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Founded in 1938 by Leo Frobenius, Paideuma is one of the oldest and most renowned journals of cultural anthropology in the German-speaking world. Every year, a volume of about 320 pages with contributions in German, English and French is published by Reimer-Verlag (Berlin). While the initial concentration was on the history and cultures of Africa, in recent years Eastern Indonesia, Oceania, and South and Central Asia have been added as regional foci. In addition to topics of general theoretical interest, research on alterity, materiality, globalization, the history of the discipline as well as environmental and climate change are increasingly being considered, in line with the orientation of the Frobenius Institute. Newly introduced rubrics to go alongside the more traditional book reviews and obituaries such as ‘Special section’, ‘Forum’, ‘Conversation’ or ‘Read again’ offer the possibility to publish shorter contributions presenting a particular thematic focus, taking a position in the context of current debates, documenting interviews, or subjecting the classics of the discipline to new readings. A double-blind peer review of all submitted manuscripts serves to maintain the journal’s high quality standards. The current editors are Roland Hardenberg and Holger Jebens.


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Roland Hardenberg and Holger Jebens

Holger Jebens

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Bettina Beer
Ulrich Braukämper
Vincent Crapanzano
Peter Finke
Maurice Godelier
Chris Gregory
Ernst Halbmayer
Dan Jorgensen
Carola Lentz
Julia Pauli
Martin Sökefeld
Guido Sprenger
Thomas Widlok
Hartmut Zinser

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Previous authors include:
Jan Assmann, Cyril S. Belshaw, Vincent Crapanzano, Mircea Eliade, Mario Erdheim, Edward Evan Evans-Pritchard, Johannes Fabian, Raymond Firth, Maurice Godelier, Andre Gingrich, Stephen Gudeman, Ulf Hannerz, Thomas Hauschild, Robert von Heine-Geldern, Signe Howell, Adolf Ellegard Jensen, Dan Jorgensen, Karl Kerényi, Karl-Heinz Kohl, Fritz Kramer, Adam Kuper, Lamont Lindstrom, Wilhelm Emil Mühlmann, Mark Münzel, Michael Oppitz, Georg Pfeffer, Joel Robbins, Carl August Schmitz, Bernhard Streck, Ivo Strecker, Jan Vansina


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