AAA 2015 Preview

 “Cannabis Cultures” Souvenir T-Shirts Available!

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APLA is pleased to announce that “Cannabis Cultures” souvenir t-shirts are available! When you support this innovative tour and forum on November 18th, you will a receive commemorative t-shirt. You can now donate at the AAA online store.* Donors will receive a t-shirt at the event, in addition to the event gift bag. The suggested donation is $20…

 

 

 

Rethinking the Household for the Age of Finance

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Economic anthropologists have been long interested in households as fundamental social and economic units and sites of residence, production, consumption and distribution of resources. Ethnographic and comparative studies of households tracked gift and commodity exchanges, interplays of morals and markets, and gendered divisions of labor.With finance assuming greater importance in the global political economy, especially in the aftermath of the global financial crisis, anthropologists have begun to pay closer attention to emerging sites and spaces of high finance, but the place of the household in the process of financialization remains undertheorized…

 

 

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The Association for Political and Legal Anthropology is committed to mentoring students and early career scholars.  At the 2015 AAA meetings, the section will be offering two Early Career mentoring events; these events are free and open to all conference attendees…

 

 

 Undisciplining Law and Economy
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When we first sat down to discuss the idea for this panel, we knew we wanted to account for the comingling of legal and economic techniques, technologies, and forms of knowledge in the worlds we study: post-dollarization Ecuador and post-Katrina New Orleans. While scholars often treat economy and law as discrete domains with distinct objects of study, our work on money and property seemed to transcend such neat divisions…

 

 

 

Cannabis Cultures Registration Open!
Photo by Marty Otanez

Photo by Marty Otanez

As you plan for the American Anthropological Association meeting in November, save the date for a special cannabis tour and public engagement event sponsored by APLA, the Anthropology of Tourism Interest Group, and Culture & Agriculture. The event will take place on Wednesday, November 18th, from 4:30 until 9 pm. The annual meeting in Denver, Colorado provides a unique opportunity for anthropologists to engage with key leaders and residents to learn firsthand about the possibilities and risks accompanying legalized marijuana…

 

 

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SIGN UP! Each year during the AAA meetings, the Association for Political and Legal Anthropology (APLA) sponsors a series of special workshops in which small groups of graduate students and faculty convene around thematic conceptual, theoretical, and methodological issues. These workshops offer an intimate mentorship context in which students can engage in intensive discussions regarding specific problems…

 

 

Speaking of Evidence

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Agathe Mora and Kate Sullivan have organized the APLA & AES Invited Session, Interrogating Evidentiary Familiarities, Thursday, November 18, 1:45 pm to 3:30 pm.  For this panel, Mora and Sullivan bring together anthropologists working in different arenas of bureaucracy in order to interrogate the ways in which evidence, a particularly technocratic form of knowledge and knowledge practice, is produced. What social practices are used to constitute evidence? …

 

 

 

The Actant Archive: On Surveillance, Subversion and Self-Fashioning

Original artwork by Jessica Deane Rosner

A panel sponsored by APLA and the Society for Cultural Anthropology for the AAA Meetings in Denver, Thursday November 19: 1:45-3:30. Anthropology’s interest in archives (and/or “The Archive”) is, of course, nothing new. Brian Axel’s rich 2002 volume, From the Margins, which includes contributions by Nicholas Dirks, Ann Laura Stoler, Michel-Rolph Trouillot, and John and Jean Comaroff, among others, serves as a wonderful starting point. More recently, David Zeitlyn’s 2012 Annual Review of Anthropology contribution offers a valuable reflection on the breadth of interest in the topic…