New PoLAR Virtual Edition on Immigration!

A new PoLAR virtual edition entitled “Immigration” has been compiled, with free online access to all articles until June. The new edition collects classic PoLAR articles that complement the APLA series, Speaking Truth to Justice: APLA/PoLAR Respond to the Trump Executive…

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New PoLAR Virtual Edition on Immigration!

A new PoLAR virtual edition entitled “Immigration” has been compiled, with free online access to all articles until June. The new edition collects classic PoLAR articles that complement the APLA series, Speaking Truth to Justice: APLA/PoLAR Respond to the Trump Executive…

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PoLAR Call for Symposia

The editors of PoLAR: Political and Legal Anthropology Review invite proposals for symposia to be considered for the Fall 2018 issue and beyond. We are seeking short collections of articles that extend or innovate on emerging and contemporary debates in the sub-fields of political and legal…

PoLAR Call for Symposia

The editors of PoLAR: Political and Legal Anthropology Review invite proposals for symposia to be considered for the Fall 2018 issue and beyond. We are seeking short collections of articles that extend or innovate on emerging and contemporary debates in the sub-fields of political and legal…

“Post-Truth” and the Social Sciences

By Felix Stein. The term “post-truth” has been difficult to avoid in Anglophone media outlets recently. In the US, mostly liberal political commentators are currently calling much of the rhetoric of far-right politicians and their news sources “post-truth,”…

“Post-Truth” and the Social Sciences

By Felix Stein. The term “post-truth” has been difficult to avoid in Anglophone media outlets recently. In the US, mostly liberal political commentators are currently calling much of the rhetoric of far-right politicians and their news sources “post-truth,”…

Anthropology Matters! AAA 2017 CFPs

Session proposals for the 116th AAA annual meeting are due April 14th — and via our website and listserv, APLA is helping members connect with other scholars to develop and complete proposals. This year’s theme, “Anthropology Matters!” is a response to contemporary…

Anthropology Matters! AAA 2017 CFPs

Session proposals for the 116th AAA annual meeting are due April 14th — and via our website and listserv, APLA is helping members connect with other scholars to develop and complete proposals. This year’s theme, “Anthropology Matters!” is a response to contemporary…

When There Is No Solid Ground

By Sharika Thiranagama. On a Saturday evening at San Francisco airport, I was chanting with others gathered there “Let Them Out” and “Let the Lawyers In,” a demand for those detained under President Trump’s Executive Order at the Customs and Border Protection…

When There Is No Solid Ground

By Sharika Thiranagama. On a Saturday evening at San Francisco airport, I was chanting with others gathered there “Let Them Out” and “Let the Lawyers In,” a demand for those detained under President Trump’s Executive Order at the Customs and Border Protection…

Make America Israel Again: Targeting Empathy at the Border

By Nikolas Kosmatopoulos. I found refuge—and resistance—in the feminist and subversive poetry of Qabbani while being “screened” by Border Police and Homeland Security agents at Newark Airport only a few hours after my arrival from Beirut…

Make America Israel Again: Targeting Empathy at the Border

By Nikolas Kosmatopoulos. I found refuge—and resistance—in the feminist and subversive poetry of Qabbani while being “screened” by Border Police and Homeland Security agents at Newark Airport only a few hours after my arrival from Beirut…

“Home” Does Not Equal “Citizenship”

By Sara Shneiderman. Where is home? For any of us? What does it mean to belong?

Since the executive order on immigration was signed, I’ve been haunted by a photograph taken by my great uncle David Seymour “Chim” in a Warsaw orphanage in 1948…

“Home” Does Not Equal “Citizenship”

By Sara Shneiderman. Where is home? For any of us? What does it mean to belong?

Since the executive order on immigration was signed, I’ve been haunted by a photograph taken by my great uncle David Seymour “Chim” in a Warsaw orphanage in 1948…

Chaos and Fear in the Wake of Trump’s Executive Orders

By Anne Knight. I am a corporate lawyer in New York with experience working pro bono on asylum cases and refugee issues. When the Executive Order restricting immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries and temporarily suspending…

Chaos and Fear in the Wake of Trump’s Executive Orders

By Anne Knight. I am a corporate lawyer in New York with experience working pro bono on asylum cases and refugee issues. When the Executive Order restricting immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries and temporarily suspending…

