The Fifth Issue of HAU

In November, 2011 I watched a slightly wild-eyed Italian man mount the stage of a Montreal hotel banquet hall and announce to the world that he was launching a new open access journal that would fundamentally alter the world of anthropology, and perhaps the world at large. Having watched previous world-changing initiatives burn up when entering the atmosphere of the realityverse, I was a little skeptical. What I wanted to see, I claimed, wasn’t the first issue of HAU, it was the fifth. Starting something is easy — keeping it growing is hard.

Last week, the fifth issue of HAU appeared.

Congratulations and mahalo to Giovanni, Stéphane, Sean, Holly, Philip, and the people who worked to produce HAU. I think I owe Giovanni a drink.


Alex Golub is an associate professor of anthropology at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. His book Leviathans at The Gold Mine has been published by Duke University Press. You can contact him at

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  1. Hear, hear! We are all enriched by the relentless brilliance of HAU which brings much to the intellectual table: a genuinely international set of perspectives, a provocative sensibility in its organization and execution, and a rigorous and stimulating peer-reviewed open access journal. Much needed and much appreciated!

    Just the other day I advised one of my grad students to go read the entire slate of articles on kingship and sovereignty in the first issue of HAU; providing such good food for thought in relationship to current conventional thinking on the topic. I think the discipline is ready for a plurality of theoretical perspectives again and HAU is absolutely one of the sites where this is taking place. Bravo to HAU’s editorial team for their vision and commitment.

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