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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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EASA NEWS

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.

New in Paperback in EASA Book Series

Economy, crime and wrong in a neoliberal era

Volume 36: September 2018, $130.00/£92.00
ECONOMY, CRIME AND WRONG IN A NEOLIBERAL ERA
Edited by James G. Carrier

Corporate scandals since the 1990s have made it clear that economic wrong-doing is more common in Western societies than might be expected. This volume examines the relationship between such wrong-doing and the neoliberal orientations, policies, and practices that have been influential since around 1980, considering whether neoliberalism has affected the likelihood that people and firms will act in ways that many people would consider wrong. It furthermore asks whether ideas of economic right and wrong have become so fragmented and localized that collective judgement has become almost impossible.

As of June 1st 2018, EASA members are entitled to a 25% discount off any Berghahn title when ordering via the Berghahn website. Simply insert the code EASA at checkout. See the book series page for other titles.

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.

EASA2018EASA2018

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

EASA2020

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

NETWORK NEWS

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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 >>