Anthropologists often have to strike a delicate balance between transparency and confidentiality in the pursuit of methodologically sound and ethical research. Privacy concerns can also be linked to security concerns for research subjects, sources and anthropologists themselves. At the same time, sharing is increasing by factors such as federal open access requirements and the push to make anthropology more visible to the public at large. Beyond anthropology, current news regarding NSA’s activities has sparked widespread discussion related to not only national security and constitutional rights, but also issues of privacy and sharing.

For the September thematic series, AN invites anthropologists to explore issues of public and the private. Contributors are welcome to explore this in a variety of ways including, but not limited to how the public and private plays out in the work that anthropologists do, whether in the context of archeological digs, research in sensitive areas, a culture undergoing various degrees of conflict, publishing, data sharing.

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

Proposals are due July 9 July 16.

Selected authors will be notified of their status in July. Full articles will be due August 15, 2013 and will be published at in September.


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.

To submit a proposal, either:

(1) Use the 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

Questions? Most can be answered either with AN’s Essay and Column Guidelines or AN’s Policies. If not, email AN Managing Editor Amy Goldenberg

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