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Announcing Wenner-Gren Seminars

The Wenner-Gren Foundation is pleased to announce our latest new initiative. Growing out of our longstanding Symposium program, Wenner-Gren Seminars are small three-day workshops that bring together scholars at different stages of their career for conversations addressing one or more of the Foundation’s strategic goals: advancing anthropological knowledge, increasing the impact of anthropology, addressing the precarity of anthropologists, and promoting an inclusive vision of the field. Held in conjunction with major international conferences, they provide advanced graduate students, recent doctorates, and established anthropologists with an opportunity to expand their networks and gain an in-depth understanding of each other’s work, while collaborating on an issue of shared concern. The Foundation acts as host, helps design the format and plan for recruiting participants, and covers all costs.

We are now seeking letters of intent for our first Wenner-Gren Seminar, to be held in the second half of 2021. If you are working on a theme, problem, or research area likely to foster productive engagement across generational lines, we’d love to hear from you.

Due date: October 1, 2019. For more information please visit our website.

WCAA letter to School of Culture, History & Language concerning staff cuts

This letter requests an avoidance of staff cuts at the School of Culture, History & Language of the Australian National University's College of Asia and the Pacific. (PDF)

WCAA letter to restore funding for journal Vibrant

This letter asks that the Brazilian National Research Council (CNPq) rethinks its recent suspension of funding to the journal Vibrant. (PDF)

WCAA letter to Brazilian President concerning Guarani

This letter to the Brazilian President supports the position of the Associaçāo Brasileira de Antropologia (ABA) in protesting the recent treatment of the Guarani Indigenous Peoples in Brazil. (PDF)

WCAA statement on ebola

The Statement aims to facilitate communication between governments of affected countries, international and local health organizations, and anthropologists with relevant knowledge and expertise. We hope that anthropologists can contribute more in curbing the effects of Ebola today as well as in creating long-term strategies of prevention of this and other epidemic diseases throughout the world. (PDF)

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 Michał 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 has sent letters of thanks to the outgoing chair and to the organiser of the meeting in Delhi (both PDFs).


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)