ASAP/AN column: Preview of ASAP panels at the AAA

The latest ASAP Anthropology News column is now available on line at:

http://www.anthropology-news.org/index.php/2017/11/01/policy-matters/

The column is a review by Ted Powers of the ASAP panels that will be held at the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association in Washington, D.C. Note that a list of the panels is also available as a previous ASAP post, the durable link for which is:

http://asap.americananthro.org/asap-sessions-at-the-aaa-meeting-in-washington-d-c/

APLA off-site event at AAA in Washington

Dear ASAP members and friends,

I am reaching out to ask you to let you know about an offsite event in Washington that may be of interest. This year, APLA (Association for Political and Legal Anthropology) is holding a cocktail reception and roundtable discussion at Busboys & Poets, 14th and V location, 2021 14th St NW. It will be Thursday, November 30, at 7.45 pm. The event is called “Speaking Justice to Power: Anthropology Responds to the New World Disorder.”

Our roundtable discussion special guests are Orisanmi Burton, Laura Nader, Ayşe Parla, and Sara Shneiderman. Full details are available at:  https://wp.me/p1SS1c-1o4.

All the best,
Jennifer Curtis
Webmaster, Association for Political and Legal Anthropology

Joint SMA – ASAP session at AAA meeting in Washington

Become a Change Agent: Lessons from Experts Offered at Annual Meeting

November 30: 6:30-8:15
Omni Shoreham Hotel
Ambassador Ballroom

Want to influence public policy that shapes the health and wellbeing in the U.S. and elsewhere? Interested in learning about techniques that can impact how policy gets developed and implemented, or want to further hone your own advocacy skills? Going to the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association this year?

If so, please join the Society of Medical Anthropology (SMA) and the Association for the Anthropology of Policy (ASAP) for a co-hosted mentoring event on Thursday, November 30th between 6:30 pm and 8:15 pm. The event will be held in the Ambassador Ballroom of the Omni Shoreham Hotel and will include free yummy snacks, a cash bar, and two prominent speakers! This event (“How to Have an Impact on Health Policy: Lessons from Experts”) will focus on how we, as anthropologists, can be successful health policy advocates and change agents, focusing on the pragmatics of advocating for health policy by writing effectively for various media, collaborating with community organizations, and taking part in legislative processes.

The first speaker is Kathy Mulvey of the Climate and Energy Team at the Union of Concerned Scientists. For more than a quarter century, Kathy has worked in the trenches with researchers on policy analysis, campaigning, and legislative activity on a wide range of corporate accountability, environmental, and public health issues.

The second speaker is Ted Miller, a nationally-renowned economist and leading expert on injury and violence in the U.S. The author of over 250 publications, Ted will share his tried-and-true tips for engaging both media and policymakers on some of the most pressing social and health matters of our day, such as gun control.

Together, Kathy and Ted will school us how we can play a role in framing, enacting, and evaluating of health policy. After we hear from the speakers, audience participants will split up into expert-facilitated groups to brainstorm how to best implement these practices and troubleshoot their own ongoing efforts. If you are interested in hands-on help, feel free to bring any of your own advocacy materials (e.g., op-eds, policy briefs) for on-site input. This is one mentoring event not to be missed!

ASAP sessions at the AAA meeting in Washington, D.C.

ASAP Events  – AAA Washington DC
November 30 – December 3, 2017

Note to all:

Below is a list of ASAP sessions for the forthcoming AAA meeting, compiled by Carol MacLennan. We will be providing more detailed information later, but this will give you a head start. As you will see, there is some very unfortunate cross-scheduling.

