APLA at AAA 2017: PoLAR’s First 25 Years

Free champagne!

PoLAR 25th Anniversary
APLA Annual Business Meeting 2017
December 2, 2017
Marriott, Harding
Program event: (5-0615)

APLA President Catherine Besteman, PoLAR editors William Garriott and Heath Cabot, and the APLA board invite you to celebrate 25 years of PoLAR: Political and Legal Anthropology Review. Join us for a champagne toast at the 2017 APLA Business Meeting on December 2, 2017, 12.15-1.30pm.

All are welcome to join the event, which will include current co-editor William Garriott leading discussion of PoLAR’s history and impact, introducing future editors, and announcements of the 2017 Book Prize and Graduate Student Paper Prize.

APLA’s signature journal is PoLAR: Political & Legal Anthropology Review. Its origins can be traced to the Ninth International Congress of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences, when a mechanism was envisioned to link anthropologists who study politics. Political Anthropology Letter was launched in 1973, by scholars from around the world. The group’s original goals were to circulate works-in-progress, collect and comment on relevant ethnographies, coordinate panels at professional meetings, disseminate course syllabi, develop a scholarly journal, and organize “a world revolution or the like.”

Today, we can report that—save for the last goal, which we are still working on—APLA has grown into an AAA section with a biannual journal, annual book and graduate student paper prizes, large-scale special events, and robust mentoring activities, all supplemented by a year-round, active online presence.

APLA runs “the best damn business meeting” at the AAA Annual Meeting, and this year is special. Join us in raising a glass to celebrate PoLAR!

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