Call for papers: 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: 2) 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?
How can the discourse of posthumanism be applied to redefine the understandings of human in ethnology and intersecting disciplines, e.g. anthropology, folkloristics, gender studies, history, and museum or heritage studies? What posthumanist themes are scrutinised in the study of everyday life? What kinds of interactions with non-humans and environments are important for us in the future? How can a posthumanist lens enrich ethnologists’ research? And on the other hand, in which ways have ethnologists questioned human exceptionalism and thus contributed to the core discussion ongoing in the field of posthumanism?
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 (journal.fi/ethnolfenn) 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 (journal.fi/ethnolfenn/about/submissions). Ethnologia Fennica vol. 47: 2 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. Editor-in-Chief responsible for the issue is Dr Tytti Steel.
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