WCAA member associations
Anthropology is a small discipline on the island of Ireland and of relatively recent origins. There are two academic departments: that in Queen’s University, Belfast was established in 1973 (now in the School of History and Anthropology), and that in National University of Ireland Maynooth in 1983. The AAI came into being in 1987 with the objective of promoting the discipline by encouraging research and teaching, providing a forum for the exchange of ideas, and promoting acceptable standards of professional conduct.
ASnA was founded in 2001 with the merging of the two former anthropology associations in South Africa. These were the Association for Anthropology in Southern Africa (AASA) and the South African Association for Cultural Anthropologists (SASCA). In general, AASA members were associated with the English-speaking universities and SASCA members with Afrikaans-speaking universities, though membership was not confined to academics. The two associations were divided not only by language but also by epistemology (Social Anthropology in the case of AASA, Cultural Anthropology in the case of SASCA), and by ideology (in brief, agreement and disagreement with apartheid policies).
Association website: www.asnahome.org
Colegio de Graduados en Antropología de la República Argentina - CGA
The CGA is a professional organization founded by the Constitutive Assembly of July 27, 1972. As a national professional association (legal registration # 351838), it includes an important proportion of anthropologists engaged in practice in Argentina.
The ASA was founded in 1946 to promote the study and teaching of social anthropology, to hold periodical meetings, to present the interests of social anthropology and to maintain its professional status, to assist in any way possible in planning research, to collate, and if possible, publish information on social anthropology, and a register of social anthropologists.
The AAS was incorporated under New South Wales legislation in 1973. Members of the Society currently include a substantial proportion of the practising anthropologists in Australia, with some other members overseas in, for example, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and Fiji.
Association publications: AAS Electronic Publications, Anthropological Forum, Oceania, Oceania Monographs, Social Analysis, The Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology, The Australian Journal of Anthropology
Association website: www.aas.asn.au
Founded in 1955, the ABA is the oldest scientific organisation existing in Brazil in the field of Social Sciences. In fifty years, the ABA has played an outstanding role in dealing with issues related to public policies regarding education, social action and protection of human rights. Throughout its history, it defended ethnic minorities, discriminated groups and has expressed itself manifestly against social injustice. Its voice has not failed to disturb those who do not respect human rights. Its code of ethics demands respect for populations studied and requires researchers to make their objectives clear to the groups and populations they study.
Association website: www.abant.org.br
CASCA was founded in February of 1974 at a meeting of 120 ethnologists at Université Laval, with its original name being the Canadian Ethnology Society. The founding members drafted and approved a constitution with a mandate to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas among ethnologists. The society's aims were to encourage formal and informal dissemination of knowledge through an annual conference and publications; promote relations with other academic and professional associations, aboriginal groups, and governments; and publicize ethnological research and activities to further understanding of ethnological practices.
The Croatian Anthropological Society (Hrvatsko antropološko društvo - HAD) is a cover organization bringing together scientists and professionals working in the field of anthropology and complementary scientific fields (e.g. biology, genetics, physiology, immunology, morphology, ethnology, archaeology, psychology etc.).
The Society has 157 members.
CASA is association of professional academics in social anthropology, graduates in social anthropology (MA level) and supporters from related disciplines. It is part of the academic community of the Czech Republic and belongs to the category of scientific societies.
The aims of CASA are
- to support the development of scientific research and education in social anthropology;
- to represent Czech social anthropology in relation to the government, public and non-governmental organizations and on international anthropological forums;
- to popularise the achievements of social anthropology;
- to maintain contacts and establish cooperation with similar professional organizations in the Czech Republic and abroad.
To attain its aims, the association organizes specialized conferences, lectures and seminars, prepares and publishes publications, elaborates and presents suggestions concerning the improvement of education and research in social anthropology, and offers the findings of social anthropology for practical implementation.
