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2010 WCAA Constitution (replaced in 2013)

Read the old constitution below, or download a PDF version of the old constitution here.

To read the current consitution click here.

Article 1

The World Council of Anthropological Associations (WCAA) is a network of national and international associations and organizations that aims to promote worldwide communication and cooperation in anthropology.

Article 2

Its primary objectives are:

Article 3

Each member association and organization will undertake to designate and authorize one International Delegate, who will typically be - but does not have to be - the current president (or equivalent Chief Executive officer) of the association, to represent the association on the Council.

Article 4

Two of the International Delegates will be elected by the Council to take on the roles of WCAA Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson.

Article 5

An Organizing Committee made up of the WCAA Chairperson, Deputy Chairperson and four other International Delegates from different world regions will be elected to ensure the efficient management of the WCAA’s business.

Article 6

Past members of the Council who wish to volunteer may continue to serve the WCAA as members of an Advisory Board for a period of three years.

Article 7

Whenever appropriate, members of any of the WCAA associations and organizations will participate in the conferences of the other associations and organizations under the following terms:

Article 8

The President (or equivalent) and/or an International Delegate of member associations and organizations will be welcome to the other members’ regular conferences and, whenever appropriate, with the waving or subsidizing of registration fees.

Article 9

Members of the WCAA will undertake to promote events aimed at showcasing the activities of other member associations and organizations in their regular conferences.

Article 10

A WCAA website has been instituted by agreement among the founding members. One member of the Organizing Committee will be responsible for overseeing the development and maintenance of the website.

Article 11

Members who have websites will

Article 12

Members will encourage debate on issues of relevance to anthropology and neighboring disciplines by such means as the organization of joint events (conferences, symposia, summer schools, etc.) by a number of member associations and organizations.

Article 13

The WCAA may produce joint statements on issues of common relevance to its members. These have to be approved unanimously by all International Delegates who have responded within a period of two weeks after the matter has been tabled. Any formal abstentions should be noted in such statements.

Article 14

Members will assist in the international exchange of information about research programs, researchers and research opportunities for students and professional researchers.

Article 15

Application for membership in the WCAA is open to all associations and organizations of anthropology.

Article 16

After inquiry from the Chairperson of the Organizing Committee, an association’s and organization’s membership of the WCAA will lapse at the end of a calendar year in which it fails to designate an International Delegate.

Article 17

Any amendments to the present agreement should be reached through a consensus of member associations and organizations and accepted by a majority vote of two thirds of the Presidents or equivalent of the member associations and organizations.

Article 18

The WCAA is not responsible or liable for any of the activities of member associations or of their respective members, nor for the unauthorized actions of WCAA office holders.

Osaka, July 12, 2008.