2019 Law and Society Assocation Call for Abstracts – DEADLINE EXTENDED

washingtondc2019logoThe next annual meeting of the Law and Society Association (LSA) is set to take place in Washington, DC on May 30 – June 2, 2019. The theme is Dignity.

The deadline for proposal submission has been extended to November 14, 2018. Registration will begin in January 2019. The full call for participation is available on the LSA website. To ensure your panel is affiliated with the CRN on Ethnography, Law and Society, please indicate CRN 3 when completing the submission process.

As a participant, you are limited to “one participation as a Paper Presenter, Roundtable Participant, Author, or Salon Presenter” but can serve as a Chair and/or Discussant for unlimited panels. For this reason, if you plan to attend the meeting as a paper presenter, we may ask you to volunteer to serve as a Panel Organizer or Discussant if you have interests that overlap with another session.

For participants who need help placing their paper on a panel, stay tuned! The CRN will announce a separate process soon.

If you have any questions, please contact the Ethnography, Law & Society Co-Chairs, Allison Fish and Kate Henne.


15th International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry: Qualitative Inquiry and the Politics of Resistance

Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, USA
15-18 May 2018

The 2019 congress is committed to a politics of active and passive resistance, to non-violence, to bearing witness to injustice, to refusing to take no as an answer, refusing to be silenced, refusing to accept assaults on critical, interpretive inquiry, refusing to abandon the goal of social justice for all. It is committed to confronting structures of repression which keep people in marginalized states by repressing critical consciousness. The truth cannot be repressed. Justice will prevail. We call for a politics of hope, acts of activism, discourses of resistance which imagine the impossible.

We are global citizens trapped in a world we did not create, nor want any part of. Our public institutions are under assault. Academics and pacifists critical of the public order are branded as traitors. The 2019 Congress offers scholars the opportunity to foreground, interrogate, imagine and engage new ways of a politics of resistance and critical qualitative inquiry in these troubling times. Sessions will take up such topics as: research as resistance, redefinitions of the public university, neoliberal accountabil­ity metrics, attacks on freedom of speech, threats to shared governance, the politics of advocacy, value-free inquiry, partisanship, the politics of evidence, public policy dis­course, indigenous research ethics, decolonizing inquiry.

Scholars come to the Congress to resist, to celebrate community, to experiment with traditional and new methodologies, with new technologies of representation. Together we seek to develop guidelines and exemplars concerning advocacy, inquiry and social justice concerns. We share a commitment to change the world, to engage in ethical work that makes a positive difference. As critical scholars our task is to bring the past and the future into the present, allowing us to engage realistic utopian pedagogies of hope.

Scholars from around the world have accepted the challenge to gather together in common purpose to collectively imagine creative and critical responses to a global community in crisis. The Fifteenth International Congress offers us an opportunity to experiment, take risks, explore new presentational forms, share experiences, problems and hopes concerning the conduct of critical qualitative inquiry in this time of global uncertainty.

More information available on the ICQI website.

Submission Deadline: December 1 2018

JOB: Urban Ethnography at Concordia University

The Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Concordia University would like to invite applications for a tenure-track position in the area of Urban Ethnography. The position requires a strong research dossier in this area and the ability to teach at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. In an effort to build the department’s profile in experimental methodologies, we seek a researcher with a strong background in ethnographic methods, and an interest in interdisciplinary innovation. While this position is open to all geographical areas, we are particularly interested in the study of cities in Asia, the Middle-East or the Global South. Knowledge of the French language is an asset. A PhD in Anthropology or a related discipline will be required at the time of appointment.

Ours is a dual department encompassing research and teaching in both Sociology and Anthropology at all levels of the university curriculum. It builds on a rich and creative tradition to address pressing contemporary social problems in a variety of cultural contexts relating to the personal, the local, and the global. The diverse variety of student and faculty interests and backgrounds makes working in our department a unique and rewarding experience.

Applications must consist of a cover letter, a current curriculum vitae, copies of recent publications, statement of teaching philosophy/interests, a statement of research achievements, and evidence of teaching effectiveness. Candidates must also arrange to have three letters of reference sent directly to the departmental contact.

Dr. Danielle Gauvreau, Chair & Professor
Department of Sociology and Anthropology
1455 de Maisonneuve Blvd. W.
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
H3G 1M8

Subject to budgetary approval, we anticipate filling this position, normally at the rank of Assistant Professor, for August 1, 2019. All applications should reach the department no later than Friday, November 2, 2018. All inquiries about the position should be directed to Dr. Danielle Gauvreau (chair.socanth.fas@concordia.ca).

