The Society for the Anthropology of Work (SAW), a section of the American Anthropological Association, seeks nominations for the next editor(s) of its peer-reviewed journal, the Anthropology of Work Review (AWR). The nominee will join the current editors (Kathleen Millar and Josh Fisher) for a short transitional period as Associate Editor. During this time, they will be invited to build an editorial collective with one or two other colleagues to replace the current editors when their term ends. Pending approval by the SAW board, the nominee and other members of the new editorial collective will serve as the journal’s editors for a three-year period, starting in 2022 and ending in 2025. Duties for the Associate Editors during the initial transitional period will be minimal, although the current editors are open to proposals for special issues or other innovative projects.
The Anthropology of Work Review is an international forum for multidisciplinary research on work and labor in the broadest sense. Our mission is to facilitate ethnographically informed discussions of work politics and practices, including struggles over the absence of work, as well as to promote dialogue around a plurality of emerging theoretical, epistemological, and methodological approaches. The journal welcomes submissions that concern all aspects of human and nonhuman labor, from inquiries into its structure and organization to novel propositions for rethinking its implications and emerging forms. AWR welcomes perspectives that challenge metropolitan hegemonies of work and labor, linked as they are to historical and contemporary forms of patriarchy, racism, fascism, and colonialism.
The journal is especially committed to amplifying the scholarship of Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC), as well as perspectives that issue from feminist, queer, and other historically and currently marginalized positions. Our pages must be platforms for antiracist, anticolonial, and antipatriarchal scholarship, and we expect as much from our authors, reviews, readers, and future editors. In the journal, we endeavor to create a space for constructive feedback, mentorship, mutual care, and solidarity in the peer review, editorial, and publication process. In tandem with the 2019 launch of SAW’s short-form web publication Exertions, which is exploring forms of open peer review, our criteria for review and publication reflect a commitment to challenge exclusionary and discriminatory structures within academia and beyond. AWR strives to gather a plurality of perspectives that will enrich our ideas about labor and work, including its organization and implications, and that will contribute to the twin projects of challenging the anthropological canon and rebuilding anthropology based on a still emerging set of anticolonial, antiracist, and antipatriarchal principles.
SAW seeks nominations of scholars of work and labor, broadly defined, who share AWR’s commitments and who can help further its mission, as outlined above. Self-nominations are welcome. A complete nomination package includes: (1) a letter of application from the candidate, which describes their vision for the editorship and their experience and suitability for the task of journal editing; and (2) the candidate’s curriculum vitae. If you are nominating a colleague, please provide a brief explanation of why you think the individual is well qualified and also indicate whether you have made contact with the individual regarding their interest in the position. Please submit nominations and direct any inquiries to Josh Fisher and Kathleen Millar at firstname.lastname@example.org by September 1, 2020.