Anthropology News

Call for Proposals: Advocacy

Through their standard work and research methods, anthropologists get to know communities and issues thoroughly. This seems to often segue into advocacy, particularly as today’s communication methods reach farther, faster. Anthropology News is pleased to announce a 2013 series on anthropology and advocacy. Topics of discussion may include, but are not limited to: should there be a close relationship between anthropology and advocacy? When there is, are there limits? What should the role of anthropologist be when advocating for a person or group on the local, state, or international lever? What are some of the ethical implications? How are anthropologists contributing to advocacy efforts? We’d also like to hear about anthropologists’ experiences as either accidental or intentional advocates, and advice to share with other anthropologists as they develop close ties with communities and organizations.


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 January. Full articles will be due February 8, 2013 and will be published at in March.

To submit a proposal, either:

(1) Use the new 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: January 5