APLA Graduate Student Paper Prize Competition
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 for publication.
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.
2019: Ishani Dasgupta, The Burning Body and the Withering Body: Embodied Resistance Practices in the Tibetan Community
2018: Dario Valles, Chill Pills, Play and Panic in a California Administrative Court: State Power and the Co-Construction of Child and Adulthood
2017: Lindsey Feldman, Selfhood in Flames: Social Categorization and Identity in Arizona’s Prison Wildfire Program
2016: Michelle Rooney, “We Do Not Qualify for Free Education”: Citizenship in The Segregated Political Economy of Service Delivery in Urban Papua New Guinea
2015: Felix Stein, Timed Out? How Business Consultants Create, Endure and Spread Capitalism’s ‘Acute Temporality’
2014: Andrea Pia, ‘We Follow Reason, Not Law’: Disavowing the Law in Rural China
2013: Stacy Vandenhurst, God Rescued You: Divine Intervention & Sovereign Power in Nigeria’s Counter-Trafficking Programs
2010: Ceren Ozgul, Legally Armenian: Secular Politics of Multicultural Tolerance and Name Change in the Mid-Level Courts of Istanbul
2008: Karine Vanthuyne, Becoming Maya? The Politics and Pragmatics of ‘Being Indigenous’ in Post-genocide Guatemala
2007: Mark Schuller, Gluing Globalization: NGOs as Intermediaries in Haiti
2006: Tomi Castle, Sexual Citizenship: Articulating Citizenship, Identity, and the Pursuit of the Good Life in Urban Brazil, and Amy L Porter, Fleeting Dreams and Flowing Goods: Citizenship and Consumption in Havana Cuba
2004: Greg Beckett, Master of the Wood: Moral Authority and Political Imaginaries in Haiti
2003: Christopher Colvin, Constructing the Past, Imagining the Future: Pursuing the Political Through Traumatic Storytelling
2002: John Tofik Karam, Intensified Eth(n)ics: Arab Brazilians and Political Representation in Neoliberal Brazil
1999: Ayse Parla, The ‘Honor’ of the State: Virginity Examinations in Turkey
1998: Nitasha Sharma, Down By Law: Responses and Effects of Sampling Restrictions on Rap
1997: Conerly Casey, Suffering and the Identification of Enemies in Northern Nigeria
A full list of winning papers published in PoLAR: Political and Legal Anthropology Review is available on the journal’s website.