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20 December 2022

Call for Submissions: Special issue on Ukrainian Intangible Cultural Heritage in Ethnologies
текст українською мовою, див.

The Canadian journal Ethnologies invites submissions for a special thematic issue on Ukrainian Intangible Cultural Heritage. This peer-reviewed journal is bilingual (English and French) and is intended to disseminate knowledge about activities concerning folklore and ethnology in Canada and elsewhere.

Ukraine is a large European country with a long history of ethnologic and folkloristic studies, documenting, analyzing, and contextualizing local cultural traditions. Indeed, traditional culture has been significant in the nation building projects extending from the 19th, through the 20th, into the 21st centuries. The vernacular culture of Ukrainian Canadians and other large diasporic Ukrainian communities has also merited scholarly attention. Ukraine ratified the UNESCO Convention for Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2008, and five traditions from the Ukrainian inventory have been inscribed in the UNESCO list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Ukraine to date. The 2014 invasion and the 2022 war in Ukraine have profoundly impacted traditional culture in Ukraine, raising issues of adaptation, safeguarding, and survival of much of the traditional knowledge in this territory.

We are interested in submissions from a wide range of perspectives, and especially encourage contributions on:

· Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) in Ukraine, encompassing traditional knowledge including festivals, music, performances, celebrations, handicrafts, and oral traditions

· ICH in Ukrainian communities in Canada and worldwide

· The history, reception, and response to the UNESCO Convention on ICH in Ukraine

· Case studies of ICH nomination and designation in Ukraine, including Petrykivka decorative painting, Cossack's songs of the Dnipropetrovsk Region, Kosiv ceramics, Örnek design, and the culture of Ukrainian borscht cooking

· Lists and inventories of Ukrainian ICH

· ICH and cultural traditions in the context of crisis and war

Proposals for articles (title, author’s name and short biographical statement, and a 150-word abstract) must be sent by 25 December 2022 to the issue co-editors Oleksandr Butsenko and Andriy Nahachewsky (,

Selections will be communicated by 15 January 2023. If selected, the full manuscript – in Word format, not exceeding 7,500 words in length (including figures, tables, references, and notes) – must be submitted to the issue co-editors by 31 March 2023.

Authors who are not native speakers of English or French can recieve editorial assistance in preparing their texts. Submission standards and formatting style are available at (en français: Manuscripts submitted to Ethnologies must not have been simultaneously submitted for publication to any other journal, or have already been published elsewhere.

For further information, please, contact the issue co-editors or the assistant editor of Ethnologies Catherine Briand (