The World Council of Anthropological Associations (WCAA) is a network of national, regional and international associations that aims to promote worldwide communication and cooperation in anthropology.

Its primary objectives are:

Key activities in line with these objectives are:

WCAA Task Forces

These are non-profit organizations and global networks of anthropologists:
WCAA Ethics Task force

WCAA Advocacy and Outreach Activities Task Force


The blog can potentially serve as a world forum for anthropologists' debates. It's open to everyone. Add comments or better still, write your own piece on any anthropological topic, email it to cmgordon(at), and we’ll post it.


See which associations are members of the WCAA; or learn who is on the organising committee and who are the international delegates to the WCAA.

If your association is interested to join the WCAA, read further information here.

WCAA delegates at the WCAA biennial meeting in Taipei, Taiwan 2014


The WCAA and IUAES are working towards a strategic alliance. Read more about this process (PDF PDF)


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WCAA's first newsletter

The WCAA's first quarterly newsletter explains what the WCAA and it's member associations are up to.
(View the PDF)PDF

WCAA fights cuts to NSF funding

The WCAA wrote to the US Congress to contest proposed social sciences funding cuts (Read the letter here)PDF

WCAA fights for A level anthropology

The WCAA wrote to the official body in the UK (View the PDF)PDF

Along with the IUAES, the WCAA then wrote to The Guardian and Observer newspapers (View the PDF)PDF

South African anthropologist connects UCT protests with UK A-level exclusion (Read here)

WCAA statement on ebola

View the PDFPDF

World Anthropologies

Video messages from:
- the former WCAA President
- Presidents of some member associations

Short film: "The foundation of World Council of Anthropological Associations (WCAA)"

World Anthropologies Bibliography compiled by AAA Committee of World Anthropologies

Member submissions

A new archive dedicated to member association submissions to public enquiries, etc.
Read the Australian Society's submission to the National Inquiry into Children in Immigration Detention.