APLA at AAA San Francisco 2012
APLA sponsored or co-sponsored six invited sessions this year, as well as 42 other panels. We hosted two special events aimed at career development for new PhDs, and held five graduate workshops. Below you’ll find detailed information about the events we held and the calls for participation we circulated.
Please join us for our annual business meeting on Saturday Nov 17th! At our “more than a business meeting, we will award our student paper prize, conduct some additional APLA business, and will feature Catherine Besteman leading an informal discussion of the following questions:
- What forms can public anthropology take in the current political landscape?
- How can anthropology respond to public anxiety?
- What alternatives can anthropology suggest?
The APLA sessions and schedule can be found here at the main AAA page. Please take special note of our workshops:
LAUNCHING A CAREER IN ACADEMIA (Friday, November 16, 2012 12:15 PM – 1:30 PM)
(joint panel with NAPA) PRACTICING ANTHROPOLOGY IN POLITICAL AND LEGAL CAREERS (on Saturday, November 17, 2012 6:15 PM – 7:30 PM).
Graduate Workshops Introduction and Description: Each year during the AAA meetings, the Association for Political and Legal Anthropology (APLA) sponsors a series of special workshops in which small groups of graduate students and faculty convene around thematic conceptual, theoretical, and methodological issues. These workshops offer an intimate mentorship context in which students can engage in intensive discussions regarding specific problems in their anthropological research and writing. Each workshop is limited to 4-5 students, who meet with 2 faculty facilitators at a café or restaurant near the AAA conference hotel. This year’s workshop topics and facilitators are the following:
1. After “Studying Up”: Anthropologists and Elites, 40 Years Later
Faculty facilitators: Douglas Holmes, SUNY-Binghamton; Tess Lea, University of Sydney
On the 40th anniversary of Laura Nader’s call to “up the anthropologist,” this workshop invites participants whose projects confront new and enduring methodological, conceptual, and ethical issues in anthropology’s engagement with elites. In this context, the term “elites” encompasses a variety of subjects – including policymakers and bureaucrats, technical experts, judges, and scientists – who in some way “are directing the everyday aspects of our lives.” While Nader conceived of researching such subjects as “studying up,” this workshop encourages participants to explore how changing political, economic, and epistemic contexts create a multiplicity of ways for the anthropologist to approach and relate with elites.
2. Language and Linguistic Analysis in Political and Legal Anthropology
Faculty facilitators: John Conley, University of North Carolina School of Law; TBD
Theories and techniques developed in linguistic anthropology have long informed political and legal anthropological research. This workshop is intended for students interested in how to apply linguistic anthropology’s methods of data collection and/or analysis to research on law, policy, social movements, etc. It invites participants working to refine research projects focused explicitly upon language, as well as those who are grappling with how to “take language seriously” in broader studies of legal and political phenomena.
3. Using Documents and Archives in Ethnographic Research
Faculty facilitators: Jane K. Cowan, University of Sussex; Kregg Hetherington, Dalhousie University
This workshop invites students whose projects engage with contemporary or historical documents or other archival materials, whether as a supplement to, or an object of, ethnographic research. Participants will discuss how to understand and think critically about such documents’ roles as sources of data as well as “data points” in their research. The workshop will therefore be a venue in which to engage questions at the intersection of historical anthropology and recent research by legal and political anthropologists on the document and archive as form.
4. Governance, Jurisdiction, and the Politics of Scale
Faculty facilitators: Matthew Hull, University of Michigan; Annelise Riles, Cornell University
Recent anthropological scholarship on contemporary legal and regulatory formations demonstrates the significant analytical purchase of the concepts of governance, jurisdiction, and scale. This workshop invites students whose research engages with these concepts, and their relations to new and emergent legal subjectivities, objectifications, and forms of authority. This may include projects concerned with the proliferation and sub-division of legal regimes, the replication of governance practices across regulatory spaces, translations or transformations of governmental regimes across scales (e.g. “local,” “global,” “urban”), and the constitution of scales themselves.
5. Law, Property, and Infrastructure
Faculty facilitators: Julian Brash, Montclair State University; Rosemary Coombe, York University
This workshop invites students whose research focuses on the intersection between law and property, and especially those interested in recent battles over so-called public and private infrastructures. As various institutions and resources vital to the future of urban, agricultural, and “natural” environments are increasingly privatized, states can no longer be thought of as exclusive providers of “public goods.” Workshop participants may consider how such reconfigurations alter our notions of property, the role of law in constituting boundaries between kinds of persons and things, and the distribution of rights and responsibilities.
APLA at AAA Montréal 2011
APLA sponsored 4 invited sessions, 36 panels, and a Recent PhD Panel. We also held our annual business meeting and held an APLA Distinguished Lecture.
DIDIER FASSIN, “IN THE HEART OF THE STATE: THE MORAL ECONOMIES OF JUSTICE”, the William A. Douglass Distinguished Lecture (co-sponsored with the Society for the Anthropology of Europe), is at 6:15 in Hyatt Regency Montréal Soprano A. A cash bar and buffet will immediately follow at 7:30.
