[URBANTH-L]ANN: Public Anthropology Reviews, Request for Review
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*/American Anthropologist/* *Launches "Public Anthropology Reviews" -
Request for Submission of Review Materials*
AAA is pleased to announce the launch of "Public Anthropology Reviews,"
a new review section in /American Anthropologist./
Public Anthropology Reviews will highlight anthropological work
principally aimed at non-academic audiences, including websites, blogs,
white papers, journalistic articles, briefing reports, online videos,
and multimedia presentations. The editors will also consider other
traditional and innovative mechanisms for communicating anthropological
research and concepts outside of academic realms and welcome
suggestions. Please note that this review section will complement
existing review sections and will therefore not review books, films or
We are now accepting submissions for materials to be reviewed in the
June 2010 issue of AA. Please send materials for review, ideas for
review essays and inquiries to the review editors at the addresses
Editors: Melissa Checker (CUNY Queens C), Alaka Wali (Field Museum) and
David Vine (American U)
Addresses for Inquiries, Ideas and Submissions of Materials for Review:
publicanthreviews at gmail.com <mailto:publicanthreviews at gmail.com>
Department of Urban Studies
250 Powdermaker Hall
6530 Kissena Blvd.
Flushing, NY 11367
*Guidelines for Review*
*Review purpose and tone*
* The public anthropology reviews are intended to expose the AA
readership and broader audiences to anthropological work appearing in a
wide variety of media and non-traditional formats principally aimed at
non-anthropological audiences that is both accessible to the public and
a fundamental part of public life.
* Reviews can include websites, blogs, white papers, journalistic
articles, briefing reports, and other gray literature, online videos,
and/or multimedia presentations and tools. The editors will also
consider other and other traditional and innovative mechanisms for
communicating anthropological research and concepts outside of academic
realms and welcome suggestions. .
* Reviews should offer constructive critique, discussing how
the reviewed work contributes to theory, method, and practice in
anthropology. In addition, reviews should highlight and address the
work's demonstrated or potential impact on its intended audience and its
social impact more generally.
* Reviewers might also wish to discuss the fit between form and
content, where appropriate-i.e., is the media format chosen (web page,
blog or other medium) adequate to the anthropological content of the
work, and/or how well was the content shaped to fit the chosen form?
Reviewers should point to both limitations and potential of innovative
use of media formats.
* The tone of the reviews should be the same as for other
review sections (book, visual anthropology).
* Dialogical reviews should be conversations between the
anthropologist and an "interlocutor", about the impact and import of the
* We encourage reviewers to write in clear, broadly accessible
language and to be lively and forward-looking, in keeping with the
intent of the new section.
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