Call for papers and sessions: AAA in San Jose

Dear Colleagues,

The 117th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association (AAA) will convene in San Jose, CA November  14 – 18, 2018 with the theme: “Resistance, Resilience, Adaptation.” As Program Co-Chairs, we encourage you to consider selecting The Association for the Anthropology of Policy (ASAP) to review your conference submissions. Below, you will find information to help you prepare for the meeting.

DATES: Abstract submissions for all proposal types opened on February 16, 2018. The deadline for all submissions to the AAA website is 3 PM EDT on Monday, April 16, 2018.

SESSION TYPES: AAA is committed to supporting a variety of session types this year. Conventional paper panels will remain the main format but do consider submitting ideas for other formats, including: poster panels; roundtables; retrospective sessions (intended to highlight career contributions of leading scholars); 5 minute, rapid, ‘flash’ presentations; installations. The full range can be viewed here:

Panel organizers have one hour and forty-five minutes to work with, and there is a lot ASAP members can do to creatively maximize that time. A standard format allows for 4 x  15 minute papers and 10 minutes for discussant comments, but other ways of dividing the time are possible.

If you plan to present your work at the AAA, we encourage you to either organize or co-organize a session yourself or seek out others who are organizing one that relates to your research. (The ASAP listserv is a great forum for this). While we will do our best to organize individually submitted abstracts into sessions based on common themes, organized sessions have a greater success in being accepted, and are usually more coherent.

Invited Sessions are meant to present cutting-edge research and/or issues of interest to our entire section. Please note that ASAP considers all sessions submitted to our section for invited status. However, if you have questions about invited status or would like to draw our attention to your submission as a strong candidate for invited status, we encourage you to email us. We increase the likely number of Invited Sessions if we partner with other sections, so please consider this when putting a prospective panel together. The full list of sections and their interests can be found here:

PARTICIPATION RULES AND POLICIES:  Before you make your plans, please see the Annual Meeting Particpation Rules here:   Note that meeting participation is limited to AAA members (with some exceptions). Also, please note the One-Plus-One rule which means that participants may only: (1) present one paper/poster, or serve as a participant on one roundtable or installation and (2) accept no more than one discussant role elsewhere on the program. An individual may serve as organizer or chair of an unlimited number of sessions. These rules are strictly enforced by the AAA Program Committee.

SUBMISSION PORTAL:  Please remember that the AAA requires all participants to submit abstracts and proposals using the online submission portal which can be found here: Hopefully, this will prove to be less problematic than last year although the advice is to complete your submission as early as possible.

Please visit the AAA Conference Website  here: for more information about attending the meeting and feel free to contact us if you have any questions about the ASAP review process.

Warm greetings,
Paul Stubbs ([email protected]) and Carol MacLennan ([email protected])
ASAP 2018 Program Co-Chairs


Call for papers: Migration

Call for papers: Edited volume by the Committee on Refugees and Immigrants (CORI)

Porous Borders, Invisible Boundaries

The 21st century continues to see an explosion in all forms of migration due to socioeconomic, political, and security factors.  While this suggests that borders are easier to cross, the growing security industry and rising anti-immigrant sentiment in many countries suggests that border crossings remain fraught with difficulties and dangers.  Borders are increasingly becoming difficult to cross as new technology and policy increase surveillance and patrolling of state boundaries.  Migrants’ adjustment in their new homes continues to be challenged by nativists who create difficulties for those trying to establish a new life in host countries.  Nonetheless, many migrants are able to create sustainable communities and establish healthy ties with the vast majority of the population in their new home.  Migration will continue to be a topic that will occupy politicians, activists, and scholars for time to come.

The Society for Urban, National, Transnational/Global Anthropology (SUNTA) welcomes proposals for essays to be included in a 2018 edited Committee on Refugees and Immigrants (CORI) volume.  This volume will address the vulnerability and challenge of being a migrant in today’s world. We invite scholarship that explores the vicissitudes of contemporary migration vis-à-vis a diverse range of topics in various cultural and social settings.  We are interested in papers that address the plight of migrants, as well as the impact of migrants and migration on host countries. Topics could include the opening of grocery stores stocked with Turkish foods in Germany, support for DACA students in the United States, the rise of the UKIP in the United Kingdom, or pro-refugee resettlement programs in Australia and Canada.

If you are interested in participating, please submit an abstract of no more than 300 words for a text (2000-word) or photo (700-word plus up to 6 photos) essay to [email protected] by 19 March 2018.  Authors whose proposals are accepted should plan to submit completed essays, with a 100-word bio, by 1 June 2018.

