The APLA Board invites individuals who are students in a graduate degree-granting program (including M.A., Ph.D., J.D., LL.M., S.J.D. etc.) to send stand-alone papers centering on the analysis of political and/or 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; race and racial oppression; resistance; religious institutions; security, policing, or militarism; sexualities; social movements; human and civil rights; sovereignty; war and conflict. We encourage submissions that expand the purview of political and legal anthropology and challenge us to think in new ways about power, politics and law.
The committee will select five finalists; each finalist will be assigned a mentor who shares substantive interests to offer feedback. APLA awards a cash prize of $350.00, plus travel expenses of up to $650.00 if the prize winner attends the 2017 annual meeting 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 considered for publication in the peer-reviewed journal of the Association for Political and Legal Anthropology, PoLAR: The Political and Legal Anthropology Review.
Authors must be enrolled in a graduate program through at least May 1, 2017. 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 review the submission instructions carefully, as they have been revised.
Please submit papers to firstname.lastname@example.org by July 1, 2017. To facilitate a blind review process, please send two, separate .pdf files according to the following specifications:
- A title page with your name, paper title, and contact information.
- The paper manuscript itself, devoid of personal identifiers, but with title in the header of each page.
APLA Graduate Student Paper Prize Committee
Jennifer Curtis, Chair