Call for papers: SfAA on gender-based violence

Call for Panels and Papers:

Gender-Based Violence at the Society for Applied Anthropology in Portland (March 2019)

The Gender-Based Violence Topical Interest Group invites submissions for panels or papers to be presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology in Portland, OR from March 19th to 23rd, 2019. The overall conference theme is “Engaging Change in Turbulent Times,” with the aim to consider the ways that anthropologists, other applied social scientists and professionals in related fields address “the content, pace, and process of change today.” With a recognition that “the communities where we live and work may be experiencing pronounced uncertainty, isolationism, extremism, trauma and violence, and racial and ethnic tensions,” how is anthropology responding and what can an anthropological lens lend to an understanding of reactions to rapid and turbulent change? The TIG will host sessions that take up this idea while continuing to explore the ways in which gender and violence have been and should be configured or reconfigured. Specifically, we hope to examine ways to expand our understanding of gender and violence as well as put these expanded definitions in conversation with one another. Papers and sessions might address the following questions:

  • What does it mean to consider violence, in both intention and action, with an expanded understanding of gender?What does it mean to consider gender, as organizing ideology and social construct, with an expanded understanding of violence?
  • How does an expanded notion of gender and/or violence complicate our approach to thinking about gender-based violence?Has the current political environment further complicated those notions—and if so, how?
  • What does anthropological insight offer the public about the social justice movements addressing gender violence during these turbulent times and the trajectory creating the context for these movements?What do these movements say about our contemporary culture as well as the context from which these movements have risen?
  • Where and how do we sustain a critique of gender-based violence that takes race, poverty, age, disability, citizenship and sexuality seriously?What do the impacts of these other identities mean for applied work in this area?
  • Does the usual rubric of “gender-based violence” limit the efficacy of applied approaches?Where and how?  And how do we expand that rubric to better reflect what we see on the ground?
  • How do these assumptions shape the production of anthropological knowledge, and our engagement in applied work?

Instructions:

The GBV-TIG’s panel organizers will accept proposals that speak to these questions and others. Proposals are due by October 12th.  Please email submissions to [email protected], with SfAA 2019 Abstract in the subject line.  You can embed your proposal within an email or attach a word file.  Submissions must include the following:

 

Individual papers: A paper title, a 100-word abstract, the author’s name, contact email and affiliation.

Panel Sessions: A session title, a 100-word session abstract, individual paper titles with 100-word paper abstracts, the name, email addresses, and affiliation of all participants (including chair, presenters, and discussants as needed). A full panel includes 4-5 papers.

The GBV-TIG panel organizers will work with session organizers and paper presenters to build panels, thensubmit the sessions to the Society for Applied Anthropology on behalf of the TIG. The SfAA Program Chair and TIG panel organizers will schedule all TIG-related sessions in clusters, so as to form a mini-conference within the larger meeting. All GBV-TIG-clusters will be listed at the front of the conference program.

After the GBV TIG approves your submission for inclusion as part of a GBV TIG panel, you must complete registration by October 15th at: https://www.sfaa.net/annual-meeting/meeting-registration/ in order to be included in the official SfAA Program. During registration, you must pay the requisite fees, submit a 100-word abstract, and designate the appropriate GBV-TIG panel in your submission.  Please email Elizabeth Wirtz ([email protected]) with any questions. We look forward to learning more about your work (by October 12th!) and engaging set of conversations in Portland.

Elizabeth Wirtz
Visiting Assistant Professor
Department of Anthropology
Purdue University

https://purdue.academia.edu/ElizabethWirtz

Position listing: Biocultural with applied orientation

The Department of Sociology and Anthropology at St. John’s University in Queens, NY, is currently conducting a tenure track search for a biocultural anthropologist with an applied orientation. Please see the link for full details.

https://stjohnsedu.silkroad.com/epostings/?fuseaction=app.jobinfo&jobid=218441&version=1&source=listserv

Best, Anne

 

Anne M. Galvin, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Anthropology,
Anthropology Program Coordinator,
Coordinator of High Impact Practices, St. John’s College,
Senior Research Fellow, Vincentian Center for Church and Society
Department of Sociology and Anthropology
St. John’s University
8000 Utopia Parkway
Queens, NY 11439

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].

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]
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

Call for papers (AAA): Possibilities of care

Dear colleagues,

We are seeking abstract submissions for the following proposed panel at the 2018 AAA meeting in San Jose, CA. Please submit an abstract of no more than 250 words to Fayana Richards ([email protected]) and Gabriela Morales ([email protected]) by April 3, 2018.

