Journal of Extreme Anthropology

An interdisciplinary peer-reviewed journal devoted to the study of extreme subjects, practices and theories, critically exploring the notion of the extreme within contemporary cultural, political and economic environments, conceiving of anthropology in the broad sense as the study of human, and thus open to contributions across social sciences, humanities and philosophy. What constitutes the 'extreme' in extreme times, when consensus on what is moral and immoral, good and evil, right and wrong, appears to have eroded? Can we think extremes in order to escape, resist and subvert them?

'I remembered Machiavelli, whose rule of Method, rarely stated but always practiced, was that one must think in extremes, which means within a position from which one states borderline theses, or, to make the thought possible, one occupies the place of the impossible'

Louis Althusser




Call for Papers: Special Issue on SOVEREIGNTY


The notion of sovereignty understood as the authority of the state to govern over its territory, has been resuscitated both on the Left and the Right, from Podemos to Trump, thus taking once again the center stage in political debates. We could ask if we can imagine a progressive vision of political sovereignty, such as the one sketched by William Mitchell and Thomas Fazi in their recent book, Reclaiming the State. But we may as well want to inquire into the general need for, appeal and promise of sovereignty in all its different manifestations - in particular in a world where sovereignty has become a scarce resource. In a disenchanted, extremely unequal world, sovereign moments, and rituals capable of bringing such moments about, become rare. We invite papers from across anthropology, critical theory, and philosophy, to think theoretically through the notion of sovereignty, and to think the concept through unconventional or extreme examples. In particular, following themes will be of interest: 

*sovereignty and the state

*sovereignty and crime, murder, torture or tyranny 

*sovereignty and religion 

*sovereignty and economy 

*sovereignty and excess, luxury, wasting, exploitation 

*sovereignty and the sacred and ritual 

Deadline for abstract submission (max. 250 words): 15 February 2018

Please send your abstracts to:

Deadline for paper submission: 15 June 2018

If your abstract has been approved by the editorial board, please submit your paper online by creating a user and following the submission guidelines:

The special issue is sceduled for October 2018.

Journal of Extreme Anthropology is an international, peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary, open-access and indexed journal that publishes articles written in the fields of anthropology, social sciences, philosophy and critical theory specializing on extreme subjects, practices, and theory. To view current issue: 

Journal of Extreme Anthropology is connected to the Extreme Anthropology Research Network which brings together researchers working on extreme, dangerous, obscene, controversial and unconventional subjects and increases public visibility of their research.

Posted: 2018-01-02

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Posted: 2017-03-01

General Call for Submissions

In addition to the Call for Papers for the Special Issue on Extreme Masculinities, we are also open to general submissions! Please get in touch with the Editor-in-chief prior to sumbitting to the journal (  
Posted: 2017-01-17
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