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.

Funding opportunity: Conflict and collaboration

Development in Transition and Conflict Societies: Effective Use of Collaborative Methods in International Development

Competition funding: $5,000 prize for best teaching case and $1,000 honorable mention prizes

The Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University announces a new E-PARCC competition, The Glendal E. and Alice D. Wright Prize Fund for Conflict and Collaboration Case Studies in International Development.  The international development community has faced significant political, economic, social, and environmental challenges over the past decades to improve the quality of public services and the lives of people in the transition and conflict countries in the developing world. These challenges have been addressed through such world-wide programs reflected in the MDGs, SDGs, and any number of global efforts to achieve these development goals. While there are improvements resulting from these development programs, there is still much work to be done to eradicate poverty and improve the livelihoods of people in these countries.

Learning approaches that emphasize participatory, collaborative, and conflict-sensitive strategies and skills have been found to be effective for enhancing public policy and managerial capacities in developing and transition societies. Such learning, however, often depends on having relevant case materials that address situation-specific requirements of diverse audiences. There is a critical shortage of such teaching cases. E-PARCC is an on-line collection of interactive materials for the teaching of collaborative governance, written by top scholars and practitioners.  This special E-PARCC competition aims to expand the present knowledge base of relevant case studies, drawing on the experiences of international development academics, researchers, and practitioners.

Entries for this special competition should focus on collaborative methods in the following areas of development management in transition and conflict countries:

· Identification of public policy issues and methods of developing and implementing solutions to these problems

· Innovative management approaches to improve the delivery of public services

· Innovations in the design, implementation, and evaluation of international development programs

· Application of participatory and consensus building methods that overcome societal divisions

· Methods of improving open, transparent and accountable governments through advocacy and actions by civil society   organizations

The competition is open to academics, researchers, and practitioners that are or have been actively involved in development projects through international multilateral and bilateral donor organizations, national and local governments in transition and conflict countries, and international and national civil society organizations.

Submission Requirements: Case studies should be approximately 15-25 type-written pages (double-spaced).  All entries must include a teaching note.  Selection of the winners will be made by a committee of scholars and practitioners.  All cases must be original and not yet published elsewhere.  Winning cases are published online and downloadable free of charge on E-PARCC at: Full credit is given to authors. To enter, submit original teaching case studies and teaching simulations no later than March 1, 2018.  All entries should be submitted electronically to [email protected].

Call for papers: Anth of business ethics

Ethics and ethical policies have become an integral part of organizational life. If you are an anthropologist of policy interested in this area, please consider contributing to this collection.

For an edited book in the Berghahn series Anthropology at Work, we are looking for additional contributors who would like to write about issues of business ethics or organizational ethics. The proposed volume will consist of ethnographic studies of ethical practices, discourses, or dilemmas in either the private business sector or in the work-life of organizations (public agencies/NGOs) (i.e., NOT on research/fieldwork ethics). The collection will undergo peer-review. Suggested topics could focus on issues such as ethical practices inside businesses/organizations, the ethics of organizations in society, how employees or organizations deal with ethical dilemmas, ethics training of employees, ethical management, ethical entrepreneurship, management of scandal, dealing with ‘bad apples’ inside the organization, ethical relations with clients, customers, third parties, target groups, etc. Articles could also incorporate recent discussions on Moral Anthropology.

For two examples of the anthropology of business ethics, see the collection in theJournal of Business Anthropology (special issue on business ethics), vol. 16 (3), 2016; or Dolan and Rajak’s edited volume The Anthropology of Corporate Social Responsibility (which overlaps with business ethics). If you have an idea for an article for our prospective volume, please send any queries, title and abstract to the volume editor, Steven Sampson, Lund University, at [email protected]

Positions open in ASAP for 2018

Dear ASAP members,

We hope your 2018 is off to a good start!

At ASAP, we have several positions opening up this year.

In terms of formal elections, we need to fill two positions:

1. An officer-at-large whose duties are not formally prescribed but who has been involved especially in mentoring and awards. The term is for three years.

2. Two co-presidents-elect who have responsibility for most of ASAP activities at the AAA meetings. The term is for two years, followed by two years as co-presidents, and then two years as past-presidents.

If you have a potential interest in any of these, please contact Janine Wedel ([email protected]) who, as past-president, chairs the nominations committee. Note that the co-president-elects work as a team, and the ASAP goal is to match two people who represent different world regions and who have complementary background and skills.

>>>>>  Please contact her by Friday January 26.

We also have several appointed board positions that will also become available this year:

1. A web manager, who can work in tandem with our current Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter managers. The web is maintained in Word Press and you can review it at

2. An overall communications committee chair

3. An education committee chair

If you have interest in any of those, please contact David Haines, co-president, at [email protected]. There is no formal deadline on these positions, but the sooner the better!

We would also be grateful to have additional people involved informally in our committees on media, education, and member outreach. We are particularly interested this year in ways to branch out beyond the AAA. If you have interest in any of those areas, also contact David ([email protected]).

Best regards,

Janine Wedel, Past President
Cris Shore, Co-President
David Haines, Co-President