The Commission on Urban Anthropology (CUA) is one of the most active Commissions of the IUAES (International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences). The CUA was founded in 1982 and acquired full affiliated status within the IUAES (International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences) at the XI International Congress, held in Vancouver in 1983. The establishment of the CUA was the successful result of a long-felt need to bring together international scholars who had carried out research in urban settings and to stimulate further research in this field.
Since its affiliation, the Commission’s major goals have been: 1) to organise sessions at the IUAES Congresses as well as international scientific symposia (conferences, round-tables); 2) to establish an international network of scholars with an interest in urban research, leading, over the years, to a multi-disciplinary approach to urban anthropology.
Over the past thirty years, the Commission has expanded its membership to over 200. Our members live and work in different countries worldwide: the Americas, Africa, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. This varied composition of people, whose governments may be political rivals, are united by a common academic pursuit, which makes the Commission a valuable association for scientific exchange and co-operation.
Alongside the organization of international symposia, the Commission's activities have included the publication of a Newsletter, later replaced by a Bulletin, and the encouragement of Regional Working Groups. Recently, the Commission has launched the peer-reviewed Journal Urbanities (http://www.anthrojournal-urbanities.com).
In 2007, the CUA established a strong link with Ashgate Publishers. The Ashgate Series ‘Urban Anthropology’ encourages publication of sole authored and edited volumes in this field. For further details on the Series visit: http://www.ashgate.com/Default.aspx?page=2683
2011 – Corinth, Greece
2011 – Kolkata, India
2010 – Gioiosa Marea, Sicily, Italy
2009 – Kunming, China
2007 – Tirana, Albania
For details of our conferences, please visit: http://urban.anthroweb.net/xwiki/wiki/urbananth/view/Main/Past
To join the Commission on Urban Anthropology and to find further information on our activities please visit the CUA website at: http://urban.anthroweb.net
The Commission on Enterprise Anthropology (CEA) was established by the IUAES (The International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences) during the 16th IUAES congress, July 2009. Its founder and chairperson is Prof. & Dr Zhang Jijiao (Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, China) and its Secretary is Prof. & Dr Tomoko Hamada (Department of Anthropology, College of William and Mary, USA). Now there were 63 members from 16 countries: USA, China, The Netherlands, Canada, Thailand, Malaysia, Japan, Germany, France, Brazil, Singapore, South Korea, Finland, Germany, India, and Poland.
The CEA First International Conference on Enterprise Anthropology was held on 27th-28th July 2009. Prof. & Dr Zhang Jijiao and his colleagues co-organized 10 Panels, bringing together the scholars from the USA, Japan, Germany, Canada, Malaysia, India, and China Hong Kong.
Over the past three years (2009-2011), the CEA has been was very active in East Asia. It convened five forums/workshops in Japan and Hong Kong, respectively on “Business and Anthropology”, “Company and Society”, “Company and Family”, “Company and Religion” and “Company and Government”. These events were organized by Prof. & Dr Hirochika Nakamaki (National Museum of Ethnology, Japan), Prof. & Dr Dixon Heung Wah-Wong (The University of Hong Kong), and Prof. & Dr Zhang Jijiao (Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, China).
Associação Brasileira de Antropologia (ABA)
Founded in 1955, the ABA is the oldest scientific organisation existing in Brazil in the field of Social Sciences. In fifty years, the ABA has played an outstanding role in dealing with issues related to public policies regarding education, social action and protection of human rights. Throughout its history, it defended ethnic minorities, discriminated groups and has expressed itself manifestly against social injustice. Its voice has not failed to disturb those who do not respect human rights. Its code of ethics demands respect for populations studied and requires researchers to make their objectives clear to the groups and populations they study. Its Journal, VIBRANT, aims to disseminate knowledge of Brazilian Anthropology around the world, publishing articles in English, French and Spanish.
Journal website: www.vibrant.org.br
The China Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences (CUAES), established in March, 2009, is the national research institute for Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences governed by the State Ethnic Affairs Commission of PRC. Mr Yang Jing (Director, China’s State Commision for Ethnic Affairs) serves as President of the CUAES. Mr Zhou Mingfu (Vice-minister, National Ethnic and Religious Commission of the CPPCC National Committee) serves as Executive Vice-president of the CUAES and Mr Huang Zhongcai (Vice-director, Research Center for Ethnic Issues, China’s State Commision for Ethnic Affairs) serves as Secretary-general of the CUAES. The executive board of the CUAES consists of 81 members.
The CUAES successfully held the 16th IUAES Congress, widely earning praise from more than 4,300 Chinese and foreign scholars and establishing high reputation domestically and interantionaly. The Congress included over 200 panels/sessions, contributing to strengthening research in Anthropology and Ethnology in China and to improving the international voice of Chinese academia. The leaders of China’s Central government highly praised the success of the Congress.
The Center for Research and Advanced Studies in Social Anthropology (CIESAS) is a federal institution belonging to the Public Research Centres System (Sistema de Centros Públicos de Investigación) of CONACYT (National Council for Science and Technology - Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología). With 38 years of research experience and a national wealth represented by one hundred and fifty researchers distributed among its seven regional campuses, CIESAS stands out as a leading institution on fields such as social anthropology, history, linguistics, sociology, political science and geography. Its work is based on research as well as development and specialized education which are reflected in more than a thousand publications with recognitions that go beyond the national borders.
CIESAS has developed innovative quality research by combining basic research with applied and participatory research with successful influence, in recent years, on the public policies evaluation in fields such as water problems, migration, health-disease relationship, education, disasters, religion, violence, human rights, political studies, language.
The development of graduate along the ten postgraduate studies, Masters or Doctorate degree, in Social Anthropology, History and Indian-American Linguistics, taught in all of its regional campuses, goes hand in hand with the increasing day-to-day research performed in the institution.
The College of Ethnologists and Social Anthropologists A.C. (CEAS) is a professional organization created by the Constitutive Assembly of July 25, 1974.
The main objectives of the CEAS are:
- To watch over and procure professional exercises.
- To promote and divulgate basic and applied research of social anthropology, ethnology, and ethno-history.
- To advocate that its members obtain fair economic retributions for their professional work.
- To serve as arbiter between professionals in the discipline.
- To promote relationships among professional colleges and associations, national and international.
The CEAS includes several internal commissions - some permanent and others lasting only until the fulfilment of their objectives. Among the permanent commissions there are: the Human Rights Commission, created in 1989 principally to defend the rights of indigenous people; the Commission of Visual Anthropology, which reunites anthropologists interested in the development of this form of communication in our profession; and the Commission of Expertise, which has contributed to the recognition and utility of specialized knowledge of anthropologists to solve legal issues.
In the last three decades, the College has undertaken several activities related to the vigilance, defence, support and promotion of the exercise of academic ethnology, social anthropology, and ethno-history.
The College edits and periodically publishes a bulletin, an informative medium which contains articles about themes relevant to professional praxis. The College also publishes the electronic bulletin VOCEAS: Las voces (The Voices) of the College of Ethnologists and Social Anthropologists, which is a medium to divulge news of interest to the guild.
Contact: Laura Raquel Valladares de la Cruz
The Commission on Anthropology of Women is one of the most active and vibrant Commissions of the IUAES (International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences). We have always sought to find an interface of women and gender with other pressing issues like racism, AIDS, caste, education and environment. All global and local issues need to be looked upon from a gendered perspective, thus the relevance of this commission is ever expanding. Our list serve is very active and we are always engaged in a lively exchange of ideas and information about all aspects of the world.
The Commission organizes panels at major IUAES events, such as the quinquennial World Congresses and the IUAES Inter-Congresses.
At the last IUAES World Congress in Kunming, China (August 2009), the Commission organized nine panels. A total of nearly a hundred papers were presented.
We participated in the World Conference Against Racism held in South Africa in 2001 (50 attendees) and at the Conference on Women and Aids, sponsored by UNICEF, held in Calcutta in 2005 (attendance 100).
At the 2003 IUAES World Congress, held in Florence (Italy), the Commission established the “Gender Studies Group”. For further details, or to join the Group, please visit our web site: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/iuaes_gender_studies.
Il Denaro Group is a Publishing Company based in Campania, Italy. Il Denaro Group is open to the international market and aims to deliver value through multimedia communication development and business information exchange to the benefit of Mediterranean Europe’s businesses and institutions. The Group includes the economic and financial daily Il Denaro (also available on-line), two monthly magazines, a Publishing house, a TV Network, a Radio Broadcaster and several Agencies dealing with Research and Training, Communication Technology, Public Relations and the Organization of Events.
