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About the Commissions

The research effort and involvement of the IUAES is principally arranged by its Commissions, each of which concentrates on some area of anthropological interest. New Commissions may be formed from time to time, the procedures for doing so being as follows:

  1. Detailed justification should be sent to the Secretary-General for consideration by the Executive Committee. This should include the curriculum vitae of the Chairperson, Executive Scretary, and three or four members of its organizing committee, with particular reference to academic background, posts held, research experience, etc. Later, similar, but less detailed information should be provided about all members of the Commission.
  2. Each Commission should initially be established for five years, with the possibility of revalidation after justification of its continued existence. The request for continuation should be received by the Secretary-General after four years of the Commission's existence.
  3. Each proposed Commission should have its activities clearly outlined, its purpose indicated, and its end-product defined.
  4. The Chairperson of each Commission should, on the occasion of a meeting of the Permanent Council, produce a one- or two-page summary of its activities since the last meeting. Moreover, an annual report shall be submitted to the Secretary-General.
  5. There shall in future be a single category of Commission (hitherto international, regional, for a specific project, etc.).
  6. Commissions should be broadly representative of the various anthropological interests, though no rigid guidelines shall be established. They may usefully be concerned with areas of anthropology which have not recently received adequate attention. They might also aim at improving international communication, as well as providing additions to knowledge. Again, new expertise might be developed by Commissions. A new Commission should certainly not be the means of securing prominence or personal advancement for an individual researcher. The appropriateness or otherwise of a commission shall be based upon the Executive Committee's view of priorities in the light of the topics proposed, including their theoretical significance, and the limited organizational and financial resources of the Union.
  7. One designated member of each Commission shall systematically maintain contact with the Secretary-General.

List of the Commissions