Anthropology News invites contributions for two series that explore anthropological research and perspectives related to key topical events in 2016. The short calls below are intended to spark ideas and we welcome additional topics related to these general themes.
Syria is a hot topic in US and International media, from the ongoing civil war and the rise of ISIS to the refugee crisis and destruction of cultural heritage. This series invites proposals for articles that explore contemporary Syria and the Syrian civil war in the broadest sense, including (but not limited to) the displacement and movement of people, objects, language and ideas; the experience of refugees in the Middle East/neighboring countries, Europe, North America and elsewhere; public opinion and policy responses to the influx and movement of refugees; the biomedical impacts of war and displacement; the manipulation and destruction of cultural heritage objects and sites.
To coincide with the 2016 Olympics and Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, this series invites contributions that explore anthropological understandings of sport in all its aspects: prehistorical, historical and contemporary. Sporting themes might include, but are not limited to: globalization, colonization, anatomy, identity, media, power, economics, physiology, games, policy, nationalism, emotions, athletic personalities, injury and pain, commodification, environment, technologies, virtual sports, spectators, fans, and the body. What are the cross-cultural and human experiences of sport?
We encourage proposals for In Focus commentaries, notes from the field, photo essays, short ethnographic films (max 5–7 minutes in length), infographics, teaching strategies and interviews. Please send a 300-word proposal and 50–100 word author bio to AN editor Natalie Konopinski (firstname.lastname@example.org). Proposals for photo essays should include 5 high resolution photographs, each with a caption and credit. Selected authors will be asked to submit final articles of 1,000–1,600 words.
Proposal submission deadline: February 15, 2016.