Call for Papers & Peer Reviewers 2018

Call for Papers & Peer Reviewers 2018/19 – Contingent Horizons Volume 5 Issue 1

Issue Theme: Object Implosion

Contingent Horizons is York University’s peer-reviewed student journal of anthropology. We aim to showcase scholarly and creative works of academic excellence by undergraduate and graduate students. We invite prospective contributors to submit their original, unpublished works for publication in our fifth volume. Selected submissions will be published online and in print, with complimentary print copies provided to the authors. Students of anthropology and related disciplines are encouraged to submit their work.

1) Submissions:

We are accepting submissions of original works that pertain to the discipline of anthropology, specifically relating to the issue’s theme of Object Implosion. This issue encourages contributors to implode or unpack objects, things, artifacts, facts, people, actions, processes, and so on, into stories that address the question: how are objects embedded in the world and the world embedded in objects?

This issue theme is adapted from what Joe Dumit (2014) calls the Implosion Project. An implosion approaches an object from a variety of dimensions (social, labour, epistemological, material, contextual, political, economic, textual, bodily, historical, particle, educational, professional, mythological, symbolic, etc.) and should, according to Dumit, “reveal connections that you did not know and that you did not know you cared about” (358). For further reading see Joseph Dumit, “Writing the Implosion: Teaching the World One Thing at a Time,” Cultural Anthropology 29, no. 2 (2014): 344-362, available online at:

Submissions can include but are not limited to: ethnographic research papers, literature reviews, photo essays, and creative writing.

We are also looking for students to write brief book reviews of relevant anthropological or ethnographic works published recently, between 2017-2018.

The deadline for submissions is Monday, October 1st, 2018. Please review the submission guidelines at prior to submission.

2) Peer Reviewers:

We are recruiting both undergraduate and graduate students who are willing to act as peer reviewers between October 2018-April 2019. Each peer reviewer will be asked to provide substantive and constructive feedback about the content of one manuscript.

If you are interested in being a peer reviewer, please email Please include your institutional affiliation, degree program, year of study, and areas of scholarly interest.