Ethnologia Europaea 46:2 (2016)
Journal of European Ethnology
Ethnologia Europaea is edited by Marie Sandberg and Monique Scheer
Special issue editors:
Elo-Hanna Seljamaa and Pihla Maria Siim
Contributions to this special issue take a back-door approach to the study of cultural practices by exploring various modes and forms of silence and silencing in daily life. Joining Gregory Bateson and scholars inspired by his concept of noncommunication, the articles examine situations and circumstances where communication is avoided, or deemed undesirable, because it would somehow alter the nature of the idea, relationship or situation in question. Authors also draw attention to the unspoken and the unspeakable as they emerge in ethnographic fieldwork and the research process, discussing the challenges of doing fieldwork on silence and pushing the boundaries of silence as an analytical category.