Possibilities of Care: Social and Political Enactments of the Good Life
Organizers: Fayana Richards (University of Massachusetts, Amherst) and Gabriela Morales (Scripps College)
Discussant: Felicity Aulino (University of Massachusetts, Amherst)

What does it mean to strive for a “good life” through the practice of care? How might the social relations involved in care enact particular aspirational, moral, and political projects? This panel places the study of care in conversation with recent calls in anthropology to move past the discipline’s reliance on narratives of suffering and attend to how people enact “the good” (Chua 2014; Ortner 2016; Robbins 2013; Fischer 2014; Singh 2015). We build on Cheryl Mattingly’s argument that “the good life for humans is not merely about surviving but also about flourishing” (2014: 9) — and see care as central to intertwined questions of morality and well-being. We find that care creates productive possibilities and challenges what the good life looks like for individuals, including in contexts of precarity.

This panel considers diverse ways that people consider life to be “good,” “qualified,” or “ethical” — and how people enact (or at lease aspire to) these forms of life through acts and structures of care. We are especially interested in submissions that examine alternative understandings of “the good” as people live with, resist, or refuse hegemonic forces. Recent attention to morality in anthropology (Das 2007; Fassin 2012; Keane 2015; Lambek 2010; Zigon and Throop 2014) has raised productive questions about people engage with “the good” in ordinary practice. Building on these approaches, we consider how care enacts specific ideas about life for oneself and for others. We understand social ideas of “the good” to have complex implications for care; they may serve as the basis for forms of violence and domination (Mulla 2014; Stevenson 2014) but also potentially emerge as sites for generating new forms of living in precarious circumstances (Han 2012; Mattingly 2010; 2014). Yet even as we foreground “the good,” we seek to move beyond the idea that care necessarily arises from internal conviction and ask what other social configurations might shape the work of care (Aulino 2016). We ultimately consider whether certain relations of care might create possibilities for other kinds of life and other kinds of politics.

We invite submissions that consider how paradigms and practices of care enact moral and aspirational projects. Potential areas of inquiry include (but are not limited to):
How do social understandings of the moral good and/or well-being shape practices of care?
How does care enact forms of self-fashioning, becoming, and/or relating to others (cf. Mattingly 2014)?
How does care reflect the desire for a particular kind of life — or, potentially, a particular kind of death (cf. Desjarlais 2016; Garcia 2010; Stevenson 2014)?
Whose care, or what forms of caring, is socially valued or devalued (cf. Glenn 2010)?
How does caring for others articulate efforts to enact, live with, resist, or refuse conditions of oppression?
How might care be a site of anti-politics (Ticktin 2011) or, alternatively, for creating new political possibilities (e.g. Black Lives Matter, #MeToo movement)?

References:
Aulino, F. (2016). Rituals of care for the elderly in northern Thailand: Merit, morality, and the everyday of long‐term care. American Ethnologist, 43(1), 91-102.
Chua, J. L. (2014). In pursuit of the good life: aspiration and suicide in globalizing south India. Univ of California Press.
Das, V. (2007). Life and Words: Violence and the Descent into the Ordinary. Univ of California Press.
Desjarlais, R. (2016). Subject to death: Life and Loss in a Buddhist world. University of Chicago Press.
Fassin, D.  (Ed.). (2012). A companion to moral anthropology. John Wiley & Sons.
Fischer, E. F. (2014). The good life: aspiration, dignity, and the anthropology of wellbeing. Stanford University Press.
Garcia, A. (2010). The pastoral clinic: Addiction and dispossession along the Rio Grande. Univ of California Press.
Glenn, E. N. (2010). Forced to care: Coercion and caregiving in America. Harvard University Press.
Keane, W. (2015). Ethical life: Its natural and social histories. Princeton University Press.
Lambek, M. (Ed.). (2010). Ordinary ethics: Anthropology, language, and action. Fordham Univ Press.
Mattingly, C. (2010). The paradox of hope: Journeys through a clinical borderland. Univ of California Press.
—- (2014). Moral laboratories: Family peril and the struggle for a good life. Univ of California Press.
Mulla, S. (2014). The violence of care: Rape victims, forensic nurses, and sexual assault intervention. NYU Press.
Ortner, S. B. (2016). Dark anthropology and its others: Theory since the eighties. HAU: Journal of Ethnographic Theory, 6(1), 47-73.
Robbins, J. (2013). Beyond the suffering subject: toward an anthropology of the good. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, 19(3), 447-462.
Singh, B. (2015). Poverty and the quest for life: Spiritual and material striving in rural India. University of Chicago Press.
Stevenson, L. (2014). Life beside itself: Imagining care in the Canadian Arctic. Univ of California Press.
Ticktin, M. I. (2011). Casualties of care: immigration and the politics of humanitarianism in France. Univ of California Press.
Zigon, J., & Throop, C. J. (2014). Moral experience: introduction. Ethos, 42(1), 1-15.
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