For a sense of the format for text and photo essays, please refer to the 2017 CORI volume Maintaining Refuge: Anthropological Reflections in Uncertain Times at

Dr. Chima Michael Anyadike-Danes
SUNTA Webmaster

Call for papers: AAA – Immigration

Dear ASAP Colleagues: This is a CFP for the AAA conference in San Jose, CA, Nov. 14-18, 2018, for the following panel:
Panel title:
Anti-Immigration, Anti-Gender: Toward an Anthropology of Gender, Sexuality, and Race in Central and Eastern Europe, and Russia.

Agnieszka Kościańska, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology
University of Warsaw, Poland

Joanna Mishtal, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology
University of Central Florida, USA 

Panel Abstract:
In less than 30 years after democratic revolutions in Central and Eastern Europe, populist, far right and anti-European Union parties have either won elections or gained significant votes across the region. Anti-immigrant rhetoric and conservative notions of family values contributed greatly to their electoral successes. Populist and far right milieus protest loudly against hosting refugees and immigrants from Middle Eastern and African countries, often claiming that these “foreign” and “racially other” groups may threaten the fabric of the society, including women’s rights and safety, or LGBTQ rights. Some states explicitly warn against “Islamization” and therefore reject non-Christian refugees. Simultaneously, populist groups strongly oppose gender equality and reproductive and sexual rights. For example, conservative nationalist administrations in Poland and Hungary condemn contemporary approaches to understanding gender as sociocultural and political constructs by presenting them as a form of “family demise” and threats to the nation. Moreover, populists in this region tend to portray women’s or sexual rights as imposed by Western and European elites, attempting to destroy local identities based in the traditional gender order. The picture that is therefore emerging in this part of the world is that of growing racisms and (hetero)sexisms, emboldened by election outcomes.

This panel contributes to the anthropology scholarship on anti-immigrant rhetoric and policies, and “anti-genderism.” In recent years, anthropologists and other social scientists have analyzed extensively the region’s contemporary conflicts around migration/race and gender/sexuality, usually approaching them as two separate and distinct topics. This panel seeks to explore these lines of inquiry together.

Inspired by the conference themes of “Resistance, Resilience, and Adaptation,” we invite paper proposals that consider how racist anti-immigrant and anti-gender discourses, policies, and practices overlap, intersect, or interrelate in new populist rhetoric and governance in Central and Eastern Europe, and other post-Soviet regions, including Russia. We are particularity interested in empirically grounded and theoretically informed studies tracing these intersections on variously levels such as policies, media, everyday life, religion, education, healthcare, and civil society. We also welcome analyses of mobilization and movements in favor or against populist causes, including growing racism, (hetero)sexisms, and other forms of exclusion and social justice issues. 

Some of the questions this panel seeks to explore are:
What are the spaces of intersection between gender/sexuality and race/ethnicity in populist rhetoric and policies? How are anti-immigrant and “anti-genderism” discourses produced, maintained, and contested? What are the relationships between actors involved in anti-gender and anti-immigrant mobilization? What is a Central and Eastern European, or post-Soviet and post-socialist specificity, if any, of anti-immigrant rhetoric and anti-genderism? What are their historical, political, or cultural roots? What is the relationship between “traditional” xenophobia and patriarchal gender regimes? What are the new fears and anxieties underpinning and/or emerging from these contexts? What models of biopolitics, national identity, governance, moral economies, and discrimination emerge from the intersection of race, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality from these populist trends? How are these models contested? In what ways could anthropological knowledge contribute to resisting these trends and imagining a shared future?

Call for abstracts:

We invite interested panelists to submit abstracts of up to 250 words by March 15, 2018, via email to Agnieszka Kościańska – [email protected]  and Joanna Mishtal – [email protected]. Decisions about acceptance of abstracts for this panel will be emailed by March 20, 2018.

Please note:

AAA requires that everyone must register before April 16, 2018 for the conference at the time of submitting the panel proposal and presenters’ abstracts. Registration fee is refunded if a presenter is not accepted. Registration fee is lower for AAA members, therefore we recommend becoming a member and then registering. 

ASAP monthly update

ASAP monthly update — February 2018

Notable recently

The most recent ASAP column in Anthropology News has just been published:

“The Neighborhood School Stigma: School Choice, Stratification, and Shame”
By Julia McWilliams
Anthropology News Online (February 15, 2018)
Temporary link is here

Provides an abbreviated version of one of the winners of ASAP’s 2017 graduate student paper prize.

“In cities like Philadelphia, the maintenance of two parallel educational systems—one charter, the other district—has also strained budgets and contributed to fiscal crises that have further divested traditional district schools of critical resources. How are youth, teachers, and staff in neighborhood schools responding to these conditions . . .”

“This research not only questions how market stratification impacts access to quality public education but also how school choice shapes students’ attachment and belief in their schools as places of hope and promise as the term “neighborhood school” becomes increasingly deployed as a slur.”

