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Anthropology News Column

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, section news offers a space to publish the newest, most innovative work in our field online.

Contributions welcome

Publish your most current, relevant work. Contributing authors must be CMA members.

Essays (think of these as magazine-style anthropology stories), photo essays, or interviews grounded in interesting research or current events or debates within the discipline—related to the section’s area of expertise. 

  • Essays are 1,600 words maximum + one to three visually compelling images.
  • Photo essays are up to 600 words introductory text + six to eight high quality, striking images.

Send your pitch to Anthropology News section editor: Catherine Nichols (

Anthropology News has quarterly deadlines for section news submissions. For the 2021 – 2022 year, we especially welcome submissions on the following topics:

  • work that engages anti-racism, anti-oppression, and inclusivity
  • pieces that amplify the work of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, Persons of Color) scholars, including researchers and museum professionals
  • impacts of the pandemic

Submissions must be received by the section co-editors via e-mail in Microsoft Word or other standard text format. Images should be sent as separate files, with appropriate permissions. Captions and image descriptions 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 including title, photo captions, and bio.

Our CMA publications can be found through the Section News tab of the Anthropology News website, and here.