Association publication: www.casaonline.cz/cargo-journal-for-social-anthropology
Association website: www.casaonline.cz
The Czech Ethnological Society (Česká národopisná společnost) is an association of professionals working in the fields of ethnology and cultural anthropology. The history of the Czech Ethnological Society dates back to 1891 and is closely related to the establishment of ethnology as an academic field in the Czech Lands. Today the society has more than two hundred individual members specializing in different aspects of traditional culture and cultural history and twenty collective members which include museums, open-air museums and academic institutions. The Czech Ethnological Society has two special commissions – Commission for Folk Architecture and Commission for Folk Customs and since 2010 it is accredited to act in advisory capacity to the Intergovernmental Committee of the UNESCO Convention for Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage. Since 1906 it publishes the Ethnographic journal.
The Chinese Anthropological Society – CAS The Chinese Anthropological Society（CAS）was founded on May 14, 1981. It is one of the first nation-wide academic organizations in China. Its mission is to unite and organize all Chinese anthropologists to promote the prosperity of anthropology in China. It now has 433 members. Its present chair is HAO Si-yuan HAO Shi-yuan. Its main activities of CAS include: 1) actively conduct academic research and organize various forms of academic activities; 2) compile, translate and publish outstanding anthropological research results and promote and popularize anthropological knowledge; 3) maintain close contacts with relevant associations at home and abroad and reinforce academic cross-discipline and international exchanges; 4) establish regular contact with relevant local units or offices and provide advices to policy-makers; 5) compile The Newsletter of Chinese Anthropological Society to report great anthropological research achievements at home and abroad, to provide relevant academic information at home and abroad, and report the opinions and suggestions of the members.
Association website: www.colegioantropologos.cl/web
EASA is a professional association open to all social anthropologists either qualified in, or else working in, Europe. It is a society of scholarship, founded in January 1989 at a meeting of eighteen founder members from fourteen European countries, supported by the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research. This meeting drafted the Constitution and elected the Association's first Executive Committee (1989-90), chaired by Prof. Adam Kuper, Brunel University of London.
The Finnish Anthropological Society is a learned society founded in 1975. The Society has approximately 400 members in Finland and abroad. The core function of the Society is to promote high quality research in the fields of anthropology and in disciplines closely related to anthropology. The Society also creates public venues for discussing and disseminating anthropological knowledge and aims at consolidating the identity of anthropologists working in Finland.
Founded in 2009, the AFEA (Association Française d’Ethnologie et d’Anthropologie/ French association for Social Anthropology), is a professional association dedicated to promote the advancement of anthropology in France. The main objectives of AFEA are to unite individual anthropologists and associations working in anthropology, to represent the discipline at the national level, and to provide advice for related public policy developments in France. Our main activities are: running a participatory website that gathers information related to anthropology, hosting periodical meetings (conferences, forums, etc.) as exchange platforms for those working in anthropology in France, and promoting initiatives in teaching and research in anthropology.
Association website: www.asso-afea.fr
The AFA was founded in May 1979 following a conference on The Present State and Future of Anthropology (April 1977), organized by S. Dreyfus-Gamelon and G. Condominas, at a time when the anthropological community was concerned with both its professionalization and its representation to the outside world. The Association set itself the goal of "promoting the development of anthropology and of relations between anthropologists, informing the general public about anthropology, representing French anthropology on international bodies and making anthropologists aware of their responsibilities".
The DGV congregates social anthropologists as well as people and institutions interested in anthropological issues. It was founded in the 1920s, with even older predecessors.
The HKAS was founded in 1978 in response to a growing interest in Hong Kong in the culture and ethnography of the region. It now has some 120 members in Hong Kong, including professional anthropologists and other academics from Hong Kong's eight universities, postgraduate and undergraduate students, and interested laypeople from all walks of life. The Society works in close association with the Hong Kong Museum of History and with the Department of Anthropology at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. The society organizes regular monthly talks by scholars, professionals, and local experts on all aspects of anthropology -- from netizens in China's cyberspace to the struggles of Hong Kong Disneyland, from shamans in Indonesia to Hong Kong identity as Chinese/not Chinese, from the birth of agriculture in China to migrant laborers in Beijing to ecotourism in Malaysia, low-end globalization in Chungking Mansions, and musical genres in the Philippines. These talks are followed by informal dinners at a local restaurant, to which all are invited. The purpose of the Society is to bring anthropology beyond the doors of academe, to a larger public of interested people in Hong Kong and beyond. We seek to bring academics and laypeople together in a common forum, in order to broaden academic anthropology and in order to broaden the understanding of anthropology by people beyond the academy.
