Anthropology News

AN Call for Proposals: Crisis

Catastrophes, disasters and tragedies populate news cycles on a continuous basis. Whether a crisis is attributed to nature or people, anthropological analysis is key in evaluating roots, determining immediate outcomes and long-term consequences. With such insight, anthropologists are in a strong position to propose solutions to help communities affected by a crisis as well as develop strategies for lessening or even avoiding such crises in the future.

Anthropology News seeks proposals for a June thematic series on the topic of crisis. Contributors are welcome to address how anthropology responds to or mediates crises including humanitarian, environmental, economic, religious, political, professional, personal, ethical, and more. Crises across various communities and institutions also provide a potential rich source of anthropological discussion.


We welcome proposals from current AAA members for In Focus commentaries, Teaching Strategies articles, Field Notes pieces, photo essays, photo features, news stories, interviews and more. Proposals for photo essays should also include up to five photographs (tiff or jpg), each with a caption and credit. Multimedia submissions are especially encouraged to take full advantage of the online capabilities at

All accepted contributions will be published online at for up to 1,600 words for commentaries, with flexible space for supplemental online artwork and other supporting files. All published contributions will be archived on AnthroSource.

Selected essays published online will be featured in the newly reorganized bimonthly print AN. Selections will be determined based on a combination of reader feedback via online metrics (such as comments, shares, ratings and pingbacks) and editorial discretion.

Selected authors will be notified of their status in April. Full articles will be due May 6, 2013 and will be published at in June.

To submit a proposal, either:

(1) Use the online AN Proposal System for your 300-word abstract, brief biosketch, and more at; or

(2) Email a 300-word abstract and 50–100-word biosketch to AN Managing Editor Amy Goldenberg

Proposal Deadline: April 5