ASAP at Dubrovnik: Call for papers on policy in the semi-periphery

Translating Policy in the Semi-Periphery: Cases, Comparisons, and Concepts

Panel for the Inter Congress of the International Association of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences.
Dubrovnik, Croatia; May 4 – 9, 2016.


There is still a lack of critical work on how policies are written, translated,and performed in the semi-periphery, particularly in Southeastern Europe. The concept of the ‘semi-periphery’ taken from Blagojević (2009), addresses how some regions may become enrolled in a paradox of ‘too much’ and ‘too little’ social change, modernising in perverse conditions, constructed as a ‘semi-Other’ in relation to an imagined ‘West’. Understanding policy as a form of translation and as an assemblage of elements located in unequal power positions (cf. Clarke et al, 2015), is central to a new anthropology of policy. A translation lens includes much more than a study of words and their meanings across space, time and languages, focusing on both the emotional and performative aspects of policy. The panel explores to what extent the everyday life of policy, as it moves, may be qualitatively different in the ‘semi-periphery’ compared to other spaces.

Call for Papers

On behalf of the Association for the Anthropology of Policy, we invite studies which address the movement, everyday life, and work of policy in and across diverse fields or domains including, but not limited to: social welfare policy, educational policy, environmental policy, urban policy, criminal justice policy, and economic policy. We are particularly interested in the co-production of policy by politicians, policy makers, non-state actors, front-line workers and those whose lives are shaped by policies in different ways, as well as the paradoxical movements between ‘the political’ and ‘the technical’, and ‘the international’ and ‘the local’.

If you would like to participate, please contact either or both of us giving us an idea of your proposed topic: Paul Stubbs, The Institute of Economics, Zagreb, Croatia and Čarna Brković, Graduate School of East and Southeast European Studies, Regensburg, Germany —  [email protected] and [email protected]

Full conference information is available at:

ASAP at Dubrovnik: Call for papers on migration

The following provides more detail on the migration-related panel ASAP is organizing for the IUAES meeting next year in Croatia.


Cross-Regional Comparison of Migration/Displacement Policy Regimes:
East Asia, Europe, and North America

Panel for the Inter Congress of the International Association of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences. Dubrovnik, Croatia; May 4 – 9, 2016.

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ASAP at IUAES: Dubrovnik, Croatia; May 2016

To ASAP members and friends,

Just a quick update that we are moving forward on three panels for the Inter Congress of the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences, to be held in Dubrovnik, Croatia in early May 2016. Conference details are at I have not personally been to Dubrovnik, but by all accounts this will be a very nice conference venue with a really lovely location on the coast. Access is direct from many European cities (including by EasyJet).

The three ASAP sessions so far will be on comparative migration and resettlement policies, higher education policy, and policy styles in Southeast Europe. More detail on all of these will be on the list (asap-l) over the next few weeks, but in the meantime feel free to contact me if:

a. You have some interest in these three particular panels
b. Have interest in some other area, whether for a complete panel or one of a set of individual papers (which we will help organize into a panel if needed)

Note that this is outside the AAA structure, so it is a good opportunity for Anth-of-Policy colleagues who are not members of the AAA to participate — and we welcome that.

Best regards,

David Haines
Professor of Anthropology, George Mason University
Officer-at-Large and Communications Director, ASAP
[email protected]