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Call for Papers: The Social Life of Deportation Regimes
May 30 all-day

The Social Life of Deportation Regimes: Interrogating the Implementation Interface 

Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences

Athens, 5-6 October 2018


The study of deportation regimes has been on the rise in recent years, partly because deportation has not been successful in achieving its declared goal. There is little evidence from countries worldwide that deportation regimes manage to remove more than a tiny fraction of the population of illegalized migrants and rejected asylum seekers. Instead, deportation regimes should be seen, first and foremost, as a state mechanism for the production of deportable Others. The production of a deportable population within nation-states serves a wide spectrum of interests: it provides the national economy with cheap and unprotected labor, it scapegoats “illegal migrants” as the new “enemy” of the state and society, it boosts the securitization industry and it beefs up the state bureaucracy by increasing surveillance, militarizing borders and executing detention and deportation.

The functioning of deportation regimes relies on the construction of a physical and legal infrastructure, on the work of committed civil servants, and on the fashioning of an ideological narrative that legitimizes its operation. At the same time, the running of state deportation regimes calls on multiple collaborations with civil society (e.g. managing so-called voluntary returns), private companies (e.g. operating detention centers), and other states (e.g. bilateral agreements). It is this meso-level of deportation regimes – the people that de facto implement them in various moments and sites – that is of interest to us. Given the disproportionality between the “crime” (not having administrative documents in order) and the sanction (becoming deportable Other), between legality and legitimacy, between abstract policies and concrete cases, we seek to interrogate the practices, views, narratives, ethical frames, and rationalizations of those who constitute the social life of deportation regimes.

We welcome papers that engage the work of different actors along the “deportation continuum” (Kalir & Wissink 2016) and that are located at different sites along the “deportation corridor” (Dortbohm & Hasselberg 2015). We are especially interested in studies that shed light on how practices at the meso-level produce implementation deficits/surpluses and shape the de facto ways in which deportation is operated as a state project and in the lives of people who work for or are subjected to it. We appreciate proposals for panels or individual papers on all aspects of deportation, including the following:

  1. Illegalizing migrants and rejecting asylum seekers (crimmigration, legal activism, local regulations)
  2. Policing deportable subjects (raids, arrests, identification, deterrence)
  3. Running detention centers and alternative facilities (guards, social workers, medical staff, volunteers)
  4. Deporting illegalized migrants (operational units, bureaucracies, diplomatic agreements)
  5. Facilitating so-called voluntary returns and pay-to go schemes (NGOs, municipalities, IOM)
  6. Managing borders (prevention of entry, hot returns, refoulment at the border, waiting zones)
  7. Using technologies (smart borders, biometric identifications, sharing databases)
  8. Caring for the deportable (volunteers, shelters, medical treatment, inclusionary initiatives)
  9. Mobilizing against deportations and/or detention (activists, social movements, NGOs, academics)
  10. Countering illegalization of Others (regularization schemes, sanctuaries, rebel cities, legal activism)

Paper abstracts, full panel abstracts and workshop outlines should be sent to Ioana Vrabiescu and Ilan Amit at: [email protected] by 30th of May 2018. 300 words abstracts should include affiliation of the author(s). Decisions will be communicated by 15th of June. Draft papers should be submitted by 10th of September.

Geoffrey Harrison Prize Lecture 2018
May 31 all-day

International Call for Nominations: Geoffrey Harrison Prize Lecture 2018

The Parkes Foundation invites nominations for the 2018 Geoffrey Harrison Prize Lecture on human/biosocial sciences

The lecture is awarded annually in Geoffrey Harrison’s honour to persons who have made a substantial and sustained contribution to the study of the human biology of living populations and especially biosocial sciences.

Nominations and self-nominations are welcome and must be accompanied by a CV of no more than two A4 pages (set in Arial font size 12). Please submit nominations via email to Mrs Caroline Edgley ([email protected]).

The closing date for nominations is Thursday 31st May 2018 and the lecture will take place on Friday 9th November 2018 followed by a drinks reception at the Natural History Museum in Oxford. The Parkes Foundation will contribute to travel and accommodation of the speaker.

