Center for a Public Anthropology Competition for Book Publication

“PublicationPublic Anthropology: Competition to publish an open access book in a new series. Deadline: November 4, 2019.

Drawing on the example of the California Series in Public Anthropology, the Center for a Public Anthropology announces a New Open-Access Book Series that addresses important public issues.  It embraces the hope that anthropology has value to those beyond the discipline, beyond the university.  The focus is on publications that matter to other people – by the power of their ideas and by how, with the help of others, they transform peoples’ lives for the better. It is one thing to write a thoughtful book. It is another to do so in a manner that attracts the attention and collaboration needed to help address a problem.

Each year the Center holds an international competition seeking out prospective manuscripts that align with this vision.  The Series reviews proposals independent of whether the manuscripts themselves have been completed.  The proposals submitted should be 3-4,000 words long and describe both the overall work as well as a general summary of what is (or will be) in each chapter. The Center expects to select, through the competition, one to two books each year for open-acess publication.  The selected manuscripts will then go through a “sighted peer review” process.  Rather than being “blind”, the review process will be an open, collaborative endeavor between an author and reviewers.

Public Anthropology Competition 2015

International Publishing Competition
California Series In Public Anthropology

The California Series in Public Anthropology encourages scholars in a range of disciplines to discuss major public issues in ways that help the broader public understand and address them. Two presidents (Mikhail Gorbachev and Bill Clinton) as well as three Nobel Laureates (Amartya Sen, Jody Williams, and Mikhail Gorbachev) have contributed to the Series either through books or forwards.  Its list includes such prominent authors as Paul Farmer co-founder of Partners in Health, Kolokotrones University Professor at Harvard and United Nations Deputy Special Envoy to Haiti.

Each year the Series highlights a particular problem in its international call for manuscripts.  The focus this year will be on STORIES OF INEQUALITY.

We are particularly interested in authors who convey both the problems engendered by inequality as well as ways for addressing it.  Prospective authors might ask themselves:  How can they make their study “come alive” for a range of readers through the narration of powerful stories?  They might, for example, focus on the lives of a few, select individuals tracing the problems they face and how they, to the best of their abilities, cope with them.  Prospective authors might examine a specific institution and how, in various ways, it perpetuates inequality.  Or authors might describe a particular group that seeks to address a facet of the problem.  There are no restrictions on how prospective authors address STORIES OF INEQUALITY – only an insistence that the proposed publication draw readers to its themes through the inclusion of powerful stories about real people.  The series is directed at the general public as well as college students.

The University of California Press in association with the Center for a Public Anthropology will review proposals for publication independent of whether the manuscripts themselves have been completed. We are open to working with authors as they wind their way through the writing process.  The proposals can describe work the author wishes to undertake in the near future or work that is currently underway. The proposals submitted to the competition should be 3-4,000 words long and describe both the overall work as well as a general summary of what is (or will be) in each chapter.  We expect the completed, publishable manuscripts to be between 250-300 pages (or 60,000-100,000 words) long excluding footnotes and references.  Examples of the types of analyses we are looking for include:
*Death Without Weeping: The Violence of Everyday Life in Brazil by Nancy Scheper-Hughes
*Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity by Katherin Boo
*Imperial Reckoning: The Untold Story of Britain’s Gulag in Kenya by Caroline Elkins
*American Dream: Three Women, Ten Kids, and a Nation’s Drive to End Welfare by Jason DeParle
*Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital by Sheri Fink
*There Are No Children Here: The Story of Two Boys Growing Up in the Other America by Alex Kotlowitz

We are interested in establishing committed, supportive relationships with authors that insures their books are not only published but are well publicized and recognized both within and beyond the academy.  We are committed to insuring the success of winning proposals.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS IS APRIL 21, 2015
Submissions should be emailed to: bookseries@publicanthropology.org with the relevant material enclosed as attachments. They can also be sent to: Book Series, 707 Kaha Street, Kailua, HI. Questions regarding the competitions should be directed to Dr. Rob Borofsky at: bookseries@publicanthropology.org.

All entries will be judged by the Co-Editors of the California Series in Public Anthropology: Rob Borofsky (Center for a Public Anthropology & Hawaii Pacific University) and Naomi Schneider (University of California Press).

Public Anthropology book competition

The California Series in Public Anthropology is continuing its International Competition in 2012. It seeks proposals for short books oriented toward undergraduates that focus on how social scientists are facilitating social change. We are looking for accessible, grounded accounts that present compelling stories, stories that inspire others.

The proposals should describe a book that will be relatively short – around 100 pages – with a personal touch that captures the lives of people. The core of the book should involve stories of one or more social scientists as change agents, as making a difference in the world.

The University of California Press in association with the Center for a Public Anthropology will award publishing contracts for up to three such book proposals independent of whether the manuscripts themselves have been completed. The proposals can describe work the author wishes to undertake in the near future.

Interested individuals should submit a 3-4,000 word overview of their proposed manuscript detailing (a) the problem addressed as well as (b) a summary of what each chapter covers. The proposal should be written in a manner that non-academic readers find interesting and thought-provoking.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS IS MARCH 1, 2012

Submissions should be emailed to: bookseries@publicanthropology.org with the relevant material enclosed as attachments.

Naomi Schneider and Rob Borofsky, Co-Editors, California Series in Public Anthropology

The Center for a Public Anthropology is a non-profit organization that encourages scholars and their students to address public problems in public ways.