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The European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA) is a professional association open to all social anthropologists either qualified in, or else working in, Europe.

The Association seeks to advance anthropology in Europe by organizing biennial conferences.

EASA's academic journal, Social Anthropology/Anthropologie Sociale appears four times a year and is available free of charge to all paid-up members.

EASA is a sister association of the International Society for Ethnology and Folklore (SIEF) and a member of the World Council of Anthropological Associations (WCAA).

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AGMEASA AGM and workshops
Europe, knowledge politics and bureaucracy: anthropological perspectives

The 2019 EASA AGM and seminar takes place on 28th and 29th October in Brussels at the Université Libre de Bruxelles, Laboratoire d'Anthropologie des Mondes Contemporains. The AGM will take place at 14:00 on 28th - read the agenda . The seminar will focus on the Anthropology of Bureaucracy/Policy. Learn more about this event - see the timetable.

EASA2020 logo16th EASA Biennial Conference
The 16th EASA biennial conference: New anthropological horizons in and beyond Europe

EASA2020 takes place 21-24 July 2020 in Lisbon, Portugal. The Call for panels is now open, closing 21 October 2019. Please note the new format of Nearly Carbon-neutral (NCN) panels. The call for labs will follow in December.

Paul Clough, 1949-2019

It is with great sadness that we announce the untimely death of Paul Clough, Professor of Anthropological Sciences at the University of Malta, at the age of 70. Paul died whilst swimming close to his home in St Paul’s Bay, Malta, on 25th July 2019. Read more.

Adelkhah wikipedia image  EASA notes with serious concern the arrest in Iran of Professor Fariba Adelkhah

EASA requests that Professor Adelkhah, who is a French citizen, be given access to the French Consulate, and that all her rights under international law be fully respected.

EASA expresses deep concern against the planned higher education reforms of the Brazilian government

EASA has issued a statement in solidarity with the university community in Brazil against budget cuts, privatisation, and the attack on social sciences and humanities. Read more.

Sydel Silverman, 1933-2019

EASA owes a huge debt to Sydel Silverman, who passed away peacefully on March 25, 2019 surrounded by her family. Read more.

EASA statement in support of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences

EASA has issued a statement applauding the Academy’s determination to protect academic freedom and independence in Hungary, while expressing concern about the wider changes the Hungarian government has both enacted and proposed in recent years aimed at institutional restructuring of the financing of research and higher education within Hungary. Read more.

Election  EASA's new Executive committee met in Lisbon, 11-12 February

The EASA executive committee was elected in January, and met with the old executive on 11 February in Lisbon to effect a handover. They concluded their first meeting on the 12 February. To see more about the committee click here.

EASA statement on precarious employment within academia

EASA has released a statement, coming out of two years of collaboration with the PrecAnthro Collective. Read more.

EASA statement on data governance

The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into effect on May 25. The GDPR has introduced key provisos on how data for social scientific research is to be collected, archived, and used, including how to obtain consent, how long data can be held for, or what privacy precepts should guide storage. The GDPR comes in the wake of new calls for the inclusion of “data management plans” in research proposals to funding councils. These new data governance frameworks have profound implications for anthropology. The EASA’s Statement on Data Governance in Ethnographic Projects [PDF] outlines our Association’s position on these important developments. The statement describes some of the core methodical and ethical practices of ethnographic research. These practices have implications for the norms and forms of data management in ethnography. We issue this statement to help ethnographers respond to current mandates for data archiving, storage, and sharing from governments, universities, and funders.

Motion on Israeli academic institutions in the Occupied Palestinian Territories - online voice emphatic

EASA members voted in an online poll in overwhelming numbers to express their solidarity with colleagues in occupied Palestinian territories: In support: 830; Not in support: 21; Abstentions: 37. Read more.


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New networks

Anthropology of Humanitarianism Network ELAN
The network brings together social anthropologists who explore different humanitarian undertakings, including: humanitarian aid in emergencies; humanitarian law; humanitarian projects of return, development, and peace-building in post-conflict contexts; humanitarian management of refugee camps and/or borders; humanitarian military interventions; grassroots, vernacular, and volunteer humanitarian projects; post-war reconstruction; post-natural disasters; reception and care for the displaced people, and so forth. Read more >>

Linguistic Anthropology (ELAN) ELAN
Linguistic Anthropology has a long history in the North American academic tradition, where it has established itself as one of the four main branches of Anthropology along with Archaeology, Biological Anthropology, and Cultural Anthropology. With this network, we aim to create a space for those scholars interested in Linguistic Anthropology and who are either working in European academic institutions, conducting research in Europe, or have an interest in cooperating with European scholars. Read more >>

Anthropologies of the State (Anthrostate) Anthrostate
The EASA network on Anthropologies of the State brings together anthropologists whose work examines various forms of state practices and the state, facilitates sharing of information and discussion among them, and helps to push conceptual and theoretical anthropological work on the state. The network creates a space of thinking beyond now classical anthropological approaches to the state. Read more >>

Anthropology of Enviroment Network (Enviroant) Environet
Environment is a key topic with a long history in anthropology. For example, classic cultural ecology focused on the relationship between nature and culture, nurture and nature, and human adaptation to the environment. practitioners, other disciplines and the wider society to contribute to the understanding and solving of environmental problems across the world. Read more >>

Anthropology of Labour Network (AoL) AoL
Since the global financial crisis in 2008, anthropologists have rekindled their interest in studies of labor issues. Studies have looked at classical questions pertaining to mass work in the contexts of new and waning industries while paying special attention to rising trends of growing informal or casualized labor arrangements. Read more >>