ASAP at Dubrovnik: Call for papers on policy in the semi-periphery

Translating Policy in the Semi-Periphery: Cases, Comparisons, and Concepts

Panel for the Inter Congress of the International Association of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences.
Dubrovnik, Croatia; May 4 – 9, 2016.


There is still a lack of critical work on how policies are written, translated,and performed in the semi-periphery, particularly in Southeastern Europe. The concept of the ‘semi-periphery’ taken from Blagojević (2009), addresses how some regions may become enrolled in a paradox of ‘too much’ and ‘too little’ social change, modernising in perverse conditions, constructed as a ‘semi-Other’ in relation to an imagined ‘West’. Understanding policy as a form of translation and as an assemblage of elements located in unequal power positions (cf. Clarke et al, 2015), is central to a new anthropology of policy. A translation lens includes much more than a study of words and their meanings across space, time and languages, focusing on both the emotional and performative aspects of policy. The panel explores to what extent the everyday life of policy, as it moves, may be qualitatively different in the ‘semi-periphery’ compared to other spaces.

Call for Papers

On behalf of the Association for the Anthropology of Policy, we invite studies which address the movement, everyday life, and work of policy in and across diverse fields or domains including, but not limited to: social welfare policy, educational policy, environmental policy, urban policy, criminal justice policy, and economic policy. We are particularly interested in the co-production of policy by politicians, policy makers, non-state actors, front-line workers and those whose lives are shaped by policies in different ways, as well as the paradoxical movements between ‘the political’ and ‘the technical’, and ‘the international’ and ‘the local’.

If you would like to participate, please contact either or both of us giving us an idea of your proposed topic: Paul Stubbs, The Institute of Economics, Zagreb, Croatia and Čarna Brković, Graduate School of East and Southeast European Studies, Regensburg, Germany —  [email protected] and [email protected]

Full conference information is available at:

Job announcement: Public policy


Here is a very cool public policy job opening at my alma mater, the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.  It would be great to see an anthropologist in this position! Here is a link with the relevant information:

See (many of) you in Denver!  And, please circulate this job ad in your own circles.


Susan B. Hyatt, IUPUI, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Department Chair
Cavanaugh 413, 425 University Blvd., Indianapolis, IN 46202
317.278.4548; [email protected]

Book announcement: “Figuration Work”

ASAP is glad to note another recent member publication: Gritt Nielsen’s  “Figuration Work – Student Participation, Democracy and University Reform in a Global Knowledge Economy.”

Her book draws on both the anthropology of policy and the work by feminist thinkers on “figures/figuration,” thus offering a new way of conceptualizing large-scale processes of transformation. She provides a rare ethnographic portrait of university reform, including  addressing students’ shifting room for participation in their own education, in the development and governance of their university, and in the shaping of the larger society

See the publisher’s web site for more detailed information. Note that there is a 50 percent discount until the end of September by using discount code NIE718.

ASAP at Dubrovnik: Call for papers on migration

The following provides more detail on the migration-related panel ASAP is organizing for the IUAES meeting next year in Croatia.


Cross-Regional Comparison of Migration/Displacement Policy Regimes:
East Asia, Europe, and North America

Panel for the Inter Congress of the International Association of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences. Dubrovnik, Croatia; May 4 – 9, 2016.

Continue reading

Job announcement: Women/Gender/Public Policy

Apologies for any cross-posting, but this may be of special interest to ASAP members and friends.

The Humphrey School seeks to hire an advanced Associate or Full Professor whose research, scholarship, academic leadership and service focus broadly on Women, Gender and Public Policy.  This faculty position includes leadership of the Humphrey School’s Center on Women, Gender and Public Policy ( so significant experience related to institution-building is expected.  The successful applicant will possess an outstanding record of scholarship focused on gender and (among others) feminist theory, critical race theory, intersectionality, governance, social movements, economic development, wealth, work, or violence.  Areas of specialty may be domestic and/or international; engagement with public policy issues is desirable.

A full description of the position is available online at;

Information provided by Greta Friedemann-Sánchez, Ph.D. ([email protected]), Associate Professor, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota

Book announcement: “Standing in the Need”

ASAP is glad to note a new book by member Kate Brown. Her book, Standing in the Need: Culture, Comfort, and Coming Home After Katrina is the story of a 155-member African American family rooted to the bayou and their nine-year ordeal to get their lives back in order. The narrative addresses a broad range of issues, including: dealing with loss, bureaucracy, big families, food, the black church, black dialect, culture gaps between recovery helpers and those hurt, ideas for enhancing group resilience, reducing suffering, and speeding recovery.

Reviews and a 33% discount for direct purchase from the University of Texas press are at:

For additional background, see the following from the New Orleans Advocate:

Kate Browne is professor of anthropology at Colorado State University. Her website is: