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Candidates for Vice President (second vacancy)

Greg Acciaioli (Oceania)

Nominated by: Thomas Reuter (Australia)

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Candidate’s Statement: Gregory Lawrence Acciaioli (Greg)
My involvement with the IUAES actually began in 1973 when, as a beginning student in anthropology at the University of Chicago, I was a Congress Service Corps volunteer at the International Congress of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences convened by Sol Tax in Chicago. At that time I was impressed by the potential and achievements of the IUAES, materialised in the 90+ volumes of the World Anthropology series issuing from that congress, * and committed myself to a career in anthropology in large part on the basis of that experience. Once established in Australia, throughout the 1990s I was designated as the liaison between the Australian Anthropological Society (AAS) and the IUAES. I have continued my commitment to the World Anthropologies project by serving first as the AAS delegate and then as treasurer (2011-now) for the World Council of Anthropological Associations (WCAA), as well as serving as an executive member (in various capacities) in both the AAS and the Anthropological Society of Western Australia (ASWA), as well as participating in activities (e.g. as a keynote speaker) of the Asosiasi Antropologi Indonesia and working to catalyse an anthropological association in Malaysia (hopefully to be realised in 2014), the two countries in which I have conducted my own anthropological research.
If elected as a vice-president of the IUAES, I would seek to further this commitment to world anthropologies by pursuing two main agendas. Firstly, I would work toward greater integration of the WCAA with the IUAES, as the missions of these two organisations are quite convergent despite the differing bases of their membership. Integrating these two anthropological organisations could increase the global profile and influence of our field, which is all important in the neoliberal context of cutbacks and consolidations in the social sciences in universities and the accelerating need for bringing anthropological perspectives to bear in international and national policy debates on climate change and other looming environmental dilemmas, migration and securitisation, loss of intellectual freedom in academic and governmental contexts, and a host of other practical issues in which anthropological voices are insufficiently heeded. Secondly (though not unrelated to the issues of public anthropology just adduced), I would seek to find ways to foster greater involvement of applied anthropologists in IUAES activities and initiatives. Although already participating in various IUAES scientific commissions, applied anthropologists have not been as salient a presence in IUAES congresses and intercongresses, despite the increasing importance of anthropological work in both national and international contexts, whether within government agencies, corporations like IBM, transnational conservation NGOs like WWF, or in a host of other contexts. If the IUAES is to serve as a major global catalyst to further the integration of anthropological perspectives in ways that are both engaged and efficacious, it is imperative to consolidate our global organizational bodies and broaden our constituencies. I look forward to having the opportunity, if elected, to further those purposes. 

* :Acciaioli, Greg 2011 From World Anthropology to World Anthropologies: Continuities in the Project of Decolonizing and Internationalizing Anthropology. In Global Anthropologies, ed. Gustavo Lins Ribeiro. Beijing: Intellectual Property Publishing House. Pp. 20-44.


CURRICULUM VITAE (abbreviated for IUAES)
Dr Gregory Lawrence Acciaioli
Personal Data
Citizenship                          :    USA (Australian Permanent Residence)
Birth                                    :    3 July 1953 (Oakland, California, USA)

Education [Major degrees only]
PhD                                         Anthropology, Australian National University, 1990
MA                                          Anthropology, Stanford University, 1979
AB (Honors)                            Anthropology, University of Chicago, 1975

Employment History: Teaching and Research Positions [last 10 yr. only]
2013       Visiting Scholar,Cairns Instititute, James Cook University
2011       Gastonderzoeker, Wageningen University, The Netherlands
2011       Gastwissenschafter, University of Bern, Switzerland
2008-9   Visiting Lecturer, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia
2004-5   Visiting Associate Professor, ARI, National University of Singapore
2002-     Lecturer (à Assistant Professor), Anthropology and Sociology, The University of
now        Western Australia
2002-     Associate Research Fellow, Asia Research Centre, Murdoch University
Major Awards and Grants [last 10 yr. only]
2012      ARC [Australian Research Council] Discovery Grant for ‘Fostering Pro-Environment Consciousness and Practice: Environmentalism, Environmentality and Environmental Education in Indonesia’
2011      UWA-UQ Bilateral Research Collaboration Award ‘Stateless stakeholders: Facilitating participatory governance in the Coral Triangle’.
2007      ARC Discovery Grant for ‘Social Capital, Natural Resources and Local Governance in Indonesia’
2007      ARC Discovery Grant for ‘Revitalisation Movements in Contemporary Indonesia: Nativist Reworkings of Custom and Religion in Reaction to Decentralisation, Islamisation and Globalisation’
2003      UWA Student Guild Award for Excellence in Postgraduate Research Supervision

