The World Council of Anthropological Associations Ethics Task Force is an international body established in 2012 to highlight important issues that relate to ethics and anthropology. It aims to review ethics guidelines with other associations for recommendation for the WCAA and develop research areas for further enquiries. Based on this body of evidence, the task is to make recommendations as to how WCAA might proceed. The aim is not to develop a universal set of guidelines but point out main issues that emerge and how they may be productively negotiated.
The WCAA Ethics Task Force is intent on defending the autonomy and integrity of anthropology for representation at large/state or university committees, and to participate in regional, national and international committees or organizations where required.
Read a report of the current progress with this work, March 2013. (PDF)
Chair: Raminder Kaur, UK
This WCAA Task Force was established in late August 2010 at the WCAA meeting held in Maynooth. Its main purpose was to explore the possibility of establishing some type of group or organization that might be called Anthropologists without Borders, what such a group or organization might look like, what its pros and cons might be, what its work could entail, what its bylaws might be, where it could be best established as a legal entity at this time, and what its eventual relation to the WCAA itself might be.
So far in its history the AOA Task Force of the WCAA has concentrated on doing this foundational work and providing counsel and encouragement to Carlos Caroso, the Brazilian colleague who has enthusiastically agreed to lead the project and to incorporate the organization to be called ASF (Antropologos sem fronteiras) as an NGO in Brazil. The AOA Task Force, however, will also be able to consider other advocacy and outreach matters once ASF is formally established and functioning as planned.
Chair: Virginia R. Dominguez, USA