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 papers centering on the analysis of political and/or legal institutions and processes. These papers should be original and not submitted previously or simultaneously for review or publication elsewhere.
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.
APLA awards a cash prize of $350.00, plus travel expenses of up to $650.00 if the prize winner attends the 2020 annual meetings of the American Anthropological Association (St. Louis) 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, 2020. 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.
Papers must be submitted by July 10, 2020. Please submit your paper via this form. To facilitate a blind review process, your paper manuscript should not contain any personal identifiers, but include the title in the header of each page. Papers longer than 8000 words will be automatically disqualified. You will be informed about the decision regarding your paper no later than October 1, 2020. If you have any questions, please contact Anu Sharma at firstname.lastname@example.org.