Change in the Anthropological Imagination, AAA 2018 CFPs


Abstracts for the AAA Annual Meeting must be submitted by 3 p.m. EST on April 16th — and via our website and listserv, APLA is helping members connect with other scholars to develop and complete proposals.

This year’s Annual Meeting theme is “Change in the Anthropological Imagination: Resistance, Resilience, and Adaptation,” providing ample opportunities for anthropologists working at the interstices of political and legal anthropology. APLA and PoLAR’s “Speaking Justice to Power” series engaged with some of the issues addressed in this year’s AAA CFP, which states, “We live in a time of social revolution characterized by resistance, resilience and other forms of human adaptation operating at a series of scales across the world. We are seeing resistance to change, to facts, to truths, to realities, to the status quo, while simultaneously bearing witness to the awe-inspiring resilience of the many people and communities who currently face great challenges. Across the political spectrum and around the globe different forms of cooperation and opposition are shaping our daily lives in positive and negative ways while creating new (im)possibilities for our shared future. This current moment is a clear reminder that human adaptation is an endless and varied source of social and biological responses and much can be learned by focusing on how our species responds to change: What do we mean when we say humans are “resilient”? What can we learn about ourselves by studying our responses to adversity? What does it mean to “resist”? Who resists and why? What inspires cooperation? How do forms, scales, and tempos impact human adaptive responses?”

If you are looking for panelists for your session or looking for a panel for your paper, we want to help you connect with colleagues. Send CFPs to our Communications Liaison and Listserv Manager, Rand Irwin: And check out the regularly updated list of CFP links below in order to connect with colleagues. The annual meeting proposal rules are explained here, and the portal for submissions is here.

This year’s APLA AAA section program chairs are Alejandro Paz (University of Toronto, and Firat Bozcali (University of Toronto, We encourage you to be in touch with any questions or suggestions.

 Public v. Private Good: Social Housing and its Transformations

Above, Below and In-Between: Challenges to Scaling and Translating Universalist Projects within Local Contexts

Virtue’s Values: Ethical Evaluation in Everyday Life

The End(s) Of Legality

The Cultural Politics of Obscenity: Sex, Censorship, and the Media

Reimagining Solidarity, Acting on an Anthropological Imagination

States of Exception: Policy and Politics in Exceptional Times

Safety and Danger in the Field

Abortion Globally: Interrogating the Life/Choice Binary

Artifice Intelligence: Fabrication, Fakery, and the Virtually Human

Foreignization, Farmland, and Food: Estrangement and Belonging in Global Agriculture

 Imagining Im/migrant Futures: Potentiality in Im/migration Studies

Gendered Performative and Material Culture in the Age of Trump: Image, Resemblance, and Dissemblance

States of Imagination: Policy and Experience in Unrecognized States 

Secura: Security as the Absence (and Presence) of Care

Emergent Axioms of Violence: Toward an Anthropology of Post-Liberal Modernity

At the Intersections of Law and Science: Knowledge and Regulation in Extractive Industries

Imagining Transformations: Hope as Resistance, Resilience, and Adaptation

Dynamics of Demographic Panic across Europe

Medical humanitarianism, human rights, and the suffering body

Postcolonial capital: Global finance from the “periphery”

Ethnographies of the Extreme

For Whom Do We Refuse? : Exploring the politics of “Refusal” and “Resistance” in and beyond social movements

Geographies of reparation: memory and space in the management of difficult pasts

Cycling through Undocumented Migration: Social Relations and Subjectivity along Precarious Migrant Pathways

Politics of Language in NGOs: Communicative and ideological practices

Resilience and Adaptation in Voice and Refugee Experience

Magical Thinking and Tinkering: How Social Workers Produce the Social in Times of Reform

The Role of Language and Class in Legal Identity Formations

Things Fall Apart: Navigating the Dismantling of Policies and Government Institutions

Tracing Plurality, Process and Persistent Injustice across the Rural Lawscape: Ethnographic Engagements with State and Tribal Courts

A Friendship of Peoples? Race and Racism in Post-Socialist Contexts


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