F Anthropologica Corona EnThe 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.