Minutes and Reports
Bangkok, Thailand, 2015
Minutes of the meeting of the IUAES General Assembly, Thursday July 16, 2015, 16:45-19:20, LT1, Thammasat University, Tha Prachan Campus, Bangkok, Thailand
by Junji Koizumi
Faye V. Harrison, Junji Koizumi, Mugsy Spiegel, Thomas Reuter, Rajko Muršič, Subhadra Channa, Heather O'Leary, Zhang Jijiao, Miriam Pillar Grossi
Gustavo Lins Ribeiro, Noel B. Salazar
Opening and welcome (Faye Harrison)
The General Assembly meeting was opened and chaired by President Faye Harrison.
Treasurer's report and IUAES membership (Mugsy Spiegel and Junji Koizumi)
Mugsy Spiegel, Treasurer, made a presentation of the Treasurer’s report as well as of IUAES membership data. He reported that, so far, income for the year 2015 was £9,117.59 as at July 1, 2015. The only significant expenditure expected for 2015 was the membership administration fees paid to NomadIT and annual dues for ISSC. He noted that there had been a one-time receipt of £12,298.00 from an unexpected surplus generated by the Manchester World Congress in 2013; but that Inter-Congress 2014 was not permitted, by its sponsors, to generate any surplus. The flow of income of the IUAES is highly unstable depending of the size of the World Congress and Inter-Congress of the year. It was reported that, as of July 1, 2015, the IUAES has 437 paid up members for the year 2015 as compared to 1,101 for 2014. The net assets of the IUAES are expected to be down in 2015 from the £36,012.82 at the end of 2014, but £15,000 of this balance had been earmarked by the Executive Committee for seed funding for projects by IUAES Commissions.
Annual financial reports since 2010 are available at: http://www.iuaes.org/minutes/index.html.
Report on IUAES Commissions (Heather O'Leary, Zhang Jijiao and Junji Koizumi)
The new Head of the Council of Commissions, Heather O'Leary, was introduced by the chair. O'Leary reported on the status of the IUAES Scientific Commissions as follows:
(1) First, the Commissions are healthy. This is shown by good annual reports which show each commission in setting self-defined goals and making progress towards these. There is still room for growth, both within existing Commissions and by forging new Commissions and this vigor relies on both Commission leaders, but equally on Commission Members. The enrichment of Commissions can be enhanced through increased Inter-Commission dialog.
(2) Second, the Council of Commissions and Executive Committee have been working together as a supportive team. The mutual support ranges from new and ongoing initiatives (i) externally (restructuring the website to highlight Commission activities, providing a newsletter to increase awareness of Commission activities, and increasing Commission presence on Social Media) and also (ii) internally (Seed Funding eligible for Commissions, newsblasts with pressing dates and calls). These initiatives demonstrate a promising future of mutual support.
(3) Third, there are ongoing discussions about potential structural and financial changes within the IUAES. These issues--membership fees and fee collection, services provided to members, and inclusion of members--are being actively examined by all points of leadership. Members are encouraged to speak with their Commission leadership to make sure their valuable perspectives contribute to determining our organization's next steps.
(4) Last, and most importantly, delegates should remember that they are encouraged to participate in the IUAES and its Commissions to the best of their abilities, and that we as a union are strongest when we have open lines of communication between our delegates and leadership. Active participation of the delegate in our union is much appreciated and we look forward to their ongoing participation as co-drivers of our future success.
It was reported that the meeting of the Council of Commissions was held at Soc-Anth meeting room of Thammasat University (Tha Prachan Campus) on July 15, 2015, at 20:00-21:55.
Report on IUAES Inter-Congress 2014, Chiba, Japan (Junji Koizumi)
Junji Koizumi, the organizer of Inter-Congress 2014, made a summary presentation on the Inter-Congress in Chiba, Japan, on May 15-18, 2014 (http://www.iuaes.org/japan2014/). The Inter-Congress was jointly held with JASCA (the Japanese Society of Cultural Anthropology) as its anniversary conference under the general theme of “The Future with/of Anthropologies”. The Inter-congress 2014 brought together 937 registered delegates from 59 countries, 463 of whom international, and about 1,400 participants were present including those who attended the JASCA domestic meeting simultaneously held at the same venue. 137 panels were organized in total, along with three keynote lectures by Marilyn Strathern (University of Cambridge), James Ferguson (Stanford University) and Claudio Lomnitz (Columbia University). The video recording of these keynotes are available, together with other recordings, at http://www.cva-iuaes.com/japan2014/. Sixteen IUAES Commissions organized their panels, and thirteen international associations and four national associations held their panels, roundtables and symposia in cooperation with JASCA. A financial report of IUAES 2014 is given at http://www.iuaes.org/minutes/financialreport_2014chiba.pdf.
