Extended Deadline for Vol. 4 (1), Imagining the Future


The deadline for submissions to our forthcoming issue (November 2014) ‘Imagining the Future’ has been extended to 1 September 2014.


Submission Call for Vol. 4 (1): Imagining the Future

The future, in one form or another, makes up a significant presence in peoples’ lives. For the next issue of the Unfamiliar we invite contributions that elucidate the connection between lived experience, imagination and the future from an anthropological perspective.

Themes that could be explored include, but are not limited to: ‘culture and the capability of imagining the future self’; ‘the experiential impact of utopian/dystopian imaginations in the present and the past’; ‘different conceptions of the future, time and temporality’; ‘the role of the imagination in making the future possible’ and; ‘the materialisation of the future’

Submissions are to be made online via the OJS system and the deadline for this issue is the 15 August 2014. Further information can be found on our website at http://journals.ed.ac.uk/unfamiliar/about/submissions#onlineSubmissions.


Contributors can chose any of the below mentioned sub-section of the journal and creatively deal with the topic in the broadest sense depending on their own definition.

1. Experiences of Fieldwork

Have you had experiences related to the topic during your fieldwork? How did you cope with them? Where they part of your actual research project?

2. Creative Submissions

This section seeks to provide a creative space for exploring anthropological issues in the widest sense. We look forward to sharing work ranging from poetry and fiction to drawings and music that convey a different sense of being and understanding the social world we inhabit. We also hope to address how art can inspire anthropologists to better understand their subject matters, while providing an outlet that may reach a wider audience.

3. Essays

Any academic essay that discusses this topic, preferably within the limit of 3,000 words; exceptions can be made.

4. Visual Anthropology

How is the future portrayed, imagined or materialised in photography, art, monuments etc.? How can we make sense of this anthropologically?

5. Parallel Essays

In this section we invite academics from other disciplines to submit their understandings and dealings related to the topic. We would like to put this in conversation with an anthropological response.

6. Book Reviews

We welcome reviews of both academic monographs and more popular works, as long as these are relatively recent and have some anthropological relevance. Book reviews that have a connection with the theme of the Issue are prioritised.