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Global Transformations and Marxian Anthropology

Report of the IUAES commission on Global Transformations and Marxian Anthropology. October 28th, 2013.

1. Revitalization

During the IUAES congress in Manchester (August 2013), the Commission on Anthropological Dimensions of Global Change was renewed and renamed with new chairs elected in a meeting held on August 9th.

The commission's new name, description and chairs are as follows:

Global Transformations and Marxian Anthropology

This commission is devoted to Marxian approaches to anthropology. It promotes research that focuses on capitalism, labor, class conflict, and the theories, methodologies, and disciplinary perspectives that support forces that resist and challenge capitalism. Its purpose is to contribute to understanding the formations of capitalism, with a commitment to the politics of anti-capitalism and related mobilizations worldwide. Such commitment extends to critical engagement at the sites where we work, both within academia and outside it. The commission and its members aim to contribute to social transformations rooted in struggles for social justice and equality. The commission is open to those with a deep interest in a broadly defined Marxist tradition of research.


Winnie Lem
International Development Studies
Trent University
K9J 7B2

Vice Chair:

George Baca
Associate Professor
Global Studies
The Division of International Studies
Dong-A University
Bumin-Dong 2-1
South Korea (602-760)

The revitalization and changes to this commission were done with the approval of Dr. Laurent Bazin, CNRS (France) the chairperson of IUAES Commission on Anthropological Dimensions of Global Change. 

Present at the meeting were:

Patrick Neveling, University of Bern, Switzerland
Don Kalb, Central European University, Hungary
Luisa Steur, University of Copenhagen, Sweden
Winnie Lem, Trent University, Canada
Gavin Smith, University of Toronto, Canada
Pauline Gardiner Barber, Dalhousie University, Canada
Nina Glick Schiller, Manchester University, UK
Ida Susser, City University of New York, USA
Mallika Shakya, Oxford University, UK
Sharryn Kasmir, Hofstra University, USA
Don Nonini, University of North Carolina, USA

2. Membership

The individuals who attended the meeting on 9th august also constitute the steering committee and initial membership of the revived and renamed commission. Other individuals not present at the meeting and who have expressed interest in membership include:

Gustavo Lins Ribeiro, University of Brasilia, Brazil
Junji Koizumi, Osaka University, Japan
Ananth Aiyer, University of Michigan, Flint, USA
Mao Mollina, University College London, UK

Those interested in becoming members may contact the chair of the commission (wlem[at]trentu.ca)

3. Activities

While the commission on Global Transformations and Marxian Anthropology was formally constituted on the 9th of August, members of the commission made a significant contribution to the ongoing IUAES world congress in Manchester in organizing a number of panels. Patrick Neveling (University of Bern) and Luisa Steur (University of Copenhagen/SOAS) organized a set of four 4 panels with the title: Capitalism and global anthropology: Marxism resurgent (PE39).

Members of the commission have also organized a series of panels at the American Anthropological Association Annual Meetings in Chicago (November 2013).

A meeting of the steering committee is planned to take place in Chicago, which will discuss future plans. Members who would like to have input into the meeting may contact wlem[at]trentu.ca.

Some members of this commission will jointly sponsor sessions and an event with the Anthropology and Political Economy Seminar (APES) at the Canadian Anthropology Société Canadienne d'Anthropologie (CASCA) in Toronto (May 2014).

George Baca (vice chair) of the commission is planning to organize a session at the inter congress in Japan (May 2014).


Commission on Theoretical Anthropology (COTA) organized 《World Congress on State Origins and Related Subjects》 on September 7-13, 2014, at WANE Conference Centre at Wigry, Poland.