Call for the next issue of Slovak Ethnology/Slovenský národopis, volume 65, number 4/2017

This issue of Slovak Ethnology/Slovenský národopis will focus on Migration: gains and losses. The hosting editor of the issue is Zdeněk Uherek.
The present-day discussions on migrations are primarily focused on several topics which, is no case exhausts the theme. The world commentators first of all indicate numbers of persons forming the migration waves and review manageability and adjustability of migration streams. The second topical theme is crowd reactions. People climbing over fences, marching masses, overcrowded trains full of immigrants on the one hand and protesting locals on the other is apparently well marketable goods for daily news for centuries. The third constant leitmotif is security risks on the one hand and living conditions of immigrants on the other. Comparatively less attention is devoted to the question of how the actors decide to migrate, either these are individual or collective decisions, what they are taking with themselves, how they communicate with their associates in source countries and how often they do it, how they ensure their living conditions in destination countries, and how they live several years after their immigration. Only rough assessments are also available about their contributions and drains to host countries. What does it mean to settle and what does it mean to be a successful settler from the emic perspective? We also do not know how the migrant´s decisions are assessed by their children and other relatives, how they communicate with foreign institutions and with their compatriots abroad. Migrating conditions are changing considerably. Is it perceived by the migrants as well?
Despite the fact that we are overloaded with information on the present-day migration crisis, the aim of the proposed volume is not to sort and analyse only current data. Contextualization of historical material is also valuable for the present point of view and we would also like to assess data from the time distance and to compare destinies of peoples migrating hundreds years ago with those of very recent ones. We would also discuss how the migration theory changes.

Europe is only for 60 years a prevailingly immigration continent. Up to 1960s it was an emigration region. Thus, the stories of European settlers are attractive for us and accounts of non-European migrations as well. Generally speaking the migrating experience of single persons and migrating groups, ethnographies of moving people is what we are searching for in Europe as well as remote continents.
The editors of the journal invite analytic, theoretical or synthetic articles, research reports, essays and discussions in the fields of ethnology, social and cultural anthropology and related scholarly disciplines, focused especially (not, however, exclusively) on the following issues:

  • Conceptualization of migration: what migration means to different sorts of people, how people define and perceive it
  • Migration stories. Migration is a substantial impression. People narrate it, share new experiences, store documents about migration, make pictures from their destinations and these are vital illustrations of their migratory lives
  • Nostalgic behaviour: post-migration period
  • Adjustment to the new environment, what they perceive peculiar to new cultures?
  • Gains and losses of migration. How people assess their migration from some time span
  • Migrations from the point of view of majority inhabitants
  • Compatriots and compatriot institutions
  • Old and modern diasporas: insiders and outsiders
  • Migrant entrepreneurship
  • Changes of statuses
  • Asylum seekers and political refuge
  • Second (third) generation
  • Changes of migration strategies
  • Re-migrations and old homeland visits
  • Permanent migrants

Submission guidelines: please follow the guidelines for submissions as given on the website of Slovak Ethnology/ Slovenský národopis
Final date for abstracts: 30. 11. 2016
Authors of accepted abstracts will be notified by mid November, 2016 and will then be invited to submit a full paper. An invitation to submit a full paper does not constitute a commitment for publication; all papers will be subject to anonymous peer review following the submission.
Final date for papers: 31. 4. 2017
Please send your abstract as an e-mail attachment to the editors, at
Year round the journal Slovak Ethnology invites, apart from contributions focused on the above mentioned issues, also major articles, research reports, essays, discussions, overviews, annotations, book reviews and review essays beyond the thematic call for papers.