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.

To welcome 2019, the editorial board of the UVic Anthropology graduate student journal, PlatForum, invites submissions for its 17th volume from all graduate, specifically those graduate students who reside within a Canadian Department of Anthropology and/or Archaeology. Please contact us about eligibility if you fall outside these categories.

Our 2019 PlatForum theme is 'The Abject'. 

JULIA KRISTEVA in 1982 coins The Abject as the subjective horror that results from the confrontation of what is thought to be real—the subject and the object, the self and the other—as they, each of these identities and relations, come into question, start to decay, and undergo their inevitable breakdowns. This concept remains salient for anthropology as it is a means to radically unearth the philosophical and cultural presuppositions upon which reality may rest. We invite authors to challenge, examine, and expand upon this theoretical notion.

**New this year, we would like to welcome all manner of digital submissions to be included in our online version! These submissions can include soundscapes, original compositions, small film projects, graphics, etc.!**

For more information, please see the Call for Papers or check out the posters throughout the department.  For all contributor resources, including submission formatting instructions, please visit the "Resources" page of our website or email us at for more detailed information and submission guidelines.

Submission deadline was April 15th, 2019


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.

Sending submissions

Please send submissions to PlatForum:

  • By e-mail attachment to OR
  • By mail, send a printed copy of your submission to the following address:
  • Submissions Editor, PlatForum
    Department of Anthropology
    University of Victoria
    PO BOX 1700, STN CSC
    Victoria, B.C. Canada
    V8W 2Y2

Our review process

Each submission is reviewed by a minimum of two reviewers: a member of the PlatForum editorial board, and a contributor to the current issue.

This process allows all contributors to take up both the reviewer and reviewee positions. Review guidelines will be provided.

It is our hope that this networking of ideas will generate dialogue, strengthen the journal, and foster a broader sense of community among anthropologically-minded students across Canada.

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!