William Kavanagh (Universidad CEU San Pablo, Madrid)
It is with great sadness that the WCAA has learned that William Kavanagh (Universidad CEU San Pablo, Madrid) passed away on 29th April. William was a longstanding supporter of the WCAA and was actively involved in meetings (Maynooth and Delhi) as the delegate for Asociación de Antropología de Castilla y León - AAC-LMK. He will be greatly missed.
World Anthropologies activity in 2013
'World anthropologies' is a core part of the WCAA's activities. WCAA Organising Committee member, Vesna Vučinić-Nešković, has published two reports on conferences in which 'world anthropologies' figured strongly in 2013. They were published in Serbian journal Issues in Anthropology and Ethnology 4 (2013) here:
The 17th IUAES World Congress in Manchester (2013) (PDF)
The Portuguese Anthropological Association 2014 Congress (PDF)
Wenner-Gren Foundation Institutional Development Grant
The IDG aims to strengthen (or to support the development of) anthropological doctoral programs in countries where the discipline is underrepresented. The grant provides $25,000 per year, is renewable for a maximum of five years (total support of $125,000), and may be used for any purpose to achieve the academic development goals of the applicant department.
The deadline for the mandatory preliminary inquiry is May 15, 2014.
A new global organisation "Antropologos Sem Fronteiras" registered in Brazil
ASF has arisen out of WCAA meetings and discussions. Read the opening announcement (PDF).
WCAA Ethics Task force reports on progress
Read about this task force and their work.
WCAA meeting publication
A publication has resulted from the session organized by WCAA at EASA's 2008 biennial conference in Ljubljana:
'Changing flows in anthropological knowledge, edited by MichaĹ Buchowski and Virginia R. Dominguez has been published as a Theme Section in the journal "Focaal" (Berghan Publishers), 63 (2012), with text authored by the editors, Michele Hanks, Blai Guarne, Chris Hahn and Johannes Fabian.
For details click here.
IUAES revises its statutes
The WCAA has been informed that, on December 25, 2012, the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences (IUAES) announced acceptance by its erstwhile governing body of a revised set of statutes. This reportedly occurred after a long and careful reconsideration of its previous statutes that had proved to be out of date. The new statutes were formally approved by an overwhelming majority of votes cast by national delegations to the IUAES. The revision took effect immediately: see the IUAES website.
Two important changes have consequently been introduced into the IUAES. The first is that the IUAES's ultimate governing is now it General Assembly (GA) which comprises individual and corporate/institutional members. GA decisions may now be taken through electronic voting and no longer need to wait for the five-yearly meetings. The Executive Committee, elected five-yearly by the General Assembly, is now somewhat smaller than previously. The second change is that the IUAES's Scientific Commissions now take a central role in focusing the IUAES's intellectual work.
The revised statutes provide for a new Council of Commissions, the elected Head and Deputy Head of which will be ex officio members of the IUAES's Executive Committee. For more details please go to the IUAES website.
WCAA challenges British Govt stance over immigration
The President of the WCAA recently wrote to the UK Govt, regarding how current UK immigration legislation is affecting professional anthropologists from non-EU countries employed in British universities. Letter (PDF). This had the backing of the Organising Committee.
WCAA supports ABA's protest over indigenous rights in Brazil
The WCAA has written a letter (PDF) supporting the Associao Brasileira de Antropologia (ABA) protest (PDF) against Act No. 303, elaborated by the Federal Attorney's Office and published on July 17th in the Federal Official Gazette. The letter has been endorsed by the WCAA.
Change of Chair; a parting reflection
At the recent meeting in Delhi, Michal Buchowski became Chair of the WCAA, and Thomas Reuter stood down after several years' service. He has written an open letter containing his parting reflections on the eight years of his involvement with the WCAA, from its inception in Recife. The letter is not a history but an analysis. Please take a look (PDF).
You can also read his recent article published in the Spring newsletter of CASCA here (PDF).
The WCAA 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)cuhk.edu.hk, and we’ll post it.
CWA videos online
The Committee on World Anthropologies (CWA) has set up a series of videos that were taped at the 2011 Annual Meeting. The five sessions are of interest to members, especially those concerned with world anthropologies and hegemony, and highlight work being done outside the United States with a global, non hierarchical perspective. On the CWA website a blog has also been set up where visitors can talk to the presenters and discuss the content of the panels. The CWA would like to share these videos with the global community and hope that they will generate a lively conversation.
For more info email: slow(AT)gc.cuny.edu. Links are to Vimeo:
Non-Hegemonic Anthropology 'Le Manifeste de Lausanne'
Fieldwork Training in the Field: The Global Legacies of a Mexican Model
Challenges in Brazilian Anthropology: A Global View Part I
Challenges in Brazilian Anthropology: A Global View Part II
Sleeping with an Elephant: Traces, Tidemarks and Legacies of an Engaged Canadian Anthropology Part I
Sleeping with an Elephant: Traces, Tidemarks and Legacies of an Engaged Canadian Anthropology Part II
Wenner Gren blogs from Montreal
Dr Leslie Aiello has blogged from the AAA about the WCAA interim meeting held there on 15/11/2011. It's a good initial summary and gives opportunity for comments.
Full minutes are now available here (PDF)