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.
For more details about the ASA’s activities, past and present, please click here.
Announcing Wenner-Gren Seminars
The Wenner-Gren Foundation is pleased to announce our latest new initiative. Growing out of our longstanding Symposium program, Wenner-Gren Seminars are small three-day workshops that bring together scholars at different stages of their career for conversations addressing one or more of the Foundation’s strategic goals: advancing anthropological knowledge, increasing the impact of anthropology, addressing the precarity of anthropologists, and promoting an inclusive vision of the field. Held in conjunction with major international conferences, they provide advanced graduate students, recent doctorates, and established anthropologists with an opportunity to expand their networks and gain an in-depth understanding of each other’s work, while collaborating on an issue of shared concern. The Foundation acts as host, helps design the format and plan for recruiting participants, and covers all costs.
We are now seeking letters of intent for our first Wenner-Gren Seminar, to be held in the second half of 2021. If you are working on a theme, problem, or research area likely to foster productive engagement across generational lines, we’d love to hear from you.
Due date: October 1, 2019 - for more information visit our website.
ASA Ethical Guidelines Review Working Group (EGG)
Earlier this year ASA members were invited to express their interest in joining the ASA’s Ethical Guidelines Group (EGG) and we thank all those who responded. The members of EGG are:
Prof Kirsty Bell (University of Roehampton)
Prof Garry Marvin (University of Roehampton)
Dr Lucy Pickering (University of Glasgow)
Prof Jude Robinson (University of Glasgow, (ASA Ethics Officer and EGG Chair))
Dr Heike Schaumberg (University of Reading)
Prof David Zeitlyn (University of Oxford)
Please note: we don’t have a PGR or an anthropologist working outside academia on our group and so please do get in touch if you are interested in joining (ethics(at)theasa.org).
Our remit in EGG is to review the current ASA Ethical Guidelines 2011, and to make any revisions or additions that we and the wider community think should be there to ensure that the Guidelines support the research and practice of anthropologists working inside and outside academia. If you have any questions or queries about the work of EGG, please contact me (Jude Robinson) at ethics(at)theasa.org.
Anthropology in Action
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.
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.
The ASA is a member of the World Council of Anthropological Associations.