Employment equityConcordia University is strongly committed to employment equity within its community, and to recruiting a diverse faculty and staff. The University encourages applications from all qualified individuals, including women, members of visible minorities, Indigenous persons, members of sexual minorities, persons with disabilities, and others who may contribute to diversification; candidates are invited to self-identify in their applications.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian and Permanent Residents will be given priority. To comply with the Government of Canada’s reporting requirements, the University is obliged to gather information about applicants’ status as either Permanent Residents of Canada or Canadian citizens. While applicants need not identify their country of origin or current citizenship, all applications must include one of the following statements: 

Yes, I am a citizen or permanent resident of Canada
No, I am not a citizen or permanent resident of Canada.

JOB: Criminology and Criminal Justice at Northern Arizona University

We are seeking applicants for a full-time, nine month, tenure-track Assistant Professor position at the Flagstaff mountain campus.  The teaching load will be 3/2 courses a year, with an expectation to participate in learner-centered pedagogy and teaching that both supports the core curriculum of the department and integrates the unique research interests of the individual.  An active research agenda is expected, and while the department is seeking someone with expertise in the areas of transnational crime and global justice, indigenous justice and/or expertise in community-based research, the specific research focus is somewhat open. All applications and specializations will be considered that provide both depth and breadth to existing department areas. Those with expertise and active research agendas in transnational crime and global justice, indigenous justice, and community-based research are encouraged to apply. Active participation in service to the department, college, university, and to the discipline is also expected.

The department prefers candidates whose application portfolios include the following:

  • Evidence of an active research agenda preferably with a track record of publications and demonstrated ability to develop successful grant applications.
  • Evidence of a commitment to social justice in both teaching and research.
  • Evidence or willingness to contribute teaching courses in the department’s core curriculum.
  • Ability to add content to our graduate program via courses that involve the individual’s research interest and match curricular needs.
  • Evidence of effective classroom teaching, innovative approaches to instruction and curriculum design, and effective support for student success.
  • Evidence of community engagement research in underrepresented communities.
  • Evidence of ability to work effectively in a diverse university community.

To apply for this position, please click on the “Apply” button at the end of the job description if viewing this position through the NAU HR website. Otherwise, to view the original post and to apply, proceed to nau.jobs, follow the ‘Faculty and Administrator Openings’ links, locate vacancy 603918, and then “Apply” at the bottom of the page.

Application must include an attachment that contains: (1) a cover letter highlighting your particular qualifications for this position; (2) a curriculum vitae; (3) unoffical transcripts of all college-level work and graduate degrees; (4) a teaching portfolio, should include the following: statement of teaching philosophy, sample syllabi and course/student evaluations; and (5) names and contact information for three references.  Save all items, in the order stated, as a single PDF or Word document.

If you have problems submitting application attachments in the form of a Word or PDF document please contact the department for assistance.

If you need assistance completing your application there are instructions available online at http://hr.nau.edu or in person in the Human Resources Department located in Building 91 on the NAU Campus – on the corner of Beaver and DuPont Streets.

If you are an individual with a disability and need reasonable accommodation to participate in the hiring process please contact the Office of Equity and Access at: 928-523-3312/TDD – 928-523-1006 or PO Box 4083, Flagstaff AZ 86011.

JOB: Criminology, Law & Society at University of Toronto – Mississauga

The Department of Sociology at University of Toronto Mississauga within the University of Toronto invites applications for one (1) full-time tenure-track appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor in the areas of Criminology and Law & Society. The appointment will begin July 1, 2019.

The successful candidate should have a Ph.D. in Sociology, Criminology, Law & Society or a closely related field by the date of the appointment or shortly thereafter. The successful candidate will be expected to conduct innovative, independent, impactful research and to establish an outstanding, externally funded research program with a primary focus on criminology and law & society. The successful candidate will also contribute to developing and implementing innovative teaching programs for our highly diverse student body.

Candidates must have a record of excellence in research as demonstrated by publications in top ranked and field relevant academic journals or a publication pipeline that is at high international levels, presentations at significant conferences, awards and accolades, a demonstrated capacity to attract external research funding, and strong endorsements by referees of high international standing. Evidence of excellence in teaching will be demonstrated through teaching accomplishments, letters of reference and the teaching dossier, including a statement of teaching philosophy, teaching evaluations, and sample course materials, submitted as part of the application. The successful candidate must demonstrate that they have a proven record of activities that contribute to equity and diversity with respect to indigeneity, gender, sexuality, (dis)ability, race, and ethnicity among others, addressing this in their letter of application.