2018 SHA Ethnographic Poetry Competition
Jun 1 all-day

2018 SHA Ethnographic Poetry Competition

The Society for Humanistic Anthropology announces our annual poetry competition as a means to encourage scholars to use alternative literary genres to explore anthropological concerns. These concerns may be any of those associated with any of the five fields of anthropology: Archaeological, Biological, Linguistic, Sociocultural and Applied. Deadline: June 1, 2018. There is no entry fee for this competition. Please email your entry (no more than three unpublished poems) as a single pdf document to: [email protected] without the author’s name (anonymized), along with a separate cover page with the following information by the Deadline of June 1, 2018:


The anonymous entry pdf must include an *ethnographic statement (of no more than 400 words) which connects the poem(s) submitted to anthropology which will be taken into account as the judges make their award selections. Examples of ethnographic statements can be found in the poems published in Anthropology and Humanism: (

Before you submit a manuscript to the competition, please consider exploring the work of the ethnographic poets we have published. We’re drawn to technical virtuosity combined with abundant imagination, vivid imagery, and musical approaches to fresh language, risk-taking, and an ability to convey penetrating insights into human experience. We seek a layer of trust concerning the writer’s experience and perspective as both anthropologist and creative writer, one who is ethically responsible in terms of representing the other, one who is able to locate his or her reader in the context of the ethnographic study and reveal anthropological themes associated with any of the fields of anthropology.

Winning entries and honorable mentions will be recognized at the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association in San Jose in November 14-18, 2018. The first-place winner(s) will receive a certificate and award of $100. All entries will be considered for publication in the Society’s journal, Anthropology and Humanism. (Note that Membership in AAA or an institutional subscription is required for digital access to the journal and SHA membership with the paid print option is required to receive a print issue.)

JUDGES: Melisa Cahnmann-Taylor, Nomi Stone, & Ather Zia 

Call for Submissions: Society for Humanistic Anthropology 2018 Ethnographic Fiction and Creative Nonfiction Competition
Jun 1 all-day

Call for Submissions: Society for Humanistic Anthropology 2018 Ethnographic Fiction and Creative Nonfiction Competition

The Society for Humanistic Anthropology is pleased to announce that we are opening our annual writing contest for Ethnographic Fiction and Creative Nonfiction. We celebrate the use of creative literary prose genres to explore anthropological concerns, and we encourage you to share your work with us.

As a guideline, ethnographic fiction and creative nonfiction use literary elements to bring stories to life and engage the reader. Whether fiction or nonfiction, these creative prose pieces reflect insights about the real world seen through an anthropological lens or reflecting an anthropological sensibility (related to any field of anthropology).

Submissions should not exceed 20 pages typed double-spaced, and need to work as stand-alone stories. There is a limit of one submission per applicant.

We do expect contestants to be affiliated with the field or practice of anthropology and/or ethnography in some manner. There is no entry fee for this competition.

Submission deadline is June 1, 2018. Submissions must be previously unpublished and not currently under consideration elsewhere.

Please email your entry as two pdf documents to: [email protected] The entry should consist of two files:

  1. 1)  Your story (double spaced) with title but without the author’s name (anonymized), PLUS an extra final page with a statement of no more than 400 words that answers the question: “How is this piece anthropologically informed and in what ways has your background in the field contributed to it?” This statement will be taken into account as the judges make their award selections.
  2. 2)  A separate cover page with your full name, title of your submission, mailing address, email address, and institutional affiliation (if applicable).

JUDGES: Julia Offen (Fiction and Creative Nonfiction Editor, Anthropology and Humanism), John Wood (Professor, University of North Carolina Asheville), Katrina Daly Thompson (Professor, University of Wisconsin Madison), and Caitrin Lynch (Professor, Olin College)

Winning entries and honorable mentions will be recognized in a ceremony at the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association in San Jose, CA 11/14/2018 – 11/18/2018.

The first-place winner will receive an award of $100 and publication in the Society’s journal, Anthropology and Humanism. The second-place winner will receive $75. And the third-place winner will receive $50. All winners will receive a certificate of their award.

CFP: Association for Applied and Clinical Sociology Annual Conference
Jun 1 all-day

Association for Applied and Clinical Sociology Annual Conference, October 11-13, 2018.  Norfolk, Virginia.  Theme: “Translating Complexity into Action.”  Open to all applied social scientists, as well as those looking to use their social science skills in applied and clinical areas. Participants include: academics, policy, program and project leaders, business consultants, health care and government professionals. The meeting will be a point of mutual learning and growth among practitioners in the field and professionals challenged with building systems for human improvement. AACS has a reputation as a student-friendly conference for both undergraduates and graduate students, featuring student problem solvingpaper competitions, and mentoring opportunities. Papers, full sessions, workshops, and poster submissions welcomed. 

Proposals that address teaching with an applied focus are also invited

Professional development pre-conference (Thursday afternoon) workshops will be included in the conference registration fee.

