CFP Ethnologia Fennica 2/2022: Towards sustainable foodways


The current global food system is the major driver in breaking our planetary boundaries (Rockström et al. 2020). It is increasingly understood as unsustainable, interlinking with various ecological, social and economic crises. Food constitutes a fundamental link between the human and non-human world. It is also an essential part of people’s cultures, identities and everyday lives. While food cultures and food systems are in a continuous change, traditions and dominant practices are inert and thus often difficult to brake. The necessary pursuit of a sustainable future involves bending and breaking old rules, norms and practices, and making new ones. These negotiations and contestations have various consequences, both intended and unintended. In this context, it is more than timely to analyse where we are and to envision what sustainable future foodways (Counihan et al. 2012) should be like and what paths we can take to get there. It is also timely to consider the roles ethnologists take in this transdisciplinary enterprise. Creating a sustainable and just food system is a prerequisite for a liveable future on Earth.

The issue 2/2022 of Ethnologia Fennica calls for empirical articles that explore sustainability-related transgressions and contestations in various parts of the food system: What kinds of transgressions are and are not made when seeking more sustainable foodways? How is sustainability framed? How are attempts of norm breaking (changing the status quo) facilitated, and on the other hand, opposed? What kinds of intended and unintended consequences may be identified? The level/scale of investigation may range from daily food activities to food regime developments, including family dinners, civic food movements, production and marketing processes and the implementation of food policies. The articles may address alternative/marginal as well as dominant/mainstream practices. We also welcome critical discussion on these issues and on the political aspects of pursuing sustainability. While contributions from all humanistic and social science fields are welcome, a focus on cultural issues is required: how are meanings and practices of food challenged and changed? The articles could discuss the following questions: How is sustainability perceived in the research and in the empirical field of study in question? What kind of rule breaking and making is involved, and what are the consequences? What is the role of ethnological/cultural knowledge in sustainable food transitions?

Ethnologia Fennica is a peer-reviewed, international open access journal. The journal publishes original scholarly articles, review articles, conference reports and book reviews written in English. The articles undergo double-blind peer review. The Finnish Publication Forum classifies Ethnologia Fennica as a leading academic journal at Level 2 (on a scale of 0 to 3).

Please submit your abstract by 20 December 2021. The deadline for submitting article manuscripts is 31 March 2022, and it is possible to submit an article without the abstract submission. The deadline for reviews, reports and commentary texts is 31 August 2022. The issue will be published in December 2022.

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

Dr. Sc. Riikka Aro and MA Liia-Maria Raippalinna from the University of Jyväskylä will act as visiting Editors-in-Chief for this thematic issue. Contact email: