Anthropology in Action: Small grant event support

Anthropology in Action has a small sum of money saved which we would like to use to support events and activities relevant to our aims. If you are interested in organizing a relevant event or seminar, please contact us with an outline proposal. We encourage you to think creatively about what ‘anthropology in action’ means and the sorts of participants that could be involved – for example, events could be mixed media and include participants who engage with anthropology but are not necessarily anthropologists.

Proposals will be considered by the editorial board of Anthropology in Action and the ASA Apply network convenors on the following basis:

  • The event is relevant to our aims and remit, with a focus on ‘engaged’ anthropology
  • The organisers will submit an event report to the journal for the issue following the event, in a format agreed with the editorial board.
  • The geographical location is open
  • The upper limit of funds to be applied for will be £300. A budget should be submitted to show how the money applied for will be spent.

The proposal must explain how the event will generate an article or special issue for the journal.

Proposals should be sent to me by the 30th of April 2014 to [email protected]

CfP (AAA 2014): Higher education policy

Wes Shumar and David Long, of the Committee on Anthropological Studies of Post Secondary Education, #3, invite you to consider submitting an abstract to:

Higher Education’s Walk of Shame: Dirty Money, Dirty Morals, and Loss of Intimacy

Please send abstracts to Wes Shumar and/or David Long at: [email protected] or [email protected]

Higher education in the United States and elsewhere has been heading down the road toward a crisis of legimation.  Defined by Habermas, referring to national governments, a legitimation crisis occurs when a government is no longer effectively able to carry out the duties of government within its charge, and begins to lose the confidence of the public.  If we stretch the concept of legimation to think about not just governments but state institutions as well, higher education has been moving toward just such a crisis.  From the post WW II era onward, the expansion of higher education was seen as good for the nation and good for individuals.  It helped produced enlightened citizens and leaders of industry.  For this public good, the state invested considerable resources into mass higher education around the developed world. Since the 1980s, states have been reducing their contribution to higher education and passing more of the costs on to students and families.

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AAA (2014): Final deadlines

Dear All: I am posting part of the latest message sent by Mary L Gray to all AAA Section Program Editors. Best wishes, Cris Shore

From Mary Gray:

Anyone listed as a potential Meeting presenter (for any submission type) MUST be registered (membership paid+meeting registration paid) by April 15. No exceptions.

What happens if someone is listed in a Meeting proposal and isn’t registered by April 15, you ask?

Anyone who has not registered will be automatically dropped from the system. Session proposals will go to Section reviewers without unregistered names attached to it. There are no exceptions to this rule (because we can’t add people to the system…they do it through the registration process). Session organizers need to hound listed participants for roundtables and panels to register or they’ll end up with a broken session that goes to Section Program Chairs for review and it will be weighed against proposals with a complete set of participants. AAA will reimburse anyone registered for a session that is not accepted to the program.

Note: next year, I plan to advocate that the AAA work with our conferencing software and membership management software to allow potential participants to register for the Meeting without having to pay until they’ve been accepted to the Meeting program. If you would like to see the Meeting registration process change, please ask your Sections to bring this issue to the SAEC so that the EB knows how you feel about this issue!

CfP (AAA 2014): Hierarchies and the future of anthropology

Panel: Old and new hierarchies and the future of the anthropological profession

Deadline for expression of interest 12th of April 2014:
Please send abstracts of up to 250 words to [email protected] and  [email protected]

Panel organizers: Aga Pasieka (Polish Academy of Sciences), and Mariya Ivancheva (Center for Advanced Study, Sofia)

This panel aims to discuss the manifold hierarchies that characterize the contemporary anthropology: anthropology understood as a discipline, a profession, as well as a specific methodology of knowledge production. Rather than reiterating the long-lasting debate about “the West and the Rest,” the panel seeks to highlight some fundamental features of the present-day anthropological practice, which are often covered up by – supposedly vanishing – disciplinary and geopolitical divisions.
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Call for participants (AAA 2014): Roundtable on policy across the discipline

Dear Colleagues:

This is a call for participants in a roundtable discussion for the 2014 AAA Meetings on the Production of Policy Across the Discipline, being co-organized by CoPAPIA and ASAP.  If you are interested in being considered for participation in the roundtable, please send an e-mail stating your current role and intended contribution to the roundtable to Marietta Baba at [email protected] no later than April 14, 2014.

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CfP (AAA 2014): “Model” urban policies

The Social Life of ‘Exemplary’: Everyday Realities of ‘Model’ Urban Policies

This panel explores the everyday experience of policy-making, and the celebration, emulation and diffusion of ‘exemplary models’ across boundaries. It aims to ethnographically engage the ways by which ‘exemplary’ interventions arise in and beyond expert imaginaries. We aim to focus our discussion upon  (but not limit ourselves to) settings in the Global South, allowing room for comparisons across various scales, sectors and institutional sites in international development, private-public philanthropy, social policy, and public health. Papers should be oriented to governance of urban spaces.
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CfP (AAA 2014): Ethnography of education policy & systems

Below is a working description of a proposed session on EDUCATION POLICY developed following discussions at the CAE meetings of 2012 and 2013 and the ASAP meeting of 2013. If you are interested in presenting as part of this session, please contact us via [email protected]Please share with others who may be interested.  We look forward to hearing from you.

Session proposal, AAA 2014, CAE and ASAP

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CfP (AAA 2014): Protest and resistance in Europe

Call for Papers: Protest and Resistance in an Era of Austerity: Lessons from Europe

The prolonged crisis of neoliberal capitalism in Europe has been marked by policies of austerity.  These include dramatic reductions in social safety nets; cutbacks in a broad range of entitlements; a decline in access to affordable healthcare services, education and housing; and a lessening of revenue for the development and maintenance of critical infrastructure.  At the same time, we have been witness to a significant rise in long-term unemployment, part-time and temporary work and informal labor and overall to an increasing privatization of the public sector as corporate power seeks new terrain in which to cultivate profit and accumulate capital, as David Harvey has observed.  This crisis has had manifold social, economic and political implications throughout the continent.  Among the most salient have been the formation of social movements across the political spectrum and the emergence of different forms of resistance.  This panel focuses on these responses to the crisis, theorizing their origins, illustrating their dimensions from an ethnographic perspective and considering the possible directions in which they may be leading.

If you are interested in participating in this panel, please contact Gerard Weber at [email protected].


CfP (AAA 2014): Civil servants/bureaucrats/agents

Hi all! I am co-organizing a session on civil servants/bureaucrats/state agents for the upcoming AAA (CfP below). If you might be interested in presenting, please send along a short abstract (50-100 words) to [email protected]. If you have any questions about the session, feel free to email me directly at [email protected].

Kelly McKowen
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