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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EASA 9 December webinar: Open Data and its impact on anthropological research

The webinar aims to open a debate on the open access to past and present anthropological data- written, visual, audio or audio-visual. Can, and should, we make anthropological data 'Open'? Speakers: Katja Müller, Jessica De Largy Healy and James Rose. Read more information and register to attend.

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

Social anthropology student detained without charge in Egypt
EASA 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. Read the full statement.

EASA Executive elections: voting is now closed.
1074 ballots were received from a constituency of 2561 members - a turnout of 42%. This is the largest turnout to-date for EASA. The results can be seen here.

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 issues statement in support of PhD stipend extensions
EASA has noted with concern the wide-ranging negative impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on researchers' ability to carry out their work, and notably many PhD researchers whose funding is by definition short term. While all disciplines are impacted in unique ways, anthropologists are particularly hindered from carrying out their research...

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

At a webinar on 27th November, EASA launched the report of the survey conducted among EASA members in 2018, The anthropological career in Europe: A complete report on the EASA membership survey (Fotta, Ivancheva & Pernes, 2020).

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. The report captures overall trends as well as regional differences in the anthropological profession in Europe.

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 >>