Atelier: Ethnographic Inquiry in the Twenty-First Century

Kevin Lewis O’Neill, Series Editor

Atelier: French. noun. ate·lier (a-təl-ˈyā): workshop; an artist’s or designer’s studio.

This book series in anthropology takes a ground-up approach to the acquisition and publication of new ethnographic works. The aim is to set the conditions for collaboration at each stage of a book’s development, from the earliest draft through publication. Rather than considering only those manuscripts in their finished state, this series sets out to curate a cohort of scholars committed to the idea that ethnographic writing is itself a form of intellectual work. 

An Atelier book sets itself apart in at least two ways. The first is by addressing the problems and possibilities of ethnographic inquiry in the twenty-first century. These include the matter of evidence, conceptual reach, and thematic urgency, as well as narrative voice and analytical innovation. Atelier is neither defined by a particular region nor any of anthropology’s four fields, but rather by a commitment to the art of ethnography. The second is by participating in a sociality of sustained, critical reflection. The aim of this series is to generate a group of scholars from all career stages working together towards the completion of each author’s respective book project.

 

SUBMISSION PROCESS: 

**Submissions for 2016 are now closed, and finalists have been selected. Please check back soon for 2017 deadlines.**

Those interested in submitting to the series should email a CV, two-page synopsis of their book (limit 1,000 words), Table of Contents, draft Introduction, and a sample chapter (if available) to the series editor no later than June 1, 2017 to kevin.oneill@utoronto.ca.

3-5 finalists will be selected and notified by August 1. The selection process will be based on the ability to present provocative ethnographic material which advances a clear argument, demonstrates analytical rigor, and conveys thematic urgency. 

The finalists will participate in a series workshop at the American Anthropological Association’s Annual Meetings, where they will workshop their manuscripts with other participants, the series editor, the press editor,  and “friends of the series” (i.e., past series authors and/or invited guests). Rigorous engagement shall be paramount.

Following the workshop, participants will be given an open invitation to submit their completed manuscripts to the series. Manuscripts then go through the University of California Press’s standard review and approval process. 

Series authors will be invited to speak at the University of Toronto. 

 

SERIES EDITORS: 

Kevin Lewis O’Neill is a Professor at the University of Toronto. 

Reed Malcolm is Executive Editor for Anthropology and Asian Studies at the University of California Press. 

 

FINALISTS: 

2016:

Jacob Doherty: Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, Wesleyan University

Jatin Dua: Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Anthony W. Fontes: Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for the Humanities, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Kathryn Mariner: Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Rochester