Call for papers: Ethnologia Fennica 2020 (vol. 47): Posthumanism and ethnology


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 2020 issue (vol. 47) is posthumanism and ethnology. Posthumanism has been defined as a study which rejects the classic humanist divisions of self and other, mind and body, society and nature, human and animal, organic and technological (Wolfe 2010). From its beginning, ethnology has been a study of humans in interaction with their surroundings, e.g. animals, buildings, tools, clothing, nature and environment. For instance, anthropologists Smart & Smart (2017) have extended these discussions to include contemporary issues such as microbiomes and nano-machines.

In the 21st century, ethnologists have been eager to study engagements with digital technology and biomedicine. In the future, there will be a need to understand the ways in which the human world will transform by developing artificial intelligence and other tools that extend our skills and capabilities. In the era of growing anxiety about climate change and a decrease of biodiversity, what is the contribution of ethnology and related disciplines to the study of the future of humankind?

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

Please submit your language revised article (which should not exceed 10 000 words) through the Journal submission system ( by 7 January 2020. Authors need to register with the journal prior to submitting or, if already registered, can simply log in and begin the submission process. For further instructions to the author, see author guidelines in the journal’s web site ( Ethnologia Fennica vol. 47 will be published in December 2020.

Dr Taija Kaarlenkaski from the University of Eastern Finland will act as visiting Editor-in-Chief for this thematic issue.

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Vol 45 (2018): Crisis and Recoveries

The current volume (45) of Ethnologia Fennica  focuses on the theme “Crisis and Recoveries”. The three articles published under the theme approach the war and crisis from new perspectives: those of personal narratives and various groups of civil society such as children who have long been excluded from standard historical memory. They also concentrate on the recovery side of crisis: they ask how individual persons and communities have recovered from the crises caused by or related to the war, and how the crisis are commemorated and reinterpreted. Additionally, the articles pay attention to the experiences of the younger generations who have no personal memories of the events but whose lives have been affected by the war and especially by the silences and tension surrounding it.

Published: 2018-12-21


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