Mentoring workshop at AAA in San Jose

Mentoring Workshop on Academic Precarity

Association for Anthropology of Policy (ASAP)
Council on Anthropology and Education (CAE)

Thursday, November 15, 4:15-6:00 p.m.

Looking for strategies to deal with increased academic precarity?  Join us to discuss planning for academic futures, dealing with temporary employment, and strategies for maintaining an intellectually vital life. Karen Kelsky (The Professor is In) and Shirley Fiske (U Maryland) will discuss ways to approach academic precarity within academe and outside.

This mentoring session, jointly organized by ASAP and CAE, will speak to a variety of ways to confront precarity and include roundtable breakout strategy sessions. The speaker and roundtable topics may include:  negotiating with hiring institutions; organizing labor; advocacy; using anthropology in other work environments; strategies for moving beyond precarity; and thinking beyond the academy. This mentoring session is designed to provide a hands-on approach to scholars who find themselves in positions of academic precarity and to graduate students who face a restricted job market marked by the growth of contingent labor.

When:  Thursday, 4:15 – 6:00 p.m., November 15
Where:  Fairmont Hotel, California Room
Who:
Speakers –  Shirley Fiske and Karen Kelsky
Convener – Cris Shore (U Auckland); Wrap-Up
Round tables:
Karen Kelsky (work outside academe),
Shirley Fiske (strategies for applied anthropology),
Carol MacLennan (what unions can do)

ASAP monthly update: November 2018

Coming up in San Jose

Ted Powers has a column in Anthropology News that provides a preview of ASAP sessions in San Jose: “Situating Policy in an Unsettled World at the 2018 Annual Meeting.” The link to it is:
http://www.anthropology-news.org/index.php/2018/11/05/situating-policy-in-an-unsettled-world-at-the-2018-annual-meeting/

Georgia Hartman will be running short Instagram posts–echoed through Facebook and Twitter–on the sessions, including updated room numbers when they are needed because of AAA shifts from the Marriott to the Convention Center. If you are not already following, remember that ASAP is @anthofpolicy on all three of those media.

The ASAP business meeting is from 7:45 to 9:15 on Friday, November 16.. The location has been moved from the Marriott to the Convention Center in the  Willow Glenn Room. Cash bar and free food. This is a transition year with Carol MacLennan and Paul Stubbs coming is as Co-Presidents, and Bill Beeman and Christina Garsten coming in as Co-Presidents Elect. Georgia Hartman is also taking over as Communication Director. So the meeting will be a good chance to discuss the future.

Minutes and other information from the last business meeting in 2017 are available on our web site at http://anthofpolicy.org under the “Resources” tab. The direct link is:
http://asap.americananthro.org/asap-in-2017-information-for-members/

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]

ASAP monthly update: October 2018

Recent Session: The Anthropology of Policy at 25 Years

In August, Cris Shore and Sue Wright hosted a session for ASAP at the 15th biennial conference of the European Association of Social Anthropologists, held in Stockholm, Sweden. This was a symbolically important event as it was twenty-five years ago that the project for an “Anthropology of Policy” was first initiated at EASA conferences held in Prague and Oslo. At that time, neoliberal experiments in the reinvention of government through structural adjustment programs, New Public Management reforms, and the “governance” turn were at their height in many countries, including Britain, Chile, Mexico, New Zealand, and the United States. In the decades that followed, the rationalities that drove those processes have mutated, diversified, and spread rapidly, bringing major changes to the global economy and local societies. Titled “Policy mobility in a Globalised World: How Ideas and Practices of Governance and Management Travel, Settle and Colonise New Domains,” the panel examined how policy ideas and practices travel, how they get taken up, adapted, and applied to new contexts, and the new kinds of social relations, subjectivities, and cultural practices this process creates.

