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Call for Late Breaking Submissions

The COVID-19 global health emergency has given rise to unprecedented challenges in society, with complex effects. Anthropologists are inclined to think about the impacts of the pandemic on our changing world, and also on our work as social scientists and critical thinkers. Because few anthropologists will have had the time or funding to address the current pandemic in any depth as of yet, we see this as the right time to offer the space for reflection pieces, photo-essays, and dispatches or narratives from frontline workers, volunteers, activists, professors, and citizens, as well as research papers for those of you in the field amidst the public health crisis, social distancing, and travel restrictions. Anthropologica invites submissions that offer anthropological insight into experiences and ramifications of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The following questions are suggestions only; the scope is wide open:

  • What might COVID-19 potentially imply for community-engaged work and fieldwork in general?
  • How is the pandemic radically shaping the types of questions we will ask as social scientists, now and in the future?
  • With 20% of the world subjected to pandemic-related mobility restrictions, who is affected by global policies and who is not? What inequities are stay-at-home measures creating or exacerbating?
  • Are societies rethinking the biopolitics and morality around the elderly, and especially the care and housing of older family members?
  • What of the affective and embodied dimensions? What does a pandemic feel like, sound like, taste like?
  • What are challenges different communities might face in the near future with reintegration ahead?
  • How are resilience and hope rearticulated in face of such a global health crisis?
  • How is the current crisis related to questions of governance, marginal populations, and the global economic systems?
  • The pandemic also creates new forms of socialization, interactions, creativity, and cultural performances: how are media transformed by these new ways of connecting?

This issue will be the first open access issue in Anthropologica, making this CFP a brand-new opportunity for peer-reviewed anthropological articles to be read by the public. Articles will be maximum of 9,000 words, reflections can be up to 4,000 words. For photo-essays and alternative format submissions, contact the editor-in-chief before submitting. For more information on how to prepare your submission please visit CASCA’s webpage. Deadline to submit for this call is August 15, 2020.



Between 1959 and 1979, Anthropologica was initially run by the Canadian Research Centre for Anthropology / Centre canadien de recherches pour l’anthropologie at St. Paul University (Ottawa). The journal had acquired a solid reputation, specializing in the study of Canadian First Nations. Anthropologica was transferred to Laurentian University in 1983 and to Wilfrid Laurier University Press in 1989, where it stayed until the merger with Culture.

The Canadian Ethnology Society was established in 1974. In 1981, under its current name, the Canadian Anthropology Society began to publish Culture (now the name of CASCA’s electronic newsletter). In 1987, the association changed its name to the Canadian Anthropology Society / Société canadienne d’anthropologie (CASCA). The current series of Anthropologica started in 1998 after the merger of Canada’s oldest refereed journal of social anthropology, Anthropologica, with the Canadian Anthropology Society’s primary journal, Culture. The Canadian Anthropology Society, which owns the combined journal decided to use the name Anthropologica, which had been in existence for 40 years. In March 2013, Anthropologica moved to its new publisher, the University of Toronto Press.

Anthropologica’s mandate is to reflect the range of research carried out by Canadian Anglophone and Francophone anthropologists and to disseminate that research within Canada and internationally in both languages. Given that Canadian Anthropologists conduct research in any number of global communities, rural and urban, our current focus extends beyond the traditional coverage of Canadian First Nations to include ethnographic research carried out anywhere in the world by Canadian anthropologists. In this way, the journal provides a more inclusive representation of Canadian anthropology scholarship which encompasses global as well as Canadian issues. We also include ethnographic research from international scholars who conduct research in Canada or who are identified by the editors as having important contributions to make to Canadian readers and to the theory, method and ethnography of the discipline.



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The journal is published by University of Toronto Press, and is available on the Project Muse.


Editors and contact

Senior Editors


Editorial Board


  • Veret Amid, Sociology and Anthropology, Concordia University
  • Michel Bouchard, Anthropology, University of Northern British Columbia
  • Jaime Cidro, The University of Winnipeg
  • Hilary Cunningham (Scharper), University of Toronto
  • Virginia Dominguez, Anthropology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Denielle Elliott, Anthropology and Social Science, York University
  • Natacha Gagné, Anthropology, Université Laval
  • Amanda Graham, Northern Studies and History, Yukon College
  • Monica Heller, Anthropology, University of Toronto
  • Shannon Mattern, The New School
  • David A. B. Murray, Anthropology, York University
  • Sarah Phillips, Anthropology, Indiana University
  • Lara Rosenoff Gauvin, University of Manitoba
  • Francine Saillant, Anthropology (emerita), Université Laval
  • Scott Simon, Anthropology, University of Ottawa
  • Alicia Sliwinski, Wilfrid Laurier University
  • Meg Stalcup, University of Ottawa
  • Amy Zhang, NYU
  • Brian Thom, Anthropology, University of Victoria
  • Helena Wulff, Social Anthropology, Stockholm University
  • Amy Zhang, New York University


Past Editors

  • Winnie Lem Anthropology, Trent University
  • Andrew Lyons Anthropology, Wilfrid Laurier University
  • Naomi McPherson Community, Culture + Global Studies, University of British Columbia
  • Jasmin Habib, Political Science, University of Waterloo



Our aim is to build on our already well-established reputation for publishing and to become one of the top international journals in social and cultural anthropology. We encourage submissions from anthropologists without preference for any single region of the world. We do not restrict ourselves to any particular theoretical tradition. As a bilingual journal, we actively encourage submissions in both French and English from around the world.

