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)


déjà lu translations

tangoBuenos Aires, Mecca of Tango: Activation, Processes, Mega Cultural events, Tourism and Dilemmas in the local heritage by Hernán Morel. Read the English translation >>

WCAA's second newsletter

The WCAA's second quarterly newsletter is out and available to download on the website here.

WCAA supports...

See all members’ submissions and letters of support for members’ associations here

ABA position on Guarani, in letter to Brazilian President. Read the letter here

the efforts to restore the Brazilian National Research Council's funding for the journal Vibrant
Read the letter here

the efforts to prevent staff cuts at the School of Culture, History & Language at the Australian National University's College of Asia and the Pacific. Read the letter to the Chancellor, VC and Dean here