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Sunday, May 22, 2016

Take the public anthropology challenge with SAPIENS and Allegra Lab

Will the Next Margaret Mead Please Stand Up? The SAPIENS-Allegra
Competition to Discover New Public Anthropologists

The anthropologist is a peculiar creature. We study the world, yet too
often do not share our insights with the world.

Our work explores some of the most exciting and relevant issues that face
humanity. We study our collective origins, the origins of violence,
economic injustice, health disparities, our relations to family,
constructions of "race," education systems, how cities organize themselves,
how we talk, climate change, emerging digital worlds, and so much more. But
all too often we conclude our research into these vitally important topics
with texts that are accessible only to a narrow group of academics.

To encourage anthropologists to write about their work for a broader
audience Allegra and SAPIENS have partnered to launch a competition for
more engaged types of anthropological writing.

We invite submissions for timely and engaging articles that are accessible
yet authoritative, exciting yet not sensationalistic. In particular, we
welcome narrative-driven submissions that will appeal to a broad, adult
college-educated readership, while demonstrating how anthropology
contributes to a shared understanding of our world.

The contribution that most aptly fits these criteria will be awarded 1.000
USD, and 500 USD each for second and third prize. The best pieces will be
published in 2016 in SAPIENS and Allegra.

Anthropologists, more than other scientists, hold a pivotal role in
improving our common understanding of our increasingly complex world.
However, too often we hide our message behind a veil of obscure jargon,
murky narrative, and muddled theoretical convolutions—all to the great
detriment of our discipline. As experts who investigate the complexity of
our contemporary world, we are ideally positioned to become its narrators.
Now, let's start writing!

Anyone who holds a degree in anthropology (undergraduate or graduate), or
is currently enrolled in an anthropology degree program, may enter the
The subject may cover any branch of anthropology.
Contributions can be single authored, co-authored or written by a
collective of individuals.
Authors must be able to vouch that their text is solely their own work and
has not been published elsewhere.
Texts should be no more than 3,000 words in length—and include no
references, notes, or other scholarly apparatus.
Follow the SAPIENS Style Guide.
We encourage the use of photography (no more than 5 pictures can be used to
illustrate the text) and other multimedia formats such as sound files and
videos. Sketches and drawings are also welcome. All images should be
uploaded on flickr and a URL link should be provided. Sound files should be
uploaded on soundcloud and short video clips on youtube and URL links
should be provided. Keep in mind that the use of multimedia is not a
guarantee of originality.
Texts must be submitted as a double-spaced Word document. The first page
should provide your name, address, and e-mail.
By your submission, you are agreeing to Allegra's and SAPIENS's Terms of
Use policies.
The deadline for submission of entries is June 1, 2016. Texts must be
submitted electronically, to
Submissions will be read anonymously and adjudicated by a panel selected by
Allegra Lab and Sapiens editorial team members.
The result of the competition will be announced in September 1, 2016.
If a winner or invited, you are agreeing to work with Allegra and SAPIENS
editorial staff for online publication.
Questions concerning the competition should be directed to

More informations on the competition here:

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