Announcements, Book Reviews

New Feature: Book Reviews

Over the last couple of months we’ve already introduced two new suites of features: the first being a series of periodic digests from academic journals, around the web (which we call DragNet) and in the news that we’re collectively calling “Round Ups” and the second being the collection of original contributions from researchers From the Field, which we’ve further broken down into impressionistic Dispatches and more fully-developed Dossiers.

Now the editors of Anthropoliteia are happy to announce the first in a third “suite” of features which we’re collectively calling “Bibliographemes”.  The neologism is a a play on Roland Barthes’ term “biographeme,” of which Richard Elliott, drawing on Seán Burke, writes: Continue reading


Welcome to the new !

© The estate of Edward Wolfe

P.C. 77 by Edward Wolfe c.1927

We are happy to continue announcing the exciting changes that are rolling out here at Anthropoliteia. You’ve already heard about our new snazzy design and two of our new features, “Dispatches” and “In the Journals“.  In the meantime we’ve also snuck in our very own domain name:  For most of you this should make very little difference, in any.  Your browser and rss reader should automatically redirect you from our old WordPress address to the new one, but this change affords us a greater deal of flexibility with the site design going forward. Continue reading

Announcements, In the Journals

New Feature: In the Journals

The editors of Anthropoliteia are pleased to announce yet another in a planned series of new features that will be appearing here on the blog over the coming month.  We’re calling this new feature, which will be part of the “Round Ups” suite of regular features, “In the Journals” and it will  digest anthropoliteia-related articles and special issues appearing in academic journals, on a quarterly basis (for now). 

In addition I’m happy to introduce one of our new “Section Editors,” David Thompson.  David is currently a PhD candidate in Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley, having earned a B.A. from the University of Sydney. His work focuses on prisons in Rio de Janeiro as institutions that subvert as much as they reinforce the established social and political order of the city; hosting different legal, political, humanitarian, evangelical, community and narcotic projects that then bleed out into the urban fabric of a city saturated with discourses on crime and justice.  We’re super happy to have him on board.

If you have any suggestions for journals we should be keeping tabs on for this feature, or if you want to call our attention to a specific issue or article, send an email to with the words “In the Journals” in the subject header.

Announcements, Call for papers

CFP Anthropoliteia-sponsored panel at the 2014 AAA Meetings

Long-time readers of Anthropoliteia may remember that some of the first “extra-curricular” iterations of the blog were at panels at the 2009 and 2010 Annual Meetings of the American Anthropological Association.  In my own humble estimation, these were extremely productive conversations, and not only because they resulted in an edited volume that was published by Palgrave Macmillan last year, of which we’re all extremely proud.

In that vein, and to broaden the conversation, we’ve decided to try sponsoring a panel on anthropoliteia-related issues this year.  If the experiment is successful, it may even become an annual thing.  Please read through the following CFP and consider offering an abstract.  Also, please pass this announcement on to anyone else that may be interested.

Call for Papers: Thinking through police, producing anthropological theory

For a session to be submitted to the 2014 Annual Meetings of the American Anthropological Association (Washington DC, December 3–7, 2014).  Dr. Kevin Karpiak (Eastern Michigan University), organizer.

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New feature, From the Field: Dossiers & Dispatches

In addition to our new snazzy design, we’re also planning on rolling out some big substantive changes over the next few weeks here at Anthropoliteia.

The first of these is a new feature we are going to call, collectively, “From the Field“. Posts “From the Field” will be grouped loosely into two categories, “Dossiers” and “Dispatches“.  Our hope is that both types of posts will encourage a larger reflection on the anthropology of policing, crime, punishment and security… both on this blog and more broadly.    Dossiers will consist of “digested” versions of recent publications or larger research projects in a more developed state (of which, more in the near future).

Dispatches will consist of short observations from the field, with minimal or no analysis; preludes to, or the very first tentative steps into a field.  The word “dispatch” itself comes from either the Italian dispacciare or Spanish despachar, both of them meaning ‘to expedite’ (the dis-/des- expressing a reversal of the base impacciare/empachar, ‘to hinder’).  A “dispatch,” in other words, is an unhindering.

