Death studies, as a research field, is represented by three leading journals: American Death Studies and Omega, and British journal Mortality. Despite the common research field, these journals are quite different and do not overlap with each other at the theoretical/conceptual level. While DS and Omega are journals with a predominantly psychological focus (grief, palliative care, suicidology) mostly in the USA, Mortality works extensively on the social/cultural aspects of death and dying and directs its attention rather to Western Europe. At the same time, social, cultural and historical characteristics that engender specific representations and attitudes towards death in Eastern and Northern European countries are neglected. Death studies in this part of Europe are inherently thrown to the periphery and remain invisible for the academic world. The limited number of specialized scientific journals does not allow significantly expanding the number of quality publications about death and dying in Eastern and Northern Europe. We propose to develop a new peer-reviewed journal that will focus on Eastern and North European research on death and dying. The purpose of the journal is to bring together scholars from Eastern and Northern Europe or those who research these regions from death and dying studies perspective. The journal wants to make known the results of their works to the world academic community, making this knowledge more visible and meaningful. In fact, the journal is conceived also as an instrument of bridging scholars from all parts of Europe and not only, stimulating the share of ideas and encouraging the creation of research networks that could enrich the field of death studies, beyond a strictly geographic and cultural region.
Eastern and North European Journal of Death Studies concentrates on several broad substantive social and cultural areas of death and dying such as funeral industry, palliative care, death in popular culture, death education, politics and ideologies of death, end-of-life care, overlooked social aspects of death and dying (gender, social inequality, poverty, migration), anthropology of death (material and immaterial culture, everyday life), contemporary narratives of death, dying and immortality. We encourage comparative and cross-disciplinary explorations of these topics. Both theoretical and empirical approaches are welcomed.
Language of publications: English;
Frequency: 2 times per year;
Format: open access, online (web platform), double-blind peer-review, open Call for Papers, thematic issues;
Indexing: We intend to get Eastern and North European Journal of Death Studies included in prestigious international abstracting and indexing services (e.g.: Web of Science (Clarivate); Scopus; East View; EBSCOhost; DOAJ; ERIH PLUS) in a very short time;
Publisher: Faculty of Sociology and Social Work Babes-Bolyai University Cluj- Napoca, Romania
The structure of the issue:
Discussion: forum (short replies to a list of questions);
Interview: one researcher presenting his work/book;
Original papers: no more than 5 per issue;
Book Reviews: both reviews of the local publications (in English or not), potentially interesting for the Western community, and reviews of the Western publications that could expand the academic interest in death studies in Eastern and Northern Europe are encouraged.