Il Denaro newspaper is the only local economic and financial daily in Italy. It was established in 1991 by Orazio Mazzoni, Alfonso Ruffo and Clelia Mazzoni as ‘the paper for those who work and produce. ’ It is a point of a reference in the Campania region for the business community, the professions and public institutions. The editorial structure addresses both international finance and European and Mediterranean policies through news reports, service information and authoritative comments.
Il Denaro Group has joined non-profit organizations in pursuing cultural and economic development goals.
The International Association for Southeast European Anthropology (InASEA) is the successor of the first international association for the anthropology of Southeast Europe, the Association of Balkan Anthropology (ABA), founded in 1996. InASEA was established at its founding conference in Sofia in 2000.
InASEA is an interdisciplinary organisation of scholars studying present and past social and cultural processes manifest in the practices and beliefs of the people of south-eastern Europe. Its members deal with Southeast European ethnology, cultural and social anthropology, folklore, ethnography, historical anthropology and cognate fields and disciplines. They come from the region as well as from other parts of the world and share the conviction that anthropologically informed research is an essential element for understanding the current and past problems of Southeast Europe. The Association wants to support the development of anthropology in Southeast Europe and to facilitate communication between scholars from the region and scholars elsewhere. It also aims at increasing the presence of Southeast European anthropology in the international anthropological discourse.
InASEA publishes "Ethnologia Balkanica, the Journal of Southeast European Anthropology, which appears once a year. Today, InASEA has about 300 members.
The Indian Anthropological Association (IAA) is the representative body of the professional anthropologists in India. The idea to form this association was conceived way back in 1964 at Dalhousie, Himachal Pradesh when All India Summer School was organized by the Department of Anthropology, University of Delhi by the then Head Late Prof. P. C. Biswas. The association continued in an informal manner till 1969 when it was registered under the Societies Registration Act with Department of Anthropology, University of Delhi as its National Headquarter.
The Indian Anthropological Association focuses on the understanding of the diversity and variations that the Indian society, culture and population exhibit, without ignoring the important findings of the world of anthropology. It seeks to provide a platform to anthropologists and those working on allied disciplines, to promote interest and encourage research through publication of the journal Indian Anthropologist and holding seminars and conferences.
The aims and objectives of the Association are:
- To promote study, research and publication in anthropology in India
- To coordinate the anthropological activities in different parts of India
- To explore way and means for application of Anthropology in the large interest of the Community
- To promote the professional interest of the Anthropologists in India
The Association consists of Life Members, Annual Members, Associate Members, Student Members, Fellows and foreign-Fellows, as well as Institutional Members.
The Indian Anthropological Association has more than five hundred registered life members spread all over the world, including anthropologists, social scientists, social workers, archaeologists, etc.
Web site: http://www.indiananthropology.org/
The Second University of Naples (SUN) is located in Naples and Caserta. It was founded in 1991 and is organized into departments and Specialist Schools. Its first Academic Year started on 1st November 1992. Its Medical School is one of the two previous Schools of the University of Naples "Federico II" and the only department of the SUN in the historic centre of Naples (where there is the Anatomy Museum). The administration now involves 600 employees, six division managers, thirty-two specific offices dedicated to the university complex, seventeen office specific for the Medical Centre, twenty joint offices, alongside an administration data processing centre and the "Jean Monnet" Specialist School in European Law and Economic Studies. The University is structured into 10 departments: Architecture "Luigi Vanvitelli" (in Aversa), Economics (in Capua), Engineering (in Aversa), Pharmacological sciences for environment and health (in Caserta), Philosophy and Literature (in Santa Maria Capua Vetere), Law (in Santa Maria Capua Vetere), Mathematical, Physical and Natural Sciences (in Caserta), Medicine and Surgery (in Naples and Caserta), Psychology (in Caserta) and the Jean Monnet Specialist School in European Law and Economics Studies (in Caserta).
The University of Naples Federico II was established in 1224 through an Imperial Charter by Frederick II Hohenstaufen, King of Sicily and Holy Roman Emperor. It was the first publicly funded university in Europe.
