World Council of Anthropological Associations - WCAA

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:

World Anthropological Union (WAU)

The WCAA and the IUAES have come together to form the World Anthropological Union (WAU), a single bicameral organisation within which the WCAA and the IUAES will retain their autonomy and distinctiveness as separate chambers. The Constitution of WAU here (PDF PDF) and the WAU Operational Guidelines and Rules here (PDF PDF) have been now been adopted, and these governance documents succeed the previous Constitutions of the WCAA and the IUAES. The WCAA has formally begun to function as one of the two constituent chambers of WAU.

Global Survey of Anthropological Practice (GSAP)

WCAA invites you to participate in the Global Survey of Anthropological Practice (GSAP). The GSAP is a significant opportunity to learn more about the current state of our international community of practice: who we are, what we know, what we do, and where we do it. This is the first ever survey of its kind, and has the potential to reach more than 20,000 anthropologists around the world. More information about the objectives of the GSAP and how the WCAA will manage your information and privacy is provided in the introduction to the survey. 

We encourage you to participate in this important survey, which should take around 10 minutes to complete. 



En nombre del Consejo Mundial de Asociaciones Antropológicas (WCAA), le invitamos a participar en la Encuesta Global de Práctica Antropológica (GSAP). El GSAP es una oportunidad significativa para aprender más sobre el estado actual de nuestra comunidad de práctica internacional: quiénes somos, qué sabemos, qué hacemos y dónde lo hacemos. Esta es la primera encuesta de este tipo, y tiene el potencial de llegar a más de 20.000 antropólogos de todo el mundo. Más información sobre los objetivos de la GSAP y cómo el WCAA le administrará información y privacidad se proporciona en la introducción a la encuesta. Le animamos a participar en esta importante encuesta, la cual debe tomar alrededor de 10 minutos para completar. 


WCAA on Facebook

The World Council of Anthropological Associations has its own Facebook page. Please have a look, and please consider adding your own contribution.  The manager of the WCAA Facebook page is Jermaine Gordon jrmngrdn(at), a graduate student in anthropology at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.  If there is anything you would like to have posted related to world anthropology, please send it on to him.

Other key activities in line with the WCAA 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

Global Cultural Policies Task Force

WCAA membership

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

déjà lu Issue 6

The WCAA now publishes the sixth issue of Déjà Lu, the forum of anthropologica *best articles* from an array of anthropological journals across the globe: 47 articles in all, free for your reading pleasure. View the articles >>

En sus propios términos /

中華とイスラームのあいだ / Betwixt and Between: China and Islam by Masashi Nara A new Japanese piece In one’s own terms, the World Council of Anthropological Associations’s (WCAA) initiative is online!

IUAES 2018

Call for panels are now closed.


The WCAA's eleventh newsletter is available for download here.

WCAA supports...

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

and shares our sympathies on the 2nd anniversary of the murder of Giulio Regeni. Read our letter to the editor of La Repubblica, Italy in English and Italian here.

the protests against the US Travel Ban, read our statement in English and Spanish here

the efforts of the Central European University, Hungary, to continue their operations in Hungary unhindered. Read our statement to the Minister of Human Capacities here

and makes a statement of solidarity with the Polish Ethnological Society regarding discrimination here (the PES statement is here)

the academic freedom of ABA in Brazil. Read the letter to the Brazilian government here

efforts to release Homa Hoodfar from prison in Iran
Read the letter here

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