Thursday, November 30

10:15 am – 12:00 pm
(3-0295) Future Matters: Anticipatory Knowledge and Scenario-Modeling
Christina Garsten, Stockholm University

10:15 am – 12:00 pm
(3-0495) Policing the Dead
Heidi Bauer-Clapp, U Mass, Amherst
Adam Zimmer, U Mass, Amherst

10:15 am – 12:15 pm
(3-410) The Academy and the Future of Freedom to Dissent (Roundtable)
Tracey Heatherington, U Wisconsin, Milwaukee
Jon Mitchell, U Sussex

12:15 – 1:30 pm
(3-0600) ASAP Executive Board Meeting

2:00 – 3:45 pm
(3-0915) How “Anthropology Matters” for Science (Roundtable)
Robert O’Malley, AAAS

2:00 – 3:45 pm
(3-0885) In Matters of Peace, Security, and Foreign Policy: Anthropological Engagement and the Power Elite
Elizabeth Hallowell, AFSC
Negar Razavi, U Penn

2:00-3:45 pm
(3-0880) Maintaining Refuge, Remaining Human (Roundtable)
Jane Howell, CSU Long Beach
David Haines, George Mason

4:15 – 6:00 pm
(3-1050) Intersections of Truth and Violence 
Natasha Zaretsky, Rutgers
Invited Session, Cosponsored with APLA

6:30 – 8:15 pm
(3-1510) ASAP Mentoring for Graduate Students and Emergent Scholars
Fayana Richards, Michigan State U  (organizer)
Mentoring Session

6:30 – 8:15 pm
(3-1505) How to Have an Impact on Health Policy: Lessons from Experts on Putting Anthropology into Action
Jennifer Hubbert, Lewis & Clark (organizer)
Mentoring Session, Co-Sponsored with SMA

Friday, December 1

8:00 – 9:45 am
(4-0140) Anthropological Approaches to Violence and Policy
Ventura Perez, U Mass, Amherst

8:00 – 9:45 am
(4-0155) The Effects of Recent Changes in National and International Governments and Policies on Refugee Experiences in Host Countries
Kelly Yotebieng, Ohio State U
Russell Manzano, U South Florida
Invited Session, Co-Sponsored with SUNTA

12:15 – 1:30 pm
(4-0585) ASAP Business Meeting

2:00 – 3:45 pm
(4-1010) Beyond Snowden: The Anthropology of Whistleblowing
Steven Sampson, Lund U
Cris Shore, U Auckland
Invited Session, Co-Sponsored with APLA

2:00 – 3:45 pm
(4-0870) Policy Times and the Temporalities of Policy
Paul Stubbs, Institute of Econ, Zagreb
Noemi Lendvai, U Bristol

2:00 – 3:45 pm
(4-0875) Rollback, Repeal, and Retrenchments: Anthropology and the Dismantling of Public Policy in the United States
Heide Castaneda, U South Florida
Jessica Mulligan, Providence College

Saturday, December 2

8:00 – 9:45 am
(5-0220) Screen-level Bureaucracy: Organizational Encounters in the Digitized and Automated World
Kelly McKowen, Princeton

10:15 am – 12:00 pm
(5-0560) Behind Policy: Societal Influences
Lilian Milanes, U Kentucky (chair; organized individual papers by C. MacLennan)

Sunday, December 3

8:00- 9:00 am
(6-0093) Readers Meet Authors:  Challenging the Prevailing Paradigm for Displacement and Resettlement: Implications for Social Policy and Legal Normative Frameworks (Roundtable)
Michael Cernea

10:15 am – 12:00 pm
(6-0310) Medical Anthropology in the Trump Era: Transitional Engagement, Activism, and Resistance beyond Academic Frontiers
Thurka Sangaramoorthy, U Maryland, College Park
Invited Session, Co-Sponsored with SMA

ASAP monthly update — September 2017

Notable recently

The latest ASAP column for Anthropology News has just been published: “In the Loop and Off the Record” by Negar Razavi. It is a condensed version of last year’s ASAP graduate student paper prize.

http://www.anthropology-news.org/index.php/2017/09/19/in-the-loop-and-off-the-record

Coming up

The next Instagram guest contributor will be Eric Cheng. If you miss the daily posts, you can still find the full set at @anthofpolicy. Note that we are always glad to add additional Instagram guest editors — basically an arrangement to do a series of six to eight photos and captions over about a two week period. If you are interested, please contact Georgia Hartman at: [email protected]

