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.
Annual General Meeting (AGM), 16:30 (UK time), 17th May online
All members are invited to attend the Association's AGM online. Register to attend. The agenda is as follows:
- Minutes of last meeting
- Matters arising
- Approval of accounts
- Update from the Chair including admin matters
- Q&A about the officers’ reports
- ASA committee members appointments for ratification: Anthony Pickles (Conferences), Chima Michael Anyadike-Danes (Membership), Toyin Agbetu (Honorary), Olivia Barnett-Naghshineh (Networks), Sarah Winkler-Reid (Education)
- Notice of vacancy for ASA committee positions
- Membership numbers
- Motion 1: New members to no longer need references from two professional anthropologists to join the ASA. The ASA will still reserve the right to seek confirmation of applicants’ qualification to practise as an anthropologist.
- The ASA and the public profile of anthropology in the UK: Discussion
Firth Lecture 2022
This year's Firth Lecture, Unlearning Anthropology, was given by David Mills (University of Oxford) with Cris Shore (Goldsmiths) as discussant.
Read the abstract and watch the recording. The PDF of the paper will be posted shortly.
Scholars at risk who are looking for safety and support are encouraged to apply to this joint scheme between the Academies in the UK and the Council for At-Risk Academics. Anthropologists are welcome to contact ASA for help in identifying suitable host institutions, and our directory of members is available for consultation.
War in Ukraine – an Interview with Dr Taras Fedirko
ASA Media Officer Andrea E. Pia talks with Dr Taras Fedirko about his recent ethnographic fieldwork on militarism and media oligopolies in Ukraine. Dr Fedirko discusses the political and social contexts of Ukraine after the Maidan revolution and clarifies the role that media corporations, Putin’s propaganda, and para-military groups have played in the lead-up to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Read in full...
The ASA categorically condemns the invasion of Ukraine by the Russian military. We extend our solidarity to colleagues and friends in Ukraine, and encourage our members to support Ukrainians at home and abroad in their efforts to resist the invasion.
For information, please use reliable links, such as https://uacrisis.org/en/
ASA Museu Nacional Solidarity Support Network has now wound up
The ASA Museu Nacional Solidarity Support Network has now wound up. The network was set up in the wake of the devastating fire that destroyed the National Museum building in Rio de Janeiro in September 2018. Having kicked off in a well-attended meeting held at the ASA conference at Oxford that year, the network has been a prime expression of solidarity of UK-based anthropologists with our Brazilian colleagues, and helped coordinate contributions to initiatives taken by the latter in reconstituting both the material and the human resources of the Museu. You can see a record of the Network’s actions.
ASA supports Brazilian anthropologists in calling on their Govt to stop harming native people
The ASA has written to members of the Brazilian Government to object in the strongest terms to proposed law PL490/2007. This law, and particularly its ‘time limit’ proposal, endangers the lives of countless indigenous Brazilians and undermines the remaining integrity of the Amazon basin. Anthropologists working with indigenous peoples believe this proposed law is unconstitutional, and there is clear evidence that it will incentivise violence, racism and the dehumanisation of indigenous people in Brazil. The proposed law will jeopardise the livelihoods of indigenous people and threatens the socio-environmental systems that they steward. It casts Brazil further into the realm of ‘pariah nation’, and attracts the condemnation of people around the globe.
We support the Associação Brasileira de Antropologia in calling on the Brazilian government to stop initiatives that will harm native people and their land, and which represent a clear attack on the 1988 Federal Constitution. See also this site.
Anthropology of Britain network has new convenors
Katharine Tyler and Cate Degnen have stepped down after more than a decade running the Anthropology of Britain Network, which they established. They have handed over the reins to Dr Celia Plender, an ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Sociology, Philosophy and Anthropology at the University of Exeter and Jessica Fagin, who is a PhD student in the same department. If interested in contributing to the network please do get in touch with them via the site.
ASA2021. Online, 29 March - 1 April 2021
Online, 29 March - 1 April 2021
The ASA 2021 conference took place online hosted by the Department of Social Anthropology at the University of St Andrews. View the programme..#ASAResponsibility
ASA protests cuts to the UK Overseas Development Aid budget
The ASA is appalled to see ongoing collaborative research and development projects threatened by cuts to the UK Overseas Development Aid budget. GCRF and Innovate UK funded projects have been a vitally important means for UK based researchers to work with international partners to promote sustainable and just transformations around the world, often based on many years building trust and cooperation. To have the rug pulled out from ongoing projects, where benefits have been promised to partners over several years, represents an egregious betrayal of trust. It threatens to destroy the reputation of UK researchers as well as the UK government for years to come.
We call on the government to reverse these cuts immediately.
Social anthropology student detained without charge in Egypt
The ASA is deeply concerned by the detention without charge of Mr Ahmed Samir Abd El-Hai Ali, a Sociology and Social Anthropology Masters student at Central European University, Vienna, by Egyptian security services in Cairo. A letter has been sent to the Egyptian authorities signed by the Chair, along with the Presidents of EASA and AAA.Read the full joint statement.
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.
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.
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.