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Posted by Andy Byers on 2019-04-05

Ethnologia Europaea: Journal of European Ethnology, Special Issue

Intersections and transformations in Medical Humanities: New paths for Ethnology, Folklore Studies and Anthropology

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Guest Editors

Kristofer Hansson, Associate Professor in Ethnology

Lund University, Sweden

Rachel Irwin, Researcher, Anthropology

Lund University, Sweden

Background and Call for Manuscripts

What role does and can ethnological, folklore studies and anthropological research play in the field of medical humanities?

The medical landscape is a constantly changing field, both in relation to new knowledge and innovative technology as well to transformations in society and the world at large. Examples include research on emerging infectious diseases and changing welfare societies. In ethnological, folklore studies and anthropological research there is a long tradition of exploring and reflecting upon these kinds of issues from a broad variety of methodological and theoretical perspectives. These include, but are not limited to: cultural beliefs around long-term illness, explanations of health and healing, the ways in which society's controlling mechanisms work across bodies, and how modern biomedicine and digitalization provide new cultural perspectives. In this call we are interested in papers that present ongoing research based on studies in the medical field in the broadest sense. Articles will discuss questions such as: In what empirical fields are we working? What methodological or theoretical shifts and explorations should we take to expand our research? Central is also: How can we work with/within health care and how can we develop this work? How do we participate in interdisciplinary research? What are good examples of more integrative humanities?

Through this special issue of Ethnologia Europaea - Journal of European Ethnology, we wish to make visible and strengthen ethnological, folklore studies and anthropological research in health care and medicine and seek to create a stronger international network of researchers in the field of medical humanities. Thus, special consideration will be given to papers that address issues related to medical humanities. In what ways can empirical, theoretical and methodological perspectives from medical humanities question and transform ethnology, folklore studies and anthropology? But also, how can the intersection between medical humanities and ethnology, folklore studies and anthropology move the fields forward in innovative ways? We look forward to receiving innovative and explorative abstracts!

Important Deadlines

Submission abstract by: 1 June 2019

Submission article by: 15 November 2019

From the submissions received, the guest editors will make a selection and inform authors about invitation for the article manuscript submission (up to 12,000 words). After a first round of comments from the guest editors, the journal will then initiate the peer-review process for the articles. When accepted for publication, authors are responsible for proofreading of their manuscript by a native speaker.

Please send your abstract (max. 500 words) and short biography to the guest editors:

Kristofer Hansson,

Rachel Irwin,

Please note that all selected papers will be subject to a double-blind peer review process and that the final acceptance of contributions happens only after this process.

Instruction to Authors

Ethnologia Europaea is an interdisciplinary peer-reviewed journal with a focus on European cultures and societies. The journal was first published in 1967 and since then it has acquired a central position in the international and interdisciplinary cooperation between scholars inside and outside Europe. Two digital, open-access issues, open and themed, are published yearly by the Open Library of Humanities (OLH).

The journal welcomes high quality papers from European ethnology but also from social/cultural and historical anthropological perspectives as well as from scholarly fields such as human geography, sociology, cultural history, and cultural studies. To familiarize yourself with the profile of Ethnologia Europaea, please take a look at some recent issues at

Submission and format: Manuscripts (in English) should be sent to the two guest editors as a computer file via e-mail. After one round of comments, authors will be asked to submit their papers for peer review on the OLH submission platform Janeway. Authors will be notified after the peer-review process about acceptance, rejection, or desired alterations.

Papers should not exceed 12,000 words. Too many grades of headings should be avoided. Long quotations should be marked by indentations and double line spacing. British or American English may be used, but adhering to one or the other consistently is essential. For non-native English speakers it is a precondition for publishing that final accepted manuscripts are checked by a professional copy-editor or translator.

Abstract, keywords and author presentation: Five keywords as well as an abstract should accompany the manuscript. The abstract should be at the most 125 words, outline the main arguments, the empirical basis and stress the conclusions. A short presentation (approximately three sentences) of the author should be included, describing title, position, research interests and for example a recent publication. Please check and copy the style of a recent issue of Ethnologia Europaea.

Illustrations: You may supply suggested illustrations for the editors to choose from. For the final version the chosen illustrations with accompanying captions (including photographer or source) should be provided with the highest possible resolution. Desired positions of illustrations should be marked in the text. The author needs to secure publishing rights for all illustrations. The journal does not pay for illustration costs and authors will be asked for a written statement about permissions.

Endnotes and references: Endnotes should be used sparingly. If acknowledgements appear they should be placed in the first endnote. Please check that all references are included in the bibliography and vice versa. Bibliographic references in the text are given as (Hobsbawm & Ranger 1983; Shaw 1995, 2000). In the bibliography the following system is used:

Bauman, Zygmunt 1990: Modernity and Ambivalence. In: Mike Featherstone (ed.), Global Culture: Nationalism, Globalization and Modernity. London: Sage Publications, pp. 143–169.

Czarniawska, Barbara & Orvar Löfgren (eds.) 2012: Managing Overflow in Affluent Societies. London: Routledge.

Timm, Elisabeth 2012: Grounding the Family: Locality and Its Discontents in Popular Genealogy. Ethnologia Europaea 42:2, 36–50.

Editorial Board (2017-2020): The journal’s editorial board consists of a range of highly profiled experts within the field.