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