CFP: Waste @ Anthropology News

Call for Proposals: Waste

Trash, garbage, junk, refuse, pollution, waste. Sanitation work, environmental justice, freecycle, reuse. Our excesses can provide logistical challenges, practical opportunities, and great insight into individuals, communities and cultures.

Anthropology News seeks proposals that may include, but are not limited to, explorations of waste in terms of: garbage, pollution, recycling, public health, personal health, waste management, economics of waste, material culture, archaeology of garbage, perceptions of waste, sanitation workers, scavengers, and more.


To participate, email a 300-word abstract and 50–100-word biosketch to AN Managing Editor Amy Goldenberg (agoldenberg [at] 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 encourage to be featured on All accepted contributions will be published online at for up to 1,600 words, 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 June and full articles will be due August 1.

Proposal deadline: May 14
Early submissions are encouraged.