The University offers courses in all academic disciplines, leading to one-hundred-fifty-five graduate level degrees. Research facilities provide support to all these courses. Students are encouraged to pursue intellectual development as well as acquiring professional skills. Current student enrollment nears 97.000 and the academic personnel, at this time, is 3.121.
The University includes three Divisions (Poli), which operate as semi independent bodies for the teaching and research management of thirteen schools and eighty-two departments. The Division of Science and Technology includes the School of Sciences (which, in turn, includes the Schools of Mathematics, Physics and Natural Sciences), the School of Engineering, and the School of Architecture. The Division of Life Sciences includes the School of Medicine and Surgery, the School of Pharmacy, the School of Veterinary Medicine, the School of Agricultural Sciences and the recently established School of Biotechnological Sciences. The Division of Social and Human Sciences includes the School of Economics, the Law School, the School of Liberal Arts, the School of Political Sciences and the School of Sociology. Other organisations also form part of the Federico II University. These include a cluster of fourteen highly specialised Museums, covering a wide range of fields, and two botanical gardens hosting unique species.
The Central Library is linked to the Divisions and School Libraries. It runs digital programmes designed to provide free access and the widest possible dissemination of published material. There are seventeen inter-departmental research centres open to scholars of all departments and schools and twenty-one service and study centres.
The University Federico II has a tradition of promoting and supporting student associations. Over fifty such associations are currently active, bringing together students of widely varied cultural and social backgrounds. These associations carry out activities of different nature, including sporting events, arts, social and political forums.
The size of the University is such that its facilities are spread throughout Naples and its immediate surroundings. The three major campuses are located in the centre of town and in its Northern and Western outskirts. The Senate House and the main administrative offices, alongside the Schools of Law and Liberal Art are in central Naples; the newer campuses on the hill of Camaldoli (North) and the Fuorigrotta (West) areas, host the Schools of Medicine (which includes a large University Hospital) and of Pharmacy and the Schools of Sciences and Economics, respectively.
The University Federico II strives to be a world university and, to this end, gives the highest priority to nurturing relationships in Italy and internationally. Our students are strongly encouraged in the pursuit of excellence, at home and abroad. Our staff and students take part in a variety of exchange programmes, within Europe, the Americas and Asia. While promoting cooperation with the more scientifically advanced research institutions of the affluent world, we are making every effort to help the less fortunate. For examle, ‘Gulunap’ is an inter-University cooperative project undertaken by the University of Naples Federico II and the School of Medicine of the city of Gulu in Northern Uganda. The project, started in 2004, aims at training doctors for the specific needs of the local communities, first call treatments, promotion of preventive medicine and an integrated therapeutic approach. Four years down the road, the school has nearly twohundred students coming from all over Uganda but also from Kenya, Sudan and Congo.
Aware of the changing needs of education and research, the Federico II University is endeavouring to raise its international standing and to become more attractive to international students. Its educational network is geared towards the establishment of life-long, high level professional training programmes, while maintaining excellence in all fields of education and research.
The IUAES Commission on Human Rights was established at the XV ICAES held inFlorence,Italy, in 2003. On that occasion, a committee was formed and Prof. Buddhadeb Chaudhuri was appointed as chairperson. Members of the Commission on Human Rights met at the XVI ICAES - held inKunming,Chinain 2009 - to evaluate the activities of the Commission and plan for the future. A number of new members from different countries joined the Committee to make it more comprehensive and representative of different world regions.
The activities of the Commission are as follows:
- Since its establishment, the IUAES Commission on Human Rights has organized joint activities with the Human Rights Programme of theUniversityofCalcutta, establishing the first Post-Graduate Programme on Human Rights inSouth Asiaand working closely with CARID and other organizations to promote the Human Rights awareness programme at local level. Apart from these activities, the Commission on Human Rights has organized national and international seminars and workshops on a regular basis, such as the IUAES Inter Congress held inIndiain 2004, and the International Conference co-organized by the Commission on Human Rights and Commission on Urban Anthropology in 2011. The Commission on Human Rights convened several sessions at the XVI ICAES inChinaand plans to organize Panels at the XVII ICAES, which will be held in theU.K.in August 2013.
- Publications: Five volumes, which include articles presented at the Inter Congress of 2004. A number of volumes, which will include revised papers presented at the 2011 International Conference, are in preparation.
- Research programmes and studies.