journal of dialogic anthropology
editorial notes for contributors and respondents
iNtergraph: journal of dialogic anthropology is an experimental journal dedicated to exploring the use of new communication technologies (NCTs) in fostering a more open-ended and critically engaged anthropology which transcends disciplinary boundaries, the boundaries between the academy and the interested public, and the boundaries between researcher and researched. The title of the journal, iNtergraph, calls attention both to the 'in-between' space of ethnographic encounters and to the emergent and processual quality of anthropological knowledge, both of which are defining features of the internet itself. In brief, our aims are as follows:
a) To provide a new venue and forum for critical engagement and dialogue within and outwith the academy on the full range of issues with which anthropologists are concerned.
b) To challenge the conventions of anthropological writing and publishing by demonstrating how the ethnographic monograph and academic journal article dialogically come into being.
c) To encourage new and alternative forms of reading and writing anthropology, particularly those which make full use of the technological affordances of NCTs.
Notes for Respondents
One of the major aims of iNtergraph is to break down the boundaries between producers, users and subjects of anthropological knowledge. The success of the journal depends as much on the quality and extent of the intellectual input of interested readers and respondents as it does on the authors whose work we publish here. Therefore, while we invite all readers to participate in the dialogue, we would especially welcome those who are willing to engage in the serious and critical exchange of information and ideas, whether or not it is as an interested lay reader, academic, or 'research subject'. In particular, we would ask that you bear the following points in mind:
Please provide some background to the situation, context or perspective from which you are writing.
As a courtesy both to our contributors and other readers, please try to keep your comments focused on the topic at hand.
Please respect the dignity and basic rights of the other individuals with whom you converse.
iNtergraph: journal of dialogic anthropology seeks quality articles of relevance to anthropology in keeping with the aims and objectives outlined above. Submitted articles should address anthropological concerns and interests and display a willingness and commitment to engage in open-ended dialogue both with other anthropologists and other interested interlocutors. In practice this means that authors should be prepared to participate and engage in email discussions about their articles in the journal and to consider their articles as unfinished products. All articles submitted to iNtergraph may be submitted at a later date for publication in conventional academic journals.
While the journal is dedicated to making use of the internet in exploring new forms of anthropological writing and conversation, we are not simply interested in writing about the internet. We welcome the full range of anthropological writing, from more descriptive ethnographic pieces to review articles. We also seek to encourage articles which address key debates in anthropological theory and which strive to engage as wide an audience as possible in these debates. This means that where theoretical terms are used, they need to be sufficiently explained and contextualized. Finally, the journal also encourages article which make use of, and explore the possibilities afforded by the media of the internet itself (e.g. in terms of audiovisual presentations, hypertext links, etc.).
Format for Submitting
Articles for publication on Intergraph should generally be no longer than 8000 words. Articles may be submitted in HTML format, Microsoft Word (for Mac or PC) or Rich Text Format (RTF), as an e-mail attachment. In addition to the main body of the text, articles should include a title, abstract, and brief summaries of key words and concepts which may not be familiar to lay readers (and/or links to web sites which provide a discussion of key words or concepts).
If the article is submitted in Microsoft Word or RTF, we would request that an indication be made as to how and where the text should be broken up for ease of reading. While we are able to provide some assistance in transferring still photographs to computer graphics, if you wish to use audio and visual material, we would request that you provide the material to us pre-formatted on floppy or zip disk (100MB disk please).
In preparing an article for submission, we would also ask that authors provide us, in advance, with the names and preferably e-mail addresses of individuals and groups (within and outwith the academy) who may have an interest in what they write, so that they may be notified in advance of the publication of the article. This is one means whereby we hope to bring individuals into the discussion, and become active participants in the creation, of anthropological knowledge.
In keeping with the aims and objectives of the journal, we seek to make the review process for articles submitted for inclusion as transparent as possible. Moreover, we regard all articles published on iNtergraph as being subject to continual review by interested readers and participants. However, in order to ensure that the articles meet the basic criteria outlined above, all articles submitted for publication on the iNtergraph will be fully peer reviewed.
Articles appearing in this journal remain the property of the contributor(s). Unless otherwise stated, contributions may be freely copied and distributed for noncommercial purposes. Please note, however, that normal standards of citation and referencing apply (e.g. the author, date, full title of iNtergraph, volume and issue number, together with complete URL). In addition, if you would like to use and reproduce material in the journal, we would, as a matter of courtesy, like to know about it. Except where otherwise agreed upon (and stated), in submitting an article for publication in this journal, authors are agreeing to the anti-copyright statement above. Authors who wish to submit articles appearing in iNtergraph to conventional printed journals are encouraged to do so, if they so desire. However, this is on the understanding that iNtergraph will continue to exercise 'use-rights' in respect of the contribution.
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The fact that the journal is published in English is obviously an important issue for a project which seeks to promote dialogue across boundaries. While ideally we would wish for a virtual translator to enable us to be able to simultaneously publish and converse in any number of languages, we are, at present, unable to do more than simply say we are aware of the problem, and would welcome any suggestions and solutions.
Andrew Dawson, University of Melbourne
Mark Johnson, University of Hull
Stef Jansen, University of Manchester
Keith Hart, Aberdeen University
Judith Okely, Oxford University
Nigel Rapport, St. Andrews University
Nadeem Malik, University of Melbourne
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