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The Australian Journal of Anthropology (TAJA) is the flagship journal of the Australian Anthropological Society. TAJA publishes scholarly papers and book reviews in anthropology and related disciplines. Though wide ranging in its areas of interest, the journal especially welcomes theoretically focused analyses and ethnographic reports based on fieldwork carried out in Australia and neighbouring countries in the Pacific and Asian regions. TAJA is published by Wiley three times a year (April, August and December) with at least one issue devoted to a specific topic under the direction of a guest editor.

AAS members receive full electronic access to TAJA, including over 70 years of now digitised back issues dating back to volume 1, issue 1 (1931) (when the journal was called Mankind).

For interested non-members a general subscription to TAJA is available and on occasion articles in TAJA are made available free of charge via the Wiley Online Library. Early view articles are available via the Early View link.

Authors interested in submitting articles to TAJA should refer to these Author Guidelines

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TAJA Editorial Board

The TAJA editorial team can be contacted at (for all correspondence including submission inquiries).

Andrew McWilliam, Editor

Andrew McWilliam is Professor of Anthropology in the School of Social Science and Psychology at Western Sydney University. He is a specialist in the anthropology of Southeast Asia with ethnographic interests in Eastern Indonesia and Timor-Leste as well as Northern Australia.  He was Associate Editor of The Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology (TAPJA 2013-2018).  Current research interests include post-conflict processes of social and economic recovery in Timor-Leste and a collaborative ARC project on household vulnerability and the politics of social protection in Indonesia. He has also worked extensively in applied anthropology and international development, including long and short term advisory work on technical assistance and resource governance projects in Indonesia, as well as Aboriginal land claims and native title research in Northern Australia.  Recent publications include co-edited volumes; The Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Timor-Leste (Routledge 2019), A New Era? Timor-Leste after the UN (ANU Press 2015) and Land and Life in Timor Leste: Ethnographic essays (ANU Press 2011); as well as a co-authored monograph, Property and Social Resilience in Times of Conflict: Land, Custom and Law in East Timor (Ashgate Press 2012). 

Thomas Wright, Managing Editor

Thomas started his career as journalist and research officer and then documented the social and environmental impacts of tourism with a focus on plastic litter in Indonesia for his PhD research. He published articles in The Conversation, Oceania, Human Ecology, Le Monde diplomatique and continues to write on Medium. He applies qualitative research to solve problems through human-centred design as design anthropologist. He is passionate about making positive social and environmental contributions and about bringing anthropological ideas to a popular audience.

Helena Önnudóttir, Review Editor

Dr. Helena Onnudottir is a Social Anthropologist and a Senior Lecturer at the School of Social Sciences, Western Sydney University. Areas of interest and research in Iceland broadly include social and cultural changes in Icelandic society during the first two decades of the 21st century. Helena has published/co-published on some of the following in Iceland: symbolism and political changes following the Global Financial Crisis in 2008, land and tourism, the value of water, early responses to COVID-19 in Iceland, the symbolic and cultural place and meaning of monsters in Iceland, and the relationship between, and agency of, people and nature. Additional areas of interests include migrants and refugees in Iceland.


Editorial Board

Dr Jean-Paul Baldacchino
University of Malt

A/Professor Gerhard Hoffstaedter
The University of Queensland

Professor Margaret Jolly
The Australian National University

Dr Helen Lee
La Trobe University

Dr Yasmine Musharbash
Australian National University

Dr Kalpana Ram
Macquarie University

Dr Rupert Stasch
University of Cambridge

Dr Malini Sur
Western Sydney University

Professor Karen Sykes
University of Manchester

Dr Matt Tomlinson
The Australian National University

Professor David Trigger
University of Queensland

A/Professor Richard Vokes
University of Western Australia

Professor Holly Wardlow
University Of Toronto

A/Professor Carol Warren
Murdoch University