Cultural activities in a social setting offer us a common ground to conceive complex power dynamics. Culture has been a place of escape throughout history for dissident people who were oppressed and marginalized by a social system that created injustice for them. Yet diverse cultural activities may transform a place of escape into a zone of resistance. The perceived injustice shapes identities and produces a counterculture in the face of oppression. This perceived injustice manifests itself through different cultural forms such as art, cinema, music, painting, sculpture, and in the cyber space via digital media in diverse geographies. Such a formidable manifestation challenges the authority when the universal meaning of justice resonates through different cultural activities and community interventions. The exposition of injustice by employing anthropological lenses may clarify societal dilemmas. In doing so, it may provide us hope and reason to survive, resist, and even designate new cultural forms. In this respect, cultural anthropology offers us an important vantage point to delve into the worlds of injustice so we can expose, refute, and defend different dimensions of societal dependencies and power hierarchies. In this special issue, we seek to create a unique a theoretical perspective on protest against the perceived injustice from the lenses of cultural anthropology. In doing so, the special issue aims to push past existing frameworks through comparative and radical case studies by addressing pressing issues of our time.

We welcome articles on a broad range in both geographic and chronological terms, including local, regional, national and/or global foci from modern history through to contemporary periods. We particularly seek eight papers up to 8,000 words which are intellectually challenging and covering anthropological works from different parts of the world. We would like to invite potential contributors who explore and expose the perceived injustice through art, (digital) media, cultural materials, activities, and community interventions to advance our theoretical, methodological, and empirical knowledge in the manifestation of the perceived injustice.

Some of the potential themes are listed below, but the themes are not limited to it:

  • Graffiti and Street Art against Police Violence

  • Cultural Symbols in Social Protests

  • Anthropological Theory and Method on Cultural Activism and Protest

  • Music and Protest to Expose Injustice

  • Protest Art against Racial and Sexual Discrimination

  • Civil Disobedience

  • Cultural Motifs in Postcolonial Resistance

  • Activist Art and Political Protest against Climate Change

  • Cultural Movements, Collective Trauma and Memory

  • Cultural Anthropologists as Activists in the Defence of Human Rights

  • Teaching Anthropology and Exposing Injustice

  • Digitalisation and Cultural Manifestation of Injustice

  • Art and Media as the Weapons of the Weak in Authoritarian Regimes

  • Cultural Activism and Political Dissent in the Global South

Authors must address the guest editor and clearly indicate that their submissions are intended for the special issue. If you are interested in contributing to this special issue for Anthropological Notebooks please get in touch with the guest editor, Dr Baris Cayli Messina via and send your abstract (250 words) by 30 March 2020. Full article submissions are due to June 30, 2020.

All submitted articles will be subject to double blind peer review process before publication.

All researchers will be informed by 15 April 2020 related to their abstract submissions.

Abstracting and indexation of Anthropological Notebooks:

• Social Science Citation Index (SSCI), • International Bibliography of the Social Sciences (IBSS), • Anthropology Plus database (Anthropological Literature and Anthropological Index Online), • Cambridge Scientific Abstracts/Sociological Abstracts, • International Bibliography of Periodical Literature in the Humanities and Social Sciences (IBZ), • Ulrich’s Periodicals Directory, • SocINDEX with Full Text, • MLA International Bibliography

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