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: https://www.jobs.mtu.edu/postings/5791


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:
https://www.hiroshima-u.ac.jp/system/files/81435/20170622_idec_kilyouikubunka_eng.pdf


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 www.ssrc.org/nacg or contact us at democracy@ssrc.org.

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: IPAconference2017@dmu.ac.uk

Website: http://www.dmu.ac.uk/about-dmu/schools-and-departments/leicester-business-school/politics-and-public-policy/interpretive-policy-analysis-ipa-conference.aspx

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: IPAconference2017@dmu.ac.uk.

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 (john.clarke@open.ac.uk)
Paul Stubbs, The Institute of Economics, Zagreb, Croatia (pstubbs@eizg.hr)
Mislav Zitko, Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences, The University of Zagreb, Croatia (mislav.zitko@gmail.com)

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;
and/or
• 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 ghartman@uci.edu.


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: ghartman@uci.edu, g1hartman@ucsd.edu, georgialhartman@gmail.com

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 ghartman@uci.edu.


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: ghartman@uci.edu, g1hartman@ucsd.edu, georgialhartman@gmail.com

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,
Stavroula

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: http://www.upenn.edu/pennpress/book/15589.html
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.

http://www.anthropology-news.org/index.php/2016/08/16/between-tradition-and-modernity/

Theodore Powers, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Anthropology
University of Iowa
theodore-powers@uiowa.edu

Update on ASAP activities

To ASAP colleagues and friends:

It was been a productive first half of the year for ASAP.

Paul Stubbs, Cris Shore, and I have provided an AN column that reviews our experience at the IUAES meetings in Dubrovnik in May. The temporary link is:  http://www.anthropology-news.org/index.php/2016/06/29/notes-from-the-section-leadership-asap-sessions-at-the-iuaes-in-dubrovnik-may-2016/

Jason Scott has now wrapped up our second topical focus (on corruption) on Facebook and Twitter. The next topic is sports. I strongly urge you to check in on that discussion and follow us. We are “anthofpolicy” on both Facebook and Twitter. You can reach Jason directly at jasonbartscott@yahoo.com  A review of the first topical focus (on refugees) is available on the ASAP Forum tab (that’s the tab on the far right of this web page).

Georgia Hartman has been developing our Instagram presence, which is now moving forward with its third guest contributor, Garrison Doreck. Follow us at @anthofpolicy to see the first two sequences of pictures (provided by Georgia on housing in Mexico and by Elisha Oliver on expression and cultural practice in Native North America). If you are interested in acting as a guest contributor to the account, please email Georgia directly at: ghartman@uci.edu

Eric Cheng has taken over as listserv manager and he can be reached as asaplistmanager@gmail.com or as chengsk@ucalgary.ca.  Send him items that you think might be of interest to the listserv. Note that the listserv is not limited to ASAP members so it provides a bridge outward from anthropology to others with similar policy interests, and also back into anthropology from outside.

We also have a good program lined up for the AAA meeting in Minneapolis. We have some fifteen sessions with relatively few time conflicts so there is a clear anth-of-policy track through the meetings. Our business meeting will be Friday during the lunch slot and we especially encourage you to attend that.

Best regards,

David Haines
Co-President Elect and Program Chair

New member publication: Immigration

ASAP is pleased to announce the following member publication:

CONTEMPORARY CONVERSATIONS ON IMMIGRATION IN THE UNITED STATES: THE VIEW FROM PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY, MARYLAND

BY

JUDITH NOEMÍ FREIDENBERG

The web site for the book is:

https://rowman.com/ISBN/9780739182628/Contemporary-Conversations-on-Immigration-in-the-United-States-The-View-from-Prince-Georges-County-Maryland

Note that a 30 percent discount is available for the rest of 2016 using the code:

LEX30AUTH16

ASAP Instagram @anthofpolicy unveiled!

The Association for the Anthropology of Policy (ASAP) is pleased to announce the unveiling of its new Instagram page (June 1, 2016). The @anthofpolicy is a platform for scholars to share visual aspects of their work. Posts are accompanied by a short narrative discussing the visual material presented. The account is run entirely by guest contributors in two week increments. This summer contributions will cover such diverse topics as: housing development, tourism, Kashmir, tribal drug prevention, police brutality, Muslim-American communities, and more.

Don’t miss a post! If you are on Instagram, follow @anthofpolicy to see the diverse work of scholars working on the anthropology of policy. If you are interested in being a guest contributor, please email ghartman@uci.edu with your name, a brief description of your fieldwork, a sample posting, and availability.

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

Email: ghartman@uci.edu and georgialhartman@gmail.com