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 Paper must be the original work of the student and previously unpublished.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.

Book announcement: Children and humanitarian interventions

Dear All (apologies for cross-posting), 
We are proud to announce that our forthcoming volume 
is now available for pre-order from Palgrave as part of their Children and Development series. 
Co-edited by me and Aviva Sinervo (SFSU), containing chapters from up-and-coming childhood and development studies scholars, and covering most regions of the world, the volume critically considers how transnational charitable industries are created and mobilized around childhood need by exploring how humanitarian interventions for children in difficult circumstances engage in affective commodification and objectification of disadvantaged childhoods. We argue that though these processes can help achieve the goals of donors and aid organizations, they can also perpetuate the conditions that organizations seek to alleviatethereby endangering the very children they intend to help.
Please find a flyer with a 20% discount code attached to this email. Discount good until Dec 12th. You can also reserve an online book review copy here.

Kristen Cheney, PhD.
Associate Professor, Children & Youth Studies
International Institute of Social Studies
The Hague, Netherlands

ASAP monthly update: September 2018


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
. . . 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]

Book announcements

Below are several new member publications. If you have other publication announcements, please send them to Eric Cheng, ASAP’s listserv manager, at [email protected]

My new book titled Managing Ambiguity. How Clientelism, Citizenship, and Power Shape Personhood in Bosnia and Herzegovina was published by Berghahn Books in 2017.

More information can be found here:

With best wishes,

Carna Brkovic
[email protected]

Wanting to pass along this book announcement to the ASAP listserv:

Lions of the North: Sounds of the New Nordic Radical Nationalism.


Benjamin R. Teitelbaum
[email protected]

Since we are trying to encourage more book announcements from ASAP members, I will toss in my contribution too. The following two books, both designed as course texts, will be out in August (intro to anth) and October (intro to US immigration). Both have decent pre-publication discounts.

An Introduction to Sociocultural Anthropology: Adaptations, Structures, Meanings (2nd ed.). 20 percent off list price of $34.95 with coupon code HAIN17 at

Immigration Structures and Immigrant Lives: An Introduction to the U.S. Experience. 25 percent off list price of $36.00  with coupon code RLFANDF25 at

Best regards,

David Haines, ASAP co-president
[email protected]

Miscellaneous opportunities

The Department of Social Sciences at Michigan Technological University invites applications for an Assistant Professor in Environmental Policy to join an interdisciplinary social sciences faculty.

Possible research interests include climate policy, energy policy, environmental policy, environmental health policy, or natural resource policy. Candidates with strengths in international policy and spatial approaches, including GIS, are especially encouraged to apply.

For more information please visit:

Hiroshima University, Graduate School for International Development and Cooperation (IDEC), is now recruiting for the tenured position of Anthropologist particularly who are working on the field of peace and education development.

For more information please visit:

The Negotiating Agreement in Congress Research Grants are aimed at scholars who seek to understand the conditions under which political negotiation can be achieved (or not achieved) in Congress and other legislative arenas. The grants provide up to $10,000 of funding for each awardee, to be used for up to one year of research and writing. Applicants must have a PhD in hand by the application deadline and must hold an affiliation with a college or university based in the United States.

For more information, please visit or contact us at [email protected].

Call for papers: Interpretive policy analysis

Call for Papers:

Interpretive Policy Analysis (IPA) Conference: 5-7 July 2017

Department of Politics and Public Policy, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK
Sponsored by the Ideology and Discourse Analysis programme, Department of Government, University of Essex
Email: [email protected]


Deadline 17th February 2017

The organisers of the 12th international conference on Interpretive Policy Analysis invite proposals for papers. Authors should submit the details of their papers, including an abstract of no more than 300 words, to the conference email at: [email protected].

Proposals should include: panel number; paper title; name, role, institutional affiliation and email address; abstract (no more than 300 words).

Please consider submitting to Panel 18: The instabilities of expertise: power and knowledge in populist times

Panel Convenors:
John Clarke, The Open University, UK ([email protected])
Paul Stubbs, The Institute of Economics, Zagreb, Croatia ([email protected])
Mislav Zitko, Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences, The University of Zagreb, Croatia ([email protected])

Panel Proposal:
The recent resurgence of populist politics has called into question the place of expertise in political and policy processes. Indeed, new forms of populism have found it politically productive to contest established formations of expertise on, for example, the necessities of economic policy, the ever closer union of Europe, the workings of constitutional law and climate change. In many parts of the overdeveloped world, politicians have played the populist card, insisting that it is better to trust the wisdom of “the people” rather than rely on scientific, technocratic or expert judgement. Paradoxically, these same politicians are not averse to authoritarian measures to subdue the will of the same “people” when it threatens their hegemony.

We see these disruptions of relationships between power, knowledge and politics as marking a distinctive shift in political discourse and creating new possibilities and contradictions in processes of governing, albeit with echoes in previous iterations of ‘authoritarian populism’. Crucially, they reconfigure imaginaries of what it means to govern and be governed, sharing a perverse resonance with radical critiques of ‘evidence-based policies’ and challenging constructions of there being ‘no alternative’.

