Guidelines for Blog Essay Submission

All authors of essays appearing on this blog must be registered members of the Society of Urban National and Transnational/Global Anthropology. (Your membership will be checked.)

Criteria for your essay: your essay should address themes of general interest, including policy, to non-anthropologists as well as to anthropologists specializing in urban studies, and in studies of nationality and nationalism, transnationalism, and globalization. It should be clearly written, concise, avoid jargon, and be readable by non-anthropologists with a minimum of scholarly impedimenta (bibliography, page references etc.). It must follow the length limits set out below. There should be no footnotes or endnotes. You are trying to communicate to a broader public about the valuable perspective that urban, national and transnational anthropology provides for public understanding. While it is fine to be controversial, your arguments should be based upon factual evidence, and not ad hominem or deemed to be libelous (although public figures are exceptions). For models, see recent essays appearing in this blog site.

Your submission should consist of:

  1. Your contact information: name, e-mail, telephone number.
  2. Title of essay: (15 words maximum).
  3. Main body of your essay (1000 words maximum; strictly enforced).
  4. Capsule bio identifying your employment, position etc. (25 words maximum).
  5. Up to 6 keywords which will be used as “tags” to increase the visibility of your essay in Google and related searches.
  6. The exact word count should be stated at the end of your essay.

Your essay will be reviewed informally by members of the SUNTA Board, which will determine whether or not it satisfies the criteria set out in #2 above. You’ll be notified within a period of 1-2 weeks about our decision of whether and when, if accepted, your essay will appear. (Caution: for purposes of professional evaluation, this is not considered a peer-reviewed publication.)

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