We use cookies to improve your website experience. To learn about our use of cookies and how you can manage your cookie settings, please see our Cookie Policy. By closing this message, you are consenting to our use of cookies.


Call for Papers

Deadline: 12 March 2020

Guest Editors

Chantal Conneller - chantal.conneller@newcastle.ac.uk

Ben Elliott

World Archaeology

Table of Contents for World Archaeology. List of articles from both the latest and ahead of print issues.

Language: en-US

Publisher: Routledge

Visit Journal Articles

Masks have been a significant part of human culture for around 40,000 years. Some of the earliest human representations in the world appear to be masked, and masks have continued to play a significant role in a wide range of different cultures up to the present day: from Egyptian death masks to classical theatre masks, shamanic costumes to the Guy Fawkes masks worn in contemporary protests. Often seen simply as means of disguise, ethnographic accounts reveal more profound roles, as means of transforming the human body, or as membranes into other worlds. Masks represent an intersection between material culture and the human body, and thus have the potential to challenge received views of both. Worn on the face, often fabricated in elaborate and time-consuming practices, masks are ways of defining who people are and who they are not. Tracing the production, wearing and deposition of masks offers the potential for radical new insights into unique past articulations of nature and culture and of ancient worldviews.

We invite contributions, archaeological as well as cross-disciplinary, that seek to explore the diversity of masks past or present and how we might identify and study masks in the archaeological record. Most particularly we elicit contributions that offer new insights into how masks and masking inform issues of identity, personhood and ontology.

How to submit your paper

Deadline: 12 March 2020

All articles must be submitted online via the journal's ScholarOne™ website: http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/rwar by 12 March 2020.

The complete Instructions for Authors can be found at: www.tandfonline.com/rwar