The Disasters, Displacement, and Human Rights (DDHR) Program is now accepting submissions to a new working papers series. Envisioned primarily as a vehicle for UT graduate students and faculty to share their academic work as it is being prepared for final publication, the series is the brainchild of Raja Swamy, assistant professor of anthropology. It will provide an opportunity for authors to receive feedback on their work and to disseminate it widely to an audience of scholars interested in themes relating to disasters, displacement, structural violence, human rights, and social justice.
We welcome submissions from all the sub-disciplines of anthropology that address key issues and debates pertinent to disasters/extreme events, displacement / structural violence, and human rights / social justice.
Please email Dr. Raja Swamy with any questions.
Note: you will be asked to first create an account on the server, after which you will be guided through the submission process
1. What is a working paper?
Working papers are documents in the process of being prepared for final publication. While they are works in progress, they are nevertheless serious pieces of academic research. A working paper enables the author to present her/his research to readers as a work in progress. Despite being a ‘work in progress’ a working paper is a complete version of a publishable paper, and not a draft.
2. Who may submit papers?
All graduate students in the department of Anthropology at UTK are welcome to submit papers for consideration to the series. Papers must address core anthropological concerns pertinent to DDHR — namely, disasters/extreme events, displacement/structural violence, and human rights/social justice. While the WPS is intended primarily for UTK graduate students and faculty, we also welcome submissions from graduate students and scholars from elsewhere.
3. Who can access these papers?
Once published, working papers are fully accessible to readers. While we will take care to ensure that papers meet minimum academic and professional requirements, they are ultimately the responsibility of individual authors.
Submission Preparation Checklist
- The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
- The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
- Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
- The text is double-spaced; uses a 12-point font; does not use underlining but instead employs italics (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
- The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
- The submission must be an original document, and not a copy or excerpt from a previously published text.
- Strict adherance to academic manuscript formatting guidelines (you may select a common formatting guidelines but must maintain consistency throughout the document).
- If you have submitted a version of this paper for a class, you must indicate who your instructor was.
- Word limit: 5,000 – 8,000 words (max).
- You will be notified of an initial decision within 2 weeks of your submission, and provided with details on the review process and expected timeline for a decision on publication.