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.

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For more information:

Jasmin Habib, Editor-in-Chief jhabib@uwaterloo.ca

Anthropologica is the official journal of the Canadian Anthropology Society (CASCA). Anthropologica is peer-reviewed and publishes two issues per year (Spring and Fall), with innovative sections for theoretical, experimental, and practitioner-based scholarship in cultural anthropology. Please visit our website for more information and for submission guidelines.


Open Access Policy

Anthropologica is published under the Open Access model (Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 4.0 International license) and is therefore free for anybody to read and download, and to copy and disseminate for educational purposes. 


Article Processing Charges (APCs)

The journal does not have APC or any submission charge.


Author Self-Archiving Policy

This journal permits and encourages authors to post items submitted to the journal on personal websites or institutional repositories both after publication, while providing bibliographic details that credit, its publication in this journal.



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 Indigenous peoples. 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. The University of Toronto Press published the journal between 2013 and 2020. It is now published and hosted by the University of Victoria libraries and is fully open access.


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 Indigenous Peoples to include ethnographic research carried out anywhere in the world by cultural 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.


Editors and contact


Senior Editors

Editor-in-Chief: Alexandrine Boudreault-Fournier

Editor, English Manuscripts: Sue Frohlick

Editorial Assistant: Jelena Golubovic

Book Review Editor (English): Daniel Tubb

Book Review Assistant: Luisa Giordani  

Book Review Editor (French): Karine Gagné

Film and Exhibit Review Editor (English): Dara Culhane

Film and Exhibit Review Editor (French): Simone Rapisarda


Editorial Board

Veret Amid, Sociology and Anthropology, Concordia University

Michel Bouchard, Anthropology, University of Northern British Columbia

Jaime Cidro, Anthropology, The University of Winnipeg

• Hilary Cunningham (Scharper), Anthropology, 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, Anthropology, The New School for Social Research

David A. B. Murray, Anthropology, York University

Sarah Phillips, Anthropology, Indiana University

Lara Rosenoff Gauvin, Anthropology, University of Manitoba

Francine Saillant, Anthropology (emerita), Université Laval

Scott Simon, Anthropology, University of Ottawa

Alicia Sliwinski,Global Studies, Wilfrid Laurier University

Meg Stalcup, Sociology and Anthropology, University of Ottawa

Brian Thom, Anthropology, University of Victoria

Helena Wulff, Social Anthropology, Stockholm University

Amy Zhang, Anthropology, New York University


Most Recent Past Editors

Sonja Luehrmann, Sociology and Anthropology, Simon Fraser University

Jasmin Habib, Political Science, University of Waterloo

Naomi McPherson Community, Culture and Global Studies, University of British Columbia

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