Call for Articles Ethnologia Fennica 2021 (48:2): Politics of Dress and Appearance


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 on level 2.

The theme of the Ethnologia Fennica 2021 issue (vol. 48: 2) is the politics and social meanings of dress and appearance. Dress has been a typical subject of ethnological research since the establishment of the field. In recent years, new theoretical discussions and concepts such as performativity, materiality and body as well as studies inspired by gender theories and textual, visual and affective approaches have renewed the study of dress in ethnological research in many ways. At the same time, dress, fashion and appearance have also become very topical themes in the study of culture and society in fields outside traditional dress and fashion studies. This theme volume of Ethnologia Fennica will focus on the role of dress and fashion, items of clothing and bodily modifications in expressing, formulating and contesting political ideas and ideologies, social norms, cultural ideals and social status. All article submissions from European ethnology and related fields are welcome.

The articles may discuss, for example, uniforms and dress codes of political and other social organizations and movements, public debates around dress and fashion, changes of dress and fashion in relation to social and cultural changes, or dress as a form of political protest. We welcome articles that study dress, fashion and appearance from various viewpoints, for example, as material artefacts, discourses and dress codes, a question of production and consumption, meanings or practices, or ones that discuss the emotions, memories and experiences related to dress.

Please note that in every issue, we also publish articles outside the theme, and you can to submit your manuscript at any time.

Please submit your abstract (max 400 words) by June 15, 2020. Authors will be informed about the acceptance of their submission by June 30, 2020, and they will be asked to send their language-revised article (which should not exceed 10,000 words) by January 31, 2021. Please submit your abstract and article through the submission system ( Authors need to register with the journal prior to submitting or, if already registered, they can simply log in and begin the submission process. For further instructions, see the guidelines to authors on the journal’s website ( Ethnologia Fennica vol. 48 issue 2 will be published in December 2021.

Professor Tiina Kinnunen from the University of Oulu and Dr Arja Turunen from the University of Jyväskylä are the visiting Editors-in-Chief for this thematic issue. The Editor-in-Chief responsible for the issue is Dr Eerika Koskinen-Koivisto.

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