In that spirit I’m pleased to announce our first of many planned installments of this sort from Charlie Hahn.  Charlie is an anthropologist whose recent work has examined ethics, uncertainty and force in the training of police officers, as well as the confluence of community policing strategy and the atomization of surveillance capabilities. He holds a Bachelor’s of Arts in Anthropology and Comparative Literature from the University of Washington, Seattle. This spring and summer he will be sending “dispatches” from travels in the U.S. and Central America.


Announcements, Call for papers

[Extended Deadline] CFP: Bureaucracy as Practical Ethics: attending to moments of ethical problematization through ethnography

Panel to be submitted for the American Ethnological Society & Association for Political and Legal Anthropology Spring Meeting Chicago, Illinois April 11-13, 2013

A significant strain of scholarship on the anthropology of ethics suggests that, since the Enlightenment, ethical thought in the West has been reduced to sheer will to power. A key point of evidence for this claim has been the reliance on bureaucratic forms of administration, which are highlighted as examples of alienating “anti-politics” machines of indifference. This panel hopes to challenge that broad understanding of the role of ethical thought within the contemporary world by using sensitive ethnographic accounts of bureaucratic praxis to explore how ethical challenges are confronted across a variety of contexts. The goal is to use these accounts in order to open up a conversation in which anthropologists might more adequately attend to moments of ethical problematization; moments that offer concrete opportunity for ethical refiguration and, therefore, ethical thought within contemporary political forms.

If you are interested in participating in the panel, please email a proposed paper title and abstract of no more than 250 words to Dr. Kevin Karpiak ( by Tuesday, January 22nd.

[Update: Since the deadline to submit panel proposals has been moved back, I've decided to extend this as well: paper abstracts should now be submitted by Wednesday, February 13th.]


New website for the Policing Studies Forum in Hong Kong

Just a note to let everyone know that our little seminar group in Hong Kong is slowly but surely growing a vibrant intellectual community around the interdisciplinary discussion of policing. We now have entered the 21st century with our own WEBSITE (yay!). The address is Tell your friends and colleagues! And drop me a line if you want to get on the mailing list.


Introducing: Guest Contributor Seyed Mirmajlessi

I’m thrilled to be able to introduce a new guest contributor, Seyed Mirmajlessi.  Seyed graduated from Eastern Michigan University in 2010 with a B.S. in Criminology and Criminal Justice and is currently undertaking the M.A. program at EMU in Criminology.  His specific interest include: police-public relations, privatization of prisons, and the extensive impact technology has brought into our current criminal justice system.  We can look forward to posts from Seyed that explore the use of social technologies by police forces.

Welcome to our anthropolitical forum, Seyed!

Announcements, Call for papers

Call for chapter proposals – Police and Protesters: Motives and Responses

Call for chapter proposals – Police and Protesters: Motives and Responses

Location: Australia
Publication Date: 2011-02-01
Date Submitted: 2010-11-22
Announcement ID: 180858
Proposals are currently being sought for an international collection of scholarly papers on the motives and responses of police and protesters in occurrences of social action. The proposed collection will contain a collection of personal accounts, analyses of historical and/or current events, and other experiences in order to evaluate the motives, procedures/practices and outcomes in such situations from both the perspectives of protesters and police. In terms of ‘motives’, submissions should primarily consider what motivates people to use different forms of social action as a means to achieve their goals, not necessarily what issues (eg: climate change, war) motivates them to take such action in the first place (however, these other factors may still be addressed in the paper). Original contributions from any discipline are welcome.In the twenty-first century protesters and protest groups are well organised and prepared for confrontations. Yet there is only a relatively small body of academic work on protests from either the perspective of protesters or law enforcement agencies. This collection seeks to extend upon this literature. Our objectives are to document through a series of case studies of different situations what motivates people to undertake different forms of social action, what outcomes they seek to achieve in protests, and how they seek to achieve these outcomes. Examples of topics of interest include:

• Humour and social action;
• Popular (mass) social action;
• Transport blockades;
• Non-violent action;
• Music and social action;
• Destruction of property;
• Media and social action;

Please submit a 1-2 page proposal by 1 February, 2011.

Authors should also attach a brief (one-page maximum) biographical summary. Please direct all inquiries and proposals via email to Dr. Nathan Wise, Dr. Alyce McGovern and Dr. Jenny Wise at

Title: Police and Protesters: Motives and Responses

Editors: Dr. Nathan Wise, Dr. Alyce McGovern, Dr. Jenny Wise


Dr. Nathan Wise
School of Humanities
University of New England
NSW 2351