The Indian Anthropological Association (IAA) is the body of the professional anthropologists in India seeking to provide a platform to anthropologists and those working on allied disciplines, to promote interest and encourage research in anthropology through the publication of the journal and holding seminars and conferences.The idea to form this association was conceived way back in 1964 at Dalhousie, Himachal Pradesh when All India Summer School was organized by the Department of Anthropology, University of Delhi. The association continued in an informal manner till 1969 when it was formally registered with Department of Anthropology, University of Delhi as its National Headquarters. The Indian Anthropological Association has never looked back in its journey for the pursuit and dissemination of knowledge regarding the diversified conditions of human existence. It has focused on the understanding of complexity and variety that the Indian populations and cultures exhibit. It has been sensitive and responsive to significant conceptual and methodological advances developing from time to time to in different intellectual traditions of the world anthropology. It has also been raising concerns in relation to important social and political issues in India.
The Indian Anthropological Society traces its origin from the Anthropology Club established in 1921 at the initiative of the then Vice-chancellor of the University of Calcutta, Sir Ashutosh Mukhopadhyay, who acted as its founding President. The major objectives of the Club were to organize periodic academic discourses on anthropology and related disciplines as well as to examine the role and relevance of anthropology in the emerging situational contexts of India. The Club also took active interest in promoting and propagating inter-culturally tolerant outlook among fellow citizens.
The International Association for Southeast European Anthropology (InASEA) is the successor of the Association of Balkan Anthropology (ABA), founded in 1996. InASEA was established at the conference in Sofia in 2000. The Association members perform research in Southeast European ethnology, cultural and social anthropology, folklore, historical anthropology, and the related disciplines. They come from the region as well as from other parts of the world, and share the conviction that anthropologically informed research is an essential element for understanding the current and past problems of Southeast Europe.
International Society for Ethnology and Folklore / Société Internationale d´Ethnologie et de Folklore (SIEF)
SIEF is an international scholarly organization founded in 1964. The major purpose of our organization is to facilitate cooperation among scholars working within European Ethnology, Folklore Studies and adjoining fields. Membership is open to interested scholars and students. The modest membership fees support our efforts to build stronger networks among individuals and institutions in our fields, to enlarge the scope of our web-based services, and to plan and carry out scholarly meetings. Within the larger and looser framework of SIEF, a number of special interest sections have taken shape over the past decades. They hold their own congresses and workshops, and in some instances publish their own proceedings.
Association website: www.siefhome.org
The IUAES is a world organization of social and biological anthropological scientists and institutions working in the fields of anthropology and ethnology, but also of interest to archaeologists and linguistics specialists, among others. Its aim is to enhance exchange and communication among scholars of all regions of the world, in a collective effort to expand human knowledge. In this way it hopes to contribute to a better understanding of human society, and to a sustainable future based on harmony between nature and culture.
Association website: www.iuaes.org
The Israeli Anthropological Association (IAA) was founded in 1973. Starting as a four-field association, its membership today is dominated by socio-cultural anthropologists. Its over 100 members include university staff, college staff, and graduate students (about 1/3 of the membership each). The main activity of the IAA is a two-day annual meeting, with distinguished keynote speakers from abroad, lively discussions , book celebration and alternate PhD and MA theses competitions.
