CMA Anthropology News Columns

The Council for Museum Anthropology publishes a regular column in Anthropology News, the newsletter of the American Anthropological Association. In addition to publishing news of the CMA, our CMA News column offers a space to publish the newest, most innovative work in our field online.

Contribute now!

Publish your most current, relevant work. Send your idea, half (500-700 word) or full (1000-1400 word) piece to Diana E. Marsh at:

CMA news columns have rolling acceptance and will be published online approximately two weeks after final submission.

For the 2016–2017 year, we especially welcome submissions on the following topics:

  • museum anthropology and the public (especially activism/current events)
  • current exhibitions (reviews or curatorial perspectives)
  • teaching and methods
  • curatorial conundrums (e.g. difficult heritage/the “interrogative” museum)
  • collaboration
  • student work

Submissions must be received by e-mail in Microsoft Word or other standard text format. Authors may submit up to three images as separate files. Credit or caption text should be submitted as part of the text document. Authors must also provide their name, title, institution, and a short, one- to two-sentence bio to be included with their piece.

Submissions must be no longer than the specified word limit (500-700 for half pieces, 1000-1400 for full), including title, photo captions, and bio.

Our CMA publications can be found through the Section News tab of the
Anthropology News website.
Recent open-access topical CMA columns include:

Awkward Objects of Genocide, Erica Lehrer, Roma Sendyka, Magdalena Zych, Wojciech Wilczyk, February 2017

Displayed, Not Played, Zeke Leonard and Emily Stokes-Rees, February 2017

Ephemeral Encounters and Material Evidence, Margaret Bruchac
November 2016

Digitizing Endangered Languages and Recovering Voices at the Smithsonian, Jeanine Nault
August 2016

Curating Gathering Voices, Lynnette Regouby & Diana E. Marsh
June 2016

Wampum 1

Past Columns

All of CMA’s past columns are archived at AnthroSource by issue in Anthropology News, which is accessible to AAA members. These include:

Unfathomable Attachments to Amerindian Patrimony, Lise Puyo
July 2014

Art or Patrimony? Indigenous Objects in the International Art Market, Margaret Bruchac
April 2013

Digital Repatriation in the Field of Indigenous Anthropology, Timothy Powell
October 2011

International Museum Repatriation: Issues in the News, Margaret Bruchac
May 2011

Answering a Grand Challenge by Transforming Access to Museum Collections, Alex W. Barker
March 2011

Ownership, Representation, and Repatriation, Margaret Bruchac
March 2010

Increasing the Relevance of Museum Anthropology, Alex W. Barker
February 2010

Museums, Antiquities, and the Ethics of Cultural Property, Alex W. Barker
October 2009

Obama Provides New Meaning for the Term “Stimulus Package,” Stephen E. Nash
May 2009

Painting a New Black Leggings Tipi: Public Art and Community Discourse, Daniel C. Swan
March 2009

Training in Collections Research Methods, Candace Greene
January 2009

A New Era for Native Arts at a New Denver Art Museum
Joyce Herold


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