APLA Graduate Student Paper Prize Competition
APLA (Association for Political and Legal Anthropology) is pleased to announce that the 2016 Student Paper Prize is open for submissions. The committee will select five finalists; each finalist will be assigned a mentor who shares substantive interests, to offer feedback. APLA will also sponsor a session at the AAA meetings in Denver with the finalists and their mentors.
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 stand-alone papers centering on the analysis of political and/or legal institutions and processes. 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; 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 2016 annual meetings of the American Anthropological Association (Minneapolis, MN) to receive the prize in person. The prize winner will be announced in Anthropology News, and the winning paper will be published in the peer-reviewed journal of APLA, which is PoLAR: Political and Legal Anthropology Review.
Authors must be enrolled in a graduate program through at least May 1, 2016. Papers should not exceed 8,000 words (including notes and references) and should follow PoLAR‘s style guidelines. Please submit papers as PDF attachments to Karin Friederic (firstname.lastname@example.org) by July 1, 2016.
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.