ASAP Graduate Paper Prize: Submission by June 15, 2019

The Association for the Anthropology of Policy Graduate Paper Prize

The Association for the Anthropology of Policy (ASAP) invites submissions for the 2019 Graduate Paper Prize.

ASAP awards a prize of $250 annually for the best graduate student paper on any aspect of the anthropology of policy. 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. Please note: papers should directly address the anthropology of policy rather than merely policy per se.

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 the fall of 2019.

General eligibility criteria:

  1. Students must be in a degree-granting program (including MA or PhD) at the time of their submission.
  2. Paper must be the original work of the student and previously unpublished.
  3. Paper must have been written in the current 2018-2019 academic year (i.e., since August 2018).
  4. 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 June 15, 2019. 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.

New ASAP column available

The latest ASAP newsletter column is now available. See link in the description.

Notes from the Section Leadership: ASAP in Review and Prospect
By Carol MacLennan and Paul Stubbs (ASAP Co-Presidents)
Originally: Anthropology News Online (March 6, 2019)
Temporary link is here

Provides a review of ASAP by the two incoming co-presidents.

“Our finances remain strong, and we have a healthy surplus that we will put to good use in widening ASAP’s activities and, in particular, supporting graduate students, early career scholars, and attracting those outside academia and those working in disciplines in dialogue with the anthropology of policy to come to the AAA Annual Meeting.”

“In the future, we will continue to expand the activities of ASAP and use every opportunity to reflect on the state of the art of the anthropology of policy, some twenty years after it emerged as a branch of the discipline through the pioneering edited collection by Chris Shore and Susan Wright.”

Call for papers: Techno-optimism and its social overflows

For AAA/CASCA in Vancouver

Organizers: Georgia Hartman (Pitzer College), Alex J.S. Lee (Rice University),  Liza Youngling (DePaul University)

This panel is concerned with the ways in which manifold technologies harness, obscure, and reformulate human sociality. We understand technology as both the material application of scientific knowledge and as the application of technique. Data-driven digital technologies obscure the sociality of taste, value, service, and more. Zillow’s “zestimate” for example, makes the interpretative, context-driven work of property valuation appear as an objective and calculable process. Crowd-sourced technologies such as blockchain promise to facilitate public trust in record keeping for functions heretofore in the domain of the state such as election certification and cadastral maintenance. In so doing, blockchain harnesses social interactions, reformulating them into quantifiable and objective fact. Centralized technologies of care invert this formula, reifying authentic social interactions and obscuring the standardized, programmed elements of care work so as to appear as genuine human interaction. In-flight service, for example–embodied in the customer service techniques of flight attendants, and in the space and materiality of the cabin–is carefully curated the present an “appropriately” gendered, racialized, and classed experience.

Against the backdrop of such empirically grounded and theoretically informed examples, this panel asks the following: How might technologies make use of and simultaneously transform social relationships? How do technologies add value or allow for the extraction of value? What categories of difference, such as gender, class, or geography, do technologies obscure and legitimize? Finally, how does techno-optimism quell anxieties over efficiency, transparency, authenticity, and accuracy even as it reinforces these metrics?

Please submit paper abstracts to [email protected], [email protected], and [email protected] by March 31.

Call for papers: Anthropology and social work

Dear all,

Ann Marie Leshkowich and I are organizing a panel for the upcoming CASCA/AAA meetings in Vancouver on new anthropological engagements with social work (see CfP below). Abstracts welcome, deadline 25 March.
Very best, also on behalf of Ann Marie, 
Anouk de Koning

Assembling Social Worlds: Anthropological Engagements with Social Work
CfP for the CASCA/AAA Annual Meeting, Vancouver, November 20-24, 2019
Conveners: Anouk de Koning (Radboud University) and Ann Marie Leshkowich (College of the Holy Cross)
This panel seeks to explore new avenues in anthropological studies of social work beyond the more usual focus on how social workers combine empowerment and governance, care and control. We propose to envisage social workers as experts who assemble social worlds and help create forms of personhood. Social work practices provide us with access points to the configuration of social worlds in locally embedded, material ways that are conversant with transnationally circulating forms of social work and therapeutic knowledge and practice. This panel invites contributions that elaborate, through concrete case studies, social work as world making, not only in the European and the US contexts in which the profession originated, but also in diverse sites around the globe.

