Culture Unbound

Culture Unbound, journal of current cultural research.

Culture Unbound: Journal of Current Cultural Research is an open-access peer-reviewed journal that publishes cutting-edge interdisciplinary cultural research. 

It is international in its readership, authorship and content; maintains a strong commitment to open access publishing and encourages experimental publishing methods. 

The journal welcomes research that explores cultural perspectives, issues or phenomena and that strives to contribute to scholarly discussions in one or more fields or disciplines. We are particularly interested in interdisciplinary or trans-disciplinary research as well as work that involves innovative theoretical or methodological approaches. Culture Unbound also welcomes review articles that survey emerging or changing fields of cultural research. All inquiries can be sent to:

Culture Unbound is included in Scopus, CrossRef, the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) and EBSCO. It is a member of the Open Humanities Press network and listed at level 1 in the Norwegian Register for Scientific Journals, Series and Publishers. With its global scope and Scandinavian base, Culture Unbound serves as a link for Nordic cultural research to the international world, but also as a two-way interface between local/national traditions and the transnational field of cultural studies.

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Culture Unbound’s first issue of 2020 has been published! 

The extensive issue holds an editorial penned by old and new members of the CU editorial team as well as an extensive thematic section entitled “Archive and Method(s)”, edited by Mattias Frihammar and contributed to by no less than ten Swedish ethnologists and folklorists including Frihammar himself: Marie Steinrud, Maria Bäckman, Helena Hörnfeldt, Marianne Larsson, Simon Ekström, Charlotte Hyltén-Cavallius, Lotta Fernstål, Karin Gustavsson and Susanne Nylund-Skog.

In Archive and Method(s), these ethnologists and folklorists discuss methods for research in folklife archives, with special attention paid to photographs as source materials. The questions asked in the section include: How should a researcher navigate, both practically and intellectually, to get into the archive? When in the archive, how can the researcher bring the different sources to speak? How can a researcher evaluate and use the knowledge produced in, and by, the archive?

The intention of the section is both to inspire and guide students with an interest in folklore and folklife studies, and to contribute to the academic discussion about the role of archives in humanist research.

The section was produced within the research project Images and Stories of Everyday Life (Vardagens bilder och berättelser, funded by the Royal Swedish Academy of Letters, History and Antiquities and Riksbankens Jubileumsfond), which revolves around Gunnar Lundh’s photographic collection, that can be found in the archive of the Nordic Museum in Stockholm. 

Gunnar Lundh, photographer. Gunnar Lundh, photographer. Photo credit Nordiska museets arkiv

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