ASAP will have the following four invited sessions for the AAA meetings in Washington this fall:

(1) Medical Anthropology in the Trump Era, co-sponsored with the Society for Medical Anthropology (SMA)
(2) The Effects of Recent Changes in National and International Governments on Refugee Experiences in Host Countries, co-sponsored with the Society for Urban, National, and Transnational/Global Anthropology (SUNTA)
(3) Beyond Snowden: The Anthropology of Whistleblowing, co-sponsored with the Association for Political and Legal Anthropology (APLA)
(4) Intersections of Truth and Violence, also co-sponsored with APLA

More detail on these and our other sessions will be circulated on the this list, with additional material on Facebook, beginning about October 1.

ASAP’s work with SUNTA on refugees continues. A collection of about twenty essays on maintaining refuge is in final production for both web and print. Expected publication is October or November.

As always you can find us . . .

. . . on the web at 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]
Carol MacLennan for the ASAP program in Washington at: [email protected]
Judi Pajo and Ted Powers regarding the ASAP column in AN at: [email protected] and [email protected]
Jason Scott for Facebook and Twitter at: [email protected]

Call for papers: Seizures of power (Brazil and Turkey)

Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association
Washington, D.C., November 29 – December 3, 2017

Golpe/ Darbe: Seizures of Power in Brazil and Turkey

There are many parallels to be drawn between the 2016 impeachment in Brazil and the 2017 coup attempt in Turkey. This panel invites scholars working on Latin America and the Middle East to engage in what we hope to be an ongoing conversation about the theoretical, methodological, and political dilemmas we face when we look at golpe and darbe together as grounded experiences of power.

What do these two political events imply for discourses of democratization and transitional justice in Brazil, Turkey, and beyond? In what ways are they becoming another past to reckon with, with whose voices? What are the implications of these large-scale political processes on writing histories and ethnographies?

The intricate histories of state–society relations and political economy in both Brazil and Turkey will provide rich grounds for a productive discussion, on issues such as: corruption, constitutionalism, populism, state legitimacy, citizenship, accountability, the ruling elite, lawfare, “legal coup”, revenge/ purge, economic violence, scales of justice, the role of the media, technologies of truth and evidence.

Please send abstracts (max. 250 words) with titles and keywords to the organizer Hande Sarikuzu ([email protected]) by April 11, 2017. Participants will be notified by April 12, 2017. Please note that all participants must be registered to attend the AAA Annual Meeting by 5:00 pm on Friday, April 14 to appear in the program.

Call for papers: Teaching interventions

Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association
Washington, D.C., November 29 – December 3, 2017

Empathy Matters: Teaching Interventions in a Time of Intensive Inequality and Division

Organizers:
Madelaine Adelman, Justice & Social Inquiry, Arizona State University, [email protected]
Nora Haenn, Anthropology and International Studies, North Carolina State University, [email protected]

Call for Five (5) Presenters on Proposed Roundtable:

If interested, please send us your name, email address, institutional affiliation, issue or subject matter, name of course and degree program or educational context, and brief description of your approach to social empathy. We aim to create a diverse roundtable per the outline below. Note that “presenter” counts as a “major role” for individual participation at AAA meeting.

This roundtable focuses on the pragmatics of teaching empathy during a period of heightened politicization of difference. Inspired by social work scholar Elizabeth Segal’s notion of “social empathy,” this roundtable brings together participants who seek to cultivate and reinforce empathy as a skill required of an informed and educated, politically-engaged public. Segal distinguishes between “interpersonal empathy” and “social empathy.” Interpersonal empathy comprises two main components: 1) the affective physiological response to another’s experience; and 2) the cognitive mental processing where one distinguishes between self and other while taking into account another person’s perspective (Gerdes & Segal, 2009, p. 120, Segal, 2013). According to Segal, social empathy is “the ability to understand people by perceiving or experiencing their life situations and as a result gain insight into structural inequalities and disparities” (Segal, 2007, 2011, 2013). Social empathy builds on interpersonal empathy by recognizing the conditions that create inequalities, and by imagining what it is like to be part of another group. Humans are more likely to identify with and consider deserving of assistance those who “look like us.” Thus, cultivating social empathy includes exposure, explanation and experience to difference across human history, culture, and lifespan. Because social empathy includes an understanding of structural inequalities, students trained in social empathy may better identify steps toward social change and more effectively shape public policy, social movements, or other pathways to justice (Segal, 2013).