The ASAP nominations slate has now been submitted to the AAA. For co-presidents-elect, Bill Beeman and Christina Garsten will be running as a single team. That preserves our intent to have a team that represents both the U.S. and overseas. For officer-at-large, there are three candidates, Bilge Firat, Jennifer Hubbert, and Andrew Tarter. Details will be available with the usual AAA ballot later this spring.

For those of you following the AAA deliberations on dues, the ASAP executive committee is expressing serious reservations about the process to the AAA. If you want to follow that discussion, contact Diane O’Rourke, ASAP secretary/treasurer, at [email protected]  There will likely be multiple rounds of deliberation and discussion. The ASAP executive committee is especially worried that the actual flow of money between the AAA and the sections is not clear, and the plan to include one section membership within AAA dues has the potential to pit high dues and low dues sections against each other.

Coming up

There will be two Anthropology News segments coming up soon that provide annual updates from the section leadership: a general overview of ASAP in review and prospect from the Co-Presidents (David Haines and Cris Shore) and a reflection on ASAP sessions at the Washington, DC AAA meetings from the Co-Presidents-Elect (Carol MacLennan and Paul Stubbs).

Note also that minutes from the ASAP business meeting, along with the financial and communication reports for 2017, are now available online. Just look under “Resources” on the ASAP web page at

Remember that the listserv and web are available to announce potential sessions for the AAA meeting in San Jose–or for any other conferences that may be relevant to the anthropology of policy. Send those to Eric Cheng, the listserv coordinator at [email protected].

As always you can find us . . .
. . . on the web at
. . . on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter as @anthofpolicy

Key contacts
Eric Cheng for the listserv at: [email protected] or [email protected]
David Haines for the web at: [email protected]
Georgia Hartman for Instagram at: [email protected]
Judi Pajo and Ted Powers for ASAP columns in AN at: [email protected] and [email protected]
Jason Scott for Facebook and Twitter at: [email protected]
Paul Stubbs for the ASAP program at the 2018 AAA in San Jose: [email protected]

Job listing: Peace Research Institute in Germany

Postdoctoral Researcher

The Peace Re­search Institute Frank­furt is a found­ation under public law and part of the Leib­niz Asso­ciation. With over 80 employees, PRIF is cur­rently the largest peace and conflict re­­search institute in Ger­many.

To broaden its com­parative re­search on violent intra­state conflicts (civil wars), PRIF is seek­ing to employ as early as possible a post­doctoral re­searcher with 100% of work­ing hours on the pay scale for the Ger­man public service in the state of Hesse, E 13 TV-H, ini­tially for a period of two years (time limit pur­suant to the law on temp­orary job contracts in science (WissZVG)).

Your res­pon­sibilities:

  • Develop­ment of as well as ac­quisition of third-party fund­ing for a re­search project in the area of comp­arative civil war studies which analyses the causes as well as the dyn­amics of violent intra­state conflicts, taking into ac­count their inter­nat­ional and trans­nat­ional di­men­sions.
  • Sup­port of PRIF’s public re­lations’ work and policy ad­vice on cur­rent armed conflicts.
  • Parti­ci­pation in the PRIF com­mittees of self-gover­nance.

The ap­pli­cant should ful­fill the fol­low­ing re­quire­ments:

  • An above-aver­age PhD in pol­itical science, socio­logy or another rele­vant disci­pline
  • Re­search focus on the the­matic field rele­vant for the ad­vertised vacancy
  • Good know­ledge of quali­tative and/or quanti­tative social-science metho­do­logy
  • Ex­perience with and/or wil­ling­ness to carry out field re­search
  • Com­muni­cation skills with a view to know­ledge trans­fer.

Very good command of English, spoken and written, as well as competent hand­ling of stand­ard office soft­ware are pre­re­quisites. Good know­ledge of German is desi­rable.

PRIF is a winner of the Total E-Quality award and is com­mit­ted to main­tain­ing a work/­life balance. The position is full-time, how­ever part-time employ­ment is pos­sible. In the case of equal quali­fi­cation, ap­pli­cants with se­vere dis­abilities will be given pre­ference.

Please send your ap­pli­cation docu­ments in­cluding a con­cept paper of not more than three pages out­lining a pot­ential pro­ject as well as a work sample as a single PDF docu­ment and in­clude the po­sition code 4.2 by March 31, 2018 via e-mail to [email protected]. Un­fortu­nately, ap­plication ex­penses can­not be re­imbursed.

Call for papers: EPIC

EPIC (Ethnographic Praxis in Industry Conference)

Research methods are proliferating, yet the connection between evidence and decisions seems more tenuous than ever. EPIC2018 will explore the richness of methods, tools, and approaches in contemporary ethnographic practice; the changing types of evidence that are now possible; and how to make a case with evidence in a challenging social environment.

