EASA is a professional association open to all social anthropologists either qualified in, or else working in, Europe. It is a society of scholarship, founded on January 14th, 1989 at the "Inaugural General Assembly" in Castelgandolfo/Italy of twenty-one founder members from thirteen European countries and one from the US, supported by the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research. This meeting drafted the Constitution and elected the Association's first Executive Committee (1989-90), chaired by Prof. Adam Kuper, Brunel University.
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.
EASA is a self-governing democratic body. It is both registered with Companies House and with the Charity Commission. As such it is bound by its constitution, relevant laws and EASA adheres to guidance on proper governance. No member may be elected to office more than twice in succession; the only exception are up to two members co-opted by the elected Executive so as to ensure the continuity of EASA's administrative and publishing functions. The composition of the successive Executive Committees shows the pan-European character of EASA.
Executive Committee 2017 and 2018
I am Full Professor at the EHESS and member of the Research Centre Norbert Elias. I direct the PhD program in Social Sciences (EHESS-Marseille) and the "Comparative research in anthropology, history and sociology" Master. I obtained my PhD in Social Anthropology at the University "La Sapienza" (Rome, Italy) in 1996. My teaching activities and research focus on “anthropology of economic spaces”. My research subjects include economic anthropology, the politics of nature, industrial work and districts, food activism and the relationship between food, social movements and politics. I have done extensive research in the North and in the South of Italy, in the French Alps and inside the Slow Food movement. I coordinate an interdisciplinary project on food production and consumption and short chains of distribution. My publications include Antropologia culturale. Un’introduzione (2001, 2009, 2012 Roma, Carocci) and the edited volumes Frammenti di economie. Ricerche di antropologia economica in Italia (Cosenza, 2002) and Food Activism. Agency, Democracy and Economy (2014, London, Bloomsbury, with Carole Counihan). I am working on a new book on the Slow Food Movement. In the previous Executive, I have been in charge of the EASA networks (2015-2016) and part of the scientific committee of the Milan conference.
His latest books are “Overheating: An anthropology of accelerated change” and, edited with Elisabeth Schober, “Identities Destabilised: Living in an Overheated World” (both published in 2016).
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