The Society for the Anthropology of Work, a section of the American Anthropological Association, seeks nominations for the next editor(s) of the section’s peer-reviewed journal, the Anthropology of Work Review (AWR). The nominees will join the current editor (Mythri Jegathesan) for a transitional period as Associate Editors beginning in January 2022. They will transition to Editors in 2023 and, pending approval by the society’s Executive Board, will serve as editors for a three-year period from 2023 to 2026. During this time, they will be invited to build their editorial collective with one or two more colleagues as they progress in their term. Duties for the Associate Editors during the initial transitional period will be minimal, although proposals for special issues or other innovative projects are welcome.
The Anthropology of Work Review is an international forum for multidisciplinary research on work and labor in the broadest sense. Its 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 and Indigenous authors of color, and perspectives from feminist, queer, and other historically and currently underrepresented positionings. Our pages must be platforms for anti-racist, anti-colonial, and anti-patriarchal scholarship, and we expect as much from our authors, reviewers, 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. Informed by the experiments with open peer review undertaken by the society’s short-form web publication, Exertions, our criteria for review and publication reflect our 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 implications and organization, and that will contribute to the twin projects of challenging the anthropological canon and rebuilding anthropology based upon a still emerging set of anti-colonial, anti-racist, and anti-patriarchal principles.
We seek 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 also welcome. A complete self-nomination package includes: (1) a letter of application describing the candidate’s 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 candidate is well qualified, and also indicate whether you have made contact with the candidate regarding their interest in the position. All nominations must be received at firstname.lastname@example.org by October 15, 2021. Inquiries are welcome and may be sent to the same address.
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