In this panel we aim to explore these disruptions of established formations of knowledge, power and politics, and we welcome papers, both historical and contemporary, that explore:

• Populist incursions against established expertise;
• Populist formations of knowledge-power;
• The implications for established knowledge-power formations;
• The possibilities of counter-knowledges that might be articulated with alternative forms of radical politics.

New guest contributor for ASAP Instagram

ASAP Instagram Guest Contributor: Taapsi Ramachandani, @anthofpolicy

Taapsi Ramchandani is a blogger and PhD candidate in cultural anthropology at Syracuse University. For her doctoral research, she is exploring forms of civic engagement in Trinidad and Tobago with a particular focus on the inter-personal relationships between civilians and their local elected representatives.

Trinidad, the larger of the twin-island nation-state, currently has a centralized local government system with low levels of professionalization and high prevalence of clientelism. Within this context, Taapsi is interested in the creative ways by which locals make themselves “visible” to their elected leaders to access public services, get public assistance, and demand good governance. Over the next two weeks, she will use photographs to paint a picture of everyday life in her fieldsite where religion, technology and livelihood arbitrate people’s expectations from their political leaders, especially as the country braces for local government elections in December 2016.

If you are interested in acting as a guest contributor to the ASAP Instagram, please send a sample photo and narrative to Georgia Hartman at [email protected].

Visiting Fellow
Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies
The University of California, San Diego

Ph.D. Candidate
Department of Anthropology
The University of California, Irvine

Email: [email protected], [email protected], [email protected]

Next ASAP Instagram: Casler on Nicaraguan health care

ASAP Instagram Guest Contributor: Jessica-Jean Casler, @anthofpolicy

Jessica-Jean Casler is a recently graduated medical and cultural anthropologist. Her work looks at health inequities, development, health policy, and dance in Matagalpa, Nicaragua.

Over the next two weeks, Jessica-Jean will share experiences of Nicaragua’s healthcare system. She pays special attention to short-term medical missions (STMMs), NGOs, and other actors integrating into the existing systems of care.

If you are interested in acting as a guest contributor to the ASAP Instagram, please send a sample photo and narrative to Georgia Hartman at [email protected].

Visiting Fellow
Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies
The University of California, San Diego

Ph.D. Candidate
Department of Anthropology
The University of California, Irvine

Email: [email protected], [email protected], [email protected]

New book: The Grecanici of Southern Italy: Governance, Violence, and Minority Politics

** Apologies for Cross-Posting **

I am pleased to announce that my book “The Grecanici of Southern Italy: Governance, Violence, and Minority Politics” has been published by Pennsylvania University Press. Please find attached a flyer and discount code – please do order a personal copy and/or a copy for your library.

All best wishes,

Now Available from Penn Press
The Grecanici of Southern Italy: Governance, Violence, and Minority Politics
Stavroula Pipyrou

“Combining magnificent writing with meticulous scholarship, Stavroula Pipyrou discreetly opens multiple windows onto the souls and lives of the Grecanici, a secretive people who live in shadows that obscure even the edges of their own identity as Greek-speakers in an Italian landscape. Her valuable study is free of the nationalistic exaggeration so often associated with the romantic image of rediscovered ethnic outliers and offers rich insights into the dynamics of identity in southern Europe.”—Michael Herzfeld, Harvard University

“Deploying superb ethnographic skills and the (closely read) anthropology of Italy and the Mediterranean, Pipyrou shows how the Grecanici construct relationships of kinship, friendship, clientage, and association in an impressive exploration of what she usefully conceptualizes as ‘fearless governance.'”—Jane Schneider, The Graduate Center, CUNY

“Stavroula Pipyrou’s lucid account of the hard-edged performance by which the Grecanici control and regulate their lives together makes for brilliant ethnography. Her narrative brings the anthropological archive to life.”—Douglas Holmes, Binghamton University

“Stavroula Pipyrou mounts a theoretically progressive and empirically documented analysis of the Greek linguistic minority of Calabria, combined with a rare and compelling ethnography of ‘Ndrangheta social forms to present an outstanding study of cultural solidarity and political resistance.”—Charles Stewart, University College London
In this groundbreaking ethnography of “fearless governance”, Stavroula Pipyrou shows how Grecanici—the Greek linguistic minority of Calabria, Southern Italy—have crafted the means to invert hegemonic culture and participate in the power games of minority politics on local and national scales.

Full Description, Table of Contents, and More
256 pages | 6 x 9 | 1 illus.
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-4830-2 | $59.95s | £39.00
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-9298-5 | $59.95s | £39.00
Book page URL:
Book page HTML link: The Grecanici of Southern Italy

New AN column

ASAP is pleased to announce the publication of Dr. Numvi Gwaibi’s column entitled “Between Tradition and Modernity: Politics and Policy in Cameroon” in Anthropology News. The piece analyzes how the process of political decentralization transformed electoral dynamics, with particular attention on the changing role of traditional leadership in formal politics. Underscoring how networks of political affiliation and patronage have been transformed rather than undermined by political decentralization, the column offers a critical perspective towards the normative conceptions that drive mainstream analyses of African states and political dynamics.

Theodore Powers, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Anthropology
University of Iowa
[email protected]