March 9, 2020

Tereza Kuldova

Oslo Metropolitan University

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Artificial intelligence, deep learning and big data analytics are viewed as the technologies of the future, capable of delivering expert intelligence decisions, risk assessments and predictions within milliseconds. In a world of fakes, they promise to deliver ‘hard facts’ and data-driven ‘truth’, but their solutions resurrect ideologies of purity, embrace bogus science reminiscent of the likes of anthropometry, and create a deeply paranoid world where the Other is...

March 8, 2020

Special issue edited by Tereza Kuldova (Oslo Metropolitan University, Norway) and Jardar Østbø (Institute for Defence Studies, Norway)

NB! This issue is currently in production and more articles will be published in the coming months. The final issue will appear in August 2020. 

Several articles in this special issue are already published and can be accessed here:

February 3, 2020

Kuldova, T., Hall, S. & Horsley, M. (eds.) 2020. Crime, Harm and the Consumer

Experience. London: Routledge (second editor).

This book offers a collection of cutting-edge essays on the relationship between crime, harm and consumer culture. Although consumer culture has been addressed across the social sciences, it has yet to be fully explored in criminology. The editors bring together an impressive list of authors with original ideas and a fresh perspective to this field. The collection first introduces the reader to t...

November 30, 2019

Kuldova, T. 2019. ‘Fetishism and the Problem of Disavowal’, Qualitative Market

Research 22(5): 766-780.

Fetishism has been often linked to misrecognition and false belief, to one being “ideologically duped” so to speak. But could we think that fetishism may be precisely the very opposite? The purpose of this paper is to explore the potential of this at first sight counterintuitive notion. It locates the problem of fetishism at the crux of the problem of disavowal and argues that one needs to distinguish between a d...

September 13, 2019

On the 7th of September, I held a keynote lecture at the annual conference of the Design History Society this year entitled ‘The Cost of Design’ , a conference intent on exploring the complexities of the historic and contemporary relationship between design and economy. In my keynote lecture, I focused on the relationship between luxury and corruption – from the classical critiques of luxury and its association with moral corruption and societal and political decay to the role of the highly unregulated luxury industry in laundering of proceeds from corr...

April 11, 2019


Tereza Kuldova  

(NY: Palgrave Macmillan, 2019) 

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Outlaw motorcycle clubs have grown, spread and matured. Popular culture glamorizes them; law enforcement agencies fight them and the media vilify them. Meanwhile, the outlaw bikers exploit the current cultural and economic climate to attract new members. How Outlaws Win Friends and Influence People argues that the growth of these anti-establishment groups under neoliberalism is not coincidental, but inevitable. The book asks a critical question for...

December 28, 2018

The full issue can be downloaded here


Tereza Kuldova

Sovereignty is a special issue that emerged out of the conference panel titled Sovereignty in an Unequal World at the VANDA: Vienna Anthropology Days Conference 2018, which I have organized on behalf of the Extreme Anthropology Research Network. Others have joined us along the way, as the idea of this issue caught on. 

In this issue, the reader will find a range of articles dealing with the concept and meaning of sovereignty, often from radically different perspectives. Kate Tudor has interview...

September 19, 2018

Sovereignty in an Unequal World: Anthropological Perspectives

Conveners: Tereza Kuldova

Full Session Schedule & Abstracts

Thursday, September 20, 2018 | Slot 3 | Room 3

Ilja Steffelbauer: Turncoats: Reclaiming Sovereignty by Turning One's Back on Civilization

Tereza Kuldova: Loss of Sovereignty and Social Abjection: On the Melancholic Objects of Political Desire

Kate Tudor: Self-Made Men - Economic and Consumer Sovereignty in the Accounts of Serious Fraudsters

Tessa Diphoorn: Corporate Sovereignty: Permissive Authority Claiming and Making in Southern Africa


June 11, 2018

 You can read the whole interview here or download a PDF here

June 6, 2018

Full issue can be downloaded here.


Tereza Kuldova

Extreme Masculinities 2 is the second special issue that emerged out of the international conference Extreme Masculinities, which I have organized on behalf of the Extreme Anthropology Research Network( at the University of Vienna between 28th September and 1st October 2017. In this issue, you will find a range of articles on exciting and thought-provoking topics. First, Japhy Wilson draws us into the world of Jeffrey Sachs’ problematic developmental projects in Uganda...

December 21, 2017


Tereza Kuldova


Extreme Masculinities 1 is a special issue that emerged out of the international conference Extreme Masculinities, which I have organized on behalf of the Extreme Anthropology Research Network ( at the University of Vienna between 28th September and 1st October 2017. This is the first of two special issues of JEA devoted to the topic.

In this issue, you will find a range of articles on exciting and thought-provoking topics. Henrik H. Mikkelsen explores the dynamics of headhunting among th...

December 11, 2017

New article in the journal Trends in Organized Crime

In the last decade, elitist philanthropy exploded in certain parts of the West and so did philanthropy of outlaw motorcycle clubs. The question is, under what conditions does philanthropy become an effective strategy of legitimization of one’s power in society? Neoliberalism did not only result in extreme inequality, weakening of the state, and emergence of increasingly disillusioned population, but also enabled philanthropy to become an effective strategy of l...

November 16, 2017

Public Lecture 

AU_Antropologie Umelcum (Anthropology to Artists) FaVU VUT (Faculty of Fine Ar

ts, University of Technology, Brno, Czech Republic)



Terror, Edmund Burke argued, is the “common stock of everything that is sublime,” capable of producing delight when held at a certain distance. What puzzled Burke was the question of “how any species of delight can be derived from a cause so apparently contrary to it.” I suggest that we may look for an ethnographic answer to this question among the supporters, hangers-on and diverse admirers of o...

November 12, 2017

The Extreme Masculinities: International Conference took place at the University of Vienna between the 28th September and 1st October and was organized by Tereza Kuldova, with financial support by the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Vienna, Zukunftsfonds der Republik Österreich, and Gender and Agency. The conference brought together exciting and engaging scholars across social sciences to discuss the topic of masculinity through the lens of an analysis of social and economic processes. During the conference, an awards cerem...

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