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Strike a chord. We’re making a music issue.

For our January/February issue (and a prelude to the Grammys) Anthropology News is pulling out all the stops for a series about music making and meaning. Whatever your forte—musician, researcher, critic, or listener—your story could be music to our ears. Whether you have an archaeological tale about Stone Age “buzz bones,” an account of China’s punk scene, a historical discussion of musical diasporas, advice about sound recording tools, or a chronicle of do-it-yourself music styles in Egypt, we want to hear it.

What does music and its embodied performance tell us about being human? What can anthropology reveal about music making across time and space? How might music offer a critical reflection on our discipline and its practice of collecting sounds?

From gamelan to grime, taiko to tango, fado to funk, we invite you to toot your own horn and tell us a good anthropology story. We seek creative pitches that approach music from an engaging perspective in the form of feature essays, photo essays, or short sound or film pieces.

Please send a 250-word pitch that outlines the story or argument of your piece, and a 50-word author bio to [email protected] by October 8, 2021. If proposing a sound or film piece, include a short clip. If proposing a photo essay, include one or two images.

First drafts will be due by November 19 and will go through a developmental edit with the AN editor. Full feature essays are 1,600–2,000 words. Photo essays comprise six–eight high resolution images and a 600-word introductory essay. Sound and film pieces should be no longer than 10 minutes in length. Final pieces will publish in the January/February print magazine and on the AN website.