Call For Submissions

Amanda Zunner-Keating
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3 min readMar 1, 2021
Photo by Daniel Bosse on Unsplash

“Representations” is a publication designed to bring the perspectives of historically marginalized groups to the forefront of the anthropology classroom. We are seeking a diverse group of college and university students to contribute to this publication, please apply to write for us.

In February, we honored Black History Month by highlighting the vital contributions of Black anthropologists. In March, we celebrated Women’s History Month by focusing on the anthropological contributions of female anthropologists who are Black, Indigenous and/or people of color.

We are seeking contributions from current and former anthropology students (students from all four fields are encouraged to contribute). These articles must:

  • Highlight the anthropological research from Black anthropologists, Indigenous anthropologists, and anthropologists of color
  • Follow the established format that is outlined below

General Notes

  • The tone of our publication is celebratory. We are honoring the lives and achievements of these individuals.
  • Whenever possible, include direct quotes from the anthropologist in your article.
  • Be sure to cite sources throughout — include your works cited at the end of your article.
  • For two examples of how to write for “Representations” please see Michel-Rolph Trouillot and St. Claire Drake.

Our Format

As you research and draft your article, please follow our established format.

Paragraph 1 (Overview): Lead with the anthropologist’s major achievements. Your first few sentences should summarize the overall information contained in the whole article. (Imagine that the reader only has time to read the first 3 sentences of your summary — ensure that they still walk away with the most important points). In this first paragraph, please very briefly address each of the following questions:

  • What new ideas did this anthropologist develop?
  • Who or what did this anthropologist influence? (Their students? Their colleagues? Public policy? Anthropological theory? History? Something else?)

Paragraphs 2–3 (Major Work): These paragraphs should discuss one of the anthropologist’s main areas of study. Did the anthropologist study a particular culture, archeological site, remains of a human ances,tor or social structure? Pick one area-of-study to explain in-depth and explain the details in this paragraph. Remember, this publication is designed for anthropology students: please explain the research in a way that opens up possibilities for anthropology students.

  • Paragraph 2 should give a general explanation of the anthropologist’s work
  • Paragraph 3 should be a summary of one of their publications. Please actually read at least one article or chapter from the anthropologist. Then, directly cite the work in this paragraph

Paragraph 4 (Career Summary): In this paragraph, give a big-picture overview of the anthropologist’s career. Please list a few of their major publications and any areas of study that you didn’t already mention in paragraphs 2–3. If the anthropologist worked in government, activism, education (or something else) please mention that in this paragraph.

Paragraph 5 (Relevance): How have this anthropologist’s career, ideas, and achievements changed anthropology, overall? Remember that this publication is designed for students of anthropology, so explain why an anthropology student should consider this person’s work in their own research. How might a future anthropologist build their own career upon the work of this scholar? How are their ideas or accomplishments particularly relevant and important to modern anthropology?

Paragraph 6 (Biographical Details): In this paragraph, offer biographical information. Consider including:

  • The year and location of this person’s birth
  • Did this person overcome poverty, racism, sexism, or another type of prejudice in their life and career? Explain this as an achievement that added an important perspective to their work. (Note: do not assume this — you’ll need to cite your sources if you make a claim here).
  • Did this person win awards? Did they hold teaching positions at institutes of higher education?
  • If this person had a spouse or children who participate in their work or achievements, please mention them in this paragraph.

Paragraph 7 (Conclusion): Please write 3–4 sentences wrapping up the entire piece. Reiterate this anthropologist’s accomplishments and contributions. Remind the reader that they should keep this person’s work in mind as they continue their own education in anthropology.

Contact Amanda Zunner-Keating ( to contribute.

Anthropology professors: if you would like to partner and use this project as part of your anthropology course, please reach out!