ASAP at Dubrovnik: Call for papers on policy in the semi-periphery

Translating Policy in the Semi-Periphery: Cases, Comparisons, and Concepts

Panel for the Inter Congress of the International Association of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences.
Dubrovnik, Croatia; May 4 – 9, 2016.


There is still a lack of critical work on how policies are written, translated,and performed in the semi-periphery, particularly in Southeastern Europe. The concept of the ‘semi-periphery’ taken from Blagojević (2009), addresses how some regions may become enrolled in a paradox of ‘too much’ and ‘too little’ social change, modernising in perverse conditions, constructed as a ‘semi-Other’ in relation to an imagined ‘West’. Understanding policy as a form of translation and as an assemblage of elements located in unequal power positions (cf. Clarke et al, 2015), is central to a new anthropology of policy. A translation lens includes much more than a study of words and their meanings across space, time and languages, focusing on both the emotional and performative aspects of policy. The panel explores to what extent the everyday life of policy, as it moves, may be qualitatively different in the ‘semi-periphery’ compared to other spaces.

Call for Papers

On behalf of the Association for the Anthropology of Policy, we invite studies which address the movement, everyday life, and work of policy in and across diverse fields or domains including, but not limited to: social welfare policy, educational policy, environmental policy, urban policy, criminal justice policy, and economic policy. We are particularly interested in the co-production of policy by politicians, policy makers, non-state actors, front-line workers and those whose lives are shaped by policies in different ways, as well as the paradoxical movements between ‘the political’ and ‘the technical’, and ‘the international’ and ‘the local’.

If you would like to participate, please contact either or both of us giving us an idea of your proposed topic: Paul Stubbs, The Institute of Economics, Zagreb, Croatia and Čarna Brković, Graduate School of East and Southeast European Studies, Regensburg, Germany —  [email protected] and [email protected]

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