“Illustrating Anthropology” - Call for exhibition submissions

We are curating an online and (hopefully one day!) physical exhibition which explores the potential of illustration for anthropological research and dissemination. So whether you’re looking for a creative way to engage with your research data during lockdown, or you have sketches you made in the field that express your ethnographic findings or experience, send them our way!

This exhibition is part of the RAI’s new Leach Fellowship in Public Anthropology to engage the public with anthropological research via a series of events, including various festivals, projects, and exhibitions over the coming years.

Deadline 22 May 2020.

All forms of illustration will be considered, for example digital and analogue drawing, graphic reportage, comics-style narrative pieces, and photo collages. Entries will be judged by the RAI Public Anthropology Fellows, and by Dr Benjamin Dix, Founding Director of PositiveNegatives who produce comics, animations, and podcasts about social and humanitarian issues. See their website for inspiration: https://positivenegatives.org!

Entry rules:
1.    No more than 5 JPG, PNG, or PDF files will be considered per applicant.
2.    Images should be no bigger than A4 in dimension, saved at 300 DPI.
3.    Your entry should be accompanied by 250 words about you and your research.
4.    Please submit entries by email to publicanthropologists@gmail.com by Friday 22 May 2020.
5.    Submission emails must include the subject line “Illustrating Anthropology”.

Laura Haapio-Kirk and Jennifer Cearns
RAI/Leach Fellows in Public Anthropology - Royal Anthropological Institute#

This image is from ‘An Empty Promise’, illustrated by Gabi Froden for PositiveNegatives, which tells the story of one woman’s journey from Nigeria to Sicily, particularly highlighting the dangers she faced while crossing Libya. (https://positivenegatives.org/story/an-empty-promise/)