Culture, Agriculture, Food and Environment, the twice-yearly, peer-reviewed journal of Culture and Agriculture (a Section of the American Anthropological Association), is looking for a new co-editor, to begin in January 2018.

CAFE features culturally and anthropologically-relevant analyses of human dimensions of environment, ecology, agriculture, food production, aquaculture, fisheries, forestry, natural resources, energy, water, sustainability, and biodiversity. CAFE publishes peer-reviewed material as well as editorially reviewed commentary and reports, discussions of theoretical developments and methods of inquiry, results of empirical research, and book and film reviews. CAFE encourages dialogue among scholars, activists, and practitioners.

Recent submissions have ranged in topic from theories of farmer knowledge and performance, to multispecies ethnographic examination of human/plant relationships, to the sustainability of sturgeon farming. CAFE has as one of its aims to make anthropological perspectives available to an interdisciplinary readership of researchers, practitioners, and activists working on agricultural and environmental issues. Though anthropology is our base and specialty, readers and authors may come from fields that include sociology, agricultural economics, food studies, policy sciences, and diverse branches of farming and natural resources management. The journal receives submissions from across the globe, and is available to institutions in low-income countries through philanthropic grants.

The new co-editor will serve a four-year, staggered rotation, and help CAFE ensure its future sustainability and relevance in the changing environment of scholarly publishing of the 21st century. The position is volunteer, but financial support for attending AAA annual meetings is typically available. Institutional affiliation is helpful but not required.

CAFE Co-Editor Job Description

The new co-editor will officially begin January 1, 2018 for a four-year term, but will ideally be incorporated into editorial discussions in fall 2017 if possible. The co-editors work on a staggered rotation, sharing duties and providing continuity across editorial transitions. The position is volunteer, but financial support for attending AAA annual meetings is typically available.

Along with other AAA journals, the journal is digital-only, with paper versions provided to subscribers for an extra fee. The AAA has recently negotiated a new contract with Wiley Publishing, which will include access to the online journal management platform, Scholar One. The incoming co-editor will:

  • Provide vision and oversight to journal content and directions
  • Collaborate with co-editor, editorial advisory board, and section members to ensure financial and scholarly sustainability.
  • Share duties with co-editor of all phases of article submission, review, and publication
  • Work with co-editor to implement Scholar One for submission management
  • Provide editorial review, judgment, oversight, and copy-editing to journal submissions and issues as necessary
  • Stay abreast of current trends and issues in anthropology related to the journal’s key thematic areas
  • Initiate and solicit proposals for timely and relevant themed issues
  • Work with C&A Executive Board on journal budgeting and planning
  • Serve on the C&A Executive Board, with responsibilities for providing annual reports to the C&A Board and membership on journal progress, challenges, statistics, budget issues, and other matters
  • Provide annual and other reports to, and communicate and collaborate with, the American Anthropological Association’s Publications Department
  • Serve as liaison between Culture and Agriculture Executive Board and the AAA Publishing Department
  • Cultivate, maintain, and work with an Editorial Advisory Board to locate peer reviewers, provide guidance to journal content and directions, and problem-solve
  • Help recruit, supervise, and collaborate with student assistants, technical consultants, and the C&A website team.
  • Strategize on methods and media for publicizing the journal to increase readership.

Experience with electronic publishing and institutional support are welcome, but not required. Editorial effort is year-round and constant. CAFE is published twice yearly (June and December), and it publishes all final articles online via Early View when they are ready.

To apply, submit a cv and letters of interest addressing your interest, vision, and qualifications for the above responsibilities to Nick Kawa, C&A President at [email protected] no later than May 31, 2017. Additional questions about the position may be directed to the current co-editors, Brandi Janssen and Stephanie Paladino at [email protected].