Notions of health, well-being and happiness are intertwined in how people approach and view their lives. The March 2012 issue of Anthropology News seeks contributions that explore these notions, particularly in this time of many uncertainties and changes around the world—economic, political, societal, medical, environmental, and more. How do we seek out good health, well-being and happiness? How are medical systems and healing systems interpreted, used and adapted? How do people meet health challenges, such as increased chronic illnesses and the obesity epidemic? How do preventive practices help move people towards well-being? How is health and well-being connected to notions of happiness? What are different interpretations of satisfaction and fulfillment? And how do notions of success and happiness changing? What does it mean to live a good life? We invite proposals to consider these questions and more in exploring health, well-being and happiness from a uniquely anthropological perspective.


To participate, email a 300-word abstract and 50–100-word biosketch to AN Managing Editor Amy Goldenberg. 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 welcome for All accepted contributions will be published online at for up to 1,600 words, 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 late November and full articles will be due January 3.

Proposal deadline: November 14
Early submissions are encouraged.

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