Call for Digital Editorial Fellows

In 2012, PoLAR: Political and Legal Anthropology Review launched the Digital Editorial Fellows (def) Program for graduate students interested in enhancing their knowledge and experience in academic publishing. The program is part of an effort to expand the virtual presence of the journal, foster dialogue among members, and continue APLA’s tradition of graduate student mentorship in the field. Working with Associate Editor, Kate Henne, Fellows develop themes for virtual editions, start conversations around the journal’s content, and collaboratively create new initiatives. At the end of the program, they have the opportunity to meet with the journal editors and reflect on the program in relation to their future academic goals.

Program Overview

For 2016, the official program begins in April, ending shortly after the AAA annual meetings. The program itself follows three modules, the first being an introductory and brainstorming component, the second being a development and implementation phase, and the last being a critical reflection (and commendation!). Fellows are welcome to stay on beyond the first year.

Each module will focus on goals established by the group in consultation with editors of PoLAR: Political and Legal Anthropology Review. A general outline of the program is below:

Introduction and Brainstorming

  • Distribute general readings on digital humanities scholarship as well as targeted articles related to archiving, publishing, and digital anthropology/ethnography
  • Virtually meet with the Associate Editor and other fellows to discuss general ideas for open-access content

Development and Implementation

  • Develop themes and materials for virtual editions, forum, and new initiatives
  • Delegate specific tasks related to creation and editing of new materials
  • Solicit participation from scholars, activists, community members, and other organizations

Critical Reflections

  • De-brief and review program achievements and challenges
  • Reflect on how it may inform our other work–academic or otherwise
  • Share and celebrate!

 Application Information

The deadline is February 17, 2017. To apply submit the following materials to Kate Henne at

  • Statement of research interests and goals for program participation (1 page)
  • Short CV (including contact details for 2 academic references)
Please direct all questions to Kate Henne at the above email address. The selected cohort receives notification and introductory materials by March.

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