HAU

Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

HAU: Journal of Ethnographic Theory, is an international peer-reviewed, open-access online journal which aims to situate ethnography as the prime heuristic of anthropology, and return it to the forefront of conceptual developments in the discipline.

The journal is motivated by the need to reinstate ethnographic theorization in contemporary anthropology as a potent alternative to its "explanation" or "contextualization" by philosophical arguments, moves which have resulted in a loss of the discipline's distinctive theoretical nerve. By drawing out its potential to critically engage and challenge Western cosmological assumptions and conceptual determinations, HAU aims to provide an exciting new arena for evaluating ethnography as a daring enterprise for 'worlding' alien terms and forms of life, by exploiting their potential for rethinking humanity and alterity.

HAU takes its name from Mauss' Spirit of the Gift, an anthropological concept that derives its theoretical potential precisely from the translational inadequations and equivocations involved in comparing the incomparable. Through their reversibility, such inferential misunderstandings invite us to explore how encounters with alterity occasion the resurgence and revisitation of indigenous knowledge practices. As an online journal, HAU stresses immediacy of publication, allowing for the timely publication and distribution of untimely ideas. Aiming to attract the most daring thinkers in the discipline, regardless of position or background, HAU also places no restriction on further publication of material published by the journal.

HAU welcomes submissions that strengthen ethnographic engagement with received knowledges, and revive the vibrant themes of anthropology through debate and engagement with other disciplines and explore domains held until recently to be the province of economics, philosophy and the natural sciences. Topics addressed by the journal include indigenous ontologies and systems of knowledge, forms of human engagement and relationality, cosmology and myth, magic, witchcraft and sorcery, truth and falsehood, indigenous theories of kinship and relatedness with humans and non-humans, hierarchy, materiality, perception, environment and space, time and temporality, personhood and subjectivity, alternative metaphysics of morality.

 

Section Policies

Articles

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Colloquia

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Forum

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Unedited

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Translations

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Reprints

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Book Symposia

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Special Issue – The real economy

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Special Section--Unbundling sincerity: Language, mediation and interiority in comparative perspective, edited by Haeri

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Special Issue--Testing and Evidence

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Special Section Indigenous Theory

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Special Issue--The Human Condition

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Colloquium: From candidacy to governance. Rethinking “The hands of Donald Trump,” edited by Goldstein and Hall

Editors
  • Ellen Kladky
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Debate Collection: Two or three things I love or hate about ethnography, edited by Giovanni da Col

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Book Symposium--The value of comparison (Peter van der Veer)

Editors
  • Ellen Kladky
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Book Symposium--Earth beings (Marisol de la Cadena)

Editors
  • Ellen Kladky
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Debate Collection

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The Moral Paradox of ‘Equality’: Jokes and Tricksters as Forms of Political Expression

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Peer Review Process

Submissions are first evaluated by the editors. If felt to be suitable for publication, manuscripts will move into the double-blind review process. Following the advice of reviewers, the editors will decide whether the piece is appropriate to be a) published with minor or no changes; b) needs to be revised and resubmitted; or c) is to be rejected. The editors shall liaise with reviewers and authors to guarantee a swift review and publication.

The journal aims to publish online suitable manuscripts within four to six months from their receipt. A cover letter should include the title of the paper, abstract, keywords and all useful contact information—address, phone numbers, email address, etc. Any identifying references to the author(s) should have been removed prior to submission. The initial mode of contact should be via our online submission process.

 

Publication Frequency

Three issues per year

 

Open Access Policy

Creative Commons License

The journal’s goal is to foster leading research in social and cultural anthropology by maximizing the free exchange of scholarly knowledge. HAU provides open access to all of its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. Such access is associated with increased readership and increased citation of an author's work. HAU is available under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC BY 4.0). The full license is available here. It broadly states that the copyright for the pieces published in HAU remain with the author, while first publication rights belong to the journal. The contents of the journal are free for any and all to use or republish as long as their source is properly attributed. Please feel free to contact the editors for further information.

 

Archiving

This journal utilizes the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration. More...

 

Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement

Hau: Journal of Ethnographic Theory publication ethics and malpractice statement has been written in accordance with COPE general guidelines http://publicationethics.org/.

Publication decisions

The editor-in-chief of Hau: Journal of Ethnographic Theory is responsible for deciding which of the articles submitted to the journal should be published. The editor-in-chief is guided in reaching his decision referees’ reports and may confer with other editors or reviewers in making this decision. He is also guided by the journal’s policies and constrained by such legal requirements as shall then be in force regarding libel, copyright infringement and plagiarism.

Fair play

All manuscripts will be reviewed based on intellectual content without regard for age, gender, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, country of origin, or political philosophy of the authors.

Confidentiality

All manuscripts submitted for peer-review are kept strictly confidential. The editor and any editorial staff must not disclose any information about a submitted manuscript to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers, potential reviewers, other editorial advisers, as appropriate. At no time will editors or reviewers utilize submitted materials without the consent of the authors.

Fundamental errors in published works

When a significant error or inaccuracy has been discovered in a published work (with or without the author notifying it), the journal editors will cooperate with the author to retract or correct the paper accordingly. If a correction is deemed appropriate, the editors reserve the right to correct the published material and include a dated erratum.

Duties of Authors

Multiple, or Concurrent Publication

Authors must guarantee that submitted manuscripts have not been published elsewhere, are not currently under review elsewhere, and have been submitted with the full knowledge of their institutional home. Submitting the same manuscript to more than one journal concurrently constitutes unethical publishing behavior and is unacceptable.

Originality and Plagiarism

The authors should ensure that they have written entirely original works, and if the authors have used the work and/or words of others that this has been appropriately cited or quoted. Any manuscripts that do not meet originality requirements will be rejected without peer-review. Fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements constitute unethical behavior and are unacceptable.

Acknowledgement of Sources

Proper acknowledgment of the work of others must always be given. Authors should cite publications that have been influential in determining the nature of the reported work.

Authorship of the Paper

Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the conception, design, execution, or interpretation of the reported study. All those who have made significant contributions should be listed as co-authors. The corresponding author should ensure that all appropriate co-authors are included on the paper, and that all co-authors have seen and approved the final version of the paper and have agreed to its submission for publication.

Fundamental errors in published works

When an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in his/her own published work, it is the author’s obligation to promptly notify the journal editor or publisher and cooperate with the editor to retract or correct the paper.

Copyright

During the submission process the authors are asked to agree agree to the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Copyright Notice, which will apply to the submission if and when it is published by this journal.

Duties of Reviewers

Promptness

Any selected referee who feels unqualified to review the research reported in a manuscript or knows that its prompt review will be impossible should notify the editor and excuse himself from the review process.

Confidentiality

Any manuscripts received for review must be treated as confidential documents. They must not be shown to or discussed with others except as authorized by the editors.

Standards of Objectivity

Reviews should be conducted objectively. Personal criticism of the author is inappropriate. Referees should express their views clearly with supporting arguments.

Acknowledgement of Sources

Reviewers should identify relevant published work that has not been cited by the authors. Any statement that an observation, derivation, or argument had been previously reported should be accompanied by the relevant citation. A reviewer should also call to the editor's attention any substantial similarity or overlap between the manuscript under consideration and any other published paper of which they have personal knowledge.

Disclosure and Conflict of Interest

Privileged information or ideas obtained through peer review must be kept confidential and not used for personal advantage. Reviewers should not consider manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies, or institutions connected to the papers.