American Anthropological Association (AAA)
Founded in 1902, the American Anthropological Association (AAA) is the world's largest organization of individuals interested in anthropology. American Anthropological AssociationAlthough there were several other American anthropological societies in existence at the turn of the 20th century, this new, national organization was formed "to promote the science of anthropology, to stimulate and coordinate the efforts of American anthropologists, to foster local and other societies devoted to anthropology, to serve as a bond among American anthropologists and anthropologic[al] organizations present and prospective, and to publish and encourage the publication of matter pertaining to anthropology" (AAA Articles of Incorporation). At its incorporation, the Association also assumed responsibility for the American Anthropologist, which was originally begun in 1888 by the Anthropological Society of Washington (ASW). By 1905, the journal also served the American Ethnological Society, in addition to the AAA and ASW.
Anthropology Southern Africa (ASA)
Anthropology Southern Africa (ASA) was founded in 2001 with the merging of the two former anthropology associations in South Africa. These were the Association for Anthropology in Southern Africa (AASA) and the South African Association for Cultural Anthropologists (SASCA). In general, AASA members were associated with the English-speaking universities and SASCA members with Afrikaans-speaking universities, though membership was not confined to academics. The two associations were divided not only by language but also by epistemology (Social Anthropology in the case of AASA, Cultural Anthropology in the case of SASCA), and by ideology (in brief, agreement and disagreement with apartheid policies).
Association of Social Anthropologists of the UK and Commonwealth (ASA)
The ASA was founded in 1946 to promote the study and teaching of social anthropology, to hold periodical meetings, to present the interests of social anthropology and to maintain its professional status, to assist in any way possible in planning research, to collate, and if possible, publish information on social anthropology, and a register of social anthropologists.
Australian Anthropological Society
The Australian Anthropological Society Inc was incorporated under New South Wales legislation in 1973. Members of the Society currently include a substantial proportion of the practising anthropologists in Australia, with some other members overseas in, for example, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and Fiji.
Brazilian Association of Anthropology
Founded in 1955, the Brazilian Association of Anthropology is the oldest scientific organisation existing in Brazil in the field of Social Sciences. In fifty years, the ABA has played an outstanding role in dealing with issues related to public policies regarding education, social action and protection of human rights. Throughout its history, it defended ethnic minorities, discriminated groups and has expressed itself manifestly against social injustice. Its voice has not failed to disturb those who do not respect human rights. Its code of ethics demands respect for populations studied and requires researchers to make their objectives clear to the groups and populations they study.
Canadian Anthropology Society
The Canadian Anthropology Society was founded in February of 1974 at a meeting of 120 ethnologists at Université Laval, with its original name being the Canadian Ethnology Society. The founding members drafted and approved a constitution with a mandate to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas among ethnologists. The society's aims were to encourage formal and informal dissemination of knowledge through an annual conference and publications; promote relations with other academic and professional associations, aboriginal groups, and governments; and publicize ethnological research and activities to further understanding of ethnological practices
Catalan Institute of Anthropology (ICA)
The ICA is a place where groups of professionals and/or students come together to work, discuss and study The institute currently has 400 members and a number of working groups which offer a forum for the exchange and debate of current socio-cultural issues. In addition the ICA entertains information exchange agreements with some universities (Universitat de Barcelona, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and the Universitat Rovira i Virgili in Tarragona, Universitat de Lleida, Universitat de Girona), and is a member of the FAAEE (Federation of Anthropological Associations of the Spanish State). Since 2005 the institute has started to collaborate with the Government of Catalonia in its ethnological heritage programme.
Česká Asociace pro Sociální Antropologii
Česká asociace pro sociální antropologii je občanským sdružením profesionálních akademických pracovníků a pracovnic v sociální antropologii, absolventů a absolventek magisterského studia tohoto oboru a jeho příznivců a příznivkyň z oborů souvisejících. Cílem České asociace pro sociální antropologii je: - podporovat rozvoj sociální antropologie ve vědeckém výzkumu a vzdělávání; - reprezentovat českou sociální antropologii vůči vládním, veřejnoprávním a nevládním organizacím a na mezinárodním antropologickém poli; - popularizovat výsledky sociální antropologie mezi širší veřejností; - vytvářet vazby mezi sociálními antropology a odborníky příbuzných oborů v ČR i v mezinárodním měřítku; - udržovat kontakty a navazovat spolupráci s obdobnými oborovými organizacemi v České republice a v zahraničí. Pro dosažení svých cílů asociace pořádá odborné konference, přednášky a semináře, připravuje a vydává publikace, vypracovává a předkládá návrhy na zlepšení vzdělávání a výzkumu v oboru a nabízí poznatky sociální antropologie k praktickému využití. Asociace si klade za cíl přispívat ke zvyšování kvality oboru. Chce usilovat o dodržování pravidel a norem ve výzkumné a pedagogické praxi a dbát na dodržování etiky vědecké práce. Úkolem asociace je poskytovat svým členům pomoc či asistenci při výzkumné a další badatelské činnosti.
