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In memoriam Marshall Sahlins and Paul Rabinow

 

We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Marshall Sahlins and Paul Rabinow, two of our most distinguished contemporary anthropologists. HAU has lost not only two friends but two champions of anthropological theory that grows out of ethnographic engagement—precisely the kind of scholarship HAU promotes. Most recently, Marshall Sahlins contributed to HAU books, co-authoring (with David Graeber) On Kings, a major reconsideration of the power, meaning, and role of this ubiquitous political type in premodern societies. Paul Rabinow (with Anthony Stavrianakis), contributed to a HAU Forum devoted to his work on the anthropology of the contemporary. We will miss Marshall and Paul, above all for their insights and scope and their courage to disagree and advance arguments.

Kriti Kapila, Anne-Christine Taylor, John Borneman, and Carlos D. Londoño Sulkin

Board of Directors, Society for Ethnographic Theory

 
Posted: 2021-04-09 More...
 

HAU's Free Access and Open Global South Access Programmes:

 

The Society for Ethnographic Theory is firmly committed to the idea that access to knowledge and publishing quality must be achieved by mediating gratuity with sustainability. The journal pursues this ideal with two innovative models, where a balance between high publishing standards, knowledge sharing and sustainability is achieved without relying on unpaid labour, famished departmental research budgets and individual membership dues.

Each journal issue will be available to download for free for one month after release and be Green Open Access (in compliance of the UKRI requisites for REF submission).

Each issue will include up to 5 Gold Open Access articles, which the Society would like to dedicate to indigenous authors or scholars from the Global South.

 
Posted: 2020-12-07 More...
 

Letter to the Editors of The Chronicle of Higher Education by the Directors of the Society for Ethnographic Theory

 

Dear CHE Editors

We were dismayed that the Chronicle decided to publish Jesse Singal’s article on our publication HAU (How One Prominent Journal Went Very Wrong, Oct. 5, 2020) in such an inchoate state – not to mention its unfortunate timing. Given the role of CHE in upholding the importance and integrity of higher education, we would have expected to see greater insistence on situating HAU in the wider context of academic publishing. Instead, the article merely reprised the developments of a turbulent period simply in terms of a conflict between two individuals. It gives the false impression, casually smuggled in towards the end, that HAU remains substantially unchanged. Nothing could be further from the truth.

HAU came into being as a radical departure from established ways of publishing academic journals. Created by a handful of young scholars, most of them graduates and post-docs in precarious situations, it was affiliated neither with an academic institution or university nor with any professional or subject association. Its independence was its strength, enabling the journal to produce high-quality, original scholarship and very productive re-readings of older anthropological accounts. Unfortunately, that very independence also proved a temporary weakness, that sustained an informality beyond when it was healthy for the journal. This was pointed out in the report drawn up by the Executive Council headed by Carole McGranahan. When we took over as the Board of Directors in September 2018, it was clear to us that this informality had to be the first thing that had to be addressed to re-establish trust in the journal and its workings, following the media campaign launched against HAU and its founder Giovanni da Col. The world of HAU described in Singal’s piece bears absolutely no resemblance to the new organisation of the journal or the ethos of its current structure of editorial collectives.

Singal reached out in November last year to individuals working in various capacities with the journal. We read some of his earlier pieces, developed a good impression of his abilities and rigour, and became hopeful that he would produce a fair and more up-to-date account of the vicissitudes and state of HAU. We assumed that he would report on his discovery of new material about the past as well as the new developments at HAU itself. Equally, our confidence also stemmed from knowing where the piece was being published. But rather than situate the events of the past within the broader concerns of contemporary publishing and its fraught relationship with academia, the article dwelled on gossip, email exchanges, and innuendo, shallow in its ethical judgement, and betrayed its informants. Its analytical value as a sociological analysis of academic practices is underwhelming and not up to the standards of CHE.

On all counts, this was a missed opportunity.

Yours

Kriti Kapila, Anne-Christine Taylor, John Borneman, and Carlos Londono-Sulkin

Board of Directors, Society for Ethnographic Theory

 
Posted: 2020-11-09 More...
 

