Anthropology News

Call for Proposals: Breaking Boundaries

There are boundaries everywhere, both literal and figurative. Some physical boundaries are made by people, like walls and buildings; and some by nature, like rivers and mountains. Other boundaries are rooted in cultural constructs, such as expectations stemming from gender, but also include disciplinary boundaries.

Intriguing things happen when people break such boundaries. Anthropology News invites proposals for contributions to a 2013 thematic series on Breaking Boundaries. Proposals are welcome to explore examples of boundaries being broken and boundaries that should be broken, in terms of either research areas, or within—and extending from—the discipline of anthropology itself.


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 high resolution photographs (tiff or jpg), each with a caption and credit. Multimedia submissions are especially encouraged to be featured on All accepted contributions will be published online at for up to 1,600 words for commentaries, with flexible space for supplemental artwork and other supporting files. Thematic contributions for print AN will be determined based on when completed In Focus contributions of 1,100–1,300 words in length are submitted.

Selected authors will be notified of their status in September and full articles will be due October 15.

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: August 20