Call for New Contributing Editors

The Society for Cultural Anthropology (SCA) is now accepting applications for Cultural Anthropology’s Contributing Editors Program. As it enters its ninth year, the Contributing Editors Program continues to play an important role in connecting early-career scholars with the intellectual life of the SCA. Nearly forty graduate students from anthropology departments around the world currently participate in the program, and many of its alumni/ae have gone on to faculty positions in anthropology and related disciplines.

The program is organized around the Cultural Anthropology website. Contributing Editors work to enhance the journal’s reach and to create original digital content: conducting interviews with authors of recently published articles, building themed collections from the journal’s backfiles, writing and soliciting blog-style posts, and promoting website content to broader audiences. Contributing Editors work with other highly engaged graduate students and recent PhDs, but they also develop mentoring relationships with faculty members and other professionals who serve as Scholars/Experts-in-Residence within the program. Depending on their areas of interest, Contributing Editors may also receive additional training in project development, design, and media production.

Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in social/cultural anthropology and related disciplines may apply to the program by submitting a CV and a one-page statement of interest to Program Coordinator Darren Byler (dtbyler@gmail.com) by Monday, August 8, 2016. Incoming graduate students are welcome to apply.

The required statement of interest should outline the applicant’s potential contributions to the program and explain how these connect to his or her research and/or professional interests. Applicants should familiarize themselves with the Cultural Anthropology website so that they can be specific in their proposals.

We are looking for applicants who can commit to one of the following sections of the website for a two-year term:

● Social Media Team (Section Editors: Jenny Shaw and Hilary Agro): The Social Media Team manages the digital presence of Cultural Anthropology and the SCA on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media platforms. In consultation with the editorial office, the Team posts journal and website content and interacts with the online community on a daily basis.

AnthroPod: The SCA Podcast (Section Editor: Rupa Pillai): AnthroPod features interviews with anthropologists about their work, current events, and their experiences in the field.

● Correspondences (Section Editor: Tiana Bakić Hayden​)​: Correspondences is a conversation among four invited anthropologists and the CA community. Speaking from their fieldwork experiences, the writers approach a conversation theme using one of four motivating keywords: provocation, translation, deviation, or integration.

Teaching Tools (Section Editor: Leah Zani): Teaching Tools is a resource for instructors and students in anthropology and related fields. It provides tools for teaching, often in the form of sample syllabi, class activity guides, reading lists, and discussion of pedagogical theory and practice. The section regularly includes lesson plans designed to complement themes and issues addressed in Cultural Anthropology.

Visual and New Media Review (Section Editors: Patricia Alvarez and Jenna Grant): Visual and New Media Review features the work of anthropologists, artists, and other scholars working at the intersection of ethnography, visual and digital media, and other non­textual scholarship.

New editors will be free to contribute to more than one section and, over time, to propose new initiatives of their own, but we are asking Contributing Editors to commit to being dependable, active members of one “home” section by creating or cocreating at least two posts or projects for that section each year under the guidance of the section editor and the program leadership team. New Contributing Editors will also be expected to join the SCA at the membership level appropriate to their current career stage.

Please direct any questions to Program Coordinator Darren Byler at dtbyler@gmail.com. We look forward to hearing from you.