Association website: www.anthropology.org.il
ANUAC is a professional academic association founded in 2006 to promote the 'demo-ethno-anthropological disciplines', which is the official denomination adopted in Italy to represent three originally distinct scholarly traditions (folklore studies or demologia, ethnology, and cultural anthropology). Every two years ANUAC organizes a national conference on different anthropological topics, and publishes a biannual open access e-journal also named Anuac. Among its multiple activities fostering research, education and scientific cooperation in anthropology, ANUAC also promotes initiatives concerning the popularization, the current status and the future of anthropology, within and beyond the academy.
The ISItA was founded in 1893 by Giuseppe Sergi. The objective of the ISItA is to promote an interdisciplinary approach to anthropology which encompasses a synthesis of the biological, social and cultural aspects of the evolution of Man. The activities of the ISItA include the organisation of scientific meetings regarding matters of general interest and the publication of the Journal of Anthropological Sciences (JASs).The JASs publishes research articles, notes and reviews concerning all aspects of evolutionary anthropology (primatology, human paleontology, prehistory, biology and genetics of extinct and extant populations), with particular attention towards interdisciplinary approaches.
With a membership of approximately 2,100 scholars and students, the JASCA/Nihon Bunkajinrui Gakkai is one of the largest anthropological organizations in the world. The JASCA's main purpose is to promote research on human culture(s) in cultural anthropology, social anthropology and ethnology.
According to its statutes, the ALA is a democratic organization, without any political nor religious affiliations. Its primary objective is to congregate professionals with an anthropological interest on Latin American and the Caribbean to promote the exchange of ideas, the debate of paradigms and the defense of common interests in the field.The Latin American Anthropological Association was constituted in April 1990, during the Brazilian Anthropological Association meeting, in Florianopolis. In July 2005, the Association held its First Congress of Latin American Anthropology in Rosario, Argentina.The Association is administered in three-year periods by a Council of Representatives -constituted by as much as two representatives of each country which has ALA members- and an Executive Board –constituted by a President, a General Secretary, a Technical Secretary, a Treasurer and five Vice-Presidents.
Association website: asociacionlatinoamericanadeantropologia.org
LAB was founded in 1999 by Latvian anthropologists who had gained education in the West after the breakdown of the Soviet Union. The association aspires to develop and strengthen social/ cultural anthropology as an academic discipline in Latvia, engaging at the same time with other disciplines that study humankind from different perspectives. LAB also tries to enhance scholarly and public debate on important socio-political issues in Latvia. Members of the association include anthropologists currently involved in teaching and research at local and foreign universities as well as representatives of other academic disciplines with interest in anthropology. LAB also has a student section.
Association website: antropologubiedriba.wikidot.com
The CEAS is a professional organization created by the Constitutive Assembly of July 25, 1974. Legally recognized as a professional college by the General Profession Direction of the Public Education Secretary (Mexico) since 1976, the College has an official place in Mexico City, judicial personality, its own patrimony, and indefinite duration.
Association website: www.ceas.org.mx
The Association of Social Anthropologists of Aotearoa/New Zealand (ASAA/NZ) is a relatively small association, established in 1975. It now has some 100 members. Its main activity is an annual conference, usually in December. It also maintains an online discussion board. Anthropology in Aotearoa/NZ began in the encounter between Maori and colonial intellectuals who sought to understand and engage with Maori society. This was later infused with the British tradition of social anthropology, which attracted New Zealanders such as Raymond Firth to study in Britain and later a student of Malinowski, Ralph Piddington, to move from Australia to New Zealand, where he founded the first department of anthropology in Auckland in 1950. There are now six anthropology programmes at universities across the country. Anthropologists also work in other programmes, government departments, and private practice.
Association website: asaanz.science.org.nz
Norsk Antropologisk Forening (NAF) was founded in 1979 and is now a comprehensive organization with members from all the main anthropological institutes in Norway, as well as anthropologists outside academia. As such, NAF offers a common ground of educational and social interaction for Norwegian anthropologists. The association arranges an annual conference with distinguished keynote speakers, panel discussions and the announcement of awards for MA and PhD theses competitions, and is furthermore involved in publishing of the Norwegian Anthropological Journal. Through this and other activities NAF aims at contributing to the prospering of collaboration among anthropologistsin Norway (as well as in the Scandinavian region).
