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.
EASA's academic journal, Social Anthropology/Anthropologie Sociale appears four times a year and is available free of charge to all paid-up members.
EASA is a sister association of the International Society for Ethnology and Folklore (SIEF) and a member of the World Council of Anthropological Associations (WCAA).
EASA supports demands that migrants and asylum seekers should be given equal treatment during Covid-19 pandemic
EASA fully supports recent efforts by anthropologists and other researchers, as well as humanitarian organizations to demand that all people should be treated equally in being given access to both self-protection and treatment during the Covid-19 emergency, whether or not they live in camps, reception centres or are seeking asylum.
Vintilă Mihăilescu (1951-2020)
It is with deep sadness that we inform you that Vintilă Mihăilescu, a leading Romanian cultural anthropologist and a member of EASA since the association was founded, passed away on 22 March 2020 after a long illness. He was a prominent figure in the anthropology of Eastern Europe and he played an important role in developing the discipline of anthropology in Romania by forming several generations of young anthropologists.
The 16th EASA biennial conference: New anthropological horizons in and beyond Europe
Celebrating 30 years of the association, EASA2020 returns to Portugal, taking place in Lisbon from 21-24 July 2020.
The calls have closed and panel, paper, lab and film selections made. Early Bird registration has been posponed until 15 April.
Please see here for COVID-19/Coronavirus situation update
EASA remains seriously concerned over detention in Iran of French citizen, Professor Fariba Adelkhah
A support committee was recently created in Aquitaine (Bordeaux) for Fariba Adelkhah and Roland Marchal. Several events have been scheduled or have already taken place.
EASA echoes Academia for Equality’s concern about the neighbourhood of Isawiya
EASA wrote to the Hebrew University in concern about events involving the neighbourhood of Isawiya.
Florin Faje (1984-2020)
EASA is deeply saddened to hear the news of the unexpected and untimely death of Romanian anthropologist and sociologist Florin Faje.
EASA expresses deep concern against the planned higher education reforms of the Brazilian government
EASA has issued a statement in solidarity with the university community in Brazil against budget cuts, privatisation, and the attack on social sciences and humanities.
EASA statement in support of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences
EASA has issued a statement applauding the Academy’s determination to protect academic freedom and independence in Hungary, while expressing concern about the wider changes the Hungarian government has both enacted and proposed in recent years aimed at institutional restructuring of the financing of research and higher education within Hungary.
EASA statement on precarious employment within academia
EASA has released a statement, coming out of two years of collaboration with the PrecAnthro Collective. Read more.
EASA statement on data governance
The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into effect on May 25. The GDPR has introduced key provisos on how data for social scientific research is to be collected, archived, and used, including how to obtain consent, how long data can be held for, or what privacy precepts should guide storage. The GDPR comes in the wake of new calls for the inclusion of “data management plans” in research proposals to funding councils. These new data governance frameworks have profound implications for anthropology. The EASA’s Statement on Data Governance in Ethnographic Projects [PDF] outlines our Association’s position on these important developments. The statement describes some of the core methodical and ethical practices of ethnographic research. These practices have implications for the norms and forms of data management in ethnography. We issue this statement to help ethnographers respond to current mandates for data archiving, storage, and sharing from governments, universities, and funders.
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Network of Urban Anthropology (UrbAn)
The networks aims to initiate debate and momentum among members whose ethnographic and conceptual work centres on the urban. It seeks to exchange information on and initiate collaboration in conferences, publications and teaching projects. The network stimulates collaborations among network members as well as within other domains like those working on and in urban contexts, seeking ways to think through their work. The network is of interest to everyone who works in urban contexts or who finds the urban a useful concept to work with. Read more >>
Anthropology of Humanitarianism Network
The network brings together social anthropologists who explore different humanitarian undertakings, including: humanitarian aid in emergencies; humanitarian law; humanitarian projects of return, development, and peace-building in post-conflict contexts; humanitarian management of refugee camps and/or borders; humanitarian military interventions; grassroots, vernacular, and volunteer humanitarian projects; post-war reconstruction; post-natural disasters; reception and care for the displaced people, and so forth. Read more >>
Linguistic Anthropology (ELAN)
Linguistic Anthropology has a long history in the North American academic tradition, where it has established itself as one of the four main branches of Anthropology along with Archaeology, Biological Anthropology, and Cultural Anthropology. With this network, we aim to create a space for those scholars interested in Linguistic Anthropology and who are either working in European academic institutions, conducting research in Europe, or have an interest in cooperating with European scholars. Read more >>
Anthropologies of the State (Anthrostate)
The EASA network on Anthropologies of the State brings together anthropologists whose work examines various forms of state practices and the state, facilitates sharing of information and discussion among them, and helps to push conceptual and theoretical anthropological work on the state. The network creates a space of thinking beyond now classical anthropological approaches to the state. Read more >>
Anthropology of Enviroment Network (Enviroant)
Environment is a key topic with a long history in anthropology. For example, classic cultural ecology focused on the relationship between nature and culture, nurture and nature, and human adaptation to the environment. practitioners, other disciplines and the wider society to contribute to the understanding and solving of environmental problems across the world. Read more >>
Anthropology of Labour Network (AoL)
Since the global financial crisis in 2008, anthropologists have rekindled their interest in studies of labor issues. Studies have looked at classical questions pertaining to mass work in the contexts of new and waning industries while paying special attention to rising trends of growing informal or casualized labor arrangements. Read more >>