Call for the next issue of Slovak Ethnology/Slovenský národopis, volume 64, number 2/2016

This issue will focus on the


The traditional use of plants for food has always been an important part of classic ethnographic works. Traditional societies needed plants as source of nutrition, medicine, dyes and construction materials. They were also linked to plants in a symbolic way and some plants also played a large role in the non-material part of local culture. Throughout the 20th century a large decrease in the traditional use of mainly wild plants occurred. People stopped collecting wild greens in spring, the number of self-harvested herbs also decreased. At the end of the 20th century even the gathering of wild fruits and making home preserves was also nearly abandoned in the most industrialized European countries. However, nowadays a strong counter-movement of looking for local plant resources for food is growing strongly. This is mainly due to the increasing urban and middle-class ecological awareness. However, over the last few years media attention to wild food plants, food security, food sovereignty, has been so strong that it permeated e.g. via internet portals to all literate classes of the society. Some of the old traditions have been resurrected but also new uses and traditions are borrowed from other cultures or created. In this issue we would like to look at this process and the relationships between the old and the new.

The editors of this journal invite analytic, theoretical or synthetic articles, research reports, essays and discussions in the fields of ethnology, social and cultural anthropology and ethnobiology, as well as related disciplines on the following issues:

  • the transformations of traditional use of wild edible plants, mushrooms and animals in the last few years
  • the emerging uses of wild plants and animals in contemporary haute-cuisine • the dynamics of vegetable and spice in the postmodern world
  • organic farming, urban allotments and plant uses in urban environments • food in foraging and survival workshops
  • “breaking food taboos” – food from rubbish, dangerous meats, insects in European cuisine etc.

Submission guidelines: please follow the guidelines for submissions as given on the website of Slovak Ethnology/ Slovenský národopis:
Final date for abstracts: 15. 12. 2015

Authors of accepted abstracts will be notified by the end of the year 2015 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: 28. 2. 2016
Please send your abstract as an e-mail attachment to the editors, at:
Apart from contributions focused on the above mentioned issues, the journal of Slovak Ethnology also invites major articles, research reports, essays, discussions, overviews, annotations, book reviews and review essays year round, beyond the thematic call for papers.