Anthropologists the world over visit our site to make use of the ASA's Ethical guidelines, which were thorougly revised in 2011.
Issue 10: Bodies for Sale. Pinguerismo and Negotiated Masculinity in Contemporary Cuba By Abel Sierra Madero
World Anthropologies in Practice Edited by John Gledhill (Published:Feb 2016)
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The ASA is the professional association for social anthropology. It was founded in 1946 to promote the study and teaching of anthropology and to uphold the interests and status of the discipline, primarily in the UK, but also extending to the Commonwealth, where it works collaboratively with fellow anthropology associations. The ASA’s major role is to assist its members in planning and conducting research, and to represent social anthropology and anthropologists in the academy, and in relation to policy and funding.
The ASA maintains a searchable directory of members, which is in effect a register of professional social anthropologists. It publishes the annual ASA monograph; the peer-reviewed open access journal ASAonline and the FIrth lectures. It supports the communication of social anthropology in various social media.
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It is with great sadness that we let colleagues and friends in the Association of Social Anthropologists know of the sudden death of Dr. Nicole Bourque, Senior Lecturer in Anthropology at the University of Glasgow.
Nicole joined the University of Glasgow in 1993. A First Class Honours degree in Anthropology from the University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, led to a Commonwealth Scholarship which supported a PhD in Social Anthropology at the University of Cambridge (Girton College). An Andeanist by training, her early work involved the investigation of popular religious belief and syncretism in Ecuador and Bolivia, and the study of everyday consumption practices. More recently she had brought ethnographic approaches to bear on other contexts, collaborating with colleagues across a range of disciplines to examine religious education in schools, and drawing on anthropological theories of ritual to shed new light on how corporate 'away days' work or fail. In the last few years her interests had turned to pilgrimage and to understanding symbolic struggles over pilgrimage routes and pilgrim identities. Her continued interest in the Anthropology of religion was reflected also in her on-going research into practices of conversion to Islam, and in her supervision of students researching experiences in Muslim communities. Nicole was a very proud and enthusiastic Anthropologist. She was deeply committed to ethnography both as a method, and as an expression of an ethical commitment to the possibility of human understanding. Students, over many years, left her classes sharing both that commitment and that enthusiasm.
Her colleagues intend to arrange a formal memorial for Nicole in due course, and will let colleagues in the ASA know of this as soon as this has been confirmed.
The Draft minutes of the ASAs 2016 AGM are now online.
ASA conferences and UKAN
The ASA is currently looking for bids to host its 2018 conference: either a standard ASA annual conference, or the joint ‘pan-anthropology’ conference, as the Committee is taking forward efforts to forge closer collaborative links with other Anthropology/related organisations in the UK, with a view to (a) composing more strategic and effective liaison between our disciplinary areas and key policy and decision makers and (b) enabling a fuller exchange of ideas with our sister disciplines. Read more.
The 2017 conference will take place at the University of Adelaide, 11th-15th December 2017 and will be a joint ASA/AAS/ASAANZ conference. More info will go out shortly.
The 2016 conference is over, but full details, including the, theme, plenary speakers and panels remain. Plenary videos are also online - see the twitter stream until we embed them...
ASA Teaching Prize
The ASA welcomes nominations from its members for its annual Award: Teaching and Lecturing in Anthropology. This award valorises the contribution made by those teaching anthropology at all levels (including postgraduates who are significantly involved in teaching activities). The award provides the recipient with a year’s free membership of the Association, as well as giving public recognition to their teaching achievements. The award will be announced at the ASA’s annual conference, and noted on its website and in other media.
Read more regarding the selection process and criteria.
Anthropology Matters Special Issue, Vol. 16, No. 1,
|The 2015 Firth lecture by Anna Tsing is now available online.|
|The ASA considers individual requests for financial assistance by members to support activities that will further the aims of the ASA and professional anthropology in the UK. The maximum amount that any applicant can apply for is £100. Read more.|
Anthropology in Action is the journal of the combined Apply and Anthropology in Action networks. It is an international peer-reviewed journal publishing articles, commentaries, research reports and reviews. Contributions reflect the use of anthropological training in policy- or practice-oriented work and foster the broader application of these approaches to practical problems. Read more.
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