In order to explore how educators have addressed social empathy in the classroom, as well as ideas resonant with the more formal framework, this roundtable brings together participants whose work on various identity differences (e.g. race, migration status, gender and sexuality, party affiliation, Israel/Palestine, etc.) has taken on amplified meaning in today’s political atmosphere. As teachers, how do we effectively teach social empathy in our diverse academic settings and across different levels of student engagement? How do we do so in light of the specific political concerns surrounding particular identity formations and our students’ positions within those formations? Participants will explain their rationale for incorporating empathy, either implicitly or explicitly in the classroom, and reflect on and assess novel as well as time-tested pedagogical approaches to empathy as either a teaching tool (i.e. a means to reach a related but unique outcome) or as a goal (i.e. the intended outcome itself).  Overall, the roundtable aims to reinforce the ways we, as educators, can help students move beyond feeling and understanding to action based on a sense of social responsibility (Segal, 2011, p. 268).

Gerdes, K. & Segal, E.A. (2009). A Social Work Model of Empathy. Advances in Social Work, 10, 2, pp. 114-127.

Segal, E.A. (2013). Social Empathy: Using Interpersonal Skills to Effect Change, 25th National Symposium on Doctoral Research in Social Work, Invited Keynote Speaker, Ohio State University College of Social Work, Columbus, OH.

Segal, E.A. (2011) Social Empathy: A Model Built on Empathy, Contextual Understanding, and Social Responsibility That Promotes Social Justice. Journal of Social Service Research, 37, 3, pp. 266-277.

Segal, E.A. (2007). Social empathy: A new paradigm to address poverty. Journal of Poverty: Innovations on Social, Political, & Economic Inequalities, 11, 3, pp. 65–81.

Call for papers: New refugee movements

American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting
Washington, D.C., November 29 – December 3, 2017

In-Between States: New Refugee Movements and State Responses

Organizers:
Caitlin Fouratt ([email protected]), CSU, Long Beach
Leila Rodriguez ([email protected]), University of Cincinnati
Joseph Wiltberger ([email protected]), CSU, Northridge

The current U.S. administration’s attempts to block refugee flows to the U.S., as well as anti-refugee sentiment and immigration restrictions in other receiving countries, points to recent shifts toward rejecting refugees and the claims of asylum-seekers by states supposedly expected to be able to absorb such flows and to follow international guidelines to recognize refugees arriving at their door. We are witnessing a moment when the international asylum regime is being challenged and resisted, which has resulted in new and unexpected migratory flows and social consequences.

“Traditional” countries of resettlement are turning to other countries of refuge, offshore processing centers, and other solutions to prevent the arrival of refugees or delay permanent resettlement. Linked to this is the recent observation of refugee/asylee flows toward less expected destinations, their liminal permanence in transit and in-between states, as well as questions about how those unexpected states are handling new influxes. European states and the U.S. have responded to the Syrian refugee crisis with immigration restrictions in a climate of intense xenophobia. Mexico and Costa Rica have become the hosts of significant numbers of Haitians, West Africans, and “Northern Triangle” Central Americans. These groups, among others, encounter heightened border enforcement at the U.S.-Mexico border and at borders further south, making it more difficult to reach the U.S. Further, the U.S. is now looking to Central American countries to create mechanisms for identifying and vetting asylum-seekers in place, including a Transfer Protection Agreement with Costa Rica. Globally, refugees and asylum-seekers can be found taking extreme risks or waiting indefinitely to cross international borders, in detention en masse, and settling in unexpected places.

