Anthropologists have long struggled with how to best coordinate our research meaningfully and effectively with others. Approaches have ranged dramatically. Many are content to share the analyzed and digested findings of their research through academic journals and university press monographs. Others seek to coordinate at the level of data analysis, through contributing to data sharing repositories. Still others pursue high levels of communication and coordination with other experts (both academic and non-academic) at the level of data collection. Variation can also be seen at the subdisciplinary level. Many archaeologists have long developed strategies for working both with each other and with local communities out of necessity, while large segments of the field of cultural anthropology still seem at times to have moved only slightly away from the norm of the “lone ethnographer” that Renato Rosaldo described nearly 25 years ago. Regardless, anthropology is undoubtedly a field that continues to be intuitively concerned with inclusiveness, as the introspection that has preoccupied the discipline of the last 40 years or so evidences.

In a series guest edited by AN Contributing Editor Jeffrey Mantz (National Science Foundation), AN invites proposals for essays that explore issues of collaboration. Collaboration here is understood broadly, and includes both examples of partnership among researchers as well as between researchers and informants, research networks, and local communities (eg, collaborative ethnography, participatory mapping). What factors have constrained or fostered these kinds of relationships? How productive are these relationships to improving our understanding of humanity? In a time when the scientific community is increasingly oriented toward collaborative methods of data collection, what does our orientation to or resistance to working with others say about the future of the field?

Proposals are due August 16.  August 19

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


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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