Wednesday, November 16
Thursday, November 17
Friday, November 18
INVITED SESSION: TOWARDS AN ANTHROPOLOGY OF TRANSFORMATION, PART I
INVITED SESSION: LEAKS, LIES, AND RED TAPE – STATE SECRECY AND ITS DISCONTENTS
Saturday, November 19
Sunday, November 20
APLA at AAA New Orleans 2010
The Association for Political and Legal Anthropology (APLA) sponsored 5 invited sessions, 37 sessions, 1 recent PhD panel, and 3 graduate student workshops!
Graduate Student Workshops 2010
The Graduate Research Workshops are characterized by an informal and nurturing atmosphere where students can share their work and receive focused feedback from leading faculty and fellow students from around the country. These workshops were also an opportunity to network and get to know the work of peers in other universities. At the 2010 AAA meeting, APLA sponsored the following workshops:
Border Regimes of Circulation with Brenda Chalfin and Julie Y. Chu
Whether at land, maritime or air borders, the global circulation of people and things is a dynamic process of flows and stops. For a range of actors, the organization, regulation and disruption of this process is an ongoing project. Students researching the topic of circulation at borders will discuss their ideas with scholars and other students researching similar issues from a variety of theoretical and methodological perspectives.
Student Organizer: Janell Rothenberg
Approaching Postcolonial State Sovereignty and its Limits with Michael Hardt and Jason Cross
As they have appeared in the postcolonial world, technologies and techniques of global capital over the last twenty years had two visible dimensions: on the one hand, industrial production has moved to urban peripheries in search of cheap labor, on the other, the extraction of natural resources in peripheries has been relentlessly pursued, even to the extent of war, with little interest in fostering local economies around these resources. What both share is the positioning of the “market” as sovereign. This raises the question of how we are to approach the state, and the postcolonial state in particular, given that there are lots of signs that it has not been rendered irrelevant as a mere mechanism of the market. This workshop invites students to reflect on the conditions and techniques of sovereignty, within, beyond, against, and alongside the state in the postcolonial world.
Student Organizers: Filipe Calvão and Bernard Dubbeld
Circulation of Transnational Threats with Gregory Feldman and Andrew Lakoff
Perceptions of the increasing influence of global phenomenon have led to modes of governance meant to address so-called transnational problem from climate change and natural disasters to money laundering and unauthorized immigration. Students working on transnational phenomenon will have a chance toworkshop their ideas with scholars and other students engaging with the transnational in their theoretical and ethnographic work.
Student Organizer: Connie McGuire
Sessions and Panels 2010
Anthropology and Global Counterinsurgency: Constructions and Destructions of Conscience
Empire, Multitude & Commonwealth: The Anthropology of the Global in the Radical Political Philosophy of Antonio Negri and Michael Hardt
APLA’s Panel for Recent PhDs
Andean Territorialities and the Shifting Circuits of Water, Oil, Gas, and Land
Transitional Justice: Global Circulations and Local Realities after Genocide and Mass Violence
Legacies in Motion: A Consideration of the Work and Impact of David Maybury-Lewis
Safe Haven in America: Thirty Years after the Refugee Act of 1980
APLA at AAA Philadelphia 2009
APLA sponsored 5 panels and 7 mentoring workshops covering student research projects as well as career issues. We also held 4 research workshops, and 3 workshops on professional issues given the current market situation and the success of last year’s events.
Graduate Research Workshops 2009
We invited graduate students who are at the pre-, during, and post-fieldwork stages to discuss their work with faculty in one of four interest areas:
Cultures of Illegality with Susan Coutin and Ric Curtis
Affect and the Law with Elizabeth Povinelli and Don Brenneis
The Law and its Indigenous Others/Objects/Intersections with Rosemary Coombe, Madelaine Adelman and Ann Kakaliouras
Technologies of the Law with Kimberley Coles and Elizabeth Mertz
APLA Professional Mentoring Workshops 2009
Job Search: How to understand what search committees look for? with Bill Maurer and Sally Merry
What to do after you file? with John Bowen, Ilana Gershon, and Daniel Goldstein
Book Proposal Workshop with Mark Goodale and Tom Boellstorff
Sponsored Panels 2009
Towards a Medical Anthropology against Militarism (co-sponsored by the Society for Medical Anthropology)
Theorizing Infrastructure: Technopolitics of Development in Contemporary Africa (co-sponsored by the Association for Africanist Anthropology)
Bureaucracy and Befuddlement
The End of Citizenship in Latin America: The Body as a New Site of Political Struggle (co-sponsored by the Society for Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology)
States of Desire: Citizenship, Political Subjectivity, and Social Change (co-sponsored by the American Ethnological Society)
APLA at AAA San Francisco 2008
Political Parties and Subjectivity in Africa (co-sponsored by the Association for Africanist Anthropology)
Critical Ethnographic Perspectives on the War in Iraq (co-sponsored by the Middle East Section)
Liberal Religiosities (co-sponsored with the Society for the Anthropology of Religion)
Graduate Student Research Workshops 2008
Religion and Politics: Intersections, Co-minglings, and Oppositions
Social Movements: NGOs, Non-NGOs and Other Political Strategies
Science, Technology, and the Law: Circulations and Placements
Time: Anticipation and Memory in Law and Politics
Public Policy and the Law: Politics in Action