Publication : Culture and property – Ethnologia Europaea 39:2 is out now

Ethnologia Europaea. Journal of European Ethnology 39:2 is out now.

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About this issue
Culture and property have increasingly fused into one concept as the circulation of practices and objects that ethnologists have defined as cultural is brought within the purview of markets and state regulative systems.

Ethnological analyses of the cultural distinctiveness of regions and nations and the foregrounding of folklore as an index of local genius helped foster a patrimonial regime in the 20th and 21st centuries, that converts artifacts and expressions to cultural property and heritage.

While sometimes used synonymously, cultural property and cultural heritage have distinct connotations and are associated with separate legal regimes and different manners of staking claims to culture. At once legal and ethical, economic and emotional, scientific and sensory, the patrimonial regime is in rapid expansion both across and within global societies.

The articles in this issue of Ethnologia Europaea explore this regime from various vantage points with theoretical sophistication and richness of detail, analyzing invocations of cultural heritage and cultural property in localized settings and on international stages, combining ethnographic research and document analysis in case studies from around the European continent – Italy, Belgium, Spain, Norway, Denmark, Estonia – and beyond.

Table of contents
Regina Bendix and Valdimar Tr. Hafstein:
Culture and Property. An Introduction

Stein R. Mathisen:
Narrated Sámi Sieidis. Heritage and Ownership in Ambiguous Border Zones

Kristin Kuutma:
Who Owns Our Songs? Authority of Heritage and Resources for Restitution

Dorothy Noyes:
Hardscrabble Academies. Toward a Social Economy of Vernacular Invention

Martin Skrydstrup:
Theorizing Repatriation

Markus Tauschek:
Cultural Property as Strategy. The Carnival of Binche, the Creation of Cultural Heritage and Cultural Property

Chiara Bortolotto:
The Giant Cola Cola in Gravina. Intangible Cultural Heritage, Property, and Territory between Unesco Discourse and Local Heritage Practice

About the Journal
Ethnologia Europaea is an interdisciplinary journal with a focus on European cultures and societies. It carries material of great interests not only for European ethnologists and anthropologists but also sociologists, social historians and scholars involved in cultural studies. The journal was started in 1967 and since then it has acquired a central position in the international and interdisciplinary cooperation between scholars inside and outside Europe.

Ethnologia Europaea ranking:

ERIH (Europe): Level A (highest level)
Norwegian bibliometric system: Level 2 (highest level)
Danish bibliometric system: Level 2 (highest level)

Museum Tusculanum Press
University of Copenhagen <>

Professor Orvar Löfgren
Department of Cultural Sciences
University of Lund
Biskopsgatan 7
SE-22362 Lund, Sweden <>

Professor Regina Bendix
Institut für Kulturanthropologie/Europäische Ethnologie Friedländer Weg 2
D-37085 Göttingen, Germany <>

Editorial assistent:
Magdalena Tellenbach Uttman, PhD
Järnvägsgatan 16
SE-240 30 Marieholm, Sweden <>

Editorial Board:
Pertti Anttonen (Finland), Milena Benovska (Bulgaria), Reginald Byron (UK), Palle O. Christiansen (Denmark), Manuela Ivone Cunha (Portugal), Tine Damsholt (Denmark), Anne Eriksen (Norway), Jonas Frykman (Sweden), Ueli Gyr (Switzerland), Ewa Klekot (Poland), Ullrich Kockel (UK), Ruth-E. Mohrmann (Germany), Bjarne Rogan (Norway), Thomas Schippers (France), Martine Segalen (France), Birgitta Svensson (Sweden), Gisela Welz (Germany).

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