PlatForum - Graduate journal

PlatForum is a peer reviewed journal published by the graduate students in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Victoria.

Committed to upholding a tradition of holistic anthropology, PlatForum welcomes a diverse range of topics and issues from all four sub-disciplines:

  • Archaeology
  • Social-cultural
  • Biological-physical
  • Linguistic

Recognizing the benefits of both interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary contributions made by students outside the field of anthropology, we continue to extend our call to all students at the University of Victoria, including upper-level undergraduate students, and to all graduate students from community colleges and universities across Canada.

PlatForum is a peer-reviewed journal published by the graduate students of the Department of Anthropology at the University of Victoria (UVic).

Our journal is the longest running student organized Anthropology publication in Canada, originally published in 1998 as Cultural Reflections (Vol. 1), and we strive to continue to provide an accessible and open platform for graduate students to contribute to. In celebrating the diversity and richness of anthropological inquiry, we welcome submissions from a range of topics and issues from all sub-disciplines or thematic focuses.

In the new year, PlatForum will be transitioning to an open access online journal. In addition to text-based projects we will strongly encourage multimedia and other creative projects that expand our understanding of what scholarship can look like.

PlatForum is not currently accepting submissions, but please check back in January 2024. We look forward to reviving this publication alongside our community of emergent scholars.


The PlatForum Editorial Team

Please be advised: The submission of a work does not automatically result in its acceptance for publication, as this depends on the number of submissions received, the quality of work received, as well as the extent to which individual submissions reflect the themes of the journal (i.e., the anthropology subdisciplines mentioned above). The final decision on the publication of a given submission remains with the PlatForum editorial board.

Join the editorial team!

PlatForum is seeking editors and peer reviewers for the new year. Please contact if interested.

Sending submissions

Platforum is not currently accepting submissions.

Our review process

Each submission is reviewed by two people on the Plat-Forum editorial board.

Submission categories

  • Interviews - persons of anthropological interest
  • Scholarly reviews - books, movies, conferences or speakers
  • Papers/Articles – (maximum 20 pages including references and notes)
  • Field notes - experiences, short essays, or journal entries from field-work
  • Photo essays - pertaining to anthropological themes of PlatForum journal (minimum resolution of 3mbs)
  • Other creative projects, such as drawings, poetry, conference posters, etc. If you have an idea, please email to discuss possible options. 
  • As we also publish our journal online, we would like to welcome all manner of digital submissions, including soundscapes, small film projects (with necessary permissions from all parties involved), graphics, etc. for the online version!