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.
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.
ASA2020: How to live through a pandemic
ASA2020. Online, 27/8 2020
Online conference, 27 August 2020
The ASA is planning a single-day, single-stream, virtual conference to take place on 27th August. Read more here.#ASAPandemic
ASA2021. Uni of St Andrews, 23-26/8 2021
University of St Andrews, St Andrews 23-26 August 2021
The ASA's annual conference has been postponed to Monday 23rd – Thursday 26th August, 2021. You can read more about this on the conference homepage.
In its place this year, the ASA is planning a single-day, single-stream, virtual conference to take place on 27th August. Read more and propose a paper by 15th June.#ASAResponsibility
UK Network for the Anthropology of Christianity (UKNAC)
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.
Museu Nacional Solidarity Network
Read about initiatives supporting efforts of colleagues in Brazil working to re-establish the postgraduate programme in social anthropology after the fire
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.