Deadline: June 1, 2018

For more information, visit:  and explore the Conferences tab.

MAXQDA Research Grants – $1,300 Fieldwork Scholarships
Jun 1 all-day

MAXQDA is offering three students/PhD candidates the $1,300 #ResearchforChange Grant, which includes an $800 research mobility scholarship and professional methodological training. To qualify, the applicant must currently be a student or PhD candidate who is (or will be) conducting collaborative research based in local communities, better known as Community-Engaged Research. The grant recipient will also use MAXQDA to collect and analyze their research data, but no previous MAXQDA experience is required.

Further information on eligibility requirements, documents to be submitted, and grant conditions can be found at We have also attached a poster with further information to this e-mail.

The deadline to apply is June 1, 2018 and you can download the application here. If you are an educator, please help us spread the word about this grant by encouraging your students to apply.

Research is a journey – travel it well.

Vinson Sutlive Book Prize in Historical Anthropology
Jun 1 all-day

The Department of Anthropology at William & Mary is pleased to invite nominations for the Second Vinson Sutlive Book Prize in Historical Anthropology.  The prize goes to the best book published in the prior year, in any discipline, that makes use of anthropological perspectives in order to examine historical contexts and/or the role of the past in the present.

Nominated books must be published in English during 2017. Anyone may nominate a book. Nominations should be accompanied by a nominating letter; send the letter no later than June 1, 2018 directly to each of the Sutlive book prize jurors.

Gísli Pálsson, University of Iceland
[email protected]

Jonathan Glasser, William & Mary
[email protected]

Grey Gundaker, William & Mary
[email protected]

Rock Art Researchers to Gather in Grand Junction, CO
Jun 1 – Jun 4 all-day

Rock Art Researchers to Gather in Grand Junction, CO

Where: The Double Tree Inn, Grand Junction, CO

When: June 1 – 4, 2018

Who: American Rock Art Research Association

Registration and conference information:

Contacts: Conference Coordinator:

Monica Wadsworth-Seibel   [email protected]


Grand Junction, CO —The American Rock Art Research Association (ARARA) invites all persons interested in rock art research to attend its 2018 Annual Conference, convening June 1 at the Double Tree Inn in Grand Junction, Colorado.  Presentations on current rock art research will form the centerpiece of the meeting (June 2 and 3). ARARA will also offer two days of guided field trips on (June 1 and 4), visiting a variety of intriguing rock art sites in the area, where attendees will discover the richness of the local rock art heritage.  Other special cultural activities are planned throughout the conference, including social events and vendor offerings of rock art related items. The conference is open to all. Registration and information:

Imagination and Human Origins Webcast
Jun 1 @ 1:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Join the live webcast! “Imagination and Human Origins” is the topic of a free public symposium hosted by the UCSD/Salk Center for Academic Research & Training in Anthropogeny (CARTA) on Friday, June 1st (1:00 – 5:30 pm PT), co-chaired by Sheldon Brown (UC San Diego) and Alysson Muotri (UC SanDiego)

Try to remember the first time in your life when you imagined something.  It may have been imagining what was behind the door or under the bed, or a fantastic universe of wonders and exciting adventure.  As children, our imaginations are furtive and encouraged as ways in which we develop our cognitive capabilities. As we grow older, we may not imagine these territories in quite the same manner, but we continue to heavily use and depend on our imagination in our daily lives, imagining different situations that might occur in a few moments or in a few years.  Thus, we actually spend a large amount of time in our own particular universe imagining many possible different ones.  Why we do this and how this capacity evolved during evolution?  Imagination probably helped our ancestors to be successful in making decisions and live in complex societies. Imagination is key to advancing technology.

In this CARTA meeting, we plan to explore imagination as a unique/enhanced human ability.  We will discuss the impact of human imagination in sciences and arts, the evolutionary origins, the consequences of imagination impairment and the fundamental genetic and neurological basis of human imagination.

Access the live webcast here on June 1:

The Believing Brain: Evolution, Neuroscience, and the Spiritual Instinct @ Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Jun 2 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

God, they say, is in the details. But could God also be in our frontal lobes? Every culture from the dawn of humankind has imagined planes of existence beyond the reach of our senses, spiritual domains that shape our Earthly experiences. Why do beliefs of the fantastic hold such powerful sway over our species? Is there something in our evolutionary history that points to an answer? Does neuroscience hold the key? Straddling the gap between science and religion, Brian Greene is joined by renowned neuroscientists, anthropologists, and evolutionary biologists, to explore one of the most profound mysteries of our existence.