The eight papers in the Stockholm panel generated lively discussion of these themes. Tess Lea (Sydney) developed the evocative notion of “policy hauntology” as a way to think about the troubled legacies of indigenous policy in settler colonial Australia. Jens Adam (Humboldt Universität, Berlin) examined the various actors and assemblages around a failed tramway project in the Ukrainian city of Lviv, and the lessons of that failure for infrastructural projects. Reflecting on the uses of actor-network theory, Alexandra Oanca (Universidade do Vale do Taquari, Brazil) gave a thoughtful assessment of the value and limitations of assemblage theory for the anthropology of policy. Also using an assemblage approach, Jérémie Forney (University of Neuchâtel, Switzerlan) presented results from an international research project on environmental governance in the context of agriculture and food, with case studies from Switzerland, New Zealand, the UK, and at the EU. From a very different perspective, Jie Gao (Aarhus) combined Lacanian theory and critical discourse analysis to interrogate the “fantasmatic” logic behind China’s Ministry of Education and its policies for promoting Sino-Foreign partnerships as an instrument of soft power. “How do human rights policies travel?” was the question addressed by Miia Halme-Tuomisaari (Helsinki). Her analysis of NGO reports and UN Human Rights Committee meetings in Geneva invites us to rethink the idea of “universalising” human rights and what that term means empirically. Bryonny Goodwin-Hawkins (Aberystwyth, Wales) explored what happens when EU policies to promote cohesion collide with nationalist ideas about devolution for Wales within the United Kingdom. Finally, the paper by Cris Shore (Auckland) and Sue Wright (Aarhus) explored how performance indicators and national rankings have become a populist project yet one that can easily slide into new forms of authoritarian management, as is illustrated by the spread of Private Finance Initiatives and the rise of Academy Schools in the UK.

Overall, these papers highlighted the rich range of topics and diverse theoretical approaches currently being developed within the anthropology of policy — still a new field but, at twenty-five years, now an established one.

Coming up

More information will be coming up on the AAA meetings in San Jose. But note especially that:

1. The ASAP business meeting will be on Friday,  from 7:45 – 9:15 in the evening. The time was not of our choosing. But we took the opportunity to try something new for ASAP: a cash bar and — by golly — free food courtesy of a little bit of ASAP money and some anonymous donations from the ASAP executive committee.

2. Cansu Civelek, our grad student representative on the exec. committee is organizing our usual mentoring session pairing grad students and younger scholars for small group discussion. If you are interested, see her call on our web site. The direct link is http://asap.americananthro.org/aaa-in-san-jose-mentoring-session/

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]

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]cf.edu.

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

ASAP monthly update: July 2018

Notable recently

Cansu Civelek, ASAP’s grad student representative is in Brazil for the IUAES meeting. She is doing occasional reports for ASAP. See us on Facebook and Instagram.

The latest ASAP column appears on line as well as in the summer print edition of Anthropology News. It is as follows:

Forecasting Policy Trends
By Kristina Hook
Originally: Anthropology News Online (July 13, 2018)
Temporary link is here

Describes opportunities for anthropologists “to inject a human-focused approach” in the area of predictive technologies for public policy questions.

“Future prognostications tend to baffle each successive generation, as familiar technologies and approaches branch off in surprising directions. Predicting the future of anthropological policy studies, including its makings, workings, contexts, agents, and effects, is thus akin to tracing an individual wave during a tsunami.”

“To effectively engage a policy process, we must aim to make our contributions actionable—not just interesting. To do so, while remaining true to our strengths of nuance and complexity, integrated anthropological approaches across our field’s subfields promise sophisticated methodologies for incorporating gradation—a toolkit that is useful even to big data evangelists.”

Coming up

For those of you who may be going to the EASA meeting in Stockholm this summer, Cris Shore and Susan Wright will have a panel on “The Anthropology of Policy Revisited.” See the program for details on place and time: https://www.easaonline.org/conferences/easa2018/

Georgia Hartman welcomes additional series of Instagram posts, especially on summer field projects. Contact her at [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]mu.edu
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]

Grad paper prize deadline extended to July 10

ASAP graduate paper prize — extended deadline

The Association for the Anthropology of Policy (ASAP) invites submissions for its 2018 Graduate Paper Prize. The prize is awarded 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. There is also a $250 cash award.

Your paper should be based upon substantial and original research. We are particularly interested in originality, depth of research, and contribution to the field. Review criteria will include the paper’s organization, the clarity of writing, and the broader implications of the paper’s topic in terms of the makings, workings, and effects of policy. Papers should directly address the anthropology of policy rather than merely being about policy per se.

Manuscripts should be sent to Jennifer Hubbert ([email protected]) by July 10, 2018.

General eligibility criteria:

Students must be in a degree-granting program (including MA or PhD) at the time of their submission. Paper must be the original work of the student, previously unpublished, and written within the past two years. The author must be in a degree-granting program (either MA or PhD) at the time of submission or when the paper was finalized.

