APLA Graduate Student Paper Prize Competition

The APLA Board invites individuals who are students in a graduate degree-granting program (including M.A., Ph.D. and J.D.) 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.  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 meetings 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.
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 has shared substantive interests, and who will offer feedback. APLA will sponsor a session at the AAA meetings in Washington with the finalists and their mentors.
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.
Submissions and questions should be sent to Mark Schuller – mschuller@niu.edu

Deadline: August 1, 2014

PoLAR in Search of a New Editor!

Call for Nominations:

Editor(s) of Political and Legal Anthropology Review (PoLAR)

PoLAR: Political and Legal Anthropology Review

The Association for Political and Legal Anthropology (APLA) Board of Directors seeks nominations for the next editor(s) of the Political and Legal Anthropology Review (PoLAR).  Ideally, the appointment is for 3-4 years; after working in tandem with the current co-editors on the Fall 2014 issue, the new editor(s) will manage the Spring 2015 issue. Please note that participation by members of underrepresented groups in the publication process is encouraged and will be welcomed. The new editor(s) will be expected to join APLA, if not already a member(s).

The Political and Legal Anthropology Review is a forum for anthropological scholarship, defined broadly; we welcome submissions from scholars engaged in ethnographic explorations of politics, law and their interstices. The journal publishes individual research articles, thematic symposia and book reviews in two annual issues.  The journal website includes “virtual issues” and “spillover” content that bring new voices into and build on the published material within the journal: http://www.polaronline.org/

The ideal candidate(s) will be someone who has a combination or subset of skills and strengths such as: knowledge of the broad domain of political and legal anthropology; adequate time to fulfill responsibilities; excellent organizational and interpersonal communication skills; evidence of good management skills; the ability to lead an editorial board; peer review and editorial experience and/or familiarity with online submission and manuscript tracking systems; a distinguished record of research; service to and leadership in the anthropological community; commitment to mentoring early career scholars; the capacity to build on the journal’s established record of success; ideas about and receptivity to novel approaches in order to advance the journal within a era of new publication practices. Please direct inquiries regarding the position to Madelaine Adelman, Justice & Social Inquiry, Arizona State University, (mad@asu.edu).

Self-nominations are welcome. A completed nomination package includes a letter of application from the candidate which should include a mission statement for the editorship; the candidate’s vitae; 2-3 letters of support from published scholars familiar with the candidate’s work, experience and suitability for the task of journal editing; and a letter of institutional support from the candidate’s home institution. If you are nominating a colleague, please provide a brief explanation of why you think the individual is well qualified and also indicate whether you have made contact with the individual regarding their interest in the position. Please send the nomination package at your earliest convenience to Madelaine Adelman, Chair, Editor Search Committee, mad@asu.edu. Review of packets will begin immediately, and continue until the position(s) is filled.

With your assistance, the Association for Political and Legal Anthropology anticipates selecting successful editor(s) who will continue the Society’s record of consistently publishing outstanding and cutting edge research across the breadth of political and legal anthropology.