The successful candidate will teach in the undergraduate program at the University of Toronto Mississauga, contributing primarily to our Criminology, Law & Society program. They will also be a member of the Graduate Department of Sociology, University of Toronto and will teach and supervise students in the tri-campus graduate program housed at the St. George (downtown) campus. Additional information on the Department can be obtained at www.utm.utoronto.ca/sociology (for undergraduate studies), and www.sociology.utoronto.ca (for graduate studies).

The successful candidate will join a vibrant intellectual community of world-class scholars at Canada’s leading university. The University of Toronto offers a wide range of opportunities for collaborative and interdisciplinary research and teaching, the excitement of working with a highly diverse student population and actively encourages innovative scholarship, including, for example, community-based research and activities that contribute to wider knowledge transfer. The Greater Toronto Area offers amazing cultural and demographic diversity and one of the highest standards of living in the world.

Salary is commensurate with qualification and experience.

To be considered for this position, all application materials must be submitted by clicking the link below. Applicants should include 1) a letter of application describing their research agenda and contributions to equity and diversity, 2) a curriculum vitae, and 3) a teaching dossier (including a statement of teaching philosophy, teaching evaluations, and sample course materials). They should also request three (3) confidential signed letters of reference on letterhead to be sent directly to Ms. Diana Becevello, socadmin.utm@utoronto.ca. All application materials should be received by October 9, 2018, 11:59PM EST.

Submission guidelines can be found at: http://uoft.me/how-to-apply. Please submit attachments in PDF format only and label each file accordingly as cover letter, CV, or teaching dossier. We recommend combining documents into one or two files in PDF/MS Word format.

If you have questions about this position, please contact Ms. Diana Becevello, socadmin.utm@utoronto.ca.

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons/persons of colour, women, Indigenous/Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

As part of your application, you will be asked to complete a brief Diversity Survey. This survey is voluntary. Any information directly related to you is confidential and cannot be accessed by search committees or human resources staff. Results will be aggregated for institutional planning purposes. For more information, please see http://uoft.me/UP.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

JOB: Sociology at University of Tennessee – Knoxville

The Department of Sociology at the University of Tennessee – Knoxville invites applications for a tenure-track position at the level of Assistant Professor in the area of criminology, beginning August 1, 2019.  We are particularly interested in candidates who can contribute to the Department of Sociology’s strength in social justice (http://sociology.utk.edu) and whose research resonates with our other departmental areas: political economy and globalization; environmental sociology; and critical race and ethnic studies.  Applicants must demonstrate promise of distinguished scholarship and excellent teaching and will be expected to seek external funding as a condition of tenure and promotion. A Ph.D. in Sociology, Criminology, or related area is required at the time of appointment. The Department of Sociology has a strong international reputation for excellence.  We offer a supportive and collegial atmosphere in which scholars make a variety of important contributions to research, teaching, and public engagement. The Department and the University seek candidates who can contribute in meaningful ways to the diversity and intercultural goals of the University. Currently the University has approximately 22,000 undergraduate and 6,000 graduate students. The City of Knoxville has a beautiful and walkable downtown, active neighborhoods, and eclectic cultural activities, restaurants and shopping. Trip Advisor recently named it a Top Ten Destination on the Rise. The Knoxville metropolitan area has a population of more than 857,000 and is located within easy driving distance to Asheville, Atlanta, Nashville, and the Great Smoky Mountains. Review of applications will begin October 12 and will continue until the position is filled. Please upload a letter of application, curriculum vitae, one writing sample, research statement and teaching statement to apply.interfolio.com/53709. In addition, we require three recommendation letters, also to be uploaded to apply.interfolio.com/53709.  Direct all questions to Dr. Michelle Brown, Search Committee Chair, via e-mail (mbrow121@utk.edu). More information on the Department of Sociology is at http://sociology.utk.edu.

APLA Graduate Student Workshops

Each year during the American Anthropological Association meeting, 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 in their anthropological research and writing. This year’s workshop topics are the following (descriptions can be found below):

  • Ritual Performances of the State
  • Religious Nationalism
  • Technology and Urban Mobility/Spatiality
  • Technology in the Age of NDA and Contracts
  • The Body in the Law
  • Scandal, Rumors and Conspiracies

Each workshop will be limited to 4-5 students, who will meet with 2 faculty members at a café or restaurant near the AAA conference hotel. These locations, as well as the exact dates and times of the workshops will be determined in the weeks prior to the AAA meetings.

Doctoral students who wish to participate in these workshops should apply as soon as possible by completing this application form. Those interested in learning more about these workshops may check out our past workshops here.

Proposals will be accepted on a first-received, first-reviewed basis, and with the requirement that applicants’ projects/questions be closely related to the workshop topics. If an applicant feels that her or his project could be appropriate to more than one workshop, please feel free to list a second choice (in the event that the first-choice workshop has already filled up).

