Special Issue "Articulating Continuity, Documenting Change: Life-Storytelling in Oral History and Folklore"

A special issue of Genealogy (ISSN 2313-5778).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (14 June 2021) | Viewed by 441

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Natalia Khanenko-Friesen
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Guest Editor
Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies, Faculty of Arts, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB T6G 2E6, Canada
Interests: oral history; ritual; vernacular culture; diaspora; ethnicity; migration; post-socialist transition; Ukraine; Eastern Europe; Canada; Ukrainian Canadian culture; community-engaged scholarship
Dr. Nadya Foty-Oneschuk
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Guest Editor
Ukrainian Language, Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultural Studies, St. Thomas More College, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan, S7N 0W6, Canada
Interests: folklore; oral history; ethnic identity; Ukrainian Canadian culture; heritage language retention; diaspora; ethnography; ritual; Canada; Ukraine

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue of Genealogy invites essays on the topic, "Articulating Continuity, Documenting Change: Life-Storytelling in Oral History and Folklore”. Since the onset of modernity, cultures and communities around the world have long faced transformative and at times rapid social and cultural change. As this trend accelerates, to ground oneself in history’s shifting terrains and to stay connected to their homelands and communities, many individuals engage in life-storytelling, either on their own terms as a part of personal search for the roots or prompted by researchers. Communicating familial continuity in the context of dramatic social change oftentimes is a work of cultural translation, as a person shares her or his life story outside of their native milieu. Focusing on how life stories and autobiographical narratives engage with social and familial change, we invite scholarly contributions that explore life-storytelling as a grassroots cultural practice that both documents social change and strives to articulate familial continuity. Contributions, as an example, may focus on oral history (as practiced in once oral cultures), folklore (as a form of traditional expression), and research outcomes (as in oral history projects); the fields where life-storytelling has been actively pursued as a means to maintain or illustrate cultural, ethnic, national, and familial continuity. What tools/means/strategies do narrators utilize to achieve their goals? What forms might contemporary grassroots life-storytelling take in various communities? What audiences might it serve? What cultural and political purposes may such life-storytelling pursue? What factors might drive it? In what ways might modern life-storytelling, frequently directed at outsider audiences, differ from more traditional contexts in which life-storytelling was practiced among insiders?

We invite scholars from across disciplines (anthropology, ethnic studies, sociology, history and others) to reflect on these and other related questions. Some potential contexts for this discussion and avenues of exploration may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Life story narratives of change from the comparative perspective;
  • Autobiographical narrative across family generations;
  • Diaspora/homeland life narratives of familial continuity and change;
  • Post-coloniality and personal life narrative;
  • Post-totalitarianism and life-storytelling;
  • Migration and life-storytelling;
  • Ethnic minorities and life-stories;
  • Personal life-narratives and indigenous contexts;
  • Political uses of life-storytelling.
Dr. Natalia Khanenko-Friesen
Dr. Nadya Foty-Oneschuk
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a double-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Genealogy is an international peer-reviewed open access quarterly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1200 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • Oral history 
  • Folklore 
  • Life-storytelling 
  • Personal life-narratives 
  • Familial continuity and change

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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