The European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA) is a professional association open to all social anthropologists either qualified in, or else working in, Europe.

The Association seeks to advance anthropology in Europe by organizing biennial conferences, by editing its academic journal Social Anthropology/Anthropologie Sociale, its Newsletter and the two publication series. The Association further encourages and supports thematic networks.

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Election See who is standing for election to the EASA Executive
Eleven candidates have been nominated for the next EASA Executive Committee election. Read about these colleagues. Voting will open on 15th December.

EASA writes supporting repatriation of human remains in Trinity College Dublin collection to Inishbofin, County Galway
The executive committee of the EASA, writes at the invitation of the Trinity Legacies Review Working Group, requesting the return of all human remains contained in the College’s Haddon-Dixon Collection to their descendant communities. Read the letter in full.

Mantas Kvedaravičius portrait - credit MFA Luthuania Mantas Kvedaravičius Film Award
EASA established this film award earlier this year and the winner was announced at the conference. Read more about the award, entrants and winner.

EASA statement in solidarity with Iranian protests
The executive committee of the EASA stands in full solidarity with the Iranian academic community, students, colleagues, Iranian civil society, and those committed to fighting for women’s equality and the rule of law. Read the statement in full.

17th EASA Biennial Conference
EASA2022: Transformation, Hope and the Commons
School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics at Queen’s University Belfast
26-29 July, 2022

EASA is a signatory to an Associação Brasileira de Antropolgia (ABA) note regarding the deaths of Bruno Araújo Pereira and Dom Philips that has been sent to Brazilian officials.
ABA's farewell note .

EASA expresses deep concerns over the recent government decisions in Greece that constitute an attack on the autonomy of universities and higher education... that country, notably through the permanent deployment of special police at public universities, and the preparation of a Bill on Higher Education that aims to abolish the democratic election of University authorities by the academic community. We express our solidarity with our colleagues in Greece. We join their call for the immediate withdrawal of these dangerous new measures, and we stand with them as they assert the critical importance of an autonomous and public academic life as one of the preconditions of a democratic society. Please sign the petition to oppose the plan.

EASA Integrity Committee Statement on Sexual Harassment and bullying
The IC has written a statement on sexual harassment and bullying within higher education. Read the full statement.

EASA Consultancy: Sexual harassment and bullying in European Higher Education
The EASA Integrity Committee wishes to commission a short piece of consultancy to understand how complaints about sexual harassment and bullying are handled across European university systems. Read about the consultancy and how to apply.

Mantas Kvedaravičius portrait - credit MFA LuthuaniaEASA mourns the loss of Mantas Kvedaravičius
It is with deep sorrow and shock that we have learned about the murder of Mantas Kvedaravičius, award-winning filmmaker, anthropologist, archaeologist and a member of EASA. Read his obituary.

EASA logo - Ukraine version Useful links of support resources for Ukrainians
The Executive Boards of SIEF and EASA have cooperated to disseminate information on support, scholarships and jobs offered to Ukrainian scholars at risk. View this list of opportunities, advice and resources received from various parts of Europe. If you have new/additional information please contact us via the email cited there.

Academics striking on pay and precarity image Anti-Precarity and Anti-Casualisation Research
As we struggle as academics working in increasingly difficult situations, we invite you to participate in an anti-precarity research project that builds on the recent research by EASA and PrecAnthro. Read more about the project and complete the short questionnaire.

Russian petition image Russian anthropologists against the war (EN/FR)
Read about a petition raised by a group of Russian ethnographers and anthropologists, protesting against the war in Ukraine. Read in full, and in FR.

EASA and Scholars at Risk Statements on the Russian war against Ukraine
The Executive Committee of the European Association Social Anthropologists (EASA) condemns the Russian government’s illegal and unprovoked military invasion of Ukraine: an imperialist war that is leading to immeasurable suffering and losses for the Ukrainian people, whose dignity, well-being, and independence we wholeheartedly support.

As the Ukraine war has worsened in all sorts of shocking ways, the Executive feel that our statement needs to be unequivocal in order to avoid ambiguity of any kind. A group of EASA members contacted us to say that there were some ambiguities in our initial statement and therefore we have amended it.
Read the revised statement.

As a member of Scholars at Risk, EASA is also supportive of their statement.

EASA Members vote overwhelmingly to make Social Anthropology/Anthropologie Sociale Open Access
The EASA Executive is delighted to report that more than 90% of members voting in the referendum on whether the association’s journal, Social Anthropology/Anthropologie Sociale, should become fully open access voted "Yes."

EASA & PrecAnthro survey report Read the EASA & PrecAnthro survey report "The anthropological career in Europe"

The survey was a collaboration between EASA and members of the PrecAnthro Collective, who have worked together and mobilised since 2016 to raise awareness about the challenges of developing an academic career in anthropology. The themes explored in the survey reflect existing academic research on changes to the academic profession and the casualisation of labour in Europe and beyond. Read a summary of the EASA & PrecAnthro survey report
or view the full report

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New networks

Anthropology of Fascisms (ANTHROFA)
The network serves as a platform for exchange, communication, and mutual support amongst anthropologists of fascisms, the far right, and respective counter-movements. Network activities will contribute to the production of knowledge on actors, movements, practices, ideologies and subjectivities, as well as reflect on methodology, theory and ethics. Read more >>

Multimodal Ethnography Network (MULTIMODAL)
The network embraces an understanding of multimodality and multimedia that is simultaneously old/new, analogue/digital, low tech/high tech, in person/at a distance. The network aims to create spaces for playful experimentation with these dichotomies and tensions during plenaries at the bi-annual EASA conference, annual meetings and member-organised events, and through publications in the associated journal entanglements: experiments in multimodal ethnography. Read more >>

Anthropology of Crime and Criminalisation (ANTHROCRIME)Anthrocrime logo
The EASA Anthropology of Crime and Criminalisation network (AnthroCrime) aims to place the study of crime, criminalisation and decriminalisation at the heart of critical anthropological inquiry. Current socio-political transformations, such as shifting geopolitical configurations, rising neo-nationalist tendencies, and (cyber)technological developments, push crime to the centre of public debate and to the heart of governmental power. Read more >>

Contemporary 'Spiritual' Practices (CSP)
Our hope is to establish a cross-disciplinary network and offer regular occasions for exploring within a comparative approach the transversal dynamics as well as the differences within the operative logics of these spiritual practices. A wide variety of spiritual practices overlap and typically belong to various realms between therapy, science, wellbeing, and politics: from New Age to Neopaganism, from ecospirituality to neo-traditionalist movements among numerous categories, this network is open to ‘spiritual’ practices regardless of their cultural contexts. Read more >>