Category PoLAR

Graduate Student Paper Prize!

APLA Graduate Student Paper Prize Competition
Deadline: August 1, 2014

The Association for Political and Legal Anthropology (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, The Political and Legal Anthropology Review (PoLAR).

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 Political and Legal Anthropology Review, 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 –

APLA at Law & Society Meetings ’14: Law and Inequalities-Global and Local

APLA members are launching a new Collaborative Research Network (CRN) on Ethnography, Law and Society through the Law and Society Association. Join the first meeting of the CRN Thursday May 29th at 3.30 pm, Boardroom 3 of the conference hotel.

In coordination with the LSA Meetings theme: Law and Inequality, the Political and Legal Anthropology Review has a new Virtual Issue on Law and Inequalities that will remain open access through September:

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