fleischer, Max Planck Institute Göttingen, Germany
Tracey Heatherington, The University of British Columbia, Canada
Laura Hirvi, Virtual Reality Association, Berlin, Germany
Anna Horolets, University of Warsaw, Poland
Ullrich Kockel, University of the Highlands and Islands, Scotland, UK
Judith Laister, University of Graz, Austria
Patrick Laviolette, Masaryk University, Czechia 
Sharon Macdonald, Centre for Anthropological Research on Museums and Heritage, (HU) Germany
George Marcus, University of California, Irvine, USA
Jon Mitchell, University of Sussex, UK
Mairéad Nic Craith, University of the Highlands and Islands, Scotland, UK
Tatiana Zachar Podolinská, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava, Slovakia
Bruno Riccio, University of Bologna, Italy
Regina Römhild, Humboldt-Universität, Berlin, Germany
Alexandra Schwell, Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt, Austria
Cris Shore, Goldsmiths University of London, UK
Robin Smith, Copenhagen Business School, The Netherlands
Alessandro Testa, Charles University, Czech Republic
Elisabeth Timm, University of Münster, Germany
Thomas M. Wilson, Binghamton University (SUNY), USA
Helena Wulff, University of Stockholm, Sweden


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Authors published in Anthropological Journal of European Cultures (AJEC) certify that their works are original and their own. The editors certify that all materials, with the possible exception of editorial introductions, book reviews and some types of commentary, have been subjected to double-blind peer review by qualified scholars in the field. While the publishers and the editorial board make every effort to see that no inaccurate or misleading data, opinions or statements appear in this journal, they wish to make clear that the data and opinions appearing in the articles herein are the sole responsibility of the contributor concerned. For a more detailed explanation concerning these qualifications and responsibilities, please see the complete AJEC ethics statement.


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'0 Feet Away'

The Queer Cartography of French Gay Men's Geo-social Media Use

Why do gay men utilise geo-social media applications such as Grindr and Scruff? Social media scholarship describes technological mediations and changes to social space and communities; however, there are theoretical gaps concerning what geo-social technology means for gay men. I suggest that gay men's ability to see other gay men, via geo-social media, reveals the queer cartography of any geographical location. This re-mapping of social space proves the public sphere less heteronormative than purported, cultivates community between gay men who may initiate face-to-face contact utilising geo-locative technology, and allows gay men to interact with one another outside of specifically gay spaces. This research is based in Toulouse, France, and adds to scholarship concerning French gay men's resistance to heteronormativity. This research also holds global significance concerning subjugated communities' uses of geo-social technology in their resistance against dominant cultures.

Discarded Europe

Money, Trash and the Possibilities of a New Temporality


How are time and materiality felt in periods of expectation, when change is awaited but never comes, at least not in the way anticipated? Disappointment may set in, but in the expanding European context in which I conducted research, something else occurs: sensory experiences of time and materiality intermingle and shape each other. These experiences of temporal-material relations, in a context of historical disorientation, are the basis of a new European temporality. My ethnographic research on waste management in Bulgaria, conducted between 2010 and 2013, with informal garbage collectors, city street sweepers, waste company officials, Sofia citizens, municipal representatives and ministry employees, provides the empirical foundation for this piece.

Expressive Resources

Knowledge, Agency and European Ethnology


Drawing examples from ethnic and popular music as well as from folk art, the paper explores the multivalence of expressive forms as local and European, even global aesthetic resources, whose territorial or ethno-national connection is - due to the power of aesthetic affect - but one among many possibilities of identification. It is argued first that the resource dimension of cultural expression has been furthered by the documentation and classification techniques of ethnological and folkloristic knowledge production, which in turn also facilitated circulation in multiple context. Second, the paper encourages that scholarship expand from recognising a political identification and instrumentalisation of aesthetic resources to understanding the economic appropriation of the production and consumption of such resources.

Belonging through Languagecultural Practices in the Periphery

The Politics of Carnival in the Dutch Province of Limburg

In this article, we will present two case studies of language and cultural practices that are part of or strongly related to carnival, in the Dutch peripheral province of Limburg, and more precisely in the southern Limburgian city of Heerlen, which in turn is considered peripheral vis-à-vis the provincial capital Maastricht. We will consider carnival as a political force field in which opposing language and cultural practices are involved in the production of belonging as an official, public-oriented 'formal structure' of membership, and belonging as a personal, intimate feeling of being 'at home' in a place (place-belongingness) (Antonsich 2010; Yuval-Davis 2006). In the case studies presented here, we take seriously the idea that ideology, linguistic form and the situated use of language are dialectically related (Silverstein 1985). In doing so, we wish to transcend disciplinary boundaries between anthropology and (socio)linguistics in Europe.

Intangible Cultural Heritages

The Challenge for Europe

Heritage has traditionally been associated with material objects, but recent conventions have emphasized the significance of intangible culture heritage. This article advocates a holistic approach towards the concept and considers key challenges for Europe's heritage at the beginning of the twenty-first century. Reflecting on the notion of 'European', it considers the question of how one defines European heritage and which European heritage is to be protected. It explores links between national and European conceptions of identity and heritage and queries issues of ownership, language and representation. A number of ethical issues are raised - such as the role of women in the transmission of heritage and the implications of information technology for copywriting traditional practices. The author also asks how one ensures that the process of globalisation facilitates rather than eliminates local cultural heritages? How does one enhance the local so that it becomes glocal and not obsolete?