The Publications Committee of the RAI invites proposals for the Special Issue to appear in 2020. Each Special Issue will be available in book form, and will be distributed by Wiley-Blackwell free of charge to RAI Fellows, and as part of the subscription to libraries taking the JRAI. The Special Issue will also be available for sale, and offered to RAI Members and Student Fellows at a 25% discount on the published price. The Committee is ready to consider all proposals that will meet the schedule and conditions set out below.

Proposals for the 2020 issue should be sent to the RAI office by post at 50 Fitzroy St, London W1T 5BT, UK, or email on, to arrive by 17 March 2018. They should be 1000-1500 words in length and follow a standard model below. Proposals should be as precise as possible, and should meet the following criteria:

  1. They should contain clear evidence that the resulting volume, if selected, will be authoritative; will meet the highest academic standards; and will appeal to a broad academic readership. Topical themes will be welcome.
  2. They should be submitted in the confident expectation that, if shortlisted, a near-complete MS can be supplied by 15 June 2018.
  3. They should not be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere.
  4. The planned length of the published volume should be in the region of 80,000 words.
  5. Single- or joint-authored proposals will be welcome. Proposals based on a collection of papers should indicate who will act as the editor or editors.
  6. Assignment of copyright to the RAI is a condition of publication. Authors and editors will be responsible for ensuring that all secondary copyright permissions have been obtained.

On the basis of the proposals received, the Publications Committee will draw up a shortlist for further consideration, and will notify proposers by May 2018. The Publications Committee will seek views from readers as may be necessary. Near-complete MS will be required by 15 June 2018. A final decision will be given by 7 December 2018.



To be used as model for the submission of proposals. All sections of the proposal form should be completed. The Publications Committee may ask for further details or clarification of a proposal. Total length of proposals should be 1000-1500 words.

  • Name, position and contact details of proposer(s)
  • Title (working title if necessary) of proposed Special Issue
  • Name, position and contact details of author/editor if different from proposer
  • Brief description of the project, activity or event, with dates if applicable,  on which the Special Issue will be based
  • Names of (provisional) additional authors/contributors, if applicable
  • Description of content in as much detail as possible, giving the academic context of the proposal and demonstrating academic excellence, innovation, and appeal to a wide anthropological readership
  • Have all necessary copyright agreements for reproduction of material been obtained? If not, please give details
  • If your proposal is shortlisted, how complete a MS for the final text can you undertake to provide by 15 June 2018.

Please send your abstract by post and as an email attachment to the Publications Support Officer,, RAI, 50 Fitzroy St, London W1T 5BT, to arrive by 16 March 2018.



2006: Ethnobiology and the Science of Humankind, edited by Roy Ellen (also available as a stand alone book from Wiley here)

2007: Wind, Life, Health: Anthropological and Historical Perspectives, edited by Elisabeth Hsu and Chris Low (also available as a stand alone book from Wiley here)

2008: The Objects of Evidence: Anthropological Approaches to the Production of Knowledge, edited by Matthew Engelke (also available as a stand alone book from Wiley here)

2009: Islam, Politics, Anthropology, edited by Filippo Osella and Benjamin Soares (also available as a stand alone book from Wiley here)

2010: Making Knowledge, edited by Trevor Marchand (also available as a stand alone book from Wiley here)

2011: The Aesthetics of Nations: Anthropological and Historical Approaches, edited by Nayanika Mookherjee and Christopher Pinney

2012: The Return of Hospitality: Strangers, Guests, and Ambiguous Encounters, edited by Matei Candea and Giovanni Da Col

2013: Blood Will Out: Essays on Liquid Transfers and Flows, edited by Janet Carsten (also available as a stand alone book from Wiley here)

2014: Doubt, conflict and mediation: the Anthropology of Modern Time, edited by Laura Bear (also available as a stand alone book from Wiley here)

2015: The Power of Example: Anthropological Explorations in Persuasion, Evocation, and Imitation, edited by Andreas Bandak and Lars Højer (also available as a stand alone book from Wiley here)

2016: Environmental Futures, edited by Jessica Barnes (also available as a stand alone book from Wiley here)

2017: Meetings: Ethnographies of Organizational Process, Bureaucracy, and Assembly edited by Hannah Brown, Adam Reed, and Thomas Yarrow (also available as a stand alone book from Wiley here)