Contributions could address the following sets of questions:

  • How do social workers conceive of the social world on which they act, and how do they understand their ability to act on it?
  • How do social workers help create conceptions of personhood? On what kinds of understanding of individuals and society do these conceptions of personhood draw?
  • What technologies, including documentation and infrastructure, do social workers use to create and enact these social worlds and forms of personhood?
  • What do we gain from an understanding of social work as affective labor, for instance in terms of the classed and gendered nature of social work, or in the kinds of relations it creates in and through its practices?
  • What kinds of ethics of care and responsibility infuse social work, and how do these relate to the power dynamics that are often central to the governmental tasks of social work? 
  • How can we understand the globalization of social work, including concurrent politics of knowledge related to indigenizing social work?

Please send abstracts of proposed contributions to [email protected] and [email protected] by March 25 2019, at the latest. 

Anouk de Koning | Department of Anthropology and Development Studies | Radboud University, Nijmegen
Spinoza Building, SPA 04.18 | +31 24 361 6277 |
PI Reproducing Europe project ­| Chair of the Dutch Anthropological Association (Antropologen Beroepsvereniging)

Call for papers: Migrant health

AAA 2019: Changing Climates: Struggle, Collaboration, and Justice/Changer d’air: Lutte, collaboration et justice

Panel Proposal: Precarious Policies: Migrant Health in Times of Crisis and Rising Xenophobia

Organizers: MPAAC Public Policy & Association for the Anthropology of Policy

The global rise in illiberal migration policies and xenophobic rhetoric has brought about significant public policy, humanitarian, and human rights challenges. Yet, conceptual and methodological gaps continue to exist in the study of the policyscapes of migrant health. This has limited analysis of how migration processes create differential risks for migrants at different stages of mobility and settlement and intersecting inequalities, resulting in exclusionary policies and institutional responses.

As debates on global health governance and global migration expand and begin to converge in different policy spheres, there is a growing imperative for anthropologists to engage in dialogue to align priorities and coordinate responses to migration across regions. Anthropological work that addresses the complexities of circular migration and migrants’ vulnerabilities and agency have the potential to move policy dialogues on migration and health beyond narrow public health interventions and protectionist policies.

This co-sponsored roundtable creates a platform for those engaged in migration and health scholarship and policy responses to share insights from both global North/South. We hope to draw on the collective experiences of prior and ongoing research projects, networks, and collaborations to examine what is known about migrant health and care, and policy discussions on health and social protections. The roundtable represents an opportunity to develop research capacities, amplify methodological and empirical understandings, and engender scholarship and policy around migration, mobility, and health.

We welcome contributions focused on health and social care of migrants within policy dialogues on migration around one or more of the following questions:

(1)  What do we understand and know about migration and health and what crucial gaps remain global/regional/national migration and health research? How can research link with policy makers/policy community and communities of practice?

(2)  What political and ethical questions does researching migrants raise for anthropologists, advocates, and policy makers?

(3)  What methodological and conceptual interventions are/will be required to chart migration and health policyscapes?

(4)  How have engagements with policy moved beyond scholarship to critically engage in migration and health advocacy work through active participation in community and grassroot coalitions, local and national health and immigration initiatives, and interdisciplinary collaborations within and beyond the academy to curb repression and prevent the systematic targeting of particular marginalized groups?

(5)  How does migration and health advocacy and activism underscore incipient political, economic, and cultural dynamics that may prove influential for future generations of anthropologists involved with policy?

(6)  How have anthropologists and non-anthropologists engaged with the visions and the values promoted in future-oriented migration and health policies in their research and advocacy work- conceptually, empirically, practically?

If you are interested in participating in the round table, please contact Thurka Sangaramoorthy- [email protected] and Katherine Lambert-Pennington [email protected].


ASAP monthly update: March 2019

ASAP Monthly Update for March 2019
Look out for the forthcoming Anthropology News column, “Note from Section Leadership: ASAP in Review and Prospect” authored by Carol MacLennan and Paul Stubbs.

Submissions for the 2019 AAA/CASCA Annual Meeting in Vancouver, “Changing Climates: Struggle, Collaboration, and Justice” are now being accepted. Does your proposed paper, panel, or roundtable touch on issues of policy? Consider submitting your proposal for sponsorship by the Association for the Anthropology of Policy. We are also happy to circulate CFPs dealing with policy (defined broadly) via the ASAP listserv. Note that the submission deadlines are a bit different this year. All proposals must be started on the online portal by April 5 and must be finalized and submitted by April 10. 

As always you can find us . . .
. . . on the web 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/Facebook/Twitter at: [email protected]
– Ted Powers for ASAP columns in AN at: [email protected]