The Conference Committee is accepting submissions in these categories:
Papers • Case Studies • PechaKucha • Film/Animation • Gallery

We particularly encourage submissions at the emerging intersection of data science and ethnography. In addition to contributions from the many fields that regularly engage in ethnographic work, we invite data and computer scientists, as well as teams of ethnographers + data/computer scientists.

Call for papers: Policy-related conference

The 2018 APPAM International Conference is travelling to Mexico City on July 19-20th and we’d love to see you there! APPAM conferences are unique opportunities to network and discuss research with colleagues and peers. The smaller size of the International Conference allows attendees to more actively share their insights and foster a strong collaborative environment.

The 2018 theme, Public Policy for Sustainable Metropolitan Development, covers much more than large urban areas. The United Nations’ 2015 sustainable development agenda set goals to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all.

The LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin and the Instituto Tecnólogico Autónomo de México (ITAM) are jointly organizing the 2018 APPAM International Conference which will be hosted by the ITAM at its principal campus location in southwest Mexico City.

Located in one of the world’s largest metropolitan areas, the 2018 conference theme is: Public Policy for Sustainable Metropolitan Development, and it comes some 18 months after the 2016 bi-decennial UN-Habitat III conference in Quito and the adoption of the “New Urban Agenda” (NUA). The NUA presents a paradigm shift based on the science of cities and lays out standards and principles for the planning, construction, development, management, and improvement of urban areas along its five main pillars of implementation: national urban policies, urban legislation and regulations, urban planning and design, local economy and municipal finance, and local implementation. The NUA also incorporates the United Nations 2015 sustainable development agenda which sets goals to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all, embodied in 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs propose specific targets to be achieved over the next 15 years and include: Poverty, Good Health and Wellbeing; Quality Education; Clean Water and Sanitation; Affordable and Clean Energy; Decent Work and Economic Growth; Sustainable Cities and Communities; Climate Action, etc. For further details on the New Urban Agenda and SDGs and targets, please visit the Habitat III and United Nations websites.

Both the conference theme, and the venue of Mexico City offer an excellent opportunity for a wide range of session papers and posters presentations relating primarily to sustainability in cities, especially those related closely to the aforementioned NUA and the SDGs. Given the conference location in one of the world’s largest megacities we invite submissions with a metropolitan focus (albeit not exclusively so), with a “steer” towards larger cities, especially those with multi-jurisdictional governmental structures and governance challenges. Specifically, submissions are invited for sessions that focus upon, or intersect with tracks within the broad Policy Areas listed here.

We are soliciting abstracts for (1) individual papers to be integrated into panels, (2) panels made up of 3-4 papers, (3) roundtables, and (4) posters. Abstracts for individual papers and posters should be between 150 and 250 words; if a panel of papers is proposed there should be a summary of each paper plus an overarching description of the panel and its importance. Descriptions for roundtables should be between 150 and 250 words, plus a listing of participants and a summary of their contributions.

All submissions should be in English and completed no later than February 7, 2018.

Please submit your proposal to:

Call for papers: Gender and disaster studies

Pressing Pause on the gender agenda in disaster studies: Learning from critical gender and development studies (Paper Panel)


  • Dr. Jenna de Lopez (University of Manchester)
  • Dr. Gemma Sou (University of Manchester)


Inclusion of gender specific guidelines into disaster risk management policies is increasingly orthodox and normative. For instance, the Hyogo Framework for Action: 2015-2030 (United Nations 2015), explicitly aims to build the resilience of both women and men. This policy agenda has been shaped by an increasing amount of gender-focused research within disaster studies, which draws upon the history of gender inclusive frameworks in development (Enarson 1998, Drolet et al 2015, Gaillard et al 2017). This panel invites papers which draw on the well documented critiques of gender and development (GAD) (e.g. Chant 2008) that broadly argue a) women are essentialised, b) existing local gender equalities must be considered, and c) the experiences and needs of different genders must be sufficiently contextualised. The panel aims to explore what aspects of these critiques can contribute to the development of gender-centric frameworks in disaster studies and practice. We invite papers to consider pressing pause on the enthusiasm to include gender in disaster risk management, and to consider what has previously been learnt about gender through critical GAD studies, with the aim of avoiding the reproduction/reinforcement of gender inequalities in disaster contexts. We particularly welcome papers that utilise interdisciplinary approaches to thinking and research including (though not exclusive to): human geography; anthropology; development studies; sociology, and particularly those that draw from theories of the Global South.

Papers to be proposed directly through the conference website:

Best Wishes
Dr. Jenna Murray de López
Programme Director Humanitarian Conflict Response
Lecturer in Humanitarianism and Global Health
Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute,
C2.22 Ellen Wilkinson Building, University of Manchester,
Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9PL, UK.