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Working Paper Series

The Disasters, Displacement and Human Rights Program invites submissions for our new Working Paper Series. 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 ( if you have any questions.

Submissions: Anthropology Working Paper Series

[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. 

4. Author Guidelines