A typical issue of Anthropologica contains a thematic section on a topic of interest to many of our readers, between three and five volunteered papers on a variety of themes, one or more special features, such Ideas, Anthropological Reflections, and Practitioner’s Corner, book reviews and, from time to time, film reviews and reviews of museum exhibits.

The Ideas section was created by past-editor Winnie Lem. It consists of a brief, position paper by a well-known scholar concerning a key concept in anthropology and the social sciences such as “community” and “the state” and short responses by other scholars to that paper. Normally Ideas are between 3500 and 5000 words in length.

Anthropological Reflections is a feature created by Jasmin Habib that invites anthropologists to reflect on their experiences in the field in autobiographical and auto-ethnographic pieces, photo-essays, poetry, travelogues, exchanges with interlocutors, experimental writing, etc. The point of our efforts is to broaden the scope of our anthropological writing, publishing and reception.

Practitioner’s Corner is the newest feature of the journal which invites anthropologists working outside of academia to share their experiences in their practice as public servants, human rights advocates, museum curators, NGO and INGO workers, lawyers, social workers, teachers, etc. These submissions are between 3500 to 5000 words in length.

ALL article submissions submitted to Anthropologica undergo double-blind review, including special features. Book Reviews are subject to review by the Anglophone and Francophone Book Review Editors as well as the Anglophone and Francophone Editors.

Our style for references and bibliography generally follows the Chicago Style with Canadian spelling.

Anthropologica appears twice a year, usually in Spring and Fall. 

All Anthropologica submissions, reviews, and editorial work are done through our online peer review management system Scholar One.

Submission Guidelines for Authors

Click here to register and submit

For more information:

Alexandrine Boudreault-Fournier

Note to publishers: to submit a book for review, please contact the appropriate book review editor for a mailing address.


Past Issues

The journal is online with Project Muse. However, back issues, including some that are very recent, are republished by Proquest in non-facsimile format. In addition, JSTOR republishes articles that are three or more years old in facsimile form. Individuals may access these electronic resources through subscribing libraries. Furthermore, it should be noted that facsimiles of some back issues may also be obtained by the general public through Google Books.



During the summer and fall of 2018, the Open Access Working Group in consultation with the Editor-in-Chief of Anthropologica, undertook a survey of CASCA members on the topic of Open Access publishing. This survey was prompted by a change in the SSHRC guidelines for funding journals. In short, in order to receive SSHRC funding, Canadian journals must be open to all readers for free by the third year of this grant cycle.  

This move forced us to re-evaluate Anthropologica's finances and, despite applying for and receiving SSHRC funding for Anthropologica, the new funding model from SSHRC meant that our journal was going to be underfunded. The majority of the shortfall will result from the elimination of royalty revenue that currently comes from having our articles behind a paywall on Project Muse. 

The results of the survey of CASCA members made two things clear: 1) members supported open access publishing and wished to see Anthropologica become open; and, 2) members were willing to support open access publishing with a levy on membership dues.

As of the 2020 membership year, we have applied a 33.5% open access levy on some categories of CASCA membership to offset the costs of full open access publishing. Specifically, the new dues structure is as follows:

  • Regular employed, less than $70,000 per annum: $123 / year ($354 / 3 years) will now become $163 / year ($469 / 3 years)
  • Income between $70,000 and $100,000 per annum: $138 / year ($399 / 3 years) will now become $183 ($529 / 3 years)
  • Income over $100,000 per annum: $158 / year ($460 / 3 years) will now become $209 / year ($610 / 3 years)

Reflecting the ethics of CASCA's survey respondents, no levies have been applied to other membership fee categories (i.e. students, postdocs and low income).

While Anthropologica presently needs the levy to transition to open access, the Open Access Working Group is seeking innovative ways to reduce or eliminate annual levy over time. Both Érudit and Libraria offer hopeful alternative ecologies that could help to reduce this annual levy once Anthropologica flips to open access in 2021.

For more information on the Open Access Working Group and the results of the survey of members  please see this article in Culture. The OAWG welcomes your suggestions and your help to support CASCA's commitment to open access. Please send correspondence to Tad McIlwraith at

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