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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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Map 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.

This vote followed the motion tabled at the Stockholm AGM concerning Israeli academic institutions situated in occupied Palestinian territories. The motion called for EASA to express its own opposition to the establishment of academic institutions exclusively serving Israeli citizens, situated within occupied Palestinian territories of the West Bank and to to pledge its own non-cooperation with these institutions; and to express its solidarity with Palestinian academics and students suffering the brunt of these discriminatory policies as well as with the Israeli colleagues of the Israeli Sociological Association and Israeli Anthropological association who oppose the same policies. View the motion. The AGM motion received 164 votes in favour, 17 abstentions, and 0 votes against.

After the AGM the EASA President received a letter from the Israeli Anthropological Association thanking us for our support and explaining in detail the situation in the Occupied Territories: the letter from the President, Nir Avieli can be seen here.

ElectionEASA Needs You: plase consider standing for election to the Executive committee 2019-2020

EASA requests members to consider standing for a term on the EASA Executive Committee. The deadline for receipt of applications is 11 December.

Read more information here.

Fire The Museu Nacional do Rio de Janeiro

The EASA Executive Committee expresses its support to colleagues in Brazil for the tragedy that took place at the 200 year old Museu Nacional do Rio de Janeiro, which was ravaged by fire on 3 September, destroying collections and precious archives of one of the most prestigious departments of anthropology. Many fragile artefacts from indigenous Brazilian communities are understood to have been destroyed, including irreplaceable documentation of endangered and extinct Indigenous languages, and we extend our sympathies to those communities for their loss.

We'd encourage colleagues to read the Statement from the Graduate Program in Social Anthropology on the fire destroying the Museu Nacional do Rio de Janeiro (PDF).

Reconstructing the Francisca Keller Library: this library is part of the Graduate Program in Social Anthropology of the National Museum, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (PPGAS/MN/UFRJ). PPGAS, together with UFRJ’s Library System, is beginning a book donation campaign. Learn more here.


The conference in Stockholm comprised four days of panels, labs, plenary discussions and more. Read more here!


The next biennial will take place in Lisbon 21-24 July 2020. More information will follow in the months ahead.


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New networks

European Network for Psychological Anthropology (ENPA)
Psychological anthropology played a crucial role in the early life of our discipline. The German "Völkerpsychologie", the North American "Culture and Personality School", and the British "Torres Strait Expeditions" all made important methodical, theoretical and transdisciplinary contributions to the broader anthropological project (...) Continue reading >>

Age and Generations Network (AGENET)
This network brings together social anthropologists engaged in research, teaching, and applied work involving older adults, multi/inter-generational relationships, and life-course perspectives. Find out more >>

Pilgrimage Studies Network: In the rapidly expanding interdisciplinary field of pilgrimage studies, which covers not just religious pilgrimage but other key forms such as secular pilgrimage, spiritual pilgrimage, dark tourism and the relationship between travel, tourism and pilgrimage, many of the theoretical debates and methodological approaches have focused on the European context and most contributors are European in origin (...) Read more >>