Social Anthropology/Anthropologie Sociale
A note from the new editorial team
As the journal of the EASA, Social Anthropology/Anthropologie Sociale provides a key forum for debating and showcasing the anthropological research carried out by anthropologists trained in, or currently working in, European universities. During our term as editors of the journal, we want to address the question of what, if anything, might be ‘European’ about this anthropology – not so as to reinvent a region, or boundaries, that do not exist, but more as a means to explore the multiple intellectual, institutional, and historical threads that currently make up the practice of social anthropology by those trained in, or currently working in, European universities.
Such anthropologists carry out fieldwork in every part of the world, and they pursue every possible conceptual approach. Moreover, the European region (however that may be defined) has a history of a diversity of anthropological traditions that often ran in parallel for decades, hardly even acknowledging one another across their epistemological and political divisions. A combination of the Cold War, multiple languages, and diverse institutional conditions, has meant that while European anthropology has been lively over the last decades, it has also been impossible to get a sense of anything distinctive about it, as it fundamentally lacks singularity. So our challenge will be to delve into this wealth of diversity and pull out some threads, exploring whether and how they might be tied to others, in any part of the world.
Part of this project will involve inviting colleagues in other parts of the world to comment on these threads, to generate a debate about the relations and separations between the locations in which anthropology is practised. Other parts of the project, which will expand the role of our reviews section, will draw together material generated by anthropologists – whether in conventional texts or in other media – to assess their collective contribution. Our aim is that by the end of our four years as editors, Social Anthropology/Anthropologie Sociale will have become established as the forum in which the ongoing project that is European anthropology is debated.
In light of this aim, we welcome the submission of high quality article manuscripts from all fields of social anthropology, however defined. We also welcome review articles that address some aspect of our overall aims as outlined above.
About the journal
SA/AS (ISSN 0964-0282) appears four times a year (in February, June, September and November) with four parts forming a volume. Members of the EASA receive the journal as part of their membership subscription.
SA/AS publishes articles in English and French which are selected by a process of peer review. Selection is anonymous and based solely on a manuscripts' innovative interest to the theory, methodology and / or practice of anthropology. The journal has been ranked category A in the European Reference Index for the Humanities (ERIH). The articles are complemented by book reviews, and successive reviews editors have taken especial care to match books and reviewers across European boundaries.
From 2007 the journal has been published by Wiley Blackwell Publishing, and has achieved subscription status at all major University Libraries in Europe, North America, and most of Australasia. The journal is delivered free of charge to all members. In the course of ten volumes (= 30 issues), Social Anthropology/Anthropologie Sociale has become the most widely circulated anthropological journal of European provenance.
SA/AS is the acclaimed Journal of the European Association of Social Anthropologists, the major professional organization for anthropologists in Europe. While European in profile, this leading Journal has a global scope. It publishes key contributions by both established and up-and-coming anthropologists. As part of the intellectual vitality of the Journal, it also features an exciting Debate in every issue, an important Review Essay which discusses outstanding books in adjoining disciplines or in public debate from an anthropological point of view, and a thriving Book Reviews Section.
International Editorial Advisory Board
Irène Bellier (CNRS, France)
David Berliner (Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium)
Niko Besnier (Universiteit van Amsterdam, the Netherlands)
Rebecca Cassidy (Goldsmiths College, UK)
Sophie Chevalier (University of Picardie Jules Verne, France)
Andrew Dawson (University of Melbourne, Australia)
Philippe Descola (Collège de France)
Hastings Donnan (Queen's University Belfast, UK)
Chris Gregory (Australian National University)
Mark Maguire (National University of Ireland, Maynooth)
Yang Der-Ruey (Nanjing University, China)
Cris Shore (Auckland University, New Zealand)
Theodora-Eliza Văcărescu (University of Bucharest, Romania)
Eduardo Viveiros de Castro (Museu Nacional, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Helena Wulff (Stockholm University, Sweden)
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