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AN Proposals on Power Due June 15

With the fall 2012 US national elections on the horizon, there are more and more conversations in the media about power. On the most basic level, the election is about who should set the country’s policies and direction. However, in the run-up to the election, organized groups are harnessing and wielding their influence and power as already seen through the primaries, advertising, and voting registration drives. But elections are hardly the only way people gain power and use it.

In honor of this year’s national election, Anthropology News invites proposals for a series on power. While stemming from the US elections, this series will go beyond politics and power. AN seeks proposals that may include, but are not limited to, explorations on power in terms of: governance; policy development; institutional power; activism; language; inequality; influence; gender; economic development; colonialism and imperialism; and in specific contexts, such as at the local, state, national, and international levels.  Proposals may also focus on specific empowered or disempowered groups,  or investigate interpersonal dimensions of power, such as among family, colleagues and community members.


We welcome proposals from current AAA members for In Focus commentaries, Teaching Strategies articles, Field Notes pieces, photo essays, photo features, news stories, interviews and more. Proposals for photo essays should also include up to five high resolution photographs (tiff or jpg), each with a caption and credit. Multimedia submissions are especially encouraged to be featured on www.anthropology-news.org. All accepted contributions will be published online at www.anthropology-news.org for up to 1,600 words for commentaries, with flexible space for supplemental artwork and other supporting files. Thematic contributions for print AN will be determined based on when completed In Focus contributions of 1,100–1,300 words in length are submitted.

Selected authors will be notified of their status in July and full articles will be due August 15.

To submit a proposal, either:

(1) Use the new online AN Proposal System for your 300-word abstract, brief biosketch, and more at www.aaanet.org/customcf/an/login.cfm;  or

(2) Email a 300-word abstract and 50–100-word biosketch to AN Managing Editor Amy Goldenberg

 Proposal deadline: June 15.


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