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Book and Film Review Instructions

Book and film reviews may be solicited directly by the review editors or suggested by potential reviewers. Please email the relevant editors (below) with any questions. VAR also publishes multi-book or multi-film reviews and film festival or museum exhibition reviews when timely and relevant. Contact the respective editors if you are interested in submitting a review of this kind.

Publishers/Distributors: Please send review copies directly to the respective editors.

Film Reviews:

Naomi Schiller
Department of Anthropology
Brooklyn College, CUNY
3301K James Hall
2900 Bedford Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11210

Book Reviews:

US Publishers
Natalie Underberg-Goode
School of Visual Arts and Design
College of Arts and Humanities
University of Central Florida
4000 Central Florida Blvd., OTC 500, Rm. 155
Orlando, FL 32816

Non-US Publishers
Rachel Harkness
School of Design
Edinburgh College of Art
University of Edinburgh
Evolution House,
78 Westport
Scotland, UK

Deadline and Length: Reviews are due eight weeks after receipt of the materials, unless otherwise agreed. Your review should be 1000-1500 words.

Style: AAA style now adheres fully to the current edition of the Chicago Manual of Style (Author-Date) which can be located on their website.

Content: A brief summary of the film or book, followed by your evaluation of its coverage of the material, how it engages with visual anthropology discourse and literature, and how the film or book can be used in the classroom (or if it is not appropriate for classroom use.)

Proofread: Pay particular attention to spelling and grammar (common errors include run-on sentences and lack of subject-verb agreement).

Punctuation: Please conform to Chicago Manual of Style.

Spelling: U.S., rather than British or Australian. Conform to the first spelling in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, which is accessible online.

Books: Title in bold. On a new line list the author or editor, the place of publication, the press and the date. On a new line list your name in italics and your affiliation. Example:

Images and Empires: Visuality in Colonial and Postcolonial Africa
Edited by Paul S. Landau and Deborah D. Kaspin, Berkeley and London: University of     California Press, 2002.

Jude G. Akudinobi
University of California, Santa Barbara

Films: Title in bold. On a new line list the film’s director, the year it was made, its length, its distributor and the distributor’s contact information. On a new line list your name in italics and your affiliation. Example:

In the Name of Love: Modern Day Mail Order Brides
Directed by Shannon O’Rourke, 2002, 58 minutes, color. Distributed by New Day Films,

Sheila R. Tully
San Francisco State University

Citations: Follow Chicago Manual of Style Author-Date format, using in-text citations and a list of references at the end of the text. A quick guide to CMS Author-Date style is available here:
[be sure to click on the Author-Date tab]

Please keep citations to a minimum, given the shorter length of review essays.

Permissions: Wiley Blackwell Publishing will contact you by email to complete an author permission form after your review is submitted for publication. If your review will contain images (film stills, production images, or other figures), you will need to complete a Visual Materials Permission Form. It is your responsibility to obtain permission for all images.


Film Reviews: Naomi Schiller (
Book Reviews: US Publishers Natalie Underberg-Goode (
Non-US Publishers Rachel Harkness (

We look forward to receiving your review and we thank you in advance for your efforts. If you have any questions feel free to contact us.


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