European Association of Social Anthropologists
EASA is a professional association open to all social anthropologists either qualified in, or else working in, Europe. It is a society of scholarship, founded in January 1989 at a meeting of eighteen founder members from fourteen European countries, supported by the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research. This meeting drafted the Constitution and elected the Association's first Executive Committee (1989-90), chaired by Prof. Adam Kuper, Brunel University of London.
French Association of Anthropologists
The Association Française des Anthropologues (AFA) was founded in May 1979 following a conference on « The Present State and Future of Anthropology » (April 1977), organized by S. Dreyfus-Gamelon and G. Condominas, at a time when the anthropological community was concerned with both its professionalization and its representation to the outside world. The Association set itself the goal of « promoting the development of anthropology and of relations between anthropologists, informing the general public about anthropology, representing French anthropology on international bodies and making anthropologists aware of their responsibilities
German Anthropological Association
The German Anthropological Association congregates social anthropologists as well as people and institutions interested in anthropological issues. It was founded in the 1920s, with even older predecessors. The GAA devotes itself to the promotion of anthropological research and teaching and to the distribution of anthropological knowledge. It is a network of scientific exchange. More than 20 sections focus on thematic and regional subdivisions of anthropology. The GAA organizes a biannual congress.
International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences
The I.U.A.E.S. is a world organization of social and biological anthropological scientists and institutions working in the fields of anthropology and ethnology, but also of interest to archaeologists and linguistics specialists, among others. Its aim is to enhance exchange and communication among scholars of all regions of the world, in a collective effort to expand human knowledge. In this way it hopes to contribute to a better understanding of human society, and to a sustainable future based on harmony between nature and culture.
Japanese Society of Cultural Anthropology
With a membership of approximately 2,100 scholars and students, the Japanese Society of Cultural Anthropology (JASCA; Nihon Bunkajinrui Gakkai) is one of the largest anthropological organizations in the world. The JASCA's main purpose is to promote research on human culture(s) in cultural anthropology, social anthropology and ethnology.
Pan-African Anthropological Association (PAAA)
The PAAA is a professional association whose primary goal is to facilitate the development of anthropological capacity and to promote excellence in the context of Africa’s development. The mission of the association is derived therefore from the tripartite mandate mentioned in the historical background of PAAA
Portuguese Association of Anthropology
APA's foundation is closely linked to the history of the discipline in Portugal. Ethnology, in connection with folklore, has a long history in Portugal, dating back to the nineteenth century. During the second half of the last century, there was some effort to institute the academic teaching of anthropology, mainly physical, linked to the formation of colonial administrative personnel. However it was only after the end of the dictatorship, in 1974, that sociocultural anthropology became a course in our universisites, attracting young students and scholars. When APA was founded in 1989, Portuguese anthropology was becoming for the first time a lively, self-reproducing field of academic endeavour.
Society for Applied Anthropology
The Society has for its object the promotion of interdisciplinary scientific investigation of the principles controlling the relations of human beings to one another, and the encouragement of the wide application of these principles to practical problems, and shall be known as The Society for Applied Anthropology.
The College of Ethnologists and Social Anthropologists A.C.
The College of Ethnologists and Social Anthropologists A.C. is a professional organization created by the Constitutive Assembly of July 25, 1974. Legally recognized as a professional college by the General Profession Direction of the Public Education Secretary (Mexico) since 1976, the College has an official place in Mexico City, judicial personality, its own patrimony, and indefinite duration.
The World Council of Anthropological Associations (WCAA)
The World Council of Anthropological Associations (WCAA) is a network of national and international associations that aims to promote worldwide communication and cooperation in anthropology. Its primary objectives are: to promote the discipline of anthropology in an international context; to promote cooperation and the sharing of information among world anthropologists; to promote jointly organized events of scientific debate and cooperation in research activities and dissemination of anthropological knowledge.
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