Anthropology News

AN Call for Proposals: Anthropology Education

Many have argued that we have reached a dramatic transitional moment in education with recent shifts in the global economic climate, developments in communication technologies, and fierce debate on education policy. What do these far-reaching changes mean for the future of anthropology education as it is conveyed and experienced in the classroom? We welcome proposals for In Focus commentaries, Teaching Strategies, Field Notes articles, photo essays, news stories and interviews that examine this topic from the perspectives of teachers, advisors, educational researchers, administrators and students.

Although this series focuses on the anthropology classroom itself, authors can examine the issue on a number of scales, from reflections on personal classroom experiences to critiques of broader educational trends and their impacts. Between these two sides of the spectrum, contributors might discuss the implications of specific recent initiatives, such as the Royal Anthropological Institute's effort to promote pre-university anthropology education through a new Advanced Level General Certificate of Education, the creation of new anthropology programs (from IUPUI to the Smithsonian) emphasizing hands-on training and practice, or Michael Wesch's use of YouTube in the classroom. Topics may address (but are not limited to):
  • Impacts of the financial crisis, such as increased community college enrollment, department budget cuts, heightened competition for dissertation funding, and decreased post-graduation employment opportunities
  • Changing roles of technology, including expectations for and valuation of multiple literacies and strategies for engaging students
  • Perspectives on emphasizing four fields, particular subfields, practicing/applied anthropology and other approaches in introductory courses or broader departmental coursework requirements and offerings
  • Relationships between modes of educational assessment and teaching models and strategies
  • Opportunities for and limits of flexibility in educational environments (within and outside of traditional classrooms) including online courses, experiential learning and fieldwork.
To participate, email a 300-word abstract and 50-100-word biosketch to Anthropology News editor Dinah Winnick. Proposals for photo essays should also include five high resolution photographs (tiff or jpg), each with a caption and credit. Selected authors will be notified of their status in early April, and full articles
commentaries of 1000-1400 words or shorter pieces of other article typeswill be due early May.

Proposal submission deadline: Extended to March 29, 2010
Early submissions are encouraged.