In memoriam David Graeber

 

We lament the death of David Graeber on September 2, 2020. An Editor of HAU: Journal of Ethnographic Theory but also anarchist and political activist, Graeber drew a large audience to anthropology unlike any since Margaret Mead, whose books, magazine articles, and radio addresses were read and listened to by millions of middle-class families in their living rooms. Graeber made novel use of the opportunities of new social media and the Internet for dissemination of his fecund ideas. Among these ideas his boldest and perhaps most influential has been a re-interpretation of the history of debt challenging some basic assumptions of economists, which have legitimized the great inequalities of our time. Equally, his writings on 'Bullshit jobs' have given shape and meaning to a widespread feeling of uselessness in the contemporary workfield. While these works, combined with his engagement in transnational political movements, account for his stature as a public intellectual, they should not overshadow his important contributions to the ethnography of Madagascar, the anthropology of magic, the sacred roots of kingship and the nature of prehistoric societies. The depth and breadth of his scholarship was astounding, his curiosity insatiable and his ability to surprise and engage his audience unmatched.

Board of Directors, Society for Ethnographic Theory

 
Posted: 2020-09-04 More...
 

CFP: HAU Special Issue, Witnessing Environmental Change, Deadline 30 June 2020

 

Proposals should be submitted by 30th June 2020

To inquire or submit a proposal, please contact the Special Issue guest editors:

Sarah Vaughn: sev83@berkeley.edu

Danny Fischer: dtfisher@berkeley.edu

Cc to Mariane C. Ferme: mcf@berkeley.edu

The call for proposals can be found here.

 
Posted: 2020-03-27 More...
 

CFP: HAU Special Section, Anthropologists as Artists, Deadline 30 June 2020

 

Proposals should be submitted by 30th June 2020

To inquire or submit a proposal, please contact the special section coordinators:

Lydia Degarrod ldegarrod@cca.edu

Mariane C. Ferme mcf@berkeley.edu

The call for proposals can be found here 

 
Posted: 2020-03-27 More...
 

Letter from the SET's Board of Directors to EASA's Current President and Executive Committee

 

Letter from the Board of Directors of the Society of Ethnographic Theory to Valeria Siniscalchi, Sarah Green and Members of EASA’s Executive Committee, 1 November 2019

 
Posted: 2019-11-17 More...
 

Call for editors HAU Books Editorial Collective

 

Call for editors

HAU Books Editorial Collective

 

 
Posted: 2019-01-01 More...
 

Call for new editors of HAU journal

 
Call for new editors of HAU journal  
Posted: 2018-12-13 More...
 

Statement of the Board of Directors, 13 December 2018

 
Statement of the Board of Directors, 13 December 2018  
Posted: 2018-12-13 More...
 

Statement of the new Board of Directors, November 14th 2018

 
Statement of the new Board of Directors, November 14th 2018  
Posted: 2018-11-15 More...
 

Statement of Hau Board of Trustees October 25, 2018

 
Statement of Hau Board of Trustees October 25, 2018  
Posted: 2018-10-25 More...
 

Statement of Hau Board of Trustees June 29th 2018

 

Statement of Hau Board of Trustees June 29th 2018

 
Posted: 2018-06-29 More...
 

Answer to the Māori scholars - Mahi Tahi.

 

Answer to the Māori scholars - Mahi Tahi.
An Open Letter to the HAU Journal’s Board of Trustees 

 
Posted: 2018-06-20 More...
 

Statement of the Board of Trustees June 20, 2018

 
Statement of the Board of Trustees June 20, 2018  
Posted: 2018-06-20 More...
 

Statement from the Board of Trustees

 
Statement from the Board of Trustees  
Posted: 2018-06-14 More...
 

Letter from the new Board of Trustees

 

Letter from the new Board of Trustees

 
Posted: 2018-06-11 More...
 

Call for Proposals for Special Issues (2018-2019): New Deadline

 

The deadline for Special Issue proposals has been extended to 31 May 2017. The call for proposals can be found here: 

http://www.haujournal.org/media/HAU_Call_for_Special_Issues_2018-2019.pdf

 
Posted: 2017-01-16 More...
 

Proposals for Malinowski Monographs, Deadline Extended to April 30, 2016 + Call for Associate Editors

 

Reminder: New Deadline for Proposals for Malinowski Monographs Competition -- Proposals due April 30, 2016.

HAU: Journal of Ethnographic Theory is now accepting applications for Associate Editors -- Applications due April 30, 2016

 
Posted: 2016-04-01 More...
 

