TAPJA’s 2017 Nadel Essay Prize

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The Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology invites the submission of papers for the 2017 Nadel Essay Prize

The Nadel Essay Prize celebrates excellence in ethnographic writing. Ethnographically-based original papers are invited on social and cultural anthropology relating to the Asia Pacific region, including Australia. This annual prize, inaugurated in 2011 to commemorate sixty years of Anthropology at the Australian National University, is named after S.F. Nadel, who was appointed Foundation Professor of Anthropology in 1951.

The Prize
The winner of the prize will be announced in February 2018. The winner will receive a prize of $250, a year?s subscription to the journal and promotion on the journal?s website.

Submission Details
Anthropologists who have earned their doctorate within five years prior to submission are invited to submit. Ethnographically-based original papers are invited on social and cultural anthropology relating to the Asia Pacific region, including Australia. The submission should not be under consideration for publication elsewhere, and should not be submitted to any other journal until the outcome of the competition is known.
Word limit: 8000 words
Closing date for submissions: 30 November 2017
Papers must be submitted online at: http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/rtap.  Please indicate that your submission is intended for the prize in the cover letter section.
For inquiries please contact the journal: tapja@anu.edu.au

All papers submitted for the prize will be evaluated by the TAPJA Editorial Board. The jury will evaluate on the originality, quality of the argumentation, conceptual clarity and overall readability. The jury decision will be final. There is only one prize per year and the board reserves the right to award no prize if submitted material is not of an appropriate standard. Shortlisted submissions for the prize will be peer reviewed for publication in the journal.

The Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology (TAPJA) is a leading refereed scholarly journal that publishes social and cultural anthropological research with a focus on the Asia and Pacific region, including Australia. This region has been a crucible for significant advances in the discipline and remains an important site for the development of concepts and debates. The international focus of the journal encompasses regional scholars and emerging voices from centres of research in the region. Contributions may include digital media files, including video, that are published in the online version. TAPJA publishes review essays, reviews of books and multimedia products (including music, films, and web sites) relevant to anthropological research and education. View the most recent issue at: http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/14442213.asp

TAPJA is jointly published by the Department of Anthropology, School of Culture, History and Language, College of Asia and the Pacific and the School of Archaeology and Anthropology, College of Arts and Social Sciences at The Australian National University.

‘The Art of Anthropology’ Opening Night (29 September)

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               The Art of Anthropology

Get excited! The Art of Anthropology exhibition is coming up. Taking you from the desert landscape of central Australia through to the Karen hills of northern Thailand, the photos tell stories about a changing world and moments caught at the crossroads of different influences, generations, traditions and cultures. Jodie-Lee Trembath, Simon Theobald, Ian Pollock and Julia Brown will also be launching their amazing podcast and blog The Familiar Strange! Make sure you keep yourself free for the opening night on Friday, the 29th September! See here for more details.

Lecture: ‘Re-claiming the Ocean’ by Edvard Hviding

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Re-claiming the Ocean: Climate change, oceanic sovereignties and maritime contestations in the Pacific

In the 21st century Pacific views of the ocean as generative and supportive of distinct ways of human existence are challenged: for many islanders of Oceania, global climate change is transforming the life-giving ocean into a threat. As the warming, acidification and rising of the sea erode reefs and coasts, and as new forms of extreme weather become regular, low-lying Pacific atoll nations may be destined for an unprecedented political situation with permanent flooding of their land.

Questions are asked whether disappearing land implies similar fates for the Exclusive Economic Zones of atoll nations, and loss of economic resources for the future. New challenges to Oceania’s state and maritime sovereignties emerge, and predatory initiatives into sovereign-less ocean – Mare Nullius – from high seas fisheries and seabed mining are predicted. In this field of contestation, Oceania’s diverse forms of governance generate responses that amount to re-claiming the ocean beyond 200-mile zones. New approaches to the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea are developed by Pacific states, as seen at the United Nations Ocean Conference in June 2017. This lecture discusses current and future Mare Nullius scenarios for Oceania with reference to ongoing anthropological fieldwork ranging from Pacific villages and national capitals to United Nations meetings.

Edvard Hviding is Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Bergen, founding director of the Bergen Pacific Studies Research Group, and Adjunct Professor of Pacific Studies at the University of the South Pacific. In 2012-16 he coordinated the European Consortium for Pacific Studies (ECOPAS, funded by the EU) and was Executive Producer of the Fiji-based climate change performance Moana: The Rising of the Sea. Since 1986 Hviding has carried out 40 months of fieldwork in Solomon Islands and worked briefly in many other parts of Oceania. Recently he has directed comparative research on vernacular models and Pacific policies concerning weather and climate change, and his current fieldwork is focused on Pacific and global policy arenas for ocean and climate.

Shifting States Conference Registration Open

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Shifting States 2017

As most of you will know by now, this year three anthropology associations (AAS, ASA and ASAANZ) are collaborating to put on an international conference in December 2017. It will bring together anthropologists and members from across Australia, New Zealand, the UK and Commonwealth and beyond on the theme of ‘Shifting States’. Registration for the conference is now open here and we encourage you to check out the website (http://shiftingstates.info) and save the dates for what is sure to be an exciting week.