Anthropology News

AN Call for Proposals: Debt

Debt is a pervasive topic in news and politics in the US and abroad. While the financial crisis took many by surprise, it was (now famously) predicted by an anthropologist (Gillian Tett of the Financial Times). This crisis and its consequences have led to countless discussions in the media of debt and related issues. As many are discussing austerity, deficits, sequestration, and generally ways to address national debt, Anthropology News invites proposals for essays exploring debt in any of its many meanings from an anthropological perspective.

Authors are welcome to write about debt in terms of economics and finances on the individual, community, state, national or international levels. Contributors may explore any stage of debt, as well as debt-avoidance. Potential contributors should also keep in mind that this series on debt is not necessarily confined to debt in terms of money, and are encouraged to explore other forms indebtedness that are rooted in culture.


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 March. Full articles will be due April 8, 2013 and will be published at in May.

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

EXTENDED Proposal Deadline: March 7