Language and its relation to culture has been a topic of research in German Volkskunde [folklore studies] from the beginning of the discipline. While dialectological studies, linguistic specificities of local cultures and language in everyday life have been integral parts of Volkskunde for much of the first part of the twentieth century, the discipline saw a shift away from its philological elements towards a social science orientation in post-Second World War developments. During the last decades, the analysis of linguistic dimensions of everyday culture has been on the margin of scholarly activities in Volkskunde. Starting with a historic perspective on the role of language in the beginnings of the discipline, this article discusses the development and decrease of the study of linguistic aspects. It analyses the role of language in contemporary German Volkskunde both in theory and methodology, and offers perspectives on how the discipline could benefit from a renewed focus on linguistic dimensions of everyday culture.
M. Scheer, 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.), 336 pp., Pb., €22, ISBN: 978-3-932512-93-3.
In the 1970s, scholar Ina-Maria Greverus was a pioneer in opening German Volkskunde towards international horizons. Her concept of human-environment interaction as “territoriality”, inspired by US-american cultural ecology, is reconsidered as an anthropology of the Anthropocene avant la lettre.
Remembering a Frontrunner
In German academic Volkskunde of the 1970s, scholar Ina-Maria Greverus was a pioneer in several realms. As a woman and feminist, she challenged the discipline’s gender order, including its hidden gendered epistemology; as an early reader of international cultural anthropology, she transgressed nationalistically confined horizons, and her methodological openness created space for new formats that challenged false assumption of scientific objectivity and neutrality.
Introducing Elisabeth Timm
, including a comparison of public and commercial seminars in this field. This research was inspired by the Tübingen school of Empirische Kulturwissenschaft, which first enlarged traditional Volkskunde with sociological perspectives from the Frankfurt School
Making Object Biographies
Margareta von Oswald and Verena Rodatus
Anderen: Stereotype in der Ausstellung “Kunst aus Afrika.” Tübingen : Tübinger Vereinigung für Volkskunde . Hahn , Hans Peter . 2015 . “ Dinge sind Fragmente und Assemblagen: Kritische Anmerkungen zur Metapher der ‘Objektbiographie.’ ” In Biography
Reflections on the Sustainability of the Field
anthropology of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. There is yet another split in German contexts between ‘ethnology’ (formerly Völkerkunde, now Ethnologie ) as a study of the Other, and ‘ Europäische Ethnologie ’ (formerly Volkskunde ) as a study of
Boundary Work as Production of Disciplinary Uniqueness
were colonised by social anthropology. When I studied Europäische Ethnologie ( Volkskunde, European Ethnology) in 1980s West Germany, there was a pronounced spirit of critical cultural studies focusing on the everyday, inspired by a historical view
Cristina Clopot, Ullrich Kockel, and Vytis Čiubrinskas
-political support and standing up for the place and role of anthropology vis-à-vis history, sociology or ethnology ( Volkskunde -style) as the usually more dominant disciplines in these countries. Setting an example of a scholar acting internationally (e
Regina F. Bendix
gender ] (Beiträge der 11. Arbeitstagung der Kommission für Frauen- und Geschlechterforschung der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Volkskunde, Wien, Februar 2007; Veröffentlichungen des Instituts für Europäische Ethnologie der Universität Wien, Bd. 31) ( Vienna