Anthropology Matters Journal. Call for papers - The politics of publishing in anthropology.
Anthropology Matters: Call for papers
The politics of publishing in anthropology
Publishing ethnographic material is at the heart of
the anthropological enterprise, and forms the basis of
establishing academic careers. This edition of
Anthropology Matters will consider not what we
publish, but how, where and why we publish. It will
address issues on the politics of knowledge of our
discipline, by focusing on the production and
circulation of the products of ethnography - our
finished texts. We would particularly welcome pieces
that provide case studies of journals from the
countries, or areas, where we work. Conversations, and
discussion pieces, with colleagues who edit, or are
otherwise involved in journal and publishing work
would be welcomed.
Questions to consider could include some of the
To what extent are publishing practices influenced
by research assessment exercises?
Do anthropologists strategically aim their material
at journals with high citation indexes?
What influence has the RAE emphasis on journal
publication had on the production of monographs, or
How can junior or student researchers negotiate the
requirements of publishing?
How has the internet, and the on-line availability
of journals impacted on the circulation and publishing
To what extent do academics draw on their social
networks to enter mainstream publishing?
Do RAE pressures prevent authors from supporting
struggling academic journals in the countries where
they do their research?
How does this impinge on our capacity to engage
academically with our colleagues in the universities
where we research?
To what degree are ethnographic findings and
articles available in the countries where we work?
How much anthropological work is actually translated
into the languages where we work?
Can publishing practices be construed as 'systems of
domination', and, if so, what does it mean when
academics must publish in languages that for them
evoke a history of colonial authority and intellectual
Should ethnographers from powerful institutions be
encouraged to publish locally, and in local languages?
Or, if they do this, will they be appropriating local
discourses into the dominant centre?
Do scholars working outside the English language
publishing world find their work is marginalised, and
what changes would they like to see?
For this edition of Anthropology Matters we invite
papers of no more than 4000 words on all aspects of
publishing practices. Please send an expression of
interest to the editor via email by 30th June 2004.
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