Building on scholarship on refugee policy and the proliferation of precarious statuses, this panel seeks papers that examine the theoretical, political, and social implications of these shifts. We invite papers that address human rights consequences of deporting or denying entry to those fleeing violence and persecution; the political and social responses of states where asylum seekers are unexpectedly arriving; and ethnographic examinations of the situation of refugees caught in limbo or found in new places. What happens when countries of transit become de facto countries of settlement? When temporary arrangements become permanent or extend indefinitely?  What role can anthropology play in the examination of the experiences of refugees  and asylum seekers caught in these in-between states?

Please e-mail proposed paper titles and abstracts (max. 250 words) to the organizers listed above by 5:00 pm, April 7th. Notifications of acceptance will be sent by April 9th.

 

Call for papers: Screen-level bureaucracy

Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association
Washington, D.C., November 29 – December 3, 2017

Screen-level Bureaucracy: Organizational Encounters in the Digitized and Automated World

Organizer: Kelly McKowen, Princeton University
Abstracts are due to [email protected] by April 7

The traditional image of the encounter between an individual and a bureaucratic organization involves at least two actors meeting physically across a desk or a table. As a growing share of private and public organizations embrace digitization, automation, and artificial intelligence, however, this image has become in many cases a poor representation of how people actually meet and experience bureaucracy. From banks and businesses to schools and welfare offices, many of the organizations people interact with present themselves less through physical, built spaces and more via the computer-, tablet-, and mobile phone-mediated artifacts of the digital world. In turn, the experience of bureaucracy, which previous ethnographic and qualitative scholarship has shown be a significant space of political claim-making and the formation of shared ideas about the self, society, and the economy, is undergoing dramatic shifts.

Tracking these shifts and their impacts in different parts of the world represents a significant opportunity for anthropologists to play a central role in answering some of the critical questions that will shape scholarship on bureaucratic organizations moving forward. These questions include: How does digitization of the bureaucratic exterior affect transparency and trust between organizations and their users? How do different technologies of contact—e.g. web portals, teleconferencing, long-distance learning, robo-advising, etc.—distribute, delimit, or eliminate discretion, power, and agency at the street-level? Which spaces of contact and modes of claim-making have been opened and closed by the burgeoning virtual presence of different organizations? How do digital documents and templates affect the abilities of users and bureaucracies to communicate with—and understand—one another? And how do varying mixes of virtual and physical bureaucratic experience impact the ways people understand the nature of the state, the corporation, the trade union, etc.?

This panel invites papers which engage any aspect of the virtual and/or automated relationship between individuals and bureaucratic organizations. If you are interested, please send a title and abstract of no more than 250 words to [email protected] by April 7, 2017. Selected panelists will be notified shortly thereafter.

Kelly McKowen
PhD Candidate, Anthropology
Princeton University
[email protected]

Call for papers: Famine in Africa

Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association
Washington, D.C., November 29 – December 3, 2017

African Nations Confronting Famine 2017

Please consider the attached CFP and circulate to any person or group who may be interested.  I would also be delighted to have a volunteer as co-organizer/chair.

Please send expressions of interest and comments asap and no later than 31 March. Include the geographic area and topical issue(s) you would like to address. I want to have time to rewrite the abstract in light of participants’ interests.

Note that as a Roundtable contributor
•  you do not need to write an abstract,
•   you do need to register by 12 April—10 April would be better—at the AAA website with AAA dues paid or membership waiver (I know the final final date is 14 April but I am going to need those last days to make final organizational adjustments and to pull my hair out as AAA system falls over in final rush as usual.)
•  you will speak 5-10 minutes, then participate in discussion with audience and panel
•  your participation counts as your major role under the AAA 1 plus 1 rule

I am interested in bringing this unfolding tragedy to the attention of as wide an audience as possible, as well as probing the ways anthropology/-ists can make a difference here, so I invite comment and suggestion from everyone, whether or not you wish to be on the panel.

Many thanks,

Diane
Anthropology Program
School of Social & Cultural Studies
Victoria University
PO Box 600
Wellington 6140
NEW ZEALAND
[email protected]

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