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Call for papers for ESeS 39/2017

The Body in Socio-Cultural Context


Conceptions of the body are central to anthropological and ethnological research, where they affect both theory and methodology; they are also considered important to folklore studies, where the body appears as a significant aspect of folklore expressions and various forms of tradition. Social scholars tend to consider the body as a physical as well as symbolic artefact, as both naturally and culturally conceived, and as a product of a particular historical situation. Thus the body in different phases of life is linked to times past and present, as well as to the materialization of utopian imagination. It is a central issue in expressive culture and everyday practices in numerous spheres: the body invariably appears in social norms and social structure, rituals, religious beliefs, people’s motivations, emotional experience, political context, gender stratification, marriage and partnership, mass media representations, and many other aspects of culture.

The editors 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:


-the body as a physical as well as symbolic artefact

-cultural reflections of the body in different stages of life

-the body reflected in social norms and conventions

-representations of the body in narratives

-the role of the body in rituals and religious beliefs

-bodily health and social organisation

-gendered body

-representations of the body in marriage and partnership

-the body in mass media representations


Submission guidelines: please follow the guidelines for submissions as given on the website of  Ethnologia Slovaca et Slavica

Please send your abstract as an e-mail attachment to the editors, at, until 15. 1. 2017

Final date for papers: 30. 3. 2017

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