Contingent Horizons: The York University Student Journal of Anthropology aims to provide a platform for students of anthropology seeking to publish their outstanding scholarly work in a peer-reviewed academic forum. The online journal is guided by an ethos of social justice, which informs its functioning, structure, and policies. This ethos also informs the selection of relevant material for publication. This should encourage contributors who otherwise have limited opportunities to publish in peer-reviewed academic forums – namely undergraduate students and others beginning their engagement with anthropology. The editorial board is a collective whose members, currently composed of four undergraduate students and three graduate student, have an equal say in the decision-making process. Additionally, a faculty member provide assistance as advisor.
Contingent Horizons is committed to a variety of formats such as but not limited to: videos, photo essays, fieldwork journals, book reviews, research papers, and ethnographies. More than a simple accessory, Contingent Horizons’ website is the keystone of the journal. This choice of publication format reflects the aspiration and desire to render knowledge accessible to audiences that span beyond the York University community. Not only does the website host published articles, but it also offers a safe space for respectful discussions that extend the life of scholarly materials and debates beyond publication.
In June 2013, the first cohort of York Anthropology’s newly founded methods field school flew to Athens, Greece, for an intensive month of learning opportunities. It was there, while enjoying a frappé in the much-appreciated shade of a café patio, that grew the idea to provide a publication platform for students beginning their engagement with anthropology.
Parinaz Adib, Janita Van Dyk, Andrea Vitopoulos, Melanie Zhang
Faculty Advisor: Professor Othon Alexandrakis
Journal Design and Composition: Kathe Gray
ISSN 2292-7514 (Print)
ISSN 2292-6739 (Online)
Published by the Department of Anthropology at York University