01.11.2011, Call for Papers, Anthropology + Materialism : “Myth”

Anthropology + Materialism, A Journal of Social Research, an international and multidisciplinary journal at the crossroads of anthropology and materialism, which focuses on the critique of social phenomena, announces a call for papers for its second issue to be published in June 2012.

The second issue of the journal will be dedicated to the topic of myth. Only after the end of “the long 19th century” and since the beginning of the 20th century did it seem possible to recognise that, with the emergence of modernity, the mythic had not vanished. It persisted in another form or even returned, inconspicuously but nevertheless with force. Many authors from various fields and theoretical schools have noted this persistence of myth in modern society. Their standpoints vary from Marxist critiques of its persistence even in the age of enlightenment and till today (Lukács, Benjamin, early Frankfurt School), to myth as an ideological metalanguage that speaks of what is said (Barthes) as well as in its difference to utopian views of a Socialist future (Sorel, Bloch, Benjamin, Abensour) and even affirmations of the seemingly subversive potential of myth (Aragon, Breton, Bataille). As the mythical persists, the questions remain: why and in what form it persists, and what role it plays. An anthropological materialist perspective on myth could allow us to perceive of myth as an anthropological condition that is nonetheless historical and as such changeable. How does the persistence of myth relate to contemporary society and its various spheres? What is its contemporary form or which mythical figures determine contemporary life and thought? How does the mythical relate to acting, perception and thought? What then are the differences and relations between myth, ideology and phantasmagoria concerning their structure, functioning and role?

Both theoretical and ethnographic articles are invited in relation to the general topic of the journal. All articles are peer reviewed and are submitted on the condition that they are not in consideration for publication elsewhere.

The present deadline for articles to be included in the second issue of the journal is set for the 1st of November 2011.


Articles should be between 5,000 and 10,000 words (notes and bibliography inclusive). Additionally an abstract of 100-200 words as well as a short note of 20-50 words on the contributor are required.


Manuscripts should be typed in double-spaced format including notes and bibliography. Acknowledgements should form an unnumbered note at the end of the text before the numbered endnotes. Quotations of more than 50 words should be indented after a double hard return. Foreign words, excluding proper names, should be italicized.

For further and more detailed instructions on editing we ask the author to consult the attached “Template for the authors”.


Articles can be written in English, German, French or Spanish. For contributions in English please follow the British spelling conventions, (e.g. labour, not labor), including “-ise” instead of “-ize”.


References should be in the form of in-text citations, and not in the form of footnotes, and should in all cases include the last name of the author, the date of publication and page numbers for direct quotations, e.g. (Benjamin 1974: 3), or if the name of the author is mentioned in the text by date and page number only, e.g. “According to Benjamin (1974: 3)”. Endnotes should be used for elucidating points only.


Bibliographical entries should be in alphabetical order including name and initial of author, date of publication, title and, in the case of books, place of publication and publisher. In the case of articles the full name of the journal should be included as well as volume, number and pagination.


Allen, N.J. 2000. Categories and classifications: Maussian reflections on the social. New York: Berghan Books.

Sutphen, M. 1997. Not What, but Where: Bubonic Plague and the Reception of Germ Theories in Hong Kong and Calcutta, Journal of History of Medicine and Allied Sciences 52, 81-113.

Tapper, R. 1994. Animality, humanity, morality, society. In What is an Animal? (ed.) T. Ingold, 47-63. London: Routledge


Contributors are required to send two electronic copies of their articles, one including their personal information (author copy) and one anonymous (reviewer copy), to anthropologicalmaterialism@gmail.com






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