Roles of the committee


- Nigel Rapport (August 2017)

The Chair of the committee liaises with the Honorary Secretary regarding agendas for meetings, and chairs at least three Committee meetings per annum as well as the AGM of members. This also entails agreeing minutes with the Honorary Secretary, checking that actions agreed in minutes are followed up, and writing an annual report on the Committee's activities.

The role of Chair involves discussion with the Honorary Treasurer over decisions on spending matters, wherever possible in conjunction with the remainder of the Committee. There is also liaison with other Committee members over their various tasks and decisions.

The Chair is in touch with various outside bodies, including:

  • Heads of UK Anthropology Departments
  • Royal Anthropological Institute
  • Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)
  • British Academy
  • Academy of Social Sciences (AcSS)
  • World Council of Anthropological Associations

The Chair responds to consultation documents and to requests for nominations for their committees, representing the ASA at joint meetings. The role also includes chairing the applications committee for the Radcliffe-Brown and Firth Funds joint ASA/RAI panel twice a year, and conveying the panel's decision to the RAI administrator.

The role of Chair also involves giving support to members who are in dispute with their employers or have other problems connected with their professional work as anthropologists.

Honorary Secretary

- Cathrine Degnen (September 2015)

The Honorary Secretary organises committee meetings and prepares the Agenda for these, in consultation with the Chair; collects reports from committee members; and writes up and distributes the Minutes of committee meetings and the AGM. The Secretary may also provide the RAI with appropriate items of ASA News for inclusion in Anthropology Today. The Chair, Secretary, and Treasurer deal with matters arising between meetings of the ASA Committee, including ASA/RAI support to postgraduate students.

Honorary Treasurer

- Soumhya Venkatesan (January 2017)

The Honorary Treasurer liaises closely with the Chair and Administrator to manage the ASA finances and to present the accounts at the Annual General Meeting. The ASA's income derives from a range of sources: mainly subscriptions, royalties, the Firth Family Fund and sales. Its major expenditures are on conferences, donations and sponsorships, the Committee, taxes and royalties. The Treasurer also deals with the financial aspects of ASA correspondence, negotiations and special projects, liaises with the accountant and supervises accounts.


- NomadIT, Rohan Jackson and Elaine Morley (ongoing)

The ASA Administrator provides general support for the Association, managing and updating the database and communicating information to the membership. The Administrator collects and collates information for the production of Annals, collects and records subscriptions, presents new membership applications to the AGM and prepares accounts in liason with the Treasurer.

Publications officer

- Andrew Irving (November 2017)

The Publications Officer has general oversight of ASA publications; the role involves liaising with the editors of the annual conference monograph and ASAonline, and coordinating relations between the ASA Committee and the Association’s publishers. The Publication Officer also organises peer review for the monograph and is responsible for receiving and granting requests for copyright permissions.

Conference Liaison officer

- Emma Gilberthorpe (February 2017)

The Conference Officer provides advice and support to the convenors of ASA conferences and establishes links and facilitates communication between the ASA and other organisations, institutions, universities and academics who participate in these. Together with the Chair, the Conference Liaison Officer also represents the ASA at WCAA events.

Policy Liaison officer

- The Committee is currently seeking an appropriate candidate for this post.

The Policy Liaison officer’s role is to develop and maintain relationships between the ASA and policy makers/funding organisations, to promote the interests of the Association. This will entail seeking direct involvement with these bodies (for example on expert advisory panels), developing positive lines of communication with their senior staff, and ensuring that they are well-informed about the ethical and practical issues involved in conducting research in social anthropology, as well as its contributions to society and to the academy.

Networks officer

- Julie Scott (November 2016)

The Networks Officer promotes ASA contacts with anthropologists working outside the academy, or within the academy but outside university anthropology departments. The officer also encourages the formation of ASA Networks, brings formal applications to establish networks to the ASA Committee, and supports the functioning of established networks. This officer also co-ordinates the ASA representatives involved in networks, and reports to the ASA Committee about network activities.

Ethics officer

- The Committee is currently seeking an appropriate candidate for this post.

The principle responsibilities of this position are to coordinate the running of the ASA Globalog; to advise on the ASA's Ethical Guidelines; to encourage discussion of the ASA's ethical recommendations, and if necessary to propose revisions of the Guidelines to the AGM, and – with the AGM’s approval - to add such revisions to the guidelines. This officer also co-ordinates with other ethics bodies and aids the discussion and development of ethics in social research, including working with RCUK and international funding bodies on ethics issues.

Media and publicity officer

- Paul Gilbert (July 2016)

The Media and Publicity Officer’s primary task is to enhance the public profile of the ASA and anthropology in general, by responding to media enquiries and engaging proactively with the media. It involves liaison with the RAI, anthropology journals, leading on film festival collaborations, and working with other members of the Committee to support the ASA’s promotional activities.

Membership officer

- The Committee is currently seeking an appropriate candidate for this post.

The task of the Membership officer is to support the development of the ASA through encouraging a broad and diverse membership of the Association. In collaboration with the Committee and the ASA’s administrators, this officer is expected to develop and carry out programmes to achieve this aim, for example by composing and disseminating effective communications to target groups, and working with Universities and post-graduate networks.

Learning and Teaching officer

- The Committee is currently seeking an appropriate candidate for this post.

The Learning and Teaching officer supports and maintains the Learning and Teaching in Anthropology Network (LATAN) and promotes the development of learning and teaching initiatives in anthropology. The role also involves liaison with the Higher Education Academy and other bodies supporting learning and teaching in higher education, to represent the interests of anthropologists and anthropology students. The officer also acts as a representative for the postgraduate network to ensure that the network remains active, that its concerns are represented on the ASA Committee.