Call for Papers Ethnologia Fennica 2021 (48:1): Ethnology and Policy-Making


Call for Articles

Theme volume Ethnology and Policy-Making

Ethnologia Fennica Vol. 48, Issue 1 (Spring 2021)


The theme of the Ethnologia Fennica Spring 2021 issue is Ethnology and Policy-Making. Today, all scientific research must make an impact beyond academia. Research projects are expected to produce knowledge in concrete forms such as policy recommendations. This can be a challenge for qualitative humanistic fields such as ethnology, which is interested in individual experiences. On the other hand, the emphasis on personal experiences also acknowledges diversity and multiple voices. Based on ethnological research, researchers can make suggestions for more humane and inclusive policy-making practices.

The Spring 2021 issue of Ethnologia Fennica calls for articles that discuss ethnology and policy-making from various perspectives. How can research results be used in policy-making? What kinds of research are we expected to produce? What could policy-relevant research be in ethnology and related disciplines? We welcome texts that scrutinize the processes of decision-making, the ways in which research can be used in policy-making, cases in which research is expected to produce knowledge of specific social issues, and analysis of collaboration with different interest groups that participate in or are excluded from decision-making processes. We also encourage texts that engage with research funding and its political agendas.

Please note that in every issue we also publish articles outside the theme, and you can submit your manuscript at any time. All article submissions from European Ethnology and related fields are welcome.

Ethnologia Fennica is a peer-reviewed open access journal of the Association of Finnish Ethnologists. The journal publishes original scholarly articles, review articles, conference reports and book reviews. The articles undergo double-blind peer review. In the Finnish Publication Forum, Ethnologia Fennica is ranked at level 2.

The deadline for submitting article manuscripts is 31 August 2020.

Please submit your language revised article (which should not exceed 10,000 words) through the submission system ( Authors need to register with the journal prior to submitting their manuscript or, if already registered, they simply log in and begin the submission process. For further information, see our article guidelines at and our style guide at


The issue will be published in June 2021.

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