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

Forthcoming Issue (August 2017)

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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

Call for Papers - Extreme Masculinity (Special Issue)


JEA: Journal of Extreme Anthropology is now inviting submissions for a special issue to be published in December 2017 on the topic of Extreme Masculinities

The study of masculinity has been gaining in momentum in the last two decades. However, much of this research has been typically framed by concerns about sexuality and identity. This conference seeks to depart from this focus. Instead, it aims to interrogate the rise to prominence of diverse forms of ‘extreme masculinity’, from violent, criminal, hyper-muscular to right-wing masculinities, analysing these within the context of contemporary politics, neoliberal restructuring and the ideology of consumption. The conference thus aims to offer a perspective on the recent social and political developments in an increasingly divided and unequal world. As such it will be of interest to a larger public and the media. Papers are invited dealing with (but not only) the following subjects:

  • Transformation of masculinity under the neoliberal restructuring of societies
  • The rise of nostalgia for a heroic masculinity
  • Staging of aggressive and violent masculinities and consumption
  • Outlaw, deviant and criminal masculinities under neoliberalism
  • Muscular responses to the perceived weakness of the state and to the political climate at large
  • Extreme responses to perceived societal and economic threats to manhood
  • The relation between cultivation of hyper-muscular bodies and political economy
  • Extreme risk-taking, gambling and masculinity
  • Diverse forms of resistance to social structural conditions and homosocial male bonding
  • The rise of fascist and alt-right masculinities

Additionally, an international conference on ‘Extreme Masculinities’ will take place at the University of Vienna from September 29 – October 1, 2017, which will also officially launch the Extreme Anthropology Research Network ( Contributors to the special issue interested in taking part in the conference should mention this in their email to the editor.

Interested contributors are encouraged to submit an abstract of 300 words and a short bio by March 31, 2017 to the journal editor at

Journal of Extreme Anthropology is an international, peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary and indexed journal that publishes articles written in the fields of anthropology, social sciences and humanities, specializing on extreme subjects, practices and theory.

Posted: 2017-01-12
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