Association website:: www.antropologi.org
The PAAA is a professional association whose primary goal is to facilitate the development of anthropological capacity and to promote excellence in the context of Africa’s development. The mission of the association is derived therefore from the tripartite mandate mentioned in the historical background of PAAA.
Founded, in 1977, UGAT aims to:
- promote, develop, and disseminate anthropological knowledge;
- deepen the knowledge, understanding, and participation of and among different ethnolinguistic groups in working towards an integrated national consciousness and development;
- forge linkages among anthropologists and others doing related work within and outside the country; and
- uphold professional ethics.
UGAT's journal provides a forum for the 'scholarship and practice of anthropology' in the Philippines, while annual conferences provide opportunities for members and related practitioners to participate in the critical examination of evidence-based theoretical and applied research; and hence UGAT produces and disseminates knowledge to its diverse publics (e.g. academe, community-based organizations, state and non-state agencies).
Association journal: AghamTao
Association website: www.ugat.org.ph
The APA , founded in 1989, is the representative association of Portuguese anthropologists. In 2005, it has some 515 associates. APA is economically independent, being supported by its associate’s fees and is formally constituted as an association under Portuguese law. Its organs are elected by the associates for a three-year period. APA is permanently based at the Institute of Social Sciences of the University of Lisbon (a research institution with a postgraduate program, which includes a section specializing in anthropology) through an agreement of mutual convenience.
Association of Anthropologists and Ethnologists of Russia (AAER) was founded in 1991. The main purpose of the Association - to unite the Russian experts in the field of ethnology and anthropology. The main objectives of the Association: - promote research in the field of ethnography, folklore, social and cultural anthropology and modern ethno-national processes in Russia and abroad; - implement a policy of peace and friendship, mutual understanding, cooperation between the peoples of Russia and other countries, the fight against racial, ethnic, religious and any other form of intolerance, discrimination and exclusion; - promote knowledge of the peoples and countries of the world and achievements in ethnographic and anthropological science in Russia and worldwide.
In accordance with the purpose and objectives of the movement, AAER conducts a regular biennial Congresses of anthropologists and ethnologists; since 1991, 10 congresses have occurred.
AAER has the status of the All-Russian non-governmental organization. It includes 48 regional offices in various regions of the Russian Federation. To join AAER, you need submit an application to the head-office of Association. To contact AAER please write at congress(AT)iea.ras.ru, aaer2015(AT)mail.ru or call +74959548953
Association website: iea-ras.ru/index.php?go=Ethno
The KOSCA is a professional association for the promotion of research and academic dialogue in cultural anthropology, and was founded in November 1958. As of 2013, the Society has 361 members: 220 professional members who are holding doctoral degrees, including 110 full-time faculty members in higher education. The Society’s officers consist of President, 2 Vice-presidents, 7 Board Officers, and 7 Overseas Board Members. The official journal was started in June 1968. The journal was published annually in the beginning, and was later expanded and published twice a year in 1996. After 2010, the journal has been published three times a year with a circulation of 350 copies.
The ICA has now been active for twenty seven years in disseminating the discipline of anthropology and create a forum in our country for discussion, research and scientific study of society and culture. At its outset, this institution arose out of the concern of a group of anthropologists to open up new horizons and methods of work once the Franco dictatorship came to an end.
The Madrid Institute of Anthropology (IMA) was founded in 2009 to promote the furtherance and public understanding of anthropology, principally in the Autonomous Community of Madrid. To that end, it encourages research in anthropology as a scientific discipline and the spread of research results in anthropology, the study of the contributions of anthropology to the analysis of social problems, as well as favouring intercultural understanding, the professionalization of the career of anthropologist with the active provision of services to anthropologists and students of anthropology, provides a space for dialogue, interchange, collaboration and communication for anthropologists and all those interested in anthropology and research on and protection of social and cultural heritage in society, as well as encouraging collaboration with the public administration, social agents and groups, cultural associations, scientific societies, foundations, teaching and research institutions, including membership in federations or unions of associations of anthropology, whether at a regional, national or international level.