Report on IUAES Inter-Congress 2015, Bangkok, Thailand (Anusorn Unno)
Anusorn Unno, Dean of the Faculty of Sociology and Anthropology, Thammasat University, and Chair of the IUAES Inter-Congress 2015 Organizing Committee, made a presentation on the Inter-Congress which was underway (http://socanth.tu.ac.th/iuaes2015/). The theme of the Inter-Congress was “Re-Imagining Anthropological and Sociological Boundaries” and it also commemorated the faculty’s 50th anniversary. A total of 73 panels and 525 papers were accepted and 505 scholars and students participated from 27 countries and regions. The keynote speakers were Saskia Sassen from Columbia University, Engseng Ho from Duke University and Goh Beng Lan from National University of Singapore. Cultural activities during the Inter-Congress included a Chao Phraya River dinner cruise.
Presentation of IUAES Inter-Congress 2016, Dubrovnik, Croatia (Saša Missoni)
Saša Missoni, Director of the Institute for Anthropological Research (Zagreb) and Head of Croatian Organizing Committee of Inter-Congress 2016, made a presentation on the Inter-Congress to be held at Hotel Palace in Dubrovnik, Croatia on May 4-9, 2016. The theme of the conference is "World Anthropologies and Privatization of Knowledge: Engaging Anthropology in Public". The call for panels will be open until the end of September 2015 and the panels will be allocated to ten main tracks. The venue of the Inter-Congress along with planned cultural activities were introduced in detail and an invitation was extended to those who wish to hold post-congresses in Dubrovnik. It was also announced that a young scholar award will be conferred and the winner will be invited to the World Congress 2018 in Florianópolis.
Presentation of the IUAES World Congress 2018, Florianópolis, Brazil (Miriam Pillar Grossi)
Miriam Pillar Grossi, the organizer of the World Congress 2018, made a presentation on the World Congress to be held at the Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC) in Florianópolis, Brazil on July 30 - August 3, 2018. The 18th World Congress will be hosted by the Brazilian Association of Anthropology (ABA).
On IUAES News (Subhadra Channa)
Subhadra Channa, the editor of the new series of IUAES News, made a presentation on the plan for this semi-annual newsletter designed for the promotion of communication among IUAES members.
On the IUAES Membership with ISSC, ICSU and CIPSH (Junji Koizumi)
Junji Koizumi, Secretary-General, reported that the IUAES is a paid up member of ISSC (International Social Science Council) and maintains an observer status with ICSU (International Council for Science) and CIPSH (International Council for Philosophy and Human Sciences).
- On the consolidation of the relationship between the IUAES and the WCAA (Faye Harrison)
President Harrison presented a report on the strategic plan for consolidation of relations between IUAES and WCAA. It was prepared by the IUAES/WCAA task team composed of ten executive members of the two organizations and coordinated by the IUAES President and the WCAA Chair. This plan aims at:
- Creating a unified face and voice of anthropology to present to the world.
- Enhancing opportunities for new collaborations through incubating and promoting collaborative international projects in research, teaching, publication, etc.
- Enhancing the capacity for international research networking at IUAES Congresses, Inter-Congresses and within the Commissions.
- Expanding the IUAES individual membership base and that of the IUAES Commissions.
President Harrison made her report based on a short summary statement prepared by the task team and distributed at the General Assembly meeting ("Short summary statement regarding IUAES-WCAA alliance process"). The main points of this tentative plan are:
- There would be two chambers allied with one another in a consolidated umbrella structure.
- The IUAES chamber would comprise all of the present IUAES structures which include the Council of Commissions and the individual Commissions.
- The WCAA chamber would comprise the present WCAA structures.
- As regards the umbrella structure into which the above two chambers would be consolidated:
- Effectively it would be led by a steering committee comprising equal numbers of members from and elected by the IUAES' EC and the WCAA's OC
- It would jointly represent the two chambers only where cooperative representation is in their mutual best interests; and
- It would not have authority to over-rule decisions by either chamber.
- A proposed name for the umbrella structure is World Anthropology Union (WAU) – but, as is the case for everything else, that is open for further discussion.
This proposal was discussed in a number of meetings held during Bangkok Inter-Congress, including the meeting of the Council of Commissions, and another proposal was put forward as a second option:
- IUAES and WCAA will continue as separate organizations but with a formal agreement to co-operate and support each other in all matters pertaining to the best interests of the anthropological community across the globe.
The plan for the relation between IUAES and WCAA was scheduled to be discussed further at a special session on the next day. A further detailed communication on the results thereof will be distributed in due course by the IUAES President.
On the Special Session on the relation between IUAES and WCAA (Junji Koizumi)
Junji Koizumi announced that a Special Session on the relation between IUAES and WCAA was scheduled on Friday July 17, 2015, at 13:30-15:00, LT1.
Other issues of immediate concern – none.
Closing (Faye Harrison)