Call for the next issue of Slovak Ethnology/Slovenský národopis, volume 68, number 3/2020

This issue of Slovak Ethnology/Slovenský národopis will focus on the Dynamics of cultural transformations in the European North and the North of European Russia. The guest editor of the issue will be Yury P. Shabaev.
Field data demonstrates that local cultural groups with distinct ethnic identity, economy and specific historical memory continue to exist both in the Russian and European North. Some of them keep certain traits of the traditional lifestyle. Most of them are, of course, rural groups, but interesting cultural specifics exist also in northern cities. What is common for both rural and urban groups, however, is their being immersed into the wider context and wider society, which inevitably leads to ever strengthening processes of unification and standardization of their lifestyles.

However, these processes of standardization and unification are by no means unidirectional and attempts to re-vitalize both cultural identities and some elements of archaic traditions as well as attempts to construct new local traditions presented to audiences as archaic and indigenous can be observed. Apart from that, local cultural specifics and ethnicities are actively transformed to regional brands and market products, which are then used by local communities to solve social and economic development problems. Religious traditions deserve special attention, because both the religious re-vitalization processes common in Russia and the secularization process that can be observed in the West are by no means unequivocal. The processes of conserving historical memory and folklore on one hand and the birth of new historical myths and the formation of the new modern folklore layer on the other are also of great interest, particularly because they often go hand in hand.
All these processes and phenomena can be discussed in the academic articles of the special issue proposed. We are ready to consider all proposals and texts and we invite all interested colleagues to take part in the issue.

Final date for abstracts: 29. 2. 2020
Only authors of accepted abstracts will 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: 1. 6. 2020
Please send your abstracts and papers as an e-mail attachment to the editors, at: