European Association of Social Anthropologists (“the Association”)
Company Number: 05181210; Charity Number: 1108186
Annual general meeting of the members of the Association.
Thursday, 16th August 2018 at 17:00 at University of Stockholm.
Attendees: 181 members including 6 Trustees (members of the Executive Committee of the
Chair: Valeria Siniscalchi
Secretary: Alberto Corsín Jiménez
1. Apologies for absence: Apologies from Thomas Hylland Eriksen and Sarah Green
2. Minutes of previous AGM held on Thursday, 16th November 2017
The minutes were approved as a true record of the meeting held in Bern.
3. Annual Reports and Accounts
· President (Valeria Siniscalchi)
(a) Note on the important work carried out on questions of precarity by the Executive
(b) A brief account of our improved relationships with fellow learned associations:
(c) An appreciation of the important work of EASA’s networks.
· Secretary (Alberto Corsín Jiménez)
a) Report on newsletters, administration, and open access work carried out by the
Secretary over the last two years.
· Treasurer (Rachael Gooberman-Hill)
a) A one page summary of the Accounts of EASA for the year ending 31st December
2017 was provided on paper to members attending the meeting.
b) The Treasurer provided a verbal presentation of the set-up of EASA, the Accounts for
2017 and the membership fees for 2019.
c) EASA is a registered charity and limited company registered in the UK. Accounts are
prepared by Friend-James. Administration is by NomadIT. The Treasurer thanked
the NomadIT team for their work.
d) Income comes from sources including membership fees, publications, investments and
events. Expenditure relates to administration, publications, governance, and events.
e) Accounts for 2017 were presented on screen and the Treasurer summarised income
and expenditure. EASA’s reserves has increased in 2017 by just over £9,500. Reserves
are held to protect EASA and they are based on the cost of a conference plus
f) The Treasurer explained that the full accounts are available for view on the EASA
website. Accounts will lodged at Companies House and the Charity Commission, and
they are publicly available for view.
g) Membership fees for 2019: Executive Committee has decided to freeze membership
fees for next year. Invitation to the membership to check that they are declaring their
correct income bracket on renewal.
e) The Treasurer thanked the members for the opportunity to serve them over the past 5
years and announced that the new Treasurer from December 2018 would be David
d) Reappointment of accountants and independent examiners. With the Chair’s
permission this item was addressed at this point in the agenda: the Treasurer asked
members to vote on the following resolution:
“To reappoint Friend-James Ltd, Park Gate 161-163 Preston Road, Brighton, East
Sussex, BN1 6AF, UK, as the Association’s accountants and to authorise the Trustees
to approve the remuneration.”
The motion to reappoint Friend-James Ltd as accountants and
independent examiners was approved with 181 votes in favour, 0 votes
against and 0 abstentions.
· Journal (Patrick Laviolette)
a) Report on journal’s special issues over the past two years.
b) New online only forum for special issues (given the large number of special issues that
are submitted to the journal).
c) Social Anthropology has agreed to become a journal for #HAUrefugee special issue
· Book series (Aleksandar Boskovic)
a) In the last two years EASA has published five volumes; two more in the pipeline.
b) Invitation to the membership to consider the series an outlet for publishing
· Networks (Marcus Banks)
a) Thank you to the Network convenors
b) Report on Network convenors’ meeting during the biennial conference
c) Network funding allocation for 2019 is going to be €26,000
d) Full details of all network activities in June 2018 Newsletter
· Precarity (Sabine Strasser)
a) Question of precarity first was raised at the AGM Milan 2016. Precarity Liaison
Officer created at Executive Committee meeting in Stockholm in 2017.
b) Organisation of “Politics and Precarity” Seminar at the AGM in Bern in November
c) Special issue on precarity to be published in Social Anthropology
d) Theme of the Early Career Plenary at Stockholm conference on precarity
e) Design and circulation of EASA/PrecAnthro survey on precarity, employment
conditions and work security. More than 1000 respondents, 809 members of EASA,
57 nationalities; female 63%, male 32%, other self-description 0.62%, undisclosed
f) Martin Fotta reports on a preliminary analysis of the survey’s results.
· Lobbying (Georgeta Stoica)
a) Report on how to take the results of the survey: draft a policy statement on precarity
to be circulated among university departments, institutes and up to the EU level
b) Exchanges with lobbying associations (EASHH, ISE)
c) Invitation to anthropologists to register as experts at the EU level
d) Data Management: proposal to draft a statement on anthropology’s position regarding
data management plans
4. Any other business/ requests by members
Comments from the floor:
a) One member of the association invites the survey designers to compare the results of
the survey with other data sets from other contexts in other to put them into
perspective. Martin Fotta responds that the data provides an original data set and a
primer for learned societies. Another member of the association notes that precarity is
rising across many sectors and there is very little data on the topic, so this data set
offers a most valuable resource to take to policy makers and institutions. Another
member worries that there might be a very serious generational gap in how
anthropologists relate to the findings of the precarity survey. Moreover, the figures
seem to testify that these figures might well be the “new normal”, in which case we
need new forms of solidarity and organisation to respond to them. A junior but not-
precarious member observes that the gap is likely not generational but structural;
however, it should be alright to ask questions about data.
b) Another member asks about the consequences for EASA if there is no agreement
between the EU and the UK regarding Brexit. The Treasurer responds that the
Executive has carried out an assessment and asked for advice, as described to members
at the AGM in Milan in 2015. The Executive Committee take the view that we do not
think that there is an impact on our financial arrangements as far as we know: we can
still carry out our banking, we can still operate across Europe. However, there is
indeed a bigger question around Brexit regarding the free movement of people.
c) Question regarding whether there is an element of ethnographic research in the
analysis derived from the survey. There seems to be an element of irony in resorting
to numbers to make an argument about precarity after spending days talking about
the value of ethnography during the conference. Georgeta Stoica responds that
ethnography and statistics are not exclusionary, plus data-sets are valuable policy tools
at the European level. Martin Fotta invites the membership to carry out the necessary
ethnographic research to help enrich the data sets.
d) Motions from the floor:
i) Julie Billaud, Brian Callan, Mariya Ivancheva, Ana Ivasiuc, Matan Kaminer, Patrick
Neveling request that the Members’ Forum debate and adopt the following motion:
“1. That on 12 February 2018 the Israeli Knesset passed a law extending the
jurisdiction of the Israeli Council for Higher Education to academic institutions
exclusively serving Israeli citizens but situated within the occupied Palestinian territory
of the West Bank;
2. That the establishment of academic institutions intended exclusively to serve the
population of an occupying power in an occupied territory while denying service to
the occupied population, is not only illegal under international law but violates the
basic ethical norms of the academy in general and of anthropology in particular;
3. That on 17 February the President and Vice-President of the Israeli Sociological
Association (ISA) declared their association’s opposition to this step and refusal to
cooperate with the aforesaid institutions; that on 2 March, the Executive Committee
of the Israeli Anthropological Association (IAA) also declared its opposition to the law,
and that on 26 June the membership of the IAA voted by a large majority to affirm its
opposition to the law and its refusal to cooperate with the aforesaid institutions;
4. That under the current political and legal climate in Israel, including the so-called
“Boycott Law,” our colleagues in both the ISA and the IAA have run a significant risk
by taking this principled stance.
EASA therefore resolves:
1. To express its own opposition to the establishment and regularization of academic
institutions intended exclusively to serve the population of an occupying power in
occupied territories, and specifically of institutions exclusively serving Israeli citizens
situated within the occupied Palestinian territory of the West Bank, and to pledge its
own non-cooperation with these institutions;
2. To express its solidarity with Palestinian academics and students suffering the brunt
of these discriminatory and illegal policies as well as with the Israeli colleagues of the
ISA and IAA who have taken a brave stance in opposing the same policies.”
Before calling the Members’ Forum to vote, the Chair announces that, if the motion
is approved, she will take the vote to the wider membership in an electronic poll. A
number of people ask as to the rationale and justification for the decision, to which the
Chair responds that it is her constitutional prerogative to do so when an important
issue like this one may benefit from a wider consultation.
Members are then asked to raise their hands to vote and the result is as follows:
164 votes in favour
0 votes against
The motion is passed.
ii) Olivia Barnett-Nagshineh, Judith Beyer, Antonio De Lauri, Felix Girke, Agathe
Mora, Jon Schubert, Cris Shore, Jason Sumich call upon the Members’ Forum to
adopt the following motion:
“1. In its Rules, the EASA Constitution states, according to article 20.1, that, “The
Trustees may from time to time make such rules or by-laws as they may deem
necessary or expedient or convenient for the proper conduct and management of the
Association and in particular but without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing
they may by such rules or by-laws regulate: … the conduct of Members in relation to
one another and to the Association's employees” (3);
2. The growing concerns about systemic and persistent instances of professional
misconduct (including but not limited to abuse of power, psychological and sexual
harassment and the exploitation of precarious labour, lack of accountability and code
of ethics/standards of professional conduct) in our discipline and institutions have
created a momentum for the EASA to create measures and take concrete steps to
address such systemic problems.
EASA therefore resolves to create a working group tasked with developing a code of
conduct and working on the ways in which EASA can offer support in cases of
allegations of professional misconduct.”
The Executive Committee agrees on the importance of the issue. For this reason,
before calling attendants at the Members’ Forum to vote, the Chair announces that,
if the motion is approved, she will take the vote to the wider membership in an
electronic poll when the working group will have developed a code of conduct and a
way to use it to help the membership.
Members are then asked to raise their hands to vote and the result is as follows:
154 votes for the motion
0 against the motion
The motion is passed.
5. Prizes and Awards
· The President announced that EASA’s Lifetime Achievement Award was
awarded to Adam Kuper.
· EASA’s Early Career Award: In 2018 for the first time EASA offered two
early career awards of €500 and books kindly donated by Berghahn: (i) to Vita
Peacock for the article “Academic Precarity as hierarchical dependence in the
Max Planck Society”; (ii) to Francisco Martínez for the monograph Remains of
the Soviet Past in Estonia: an Anthropology of Forgetting, Repair, and Urban Traces
· Appointment of Monica Heintz as EASA’s new Secretary
· Appointment of David Mills as EASA’s new Treasurer
· Appointment of Nikolai Ssorin Chaikov as new Journal Editor
· Announcement of election of Trustees in the fall of 2018
· Nevena Skrbic Alempijevic, SIEF’s President announces the organisation
of the next biannual conference of SIEF in Santiago de Compostela, April
. Announcement of the next IUAES next intercongress in Poznan, August
· Swedish Society for Anthropology and Geography’s launch of kritisk
etnografi – Swedish Journal of Anthropology
· EASA 2020 to be held in Lisbon