Manuscript format criteria:

Submit the manuscript in an MS Word file with an absolute maximum of 7,000 words, including all notes and references. Use standard anthropological format for citations, end notes, and references cited. Include a title and abstract of 250 words.

Also submit an MS Word cover sheet with your name, mailing address, e-mail address, telephone number, university affiliation, and academic status (MA or PhD). Make sure your  name is included only on the cover sheet, so that we can ensure there is blind review.

ASAP monthly update: April 2018

Notable recently

With final submissions to the AAA this week, our program for the meeting in San Jose is shaping up. In particular, there will again be two mentoring sessions: one is the matching of senior members with graduate students and new professionals for informal general discussion; the other will be a joint effort with CAE (Council on Anthropology and Education) on specifically education-related policy issues. We again received a small grant from the AAA to help on these.

Note that election material is now online on the AAA web site. ASAP is continuing its pattern of having co-presidents, one U.S. based and one from elsewhere. When you vote for co-president, vote for two candidates. The officer-at-large position is a regular “choose one candidate” election.

Also we seem to be coming up in the world. We received our first real scam attempt to have us divert money. The phishing community must have run out of low-hanging fruit or otherwise fallen on hard times. We chose not to come to their aid.

Coming up

Remember the call for submissions for our annual graduate student paper prize. The deadline is June 15, 2018, and the details are on the ASAP web site at http://asap.americananthro.org/asap-graduate-paper-prize-2/

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 (AAA): Policy and politics in exceptional times

Call for Papers, AAA San Jose, CA
States of Exception:  Policy and Politics in Exceptional Times

Deadline:  10.04.2018

Organizers: Cansu Civelek (University of Vienna); Dr. Cris Shore (University of Auckland)
Discussant: Dr. Ayşe Çağlar (University of Vienna)

Abstract

In recent decades, particularly since 9/11, anthropologists, social scientists, and legal studies scholars have become increasingly interested in the theme of governing in and through emergencies, often drawing on Georgio Agamben’s (2005) and Carl Schmitt’s notion of “state of exception”. What these studies share is a concern with scrutinizing sovereign power by investigating state interventions into the rule of law, restrictions on jurisdiction, suspension of human and citizenship rights, militarization, surveillance, and constitutional dictatorships emerging from declarations of state of exception. In addition to formal declarations of exception, however, neoliberal policy agendas, the crisis of democracy, and the proliferation of declarations of urgency and emergency suggest that in many places the “state of emergency” has become the new normal. Whether it be environmental catastrophes, wars, economic crises, or political unrest, governments, public-sector institutions, private bodies and not-for-profit organizations all utilize crises and emergencies to justify making ‘exceptional’ interventions into the domains of policy and law. In some contexts, ruling by decrees has become a governing practice that has blurred the relationship between policy-making, laws, and the concept of due process. What contribution can anthropology of policy make to understanding these processes and challenges? This panel aims to address this theme in all its dimensions.

We welcome empirical and conceptual papers (max. 250 words), including ethnographic and historical investigations, that explore states of exception from anthropological perspectives, or that trace intersections of emergency, risk, threats, and crises that foster policy change in different policy arenas (labor policy, urban policy, security and defense, local economy, social policy etc). We invite contributions that unravel the way policy interventions under states of emergency provide opportunities for the accumulation of wealth and power on the one hand, and dispossession, marginalization, and exclusion on the other. Topics may address, but are not limited to, any of the following questions:

–  What are the characteristics of governing in and through emergencies?
–  What political and economic interests do emergencies serve?
–  What do states of exception tell us about legal norms or ‘states of normality’?
–  What informal as well as formal practices of governance are associated with emergencies?
–  What new kinds of subjects and relation do states of exception create?
–  How do people engage with, or respond to, such states of emergency?

Deadline for abstract submissions: 10th of April

For submissions (max. 250 words) and questions please email to [email protected] and [email protected] which would include affiliation and contact details.

* New Publication*
Cansu Civelek (2017) Social Housing, Urban Renewal and Shifting Meanings of ‘Welfare State’ in Turkey: A Study of the Karapınar Renewal Project, EskiŞehir, in Paul Watt, Peer Smets (ed.) Social Housing and Urban Renewal, pp.391 – 429.

http://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/full/10.1108/978-1-78714-124-720171011

Cansu Civelek

PhD Candidate
Uni: DOCs Fellow
Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology
University of Vienna
Tel: +43 (0)1 427749545
Universitätsstraße 7, 4th Floor
A-1010 Vienna