AAA in San Jose: Mentoring session

Student and Emergent Scholar Mentoring Session
Association for the Anthropology of Policy (ASAP)

American Anthropological Association, San Jose
Thursday, November 15, 2018
10:15 AM – 12:00 PM

Call for Participants

Dear All,

My name is Cansu Civelek, I am a Ph.D. student at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, in the University of Vienna and I am the student representative of the Association for the Anthropology of Policy (ASAP). ASAP will again be organizing a “Student and Emergent Scholar Mentoring Session” at the American Anthropological Association’s meeting in San Jose (Thursday, November 15, 2018, 10:15 AM – 12:00 PM), which will bring together students/emergent scholars and senior anthropologists.

The aim of the mentoring session is to create a platform for students to discuss their anthropological policy research/ideas with senior scholars. Topics will cover methodological, ethical, and practical aspects of anthropological policy research. The mentoring session will be in a world café format. Small groups of students (5 to 7 students) will meet a senior scholar to discuss thematic, methodological, and conceptual tissues, during which students can raise questions and problems regarding their anthropological policy research. The mentoring session includes, but is not limited to, the following topics:

–       Research design and research questions in the anthropology of policy
–       Why do we study policies?
–       Methodological issues and concerns of the anthropology of policy
–       Anthropology of policy’s intersection with other anthropological
subfields, disciplines, and non-academic circles
–       Ethical concerns

For participation at the mentoring session, please send an e-mail to [email protected] and mention which topic above would be of most interest, or suggest other topics you would like to discuss.

Below you can see the abstract of the session. For questions and comments, please e-mail to [email protected]

Please circulate the call for participants at your institutes and other relevant circles.


Session Abstract

This session will bring together senior anthropologists and graduate students/recent PhDs to discuss the ethical, methodological, and practical aspects of conducting anthropological policy research. We also seek to identify potential ways ASAP can continue to support the professional development of emerging scholars with networking and potential collaboration opportunities. During the session, participants will be matched with a mentor based on research interests and/or requested conversation topics. Mentors from ASAP’s scholar network and officers will volunteer to lead roundtable discussions on critical issues for conducting policy research.

Organizer: Cansu Civelek

ASAP monthly update: September 2018

Recently

ASAP has reviewed and selected the winner of the annual graduate paper prize. The submissions were strong this year, and the committee also decided to award an honorable mention. The award presentation will be at the annual ASAP business meeting in San Jose.

Coming up

More information will be coming up on the AAA meetings in San Jose. But do note that the ASAP business meeting will be on Friday,  from 7:45 – 9:15 in the evening. The time is definitely not of our choosing — but come anyway! If you have any items you would like discussed, send them to Co-President David Haines at [email protected] .

ASAP will soon be starting our version of the “I am AAA” series. They will appear occasionally on Instagram and Facebook, and the whole set eventually will go to the listserv and web. If you see anything that encourages you to also do one of these, contact Georgia Hartman at [email protected]

The next ASAP column in Anthropology News will be a general assessment of the anthropology of policy and how it is evolving, written by Ted Powers, one of our column editors. Also note that we are glad to discuss possible ASAP columns with any of you. Just contact Ted and our other editor Judi Pajo. Their email addresses are [email protected] and [email protected]

As always you can find us . . .

. . . on the web at www.anthofpolicy.org
. . . 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]
– Judi Pajo and Ted Powers for ASAP columns in AN at: [email protected] and [email protected]
– Jason Scott for Facebook and Twitter at: [email protected]
– Paul Stubbs for the ASAP program at the 2018 AAA in San Jose: [email protected]

Call for papers: Contested sovereignties

CFP: International Europeanists Conference
Sovereignties in Contention: Nations, Regions, and Citizens in Europe

June 20-22, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain
The European Culture Research Network [ECRN] of The Council for European Studies

https://councilforeuropeanstudies.org/conferences/upcoming-conferences/2019-conference

Panel Organizers & Chairs:
Brenna McCaffrey, PhD Student, Cultural Anthropology, CUNY Graduate Center
Joanna Mishtal, PhD, Associate Professor, University of Central Florida

Panel Title: “Contested Sovereignty and Reproductive Governance in Europe”

Panel Abstract:

In keeping with the conference focus on shifting forms of sovereignty, this panel focuses on the contested domain of reproductive politics as a form of governance that engages with issues such as population, nation, citizens, race/ethnicity, care, and reproduction. The concept of reproductive governance refers to “the mechanisms through which different historical configurations of actors – such as state, religious, and international financial institutions, NGOs, and social movements – use legislative controls, economic inducements, moral injunctions, direct coercion, and ethical incitements to produce, monitor, and control reproductive behaviours and population practices” (Roberts and Morgan 2012:241). Examining changing laws, biomedical practices, activist strategies, pharmaceutical licensing, and public discourses around reproductive healthcare can help illuminate co-occuring shifts in the logics of sovereignty within the European Union and European nation-states. At the same time, feminist arguments for increased bodily autonomy and human rights claims have come into conflict with healthcare systems and legal regimes governing abortion and areas of family planning. The role of the Church is also in flux, controlling certain moral arguments and legitimating conscientious objection clauses in medicine, while declining in moral and political influence as an institution in other contexts. Crucially, reproductive practices in Europe today often resists national boundaries, and thereby defy the sovereignty of national policies. This is especially evident in abortion care, as people are increasingly either travelling across borders to seek services, or sending the abortion pill across borders, to get around barriers to access such as waiting periods and a lack of health providers. This panel will take up the lens of reproductive governance to analyze how reproductive politics are an integral part of contesting and making boundaries and sovereignty in Europe today.

This panel will consist of 5 paper presentations, and comments provided by a Chair and a Discussant. We invite abstract submission for papers from across disciplines and European regions which examine questions of governance and sovereignty in the context of reproductive policies, politics, practices, experiences, or discourses. Papers may be single country studies, comparative, or transnational.

Deadlines & Abstract Submission:

Abstract submissions due to session organizers by: September 26, 2018.
Abstract selection completed and email notifications sent to authors by September 30, 2018.
Session submission (completed by organizers) by October 5, 2018.

Please submit a 250-word abstract and paper title along with your name, title, institutional affiliation, rank, and e-mail address for all presenting and non-presenting authors to [email protected] and [email protected].

Note: You do not have to become a CES member in order to submit an abstract or participate in CES conference, once the session is accepted.  However, CES members pay a discounted rate for Conference registration, which is required of all paper presenters. Please see CES website for more information about the conference: https://councilforeuropeanstudies.org/conferences/upcoming-conferences/2019-conference