Anthropology News

AN Call for Proposals: Safety and Security

In the US, discussion is taking off about firearms and violence. As more people discuss how to curb mass shootings like those seen recently in Newtown CT, Aurora CO, and Oak Creek WI, the fundamental issues of safety and security arise. However, safety and security are not important to discuss only in the realm of mass shootings in the US. From domestic violence to civil war, the media is saturated with examples of places where individual safety and community security are sorely lacking.

Anthropology News seeks proposals for a series exploring safety and security. Authors are welcome to write about this in terms of the US discussion on gun policy, as well as in other contexts throughout the world and in time. Authors are also encouraged explore safety and security in terms of their own work, whether fieldwork in places of conflict was intentional or not.


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

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

EXTENDED Proposal Deadline: February 7