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; law and legal institutions; 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. The prize winner will be announced in Anthropology News. 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, and go through a regular review process. Publication is not guaranteed and PoLAR retains the right of first refusal.
Authors must be enrolled in a graduate program through at least May 1, 2021. Papers should not exceed 8,000 words (including notes and references) and should take into account PoLAR’s Author Submission Guidelines.
Papers must be submitted by July 10, 2021. To facilitate a blind review process, your manuscript should not contain any personal identifiers, but include the title in the header of each page. Papers longer than 8000 words (including notes and references) and those submitted concurrently or previously for review or publication elsewhere will be automatically disqualified.
Authors will be informed about the decision regarding their submissions by October 1, 2021. For questions, please contact Anu Sharma (firstname.lastname@example.org).
To submit your paper, please complete this form.