Association website: www.ima.org.es/index.html
The AAC-LMK was founded in 1989 to promote the discipline of socio-cultural anthropology in Castile and Leon by bringing together anthropologists working in or on the region. The AAC-LMK, which has been a member of the Federation of Anthropological Associations of the Spanish State [FAAEE] since 1993, has been active in the support of anthropological investigation of the area, as well as the spread of the results of such research at local, national and international levels, through the publication, and when necessary, the translation, of the most significant work done on the anthropology of Castile and Leon. The AAC-LMK has also been active in the organising of seminars and of international scientific conferences and the publication of the results of such conferences, as well as in the carrying out of studies in applied anthropology at the request of public and private institutions and in collaboration with professionals of other disciplines.
Association website: www.antropologiacastillayleon.org
The Anthropological Association of Sweden, SANT, was established in 1991. The main activities of SANT are the annual conferences, organized in different university locations across Sweden. SANT has about 100 paying members. The mission of SANT is to serve as a forum for anthropology in Sweden, and thus to promote the development of scholarship and teaching in anthropology and its applied areas, anthropological knowledge and expertise in various contexts, to protect the professional interests of anthropologists, and to inform about anthropology, and actively work for an increased understanding of anthropology´s social and cultural scholarship at universities, governmental authorities and among the general public.
Association website: sverigesantropologforbund.org
Taiwan Society for Anthropology and Ethnology (TSAE) is the professional organization representing all anthropologists and ethnologists in Taiwan. It has been formally registered with the Ministry of Interior Affairs as a non-profit organization since 2000. Currently TSAE has 170 due-paying members, plus 16 organization members. TSAE has its regular annual meeting in early October with formal business meetings, panels on special topics, paper presentations, and poster sessions. The only exception was in 2009 when TSAE also sponsored the Society of East Asian Anthropologists (SEAA, a branch of AAA) to have the joint meeting in Taipei that drew over 400 participants. TSAE also publishes Taiwan Journal of Anthropology (biannually) and two issues of newsletter AnthroVision each year.
Association website: www.taiwananthro.org.tw
The Tunisian Association of Anthropology is a national scientific association founded in 2001. It is the first organization of individuals interested in Anthropology founded in Tunisia. It is intended to publicize and to promote the anthropological sciences by organizing scientific and cultural activities as seminars and conferences and by encouraging research in the different anthropological specialties. Although national it is open to the world: It has organized international scientific congresses and has founded in 2008 its official journal “International Journal of Modern Anthropology”.
The RAI of Great Britain and Ireland is a scholarly association dedicated to anthropology in all its many fields and applications.
Established in 1902, the AAA's 12,000 members are dedicated to the study of humankind in all its aspects, the dissemination of anthropological knowledge, and the use of this knowledge in solving human problems.
Association publications: American Anthropologist, American Ethnologist,
Anthropology and Education Quarterly, Anthropology and Humanism, Anthropology of Consciousness, Anthropology of Work Review, Archeological Papers of the American Anthropological Association, City and Society, Cultural Anthropology, General Anthropology, Journal of Linguistic Anthropology, Journal of the Society for the Anthropology of Europe, Medical Anthropology Quarterly, Museum Anthropology, NAPA Bulletin, PoLAR: Political and Legal Anthropology Review, The Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology, Transforming Anthropology, Visual Anthropology Review
Association website: www.aaanet.org
The Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, Inc. was founded in 1941. It is a private operating Foundation that is dedicated to the advancement of anthropology throughout the world. Through programs of funding for research projects, conferences, symposia, fellowships, and publication, the Foundation aids basic research in all branches of anthropology and closely related disciplines concerned with human origins, development and variation.