APLA 2014 Student Paper Prize Open for Submissions

Deadline August 1

APLA is pleased to announce that the 2014 Student Paper Prize is open for submissions. This year, learning from other sections, the process will be a little different. The committee will select five finalists. Each finalist will be assigned a mentor who shares substantive interests and who will offer feedback. Additionally, APLA will sponsor a session at the AAA meeting in Washington DC with the finalists and their mentors.

The APLA Board invites individuals who are students in a graduate degree-granting program (including MA, PhD and JD) to send stand-alone papers centering on the analysis of political and legal institutions and processes. Topics may include citizenship; colonialism and post-colonial public spheres; cosmopolitanism; cultural politics; disability; environment; globalization; governance; humanitarianism; medicine, science, and technology; multiculturalism; nationalism; NGOs and civil society; new media; immigration and refugees; resistance; religious institutions; sovereignty; war and conflict (please note this is not an exhaustive list of topics).  We encourage submissions that expand the purview of political and legal anthropology and challenge us to think anthropologically in new ways about power, politics and law.

APLA awards a cash prize of $350.00, plus travel expenses of up to $650.00 if the prize winner attends the 2014 annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association (Washington, DC) to receive the prize in person. The prize winner will be announced in Anthropology News, and the winning paper will be published in the peer-reviewed journal of the Association for Political and Legal Anthropology, PoLAR: The Political and Legal Anthropology Review.

Authors must be enrolled in a graduate program through at least May 1, 2015. Papers should not exceed 8,000 words (including notes and references) and should follow the style guidelines of PoLAR, which are detailed in the American Anthropological Association Style Guide. Please submit papers as PDF attachments to Mark Schuller (mschuller@niu.edu) by August 1.

This year’s committee is comprised of two former prize winners and a board member: Mark Schuller is an assistant professor of anthropology and NGO leadership and development at Northern Illinois University, and an affiliate at the Faculté d’Ethnologie, l’Université d’État d’Haïti. Schuller works on NGOs, globalization, disasters and gender in Haiti. Gabrielle Hosein is a lecturer at the Institute for Gender and Development Studies at the University of the West Indies. Hosein just completed a five-country study of gender and politics in the Anglophone Caribbean. Chika Watanabe is completing a post-doctoral fellowship at Yale University, and begins a position as a full-time faculty member at the University of Manchester (UK). Watanabe’s research focuses on Japanese aid in Myanmar.

Please send ideas for future columns to the contributing editors, Leo Coleman at Coleman.514@osu.edu and Allison Fish at aefish@ucdavis.edu. 

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