CFP Ethnologia Fennica 2021 (vol. 48: 1) Rethinking Culture - Making Change


What impact beyond academia can research make? How can we rethink culture as an agent of transformation? What makes culture a suitable concept for reflecting on contemporary and challenging issues, such as the climate crisis, sustainability, migration, social justice, pandemics, education, and cross-cultural relations? The 2021 issue of Ethnologia Fennica calls for articles that discuss ways of making change through applied ethnographic and ethnological research. We welcome texts that discuss different ways of making an impact based on an analysis of the participation and collaboration of various interest groups and the role of research in activism and processes of decision-making. We also encourage texts that engage with the expectations set by funding programmes and their agendas.

The deadline for submitting article manuscripts is January 15, 2021. The deadline for reviews, reports, and commentary texts is March 2, 2021. The issue will be published in autumn 2021. Please submit your language revised article (which should not exceed 10,000 words) through the submission system ( Dr. Viktorija Čeginskas from the University of Jyväskylä will act as visiting Editor-in-Chief for this thematic issue. Editor-in-Chief responsible for the issue is Dr. Tytti Steel. Contact e-mail:

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Vol 47 No 1 (2020): Cultural Commons
Vol 47 No 1 (2020): Cultural Commons

This thematic issue of Ethnologia Fennica is devoted to scrutinising cultural commons. The authors introduce topical viewpoints off the beaten track of the much-discussed topic of open culture and accessibility of collections in the GLAM (Galleries, Libraries, Archives, Museums) sector. The articles discuss ownership, sharing and creativity both through cases that illuminate contemporary discussions and through historical case studies. The articles cover themes from the possibilities and problems of the notion of cultural appropriation in music and literature to aural commons. The authors are not so much interested in the possible adverse consequences of the media and regimechanges; rather, they trace the different forms and practices surrounding the ideas of sharing resources and regimenting it.

Published: 2020-06-25
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