Current Call for Papers

JLACA Call for Papers for Special Issue on Caribbean Anthropology

Volume 27, 2020 

The JLACA announces a Call for Papers on Caribbean anthropology in a special issue of volume 27 (2022).  The occasion is motivated by the change to the current name of the Society of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology. JLACA is proud to celebrate the 15th year anniversary of the Journal’s name change from JLAA to the present title so as to officially include the Caribbean within its purview. We encourage all Caribbeanists to consider publishing in JLACA as an important venue for your research.

The guest editors welcome submissions on topics such as, but not limited to: sovereignty, gender, race, political ecology, and migration.  The Guest Editors for this special issue request that interested authors first submit an abstract of 500 words. Proposed submissions can be of one of two types of articles: A “Research Article” (8000 words) based in original research in accordance with JLACA guidelines; or, a “Perspectives” essay (5000 words) that offers some type of contribution to Caribbean anthropology in terms of discussion and debates about theory/theories, historical approaches/perspectives, methodological and analytical frameworks, or epistemological understandings of the Caribbean in an inclusive sense. Abstracts should detail the ethnographic analysis or argument as well as the significance and contribution of the proposed article.

Initial Deadline: Submit a 500 word abstract, with title, author name/s, affiliation, and indication of proposed submission is “Research Article” or to the guest editors by January 12, 2019 (new deadline!).

JLACA article types and submission guidelines are available on Anthrosource and the SLACA website.


For questions, comments, and submission of abstracts, contact the guest editors:

Carla Guerrón Montero (
Kiran C. Jayaram ( )
Stephan Palmié (
John Pulis ( )

JLACA Call for Papers for Jubilee

Volume 25, 2020

Motivated and inspired by the 25th anniversary of the Journal for Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology, JLACA announces a call for papers for the 2020 Volume 25. We seek articles that address an array of themes, issues, and problems from an historical perspective of “the last twenty-five years.” Some authors may use this historical frame to discuss prospective possibilities of and for LAC anthropology, as well as for the Society. Authors may choose to assess the representation, or lack of treatment, of a topic in the pages of JLACA. Suggested themes include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Prominent or marginalized trends in Latin American and Caribbean anthropologies in general and especially regarding their visibility and representation in the Journal
  • a researcher’s own long-term, 25 years (or more), research in particular communities, with particular sociocultural groups (in most inclusive sense), or on a specific issue in diverse locations across the region.
  • the idea of “Latin America and the Caribbean” as a region that organizes and drives anthropological research, knowledge production, forms of expertise, and institutional grids
  • JLACA’s contribution to the North-South—or South-South—divide, debate, dialogue, border, crossings, and rapprochement, including the reception “here” of knowledges and theories produced “there”
  • how anthropological knowledge production, expertise, and institutions of different types (related to linguistic, biophysical and sociocultural anthropologies as well as archaeology) have been involved with or fundamentally integrated into everyday processes and dynamics;
  • anthropological engagement with “current events” and issues “that matter”
  • existing, past and future modes and forms of inter-disciplinarity and subfield intra-disciplinarity—such as applied-basic research, mixed anthropological subfield methodologies and objects of study, combined social science and humanities approaches
  • languages and materialities of community/group formation and differentiation
  • the historical ups, downs, disappearances, and returns of a particular theory, methodology, problem, or debate
  • the life of a particular place, community, class, or group in relation to the history and significance of long term anthropological research in those locations or among those people
  • historical ethnographies and/or visual ethnographic histories of the author’s chosen topic (e.g., community, theme, issue, place, or one’s own field research) that are based in significant use of photographic images, audio recordings, or video as evidence and objects of analysis

The Call for Papers for the JLACA Jubilee volume is open ended to encourage the most inclusive, wide ranging and increased participation of the scholarly community that JLACA serves. Our aspiration is to have a volume of submissions that will form the substantive core of all issues of Volume 25 with jubilee themed articles. Authors are encouraged to develop the manuscripts with the above calendar in mind to facilitate its placement in the publication queue among similarly themed submissions.

Please send all inquiries about the jubilee volume to Quetzil Castañeda, Editor in Chief,  Authors who are interested in coordinating a group of three to four authors to contribute 3-4 articles as a “dossier” on a specific theme or issue defined in the Jubilee Call for Papers are encouraged to send a proposal to Castañeda.


Submission Calendar for publication in JLACA Jubilee
2020 Vol. 25

Issue 1 Issue 2 Issue 3 Projected
Issue 4
Optimum Submission by Jan 3  2019.

Hard Deadline March 30.

Suggested Deadline May 30 2019 Suggested Deadline Sept 30 2019 Send Inquiries by May 30. Submission by Sept 30 2019

General Journal Information

The Journal encourages publications in Spanish, Portuguese and English as well as the use of audio, images and video. Manuscripts can be submitted as Research Articles or as Provocations. Please review the Submission Guidelines on SLACA website or Anthrosource.

JLACA is also interested in creating Virtual Issues related to articles submitted for this anniversary occasion. Virtual Issues are developed by authors, editorial staff and board, or other invited scholars. These online collections serve to highlight the publication of a new article by associating it with a selection of the most relevant previously published articles in the Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology. The Journal especially encourages authors whose topic relates to the presence or representation of an issue in JLACA to create a Virtual Issue to associate with their manuscript.