Versions of Humanity: Introduction to Part 3

By Catherine Besteman. Last Thursday I experienced first hand the U.S.’s vast ideological divide. In the afternoon, I gave an author talk to a book club based at a local university who had read my book about Somali refugees in Maine. In the evening I attended a talk…

Versions of Humanity: Introduction to Part 3

By Catherine Besteman. Last Thursday I experienced first hand the U.S.’s vast ideological divide. In the afternoon, I gave an author talk to a book club based at a local university who had read my book about Somali refugees in Maine. In the evening I attended a talk…

A Few Snapshots of The U.S. Borders

By Shahram Khosravi. In May 2013, I arrived at Chicago O’Hare Airport, on my way to a workshop in Irvine. It was early, around 4 am. The border control officer was weary but not too sleepy to let me pass through just like others, many of them Swedish passport holders…

A Few Snapshots of The U.S. Borders

By Shahram Khosravi. In May 2013, I arrived at Chicago O’Hare Airport, on my way to a workshop in Irvine. It was early, around 4 am. The border control officer was weary but not too sleepy to let me pass through just like others, many of them Swedish passport holders…

The Dangers of Exceptionalism

By Nisrin Elamin. I was one of over 100 people detained at U.S. airports in late January, under President Trump’s executive order barring citizens of Somalia, Sudan, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Yemen and Libya from entering the country. I was doing dissertation research in Sudan…

The Dangers of Exceptionalism

By Nisrin Elamin. I was one of over 100 people detained at U.S. airports in late January, under President Trump’s executive order barring citizens of Somalia, Sudan, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Yemen and Libya from entering the country. I was doing dissertation research in Sudan…

A Distorted Image of Immigrants

By Susan Bibler Coutin. The three immigration-related executive orders that the Trump administration issued during its first two weeks in office present a distorted image of immigrants as criminals, terrorists, and dangerous. While this is not surprising, given Trump’s…

A Distorted Image of Immigrants

By Susan Bibler Coutin. The three immigration-related executive orders that the Trump administration issued during its first two weeks in office present a distorted image of immigrants as criminals, terrorists, and dangerous. While this is not surprising, given Trump’s…

Trumps, Pirates, Refugees and Terrorists

By Sébastien Bachelet. A “Muslim-majority” country, Morocco – a place not (yet) on Trump’s travel ban, was allegedly the first country to recognize the United States of America in the late 1770s. Much has changed since George Washington wrote to Muhammed Ibn Abdullah…

Trumps, Pirates, Refugees and Terrorists

By Sébastien Bachelet. A “Muslim-majority” country, Morocco – a place not (yet) on Trump’s travel ban, was allegedly the first country to recognize the United States of America in the late 1770s. Much has changed since George Washington wrote to Muhammed Ibn Abdullah…

Refuge, Recognition, and Resistance

By Jennifer Curtis. In the past few weeks, my mother has taken to texting me on Fridays: “The time is now a quarter to Shabbat. Brace yourself.” Her semi-joking message references the “Shabbat theory” of the Trump administration, which holds that its most shocking actions…

Refuge, Recognition, and Resistance

By Jennifer Curtis. In the past few weeks, my mother has taken to texting me on Fridays: “The time is now a quarter to Shabbat. Brace yourself.” Her semi-joking message references the “Shabbat theory” of the Trump administration, which holds that its most shocking actions…

2017 APLA Book Prize

The Association for Political and Legal Anthropology (APLA) is pleased to invite nominations for the 2017 APLA Book Prize competition. The association will recognize work that best exemplifies creativity and rigor in the ethnographic exploration of politics, law, and/or their interstices…

2017 APLA Book Prize

The Association for Political and Legal Anthropology (APLA) is pleased to invite nominations for the 2017 APLA Book Prize competition. The association will recognize work that best exemplifies creativity and rigor in the ethnographic exploration of politics, law, and/or their interstices…

The Narcissist and the Nationalist

By John Torpey. Scarcely one week into his presidency, Donald J. Trump issued an executive order barring from the United States all refugees for 120 days, all Syrian refugees until further notice, and all passport-holders from seven Muslim-majority countries…

The Narcissist and the Nationalist

By John Torpey. Scarcely one week into his presidency, Donald J. Trump issued an executive order barring from the United States all refugees for 120 days, all Syrian refugees until further notice, and all passport-holders from seven Muslim-majority countries…