2017 Call for Special Issue Proposals Deadline Extended + HAU Books Now Accepting Proposals for Malinowski Monographs Series

 

The deadline for our 2017 Call for Special Issue Proposals has been extended to February 28, 2016:

http://haujournal.org/HAU_CallforSpecialIssues_2017.pdf

HAU Books is also now accepting new proposals for the Malinowski Monographs Series:

http://www.haujournal.org/HAU_CallForMonographManuscriptProposals_2016_MalinowskiMonographs.pdf 

 
Posted: 2016-01-29 More...
 

Social Media Intern Program - Call for Applications

 

The Editors of HAU: Journal of Ethnographic Theory have decided to establish a Social Media Intern Program through which graduate students (with priority given to graduate students from HAU-N.E.T., Network of Ethnographic Theory partner-institutions) can be involved in the journal’s efforts to bring high-quality open-access anthropology to a wide readership.

 
Posted: 2014-04-08 More...
 

Call for Special Issues; Call for Associate Editors

 
Deadline has been extended for our 2014 Special Issue Competition and for Associate Editor Applications.  
Posted: 2014-01-04 More...
 

Anthropological Knots: A Symposium

 

January 15, 2014, 9:30 - 16:00

University of Helsinki, Social and Cultural Anthropology (Department of social research) in association with HAU: Journal of Ethnographic Theory. Follow on Twitter: #anthroknots

 
Posted: 2013-10-07 More...
 

HAU: Call for Papers

 
The editors of HAU: Journal of Ethnographic Theory invite all anthropologists—especially junior scholars—to send us manuscripts. We invite young and senior scholars working in or from any part of the world, graduate students and emeritus professors, they are all wecome in HAU's family. Dissertation chapters, serious reflections on ethnographic material, forums, colloquia—you name it, we’d like to see it.

Why you should submit a manuscript to HAU:

  1. HAU pursues a strict policy of  double-bind peer-review, with three to four reviewers for each manuscript, to guarantee the highest academic quality. One of HAU’s innovative steps has been to create a large editorial board, with leading anthropologists from a pool of international universities who have committed to review at least one manuscript each year. This model—building the institutional framework for peer review as part of establishing the overall endeavor—is critical mark of HAU’s orientation for achieving high-end peer-review in open access journals.
  2. HAU actively includes and recruits contributors and perspectives from non-Western Anthropologies.
  3. HAU offers an unparalleled speed of publication (5-10 months between submission and publication if the article is accepted)
  4. HAU is copy left. Rights of further publication are retained by the authors.
  5. HAU has limited concern for maximum word-length for single manuscripts and may include Special Issues and Themed Sections in each issue along with submitted manuscripts. This is a significant strength of Hau in light of the rising popularity of Special Issues following Presses’ new selective policies towards edited collections.
  6. Although HAU has been hosting some of the world’s most eminent anthropologists, we invite contributions from graduate students and junior scholars, too: they are the future, after all.
  7. Whilst all journal issues and volumes will be freely available online for downloading, Hau is also negotiating printing and distributing options with several academic presses, which will allow libraries to purchase (and book stores to sell) physical copies of our book series and special issues.
  8. HAU is ethnographic theory. Distinctive. Classic. Rigorous.
  9. HAU is open access. Free. Fair. Globally Open.
  10. Our Google analytics show that our articles are downloaded worldwide and their numbers equal some of the top-tier journals.

Sign up on www.haujournal.org and send us your best work. Visit Facebook & Twitter.

Download the Call for Papers here.  

 
Posted: 2013-07-27
 

HAU to Launch in Fall

 

HAU will be launching this Fall. Our fine inaugural issue includes a themed section on Archaeologies of Kin(g)ship, edited by Giovanni da Col (Cambridge) and Stephane Gros (CNRS), and contributions by Marshall Sahlins, David Graeber, Chris Gregory, Roy Wagner, Annemarie Mol, Laura Nader and others. The issue will also present an extraordinary series of inedited, newly translated and reprinted manuscripts by Edmund Leach, Marilyn Strathern, Maurice Godelier, and Julian Pitt-Rivers amongst others.

 
Posted: 2011-11-03 More...
 

The Return of Ethnographic Theory

 
HAU will launch online in Fall 2011 with a special double issue on the Return of Ethnographic Theory, and two additional lines of publication, Classics in Ethnographic Theory and a Masterclass Series.  
Posted: 2011-05-11 More...
 
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