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This winter, Anthropology News invites you to join us for an issue about heat realities past and present. Whether you have a linguistic tale about temperature terms, a story about the kinds of architecture and infrastructure needed to protect people from hot weather and extreme heat, an account of how historical redlining leads to heat exposure, or an archaeological story of heat in human homes or foodways, we want to hear it.  

We will be turning our attention to heat of all kinds in all places, delving into ways anthropologists are working to address water and food security on an increasingly hot planet, examining the life-threatening effects of extreme heat, and asking what anthropology can tell us about experiences and understandings of heat.  

We seek insightful pitches that approach heat from a range of international perspectives, in the form of feature stories/essays, photo essays, graphic ethnography, and short sound or film pieces. Creative approaches to the essay form are welcome. 

Please send a 300-word pitch that outlines the story or argument of your piece, and a 50-word bio to [email protected] by September 15, 2023. For a photo essay pitch, please include one or two images with your text. For a comic/graphic ethnography pitch, include examples of your work. For a sound or film piece, include a short clip. 

First drafts will be due by October 20 and will go through a developmental process with the AN editor. Final stories will be due by December 11. Full feature stories are ~2,000 words. Photo essays comprise six–eight high-resolution images and a 750-word introductory essay. Comic/graphic ethnography pieces span up to six print pages. Sound and film pieces should be around 10 minutes in length. Content will publish in the January/February 2024 print magazine and on the AN website.     

Anthropology News is the member magazine of the American Anthropological Association. We work with anthropologists and student contributors.