From Structural to Stochastic Violence

Last spring, Karina Biondi, 2017 APLA Book Prize winner, approached us to develop a Speaking Justice to Power series on incarceration and confinement in the Americas, their role in authoritarian political movements…

Call for PoLAR Digital Editorial Fellows

In 2012, PoLAR: Political and Legal Anthropology Review launched the Digital Editorial Fellows (def) Program for graduate students interested in enhancing their knowledge and experience in scholarly electronic communication and publishing…

Speaking Justice to Power

By Jennifer Curtis and Randi Irwin As states in both North and South America expand authoritarian practices of confinement, citizens balance responding to immediate crises, such as the Trump administration’s…

APLA Graduate Student Paper Prize 2018

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. These papers should be…

Speaking Justice to Power

APLA hosted its 2017 salon, “Speaking Justice to Power: Anthropology Responds to the New World Disorder,” on November 30, 2017, during the AAA annual meeting in Washington, DC. The packed event was held at the community-based café and event space…

Twenty-Five Years of PoLAR

At APLA’s 2017 business meeting, officers, members, and the PoLAR team celebrated the journal’s twenty-fifth anniversary with a champagne toast. In addition to announcing annual book and paper prize winners and introducing new officers, APLA took time to reflect on…

APLA at AAA 2017: PoLAR’s First 25 Years

APLA President Catherine Besteman, PoLAR editors William Garriott and Heath Cabot, and the APLA board invite you to celebrate 25 years of PoLAR: Political and Legal Anthropology Review. Join us for a champagne toast at the 2017 APLA Business Meeting on December 2, 2017, 12.15-1.30pm…

APLA at AAA 2017: Early Career Mentoring Workshops

At the 2017 AAA meeting, APLA will be offering two Early Career Mentoring events; these events are free and open to all conference attendees.

From Paper to Publication:
Writing Anthropological Articles for Flagship Journals.
Thursday, November 30, 2017…

Is it Over? On the Melancholy of Lost Hope

By Oguz Alyanak and Funda Ustek-Spilda. “Our people made a choice and approved the constitutional changes. The debate is over. So are days of post-election uncertainty. It is time to move on,” argued the Turkish President Erdoğan in his post-Referendum address…

Colonial Envy and the Success of the Kurdish Political Struggle

By Deniz Yonucu. It has been three weeks since Turkey’s controversial referendum and the Republican People’s Party (CHP), the founding party of Turkey and the second biggest party in Parliament, has already started discussing potential candidates for a “no” block…

Hope and the Turkish Political Imagination

By William Garriott. The essays in this final installment on the Turkish referendum address the question: what now? Both essays eschew a narrow focus on the referendum’s immediate implications in favor of a broader consideration of time, emotion, and the political imagination Deniz Yonucu emphasizes …

The Complicity of Hope

By Ayşe Parla. It is by now common knowledge that the April 2017 referendum in Turkey to move from a parliamentary to a presidential system is likely to grant sweeping executive powers to the country’s president. What may have escaped the outside gaze, however, is the extent to which the landscape of dissent was steeped in hope…

Erdoğan is (Partially) Right

By Elektra Kostopoulou. More than ten days after the contentious constitutional Turkish referendum of April 16th, developments in Turkey seem to confirm that the country is moving from bad to worse: human rights abuses, violent censorship, massive retaliations against any form of opposition…