Publications [Last 5 yr. only]
Books and Special Issues of Journals (Co-)Edited
2013       Paradoxes, Adaptive Strategies and Accommodations–Essays in Honour of Professor Robert Tonkinson. Special issue: Anthropological Forum 23(4)
2009       Kuasa dan Usaha di Masyarakat Sulawesi Selatan., ed. with K. van Dijk, and R. Tol. Makassar: Inninawa.
2008          Biodiversity and Human Livelihoods in Protected Areas: Case Studies from the Malay Archipelago, ed. w/ N. S. Sodhi, M. Erb, A. K-J. Tan. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Selected Journal Articles & Book Chapters in Edited Collections
2010       Dari pengakuan menuju pelaksanaan kedaulatan adat: Konseptualisasi-ulang ruang lingkup dan signifikansi masyarakat adat dalam Indonesia kontemporer. In Adat dalam politik Indonesia, ed. J.S. Davidson, D. Henley, & S. Moniaga. Jakarta: Yayasan Pustaka Obor Indonesia & KITLV-Jakarta. Pp. 323-46.
2010       Lake and Land at Lindu: Imposition, Accommodation and Contestation in the Revaluation of Resources in Upland Central Sulawesi. Asian Journal of Social Science 38: 237-255.
2009       Distinguishing Hierarchy and Precedence: Comparing Status Distinctions in
South Asia and the Austronesian World, with special reference to South Sulawesi. In Precedence:  Social Differentiation in the Austronesian World, ed. M. P. Vischer., Canberra: ANU ePress. pp. 51-90.
2009       Conservation and Community in the Lore Lindu National Park: Customary Custodianship, Multi-Ethnic Participation, and Resource Entitlement. In Community, Environment and Local Governance in  Indonesia – Locating the Commonweal, ed. C. Warren and J. McCarthy. Oxon: Routledge, pp. 88-118.
2009       (w/ J. Bowen) Improving the success of “bottom-up” development work by acknowledging the dynamics among stakeholders: A case study from an Engineers Without Borders water supply project in Tenganan, Indonesia. Water Science and Technology 59(2): 279-87.
2008       Mobilizing against the ‘Cruel Oil’: Dilemmas of Organizing Resistance against Palm Oil Plantations in Central Kalimantan. In Reflections on the Heart of Borneo ed. G. A. Persoon & M. Ossewijer, Wageningen: Tropenbos, pp. 91-119.
2008       Environmentality Reconsidered: Indigenous To Lindu Conservation Strategies and the Reclaiming of the Commons in Central Sulawesi, Indonesia. In People, Protected Areas and Global Change: Participatory Conservation in Latin America, Africa, Asia, and Europe., ed. M. Galvin, T. Haller. Perspectives of the Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research (CCR) North-South, University of Bern, Vol. 3. Bern: Geographica Bernensia, pp. 401-430.
2008          Strategy and Subjectivity in Co-management of Lore Lindu National Park (Central Sulawesi, Indonesia). In Biodiversity and human livelihoods in Protected Areas: Case Studies from the Malay Archipelago, ed. Navjot Sodhi, Greg Acciaioli, Maribeth Erb, Alan Khee-Jin Tan. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Pp. 266-288.

Each year at UWA I have supervised between 1 and 3 Honours students, and between 5 and 13 postgraduate students. I currently have 11 PhD students continuing under my supervision. 17 PhD theses and 1 MA thesis have been completed under my supervision.

Administration, Committee and Association Experience [Last 5 yr. only]
2011-now            Treasurer (also Member, Advisory Board since 2008), World Council of
Anthropological Associations
2013      Professional Committee, Anthropological Society of Western Australia
2012                    Acting Head of Discipline (Anthropology and Sociology)
2011                    Convenor, Joint Conference of IUAES/AAS/ASAANZ
2010-2                 Vice-President, Anthropological Society of Western Australia
2008-9   Member, Joint Board of Studies of Science (UWA)
2008-9   Member, Environmental Science Working Party (UWA)
2007-8   Secretary, Australian Anthropological Society (AAS)

Editorial Experience with Journals, Newsletters, etc .
Co-editor, Anthropological Forum (2011 to present); ARI Newsletter, Asia Research Institute. (2004-2005); Inter-University Consortium for Development Studies Newsletter (1996-7);Canberra Anthropology (1983-4)