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.
A new issue of
Anthropology Matters has been published. Editors: Ana Chirițoiu and Phaedra Douzina-Bakalaki.
Contributors: Flora Mary Bartlett, Malte Gembus, Wai Lok Ng, Deirdre Patterson, Aneka Brunßen, Hayden Cooper, Cristina Douglas, Emilia Groupp.
24 Oct: The ASA were desperately sorry to hear of the recent death of Profesor Marcus Banks, a longstanding and very supportive member of the association. We offer our condolences to his family, his many friends, and his colleagues.
ASA2021. Online, 29 March - 1 April 2021
Online, 29 March - 1 April 2021
The ASA conference conference for 2021 will be hosted by the Department of Social Anthropology at the University of St Andrews, BUT will take place online from 29 March - 1 April. As the conference was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the existing selection of panels and papers remains, but we have launched a new round of calls for those who perhaps missed the initial calls. The Call for Labs and Papers is now open and will close at 23:59 GMT on 28 December. Find out more on the conference homepage.#ASAResponsibility
ASA2020: How to live through a pandemic
ASA2020. Online, 27/8 2020
Online conference, 27 August 2020
The ASA held a single-day, single-stream, virtual conference on 27th August. Recordings of the sessions are available and discussion can continue via comments entered directly on the panel pages. Read more and watch the videos.#ASAPandemic
Position Opening: Media and Publicity Officer. The role of the Media and Publicity officer
is to manage and enhance the public profile of the Association for Social Anthropologists and anthropology
in general, and to engage with media professionals in television, radio and online about issues upon which
anthropologists are well placed to comment. You will be a core member of the ASA committee and will
contribute to the everyday running of the organisation. This is a voluntary position and is open to
anthropologists from any career stage. To take up this role you will be expected to be, or become, a member
of the ASA.
Further details about the role can be found here.
Please send nominations to admin(at)theasa.org up to 1 week before the AGM.
Statement on racism by the committee of the ASA
The ASA Committee believes that anthropologists today, like the vast majority of scholars in social science, the humanities and the natural sciences, think that racism, as a means of producing and reproducing inequality based on ideas about racial difference, is morally wrong and that...Read the full statement.
ASA Ethical Guidelines (EGG) Review
In the fall of 2019, the ASA Ethics Guidelines Working Group circulated a survey soliciting members' feedback on their experiences of institutional ethics review. 87 respondents completed the survey and a summary of the results is now available here.
We thank those who took the time to fill in the survey - your feedback has been invaluable in determining the direction of the future activities of the Working Group.
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)
If you have any queries about the work of EGG, please contact Jude Robinson at ethics(at)theasa.org.
UK Network for the Anthropology of Christianity
The UK Network for the Anthropology of Christianity (UKNAC) has been formed in 2019 to strengthen connections among anthropologists exploring Christian social and religious life.
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.