Email Rachel Laryea (rachel.laryea@yale.edu) and Zahirah Suhaimi (zsuhaimi@ucsc.edu) with any questions or concerns. The final deadline for consideration will be October 15, 2018 but workshops fill up quickly, so apply soon!

Workshop Descriptions:

Ritual Performances of the State:

Ritual has been a pre-occupation of anthropologists since the discipline’s formation.  It has been variously conceived as producing social solidarity, structuring rites of passage, or comprising everyday practices. Questions about the productive capacity of ritual remain salient for generating insights about social and political arrangements, including state power.  What kinds of rituals–whether the ceremonious coming together of capital and state power through an economic nationalist initiative, or the mundane act of renewing food stamp eligibility–serve to render a state or political entity legitimate and how?  What forms of subjectivity are inaugurated through participation in performances of the state? Alternatively, how might ritual be an avenue for disrupting and unsettling existing assemblages of power and function as a site of resistance, counter-politics, or solidarity? This workshop invites participants to critically re-engage the notion of ritual and consider its role in negotiations of political power, state formation, and nationalist culture.

Religious Nationalism:
Secularism has long been associated with the modern state, as a key component of a liberal political arrangement that ostensibly regulates expressions of religious belief in the public sphere. But what to make of the many growing religious nationalist movements across the globe, from Indonesia to Israel to the United States?  How might relations between the state and secularity be shifting? What are the conditions of possibility for the emergence of contemporary forms of nationalism, whether religious or secular? This workshop invites participants to examine the ways in which religious politics, secular modernity, and national policy intersect and inform one another.

Technology and Urban Mobility/Spatiality:
This workshop seeks to interrogate how recent advances in phone applications (apps) and map-based technology have reorganized communities and residential life. Drivers for apps like Uber and Lyft move millions of people daily throughout global urban centers, providing alternatives to extant means of transport including taxis and buses. These apps and other emerging digital technologies point to the increasing and varying ways technology is remapping urban life, labor and development. How has expanding access to technology disrupted urban core/periphery dynamics and migration patterns? How are our understandings of public/private space and transportation shaped by technology and  government attempts to regulate it? What can we learn about the politics of urban development, racism, housing policy and exclusion through a digitally cartographic lens? This workshop invites scholars to investigate technology and its effect on urban mobility and spatiality.

Ethnography in the Age of NDA and Contracts:
This workshop explores fieldwork methodology and ethics, examining the intersection of increasing institutionalization, frequent reliance on contracts and NDAs (non-disclosure agreements), and restrictions on field research funding. Given the increasing necessity of working within institutions to conduct research and the fact that many of these organizations now require researchers or affiliates to sign NDAs, how do these mandates influence what kinds of ethnography can be done, and where? How do contracts, whether boilerplate or more elaborate, impact anthropology’s reach, and what is the function of these contracts from an international legal standpoint? What are the ethical implications of anthropologists’ signing, refusing to sign, or breaking such contracts and other institutional agreements? How do these institutional frameworks foreclose and/or open theoretical and methodological possibilities for anthropological work? This workshop examines how anthropologists can draw from other literatures on formal and informal modes of non-disclosure (for example from medical anthropology, addiction studies, the anthropology of bureaucracy, or the study of the state) to conceptualize new methodological approaches to ethnographic research in the era of contracts.

The Body in the Law:
This workshop invites scholars to interrogate the centrality of “the body” in legal and medical strands of anthropology. What is the relationship of the body to legal and institutional forms of knowledge? At stake in such formations is who counts – and who is excluded – when we think about “the body.”  Medical diagnoses of the body are often used to inform legal procedures or as evidence in a court of law, for example in cases of assault, custody, worker’s compensation, or toxic illness. In such medico-legal formations, what comes to matter as “the body” is presumed universal, yet in practice is shifting. If the body is multiple and differentiated (Mol 2002), how can we as anthropologists avoid reproducing a singular institutional view in our theoretical frameworks of the body and embodiment?

Scandal, Rumors, and Conspiracies:
What constitutes a scandal, rumor, or conspiracy? What are their boundaries and how are they differently mobilized in a diverse array of political and legal contexts? While distinct categories, all are forms of speculative knowledge that can contest or legitimize political and legal formations and that raise enduring epistemological and ontological questions about politics, power, and justice. In recent times, the material effects of scandals, rumors, and conspiracies on political life have had momentous consequences as illustrated by the #metoo revelations in the United States, the Smolensk Conspiracy in Poland, or the Petrobras scandal in Brazil. This workshop invites graduate scholars to inquire into the multiple analytical dimensions of these phenomena as well as to critically explore the ethical and methodological risks of ethnographically researching these issues.