Anthropological Journal of European Cultures

(formerly: Anthropological Yearbook of European Cultures)

Patrick Laviolette, University College London, England
Elisabeth Timm, University of Münster, Germany

Subjects: Anthropology, Cultural Studies, European Studies

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Anthropological Journal of European Cultures is a part of the Berghahn Open Anthro subscribe-to-open initiative, a pilot aiming to convert 13 Anthropology journals to full Open Access on an on-going and sustainable basis.

Anthropological Journal of European Cultures 29(1) – 2020

Thematic Focus: Welfare Frontiers
Guest Editors: Frida Hastrup and Marianne Lien

Welfare Frontiers? Resource Practices in the Nordic Arctic Anthropocene
Frida Hastrup and Marianne Lien

Thule as Frontier: Commons, Contested Resources, and Contact Zones in the High Arctic
Kirsten Hastrup

Icelandic Resource Landscapes and the State: Experiments in Energy, Capital, and Aluminium
James Maguire

Dreams of Prosperity – Enactments of Growth: The Rise and Fall of Farming in Varanger
Marianne Lien

Natural Resources and their Units: Configuring Necessary Measures in a Norwegian Fruit Landscape
Frida Hastrup

A Piece of Greenland? Making Marketable and Artisan Gemstones
Nathalia Brichet


Review Essay 
An Ethnography of Pastness: Identity Playgrounds and Battlefields in Post-Post-Soviet Estonia
Francisco Martínez (2018), Remains of the Soviet Past in Estonia. An Anthropology of Forgetting, Repair and Urban Traces (London: UCL Press).
Review by Marcos Farias Ferreira

Diarmuid Ó Giolláin (ed.) (2017), Irish Ethnologies (Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press).
Review by Máiréad Nic Craith

Larisa Jašarević (2017), Health and Wealth on the Bosnian Market: Intimate Debt (Bloomington: Indiana University Press).
Review by Markéta Slavková

Paweł Michał Lewicki (2017), EU-Space and the Euroclass: Modernity, Nationality and Lifestyle among Eurocrats in Brussels (Culture and Social Practice) (Bielefeld: Transcript).
Review by Linda M. Mülli

Dorothy Noyes (2016), Humble Theory: Folklore’s Grasp on Social Life (Indiana University Press), 459 pp., $35, ISBN 9780253022912.
Review by Mariann Vaczi

Matthäus Rest and Gertraud Seiser (eds) (2016), Wild und Schön: Der Krampus im Salzburger Land (Wien: LIT Verlag).
Review by Annika Lems

C. Nadia Seremetakis (2019), Sensing the Everyday: Dialogues from Austerity Greece (Abingdon, Oxon; New York: Routledge).
Review by Işıl Karataş

Volume 29 / 2020, 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)

Patrick Laviolette, University College London, England
Elisabeth Timm, University of Münster, Germany

Reviews Editor: Alessandro Testa, Charles University, Czech Republic

Forum Editors
Francisco Martínez, University of Leicester, England
Philip McDermott, Ulster University, Northern Ireland

Social Media Editors
Cristina Clopot, University of Hull, England
Robin Smith, University of Oxford, England

Editorial Board
Andrés Barrera González, Complutense University, Madrid, Spain
Vytis Čiubrinskas,Vytautas Magnus University, Kaunas, Lithuania
Dorle Dracklé, University of Bremen, Germany
Alexei Elfimov, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia
Annet Fleischer, MPI Göttingen, Germany
Tracey Heatherington, University of Wisconsin/Milwaukee, USA
Laura Hirvi, Finnish Institute Berlin, Germany
Anna Horolets, University of Warsaw, Poland
Ullrich Kockel, , Intercultural Research Centre, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, Scotland
Judith Laister, University of Graz, Austria
Patrick Laviolette, University College London, England
Sharon Macdonald, Humboldt-Universität, Berlin, Germany
George Marcus, University of California, Irvine, USA
Philip McDermott, Ulster University, Northern Ireland
Jon Mitchell, University of Sussex, England
Máiréad Nic Craith, Heriot-Watt University Edinburgh, Scotland
Tatiana Zachar Podolinská, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava, Slovakia
Bruno Riccio, University of Bologna, Italy
Regina Römhild, Humboldt-Universität, Berlin, Germany
Cris Shore, University of Auckland, New Zealand
Thomas M. Wilson, Binghamton University (SUNY), USA
Helena Wulff, University of Stockholm, Sweden


Manuscript Submission

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The editors welcome contributions. Authors should submit articles as Microsoft Word or Rich Text Format (rtf) files. Electronic submissions are preferred, but mailed contributions will be reviewed. Please note that all correspondence will be transmitted via e-mail.

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Guest Editor Guidelines can be found here.

Please submit articles to the editors, Patrick Laviolette and Elisabeth Timm, at Authors interested in reviewing books or writing review articles should contact the reviews editor, Alessandro Testa, at

Mailed submissions must include the electronic file and two printed copies of the article:
Prof. Dr. Elisabeth Timm
Seminar für Volkskunde/Europäische Ethnologie
Scharnhorststr. 2
48151 Münster

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As part of the Berghahn Open Anthro initiative, articles in Anthropological Journal of European Cultures (AJEC) are published open access under a Creative Commons license.

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Ethics Statement

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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