The Anthropology of Horror: Theoretical Challenges and Epistemological Potential

  • Marko Pišev


  From a disciplinary angle, horror could be viewed as a more imaginative, illegitimate brother of anthropology, or rather, its more poetic, kindred soul. Much like horror, the anthropological way of thinking is preoccupied by matters of the alien, the otherworldly, the hidden and the marginal. The two angles of viewing people and their world intersect in a number of common issues, starting with questions of the body and embodiment, through the relationship between an individual and the community and the community toward otherness, to the basic questions of people's spiritual and posthumous lives. Yet, horror as a specific artistic genre has not been researched enough within an anthropological framework, perhaps because it offers artistic and not strictly scientific answers to questions posed by anthropology.In this thematic issue of Issues in Ethnology and Anthropology, for the first time in Serbian anthropology an opportunity arose to publish a collection of scientific texts about the horror genre in one place. Authors who generously submitted their papers for this thematic issue have shown that horror stories can be interpreted in a number of ways which demand a degree of interdisciplinarity, but without ever leaving the familiar framework of the anthropological focus.


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Pišev, Marko. 2016. “The Anthropology of Horror: Theoretical Challenges and Epistemological Potential”. Issues in Ethnology and Anthropology 11 (2), 315–325.