ASAP graduate paper prize

The Association for the Anthropology of Policy (ASAP) invites submissions for the 2017 Graduate Paper Prize.

ASAP awards a prize of $250 annually for the best graduate student paper on any aspect of the anthropology of policy and a condensed version of the winning paper will be published in the ASAP Anthropology News column and linked on the ASAP website.

Papers must be based upon substantial and original ethnographic fieldwork.  A committee of three ASAP board members will read and assess the papers based upon the originality and depth of their empirical research and their contribution to the field; organization, quality, and clarity of writing; the implications/ramifications of the policy and its implementation; and cogency of argument.

Manuscripts should be sent to Jennifer Hubbert ([email protected]) as MS Word files, double-spaced, with one file for the text itself (with author’s name removed) and another file for the cover page (see details below). The award winner will be notified in early fall, 2017.

General eligibility criteria:

  1. Students must be in a degree-granting program (including MA or PhD) at the time of their submission.
  2. Students must be members of ASAP.
  3. Paper must be the original work of the student and previously unpublished.
  4. Paper must have been written in the current 2016-2017 academic year (i.e., since August 2016)
  5. Limit of one submission per student; previous applicants may apply.

Manuscript format criteria:

  1. All manuscripts must be typed and double-spaced.
  2. Maximum length for the body of the text 7,000 words.
  3. All submissions must follow the standard anthropological format for citations, endnotes, and “References Cited” as outlined in the American Anthropologist style guide.
  4. Authors must include a title and an abstract of 250 words or less on the first page of the paper.
  5. The author’s name, mailing address, e-mail address, telephone number, university affiliation and academic status (MA or PhD) should appear typed on a cover sheet separate from the manuscript. The author’s name should not appear elsewhere on the manuscript.
  6. The paper must be submitted to Jennifer Hubbert by May 15, 2017. No late entries will be accepted and submissions will not be returned. Outside of the award itself, comments on the papers will not be provided to authors.
  7. Entries that do not conform to the above requirements will not be considered.

ASAP monthly update – February 2017

Notable this past month

ASAP and SUNTA are pursuing a joint focus on refugees. See the interim website at and a call for short articles for Anthropology News on how to maintain refuge under the current challenges: see link here

Two ASAP columns this past month have reviewed section activities for 2016 in general and in terms of sessions we held at the AAA annual meetings in Minneapolis.

You can always access ASAP AN columns on the “ASAP Forum” tab on our web page:

Coming up

Planning goes forward for sessions at the AAA meetings in Washington, D.C. this November. Calls for papers will appear periodically on the listserv and the web page.

Our next column in Anthropology News will be Cansu’s Civelek’s reflections on “Presidential Elections in Austria and the Rise of the Far Right.” It should appear in early March.

We are looking for people who would like to contribute as guest editors on our Instagram site and as guest correspondents for our Facebook page.

Instagram: Guest editors take over the account for 15 day periods – during which time they post photos from or evocative of their field sites. Photos are accompanied by short narratives variously describing the image, explaining a bigger issue the image evokes, or a direct quote from an informant. Wide latitude is given to contributors to use the platform as an expression of their work and the voices of their interlocutors.

Facebook: Your task: report in words, pictures, or both, on the intersection of anthropology and policy for a topic of your choice. Could be policy sessions at a professional meeting (e.g., SfAA), your ongoing research, or reports from the front lines on how such issues as refugees, borders, health care, and the very logic of public policy are being challenged today.

See Facebook and Instagram contacts below.

As always you can find us . . .

. . . on the web here 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]
Carol McLennan for the ASAP program in Washington at: [email protected]
Ted Powers and Judi Pajo regarding the ASAP column in AN at: [email protected] and [email protected]
Jason Scott for Facebook and Twitter at: [email protected]

Call for short articles: “Maintaining Refuge”

Call for Proposals—Maintaining Refuge

As the global increase in the number of refugees collides with the global increase in anti-refugee rhetoric, haven is becoming harder to find. Yet there are also efforts to maintain refuge as a basic humanitarian right and as a core cultural value of welcome in many religious and national traditions, including that of the United States. How do people maintain refuge? How can anthropologists assist in the conceptualization of refuge and in the mechanics of its provision?  We’re looking for proposals that examine issues shaping the lived experiences of refugees and those who work with them in different nations and regions as they try to maintain refuge in the face of the strong forces that are eroding it.  Specifically, we are interested in essays that speak to a range of topics, including policies that enable or deny refuge, needs and access to services such as health care, opportunities for employment or education after resettlement, community formation and citizenship, and the realities of mobile borders.

The refuge series will publish on the Anthropology News website and is sponsored by the AAA’s Association for the Anthropology of Policy (ASAP), the Society for Urban, National and Transnational/Global Anthropology (SUNTA), and the Committee on Refugees and Immigrants (CORI).

Final articles for the series will be 1,000–1,600 words, photo essays will consist of 8–10 high resolution images and a 600 word introductory essay.

Please submit your proposal for our refuge series by March 1st.

Send [email protected] a proposal that includes:

• A 250-word summary of the the main point of your article in a few sentences

• A 50- word author bio.