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To coincide with ART Basel this June, Anthropology News is exploring its creative side. What can anthropology tell us about art and the people who make it? How can art and art practice challenge anthropology? What can art tell us about being human and the human imagination?

A critical take on art in the anthropology museum? Absolutely. An archaeological tale about ceramic art? Of course. Art as ethnographic method? For sure. An exhibit as public anthropology? Certainly. An evolutionary story about the origins of art? You bet. Economic insights into the contemporary art market? Tell us more. Whether you are an anthropologist studying with or about art, a curator, or an artist with anthropology training we invite you to think creatively for our ART issue.

We are open to pitches that approach art from an engaging anthropological perspective in the form of feature essays or visual essays.

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 February 7, 2020. If proposing a piece of art or a photo or illustrated essay, include one or two images.

First drafts will be due by March 16 and will go through a developmental edit with the AN editor. Full articles are 1,600–2,000 words. Photo essays comprise 6–8 high resolution images and a 600-word introductory essay. Final articles will publish in the May/June print magazine and on the AN website.