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).
The 16th EASA biennial conference: New anthropological horizons in and beyond Europe
This conference celebrates 30 years of the association. The conference will take place online, and a full set of training and guide materials are now available on the site.
Early Bird registration is open, see here to register.
2020 Location: Online
2021 Location: Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Lisbon
We seek contributions – projects in any medium – for inclusion in the first ANTART Network Exhibition at EASA. For anthropologists and artists “doing fieldwork” in contemporary worlds, art can be much more than an object of investigation. Curation and creation through visual, audio, or performing arts are at the heart of our work, extending the established anthropological interest in writing as a medium of thought and knowledge sharing. This call addresses the theme of “field/works”, and encourages submissions from anthropologists and artists whose work breaks disciplinary boundaries, and whose practice foregrounds experimental, and open approaches.
Deadline for submissions: 30/05/2020. Read the full call here.
The forthcoming issue of Social Anthropology/Anthropologie Sociale carries an extensive forum on covid-19 that includes more than 100 contributions on research methodologies and fieldwork at the time of the pandemic. Parts of it already are available on the early view open access
Media network website imported: E-seminars updated
The EASA Media network's website has now been incorporated within EASA's site, and we'd like to draw your attention to the e-seminars archive which has been updated and holds PDFs of all 64 online seminrars they've held since 2004.
Call for nominations for ENQA board
This is a call for nominations for new representatives on the ENQA (European Network for Queer Anthropology) board. Nominations and self-nominations are welcome.
The deadline for nominations is: 15 June. Read more here
Fariba Adelkhah sentenced to 5 years in Iranian prison
Anthropologist Fariba Adelkhah, a researcher at the International Research Centre of Sciences Po Paris, has already been in prison for 300 days in Iran. We have just heard she has now been sentence to 5 years in prison. By posting her image on our website, EASA joins numerous academic institutions, learned societies, and research teams in Europe and elsewhere in showing the support of the scientific community to her case and urging the French government to do everything possible to secure her release. A support committee was recently created in Aquitaine (Bordeaux) for Fariba Adelkhah and Roland Marchal. Several events have been scheduled or have already taken place.
EASA supports demands that migrants and asylum seekers should be given equal treatment during Covid-19 pandemic
EASA fully supports recent efforts by anthropologists and other researchers, as well as humanitarian organizations to demand that all people should be treated equally in being given access to both self-protection and treatment during the Covid-19 emergency, whether or not they live in camps, reception centres or are seeking asylum.
Vintilă Mihăilescu (1951-2020)
It is with deep sadness that we inform you that Vintilă Mihăilescu, a leading Romanian cultural anthropologist and a member of EASA since the association was founded, passed away on 22 March 2020 after a long illness. He was a prominent figure in the anthropology of Eastern Europe and he played an important role in developing the discipline of anthropology in Romania by forming several generations of young anthropologists.
EASA echoes Academia for Equality’s concern about the neighbourhood of Isawiya
EASA wrote to the Hebrew University in concern about events involving the neighbourhood of Isawiya.
Florin Faje (1984-2020)
EASA is deeply saddened to hear the news of the unexpected and untimely death of Romanian anthropologist and sociologist Florin Faje.
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.
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.
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.
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Network of Urban Anthropology (UrbAn)
The networks aims to initiate debate and momentum among members whose ethnographic and conceptual work centres on the urban. It seeks to exchange information on and initiate collaboration in conferences, publications and teaching projects. The network stimulates collaborations among network members as well as within other domains like those working on and in urban contexts, seeking ways to think through their work. The network is of interest to everyone who works in urban contexts or who finds the urban a useful concept to work with. Read more >>
Anthropology of Humanitarianism Network
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)
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)
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)
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)
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 >>