Catch-up postings: Publications, jobs, conferences

The following is a collation of postings, mostly from the
Denver AAA meeting. There will be additional detail
over the coming weeks on some of them.

The second volume in Stanford’s Anthropology of Policy series has now been released: Navigating Austerity: Currents of Debt along a South Asian River by Laura Bear. Details are at

Rebecca Warne Peters’ review of a previous ASAP roundtable on anthropology’s contribution to training in the policy sciences has now been published in PoLAR (38[2]: 356-364). It is available through AnthroSource and we are trying to obtain rights to post it directly on the ASAP web site since it has a very useful range of views on the topic.

EPIC conference: The 2016 meeting of EPIC will be held in Minneapolis from August 29 to September 1 in Minneapolis. EPIC is the premiere organization focusing on ethnography in business and thus is of particular relevance to the anthropology of policy. Information will be posted soon at Note that ASAP would be very interested in having some kind of conference report from this event to share with members.

IUAES conference: The three ASAP sessions at the International Union of Anthropology and Ethnological Sciences (next May in Dubrovnik, Croatia) have been formally approved. Additional paper submissions are possible. A separate note on that will go out in a week or so but general conference information is at

Job posting: The University of Michigan-Flint has a tenure track opening in anthropology which seems broad enough in focus to accommodate anth-of-policy approaches. Full information is at

Jobs in general:  Marietta Baba has pointed out that the  Department of Labor website for career and employment searches may be helpful to graduate students since several AAA members have contributed to its approach to anthropology. The website is:

Refugees: Given the interest in refugees at the Denver meeting, note that: (1) ASAP alone and in combination with SUNTA will have sessions on the topic at the next AAA meeting in Minneapolis; more details on the way in December. (2) The next meeting of the International Association for the Study of Forced Migration (IASFM) will be held on July 12-15, 2016 in Poznan, Poland (see details at Submission deadline is February 1, 2016. (3) Co-president elect David Haines’ Thanksgiving reflection on the American experience with refugees has just been released by the American Immigration Council (

A full report on ASAP activities at the Denver AAA meeting will appear in Anthropology News early in 2016.

Questions or comments on this posting to: [email protected]

New ASAP AN column: Drugs, Thugs, and Diplomats

To ASAP members and friends:

The latest ASAP column from Anthropology News is now online at the link below. This particular column is a book review by Janne Bjerre Christensen of Winifred Tate’s new book: Drugs, Thugs, and Diplomats. U.S. Policymaking in Colombia.

Note that column editors Judi Pajo and Ted Powers welcome suggestions for other books that might be of particular interest to ASAP members and friends. Contact them at  [email protected] or [email protected]

Denver AAA: Policy session on state legislatures

Dear Friends and Colleagues:

I am sending you information about a session I have organized with the AAA Committee on Public Policy which may be of interest to some of you.

See you soon in the Mile High City!  We will be joined at this session by Representative Jonathan Singer (District 11), who is a member of the Colorado State Legislature.


Session: FROM RESEARCH TO POLICY BRIEF: WORKING WITH STATE LEGISLATURES – Friday, November 20, 8:00 to 9:45 a.m.
Mile High 4A (Colorado Convention Center)

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

AAA task force report on Israel-Palestine

Dear ASAP Members and Friends,

We have been asked to pass along the report of the AAA Task Force on Israel-Palestine.  It is here:

Please note that our sending it is not an endorsement (or lack thereof) of any position regarding this issue.  ASAP as an organization does not take a position on any policy issues, except those that pertain directly to our members as anthropologists.  Our mission statement reads in part: “ASAP’s goal is to… further the development of a systematic body of research in the anthropology of policy. ASAP does not seek to ‘take action’ on policy issues (although some of its members might be so engaged as individuals) but, rather, to strengthen the contributions of the anthropology of policy to anthropology more generally and to interdisciplinary theory on policy.”  Please see for our complete statement.

I hope this is helpful, and I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at the AAA Annual Meeting in Denver!

Best regards,

Janine Wedel
President, Association for the Anthropology of Policy (ASAP)
University Professor, School of Policy, Government, & International Affairs, George Mason University
[email protected]