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Dubrovnik, Croatia, 2016

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Minutes of the meetings of the Executive Committee

Wednesday May 4, 2016, 8:00-9:30 -- Room Pinija, Hotel Palace Dubrovnik
Friday May 6, 2016, 18:30-19:50 -- Room Maestral, Hotel Palace Dubrovnik Sunday
May 8, 2016, 20:10-22:50 -- Hotel Perla Dubrovnik, Croatia

by Junji Koizumi

May 4
Present: Faye V. Harrison, Junji Koizumi, Thomas Reuter, Rajko Muršič, Noel Salazar, Subhadra Channa, Heather O'Leary, Miriam Pillar Grossi
Apologies: Mugsy Spiegel, Gustavo Lins Ribeiro
Absent: Zhang Jijiao,
Also present: Michel Bouchard (CASCA President), Scott Simon (Organizer of Inter-Congress 2017 in Ottawa)

May 6
Present: Faye V. Harrison, Junji Koizumi, Thomas Reuter, Rajko Muršič, Noel Salazar, Subhadra Channa, Heather O'Leary, Miriam Pillar Grossi
Apologies: Mugsy Spiegel, Gustavo Lins Ribeiro
Absent: Zhang Jijiao

May 8
Present: Faye V. Harrison, Junji Koizumi, Thomas Reuter, Rajko Muršič, Noel Salazar, Subhadra Channa, Heather O'Leary,
Apologies: Mugsy Spiegel, Gustavo Lins Ribeiro
Absent: Zhang Jijiao, Miriam Pillar Grossi

  1. Opening (Faye Harrison) (May 4)

    IUAES President Faye Harrison opened and chaired each of the above three meetings held on May 4, 6 and 8. The agenda were discussed not in the order given below but in the order of urgency at the moment of each meeting.

  2. On preparation for IUAES 2017 in Ottawa (Michel Bouchard and Scott Simon) (May 4)

    At the beginning of the meeting on May 4, the organizers of IUAES 2017 in Ottawa, Michel Bouchard and Scott Simon of CASCA, the Canadian Anthropology Society/La Société Canadienne d'Anthropolgie, discussed with the Executive Committee on the preparation of IUAES 2017 to be held jointly with the annual CASCA conference in May 2017.

  3. On IUAES finances and membership (Junji Koizumi) (May 6)

    IUAES Secretary-General Junji Koizumi, on behalf of IUAES Treasurer Mugsy Spiegel, gave a report to the Executive Committee on the IUAES membership and finances. Secretary-General reported that the balance of the IUAES account was £47,556.21 at the end of 2014 and £55,070.50 at the end of 2015, and that net assets excluding liabilities were estimated at £32,899.75 as of the end of 2015 and £42,109.48 as of the end of April 2016.
    Secretary-General also reported that the IUAES income has been unstable due to the fluctuating number of member subscriptions, and such a fluctuation presents a major problem to the IUAES. There were 1,298 members at the end of April 2016 but only 657 (51%) of these members were paid up, and the membership was expected to drop considerably by the end of the year 2016.

  4. On IUAES corporate membership (Junji Koizumi) (May 6)

    Proposal No. 1 (publishers as corporate IUAES members) submitted by Mugsy Spiegel was approved as follows:

    1. That the IUAES will advertise [a publisher’s] book on the website for a specified period but only with payment of a fee for the IUAES doing so (if agreed the S-G and Treasurer will negotiate an appropriate fee);
    2. That the IUAES will also offer to advertise the book in the IUAES newsletter – again on payment of a fee (if agreed the S-G and Treasurer will negotiate an appropriate fee).
    3. That a delegated member of the EC will advise other Anthropology publishers of this possibility.
    4. That the that delegated EC member will also, with assistance from the Secretary-General, encourage [the publisher] and approach all other publishers of Anthropology texts, to become corporate members of the IUAES and that, in exchange, the IUAES will offer to publish a list of their anthropology publications on the IUAES website once a year as well as give them a discounted rate for similar advertising in IUAES newsletters. 

    Proposal No. 2 (anthropology journals as corporate IUAES members) submitted by Mugsy Spiegel was also discussed and approved as follows:

    1. That specifically delegated members of the EC make a concerted effort to recruit as many Anthropology journals as possible as corporate members of the IUAES;
    2. That any Anthropology journal that becomes a corporate IUAES member is offered the right, as part of that corporate membership, for its editor in chief or one of that journal’s central editorial team members, to register for any IUAES Congress or Inter-Congress without that person having to be an individual IUAES member; and
    3. That journals that become corporate IUAES members are strongly encouraged to offer opportunities for the publication of work emanating from panels at IUAES Congresses and Inter-Congresses as special numbers or special sections of numbers of their journals, and to indicate that they are derived from IUAES Congress or Inter-Congress panels.
  5. On the changes in membership subscriptions and multiple year discounts (Junji Koizumi) (May 6)

    Proposal No. 3 (increase in membership fees) and Proposal No. 4 (multiple year discount) submitted by Mugsy Spiegel were discussed. The Executive Committee agreed that further discussion is necessary for making a decision, although the proposals were generally accepted with modifications.

  6. On Membership turnover and possible joining fees (Junji Koizumi) (May 6)

    Proposal No. 5 (introduction of a joining fee) submitted by Mugsy Spiegel was discussed but the Executive Committee did not reach an agreement. The proposal was intended to ease the problem of instable membership turnovers year by year and the Executive Committee recognized that the problem is serious, but it was found that the expected cost for management of joining fees was too high.

  7. On the development of additional benefits for IUAES members (Junji Koizumi) (May 6)

    Proposal No. 6 (increased effort of creating new benefits of IUAES membership) submitted by Mugsy Spiegel was discussed and approved as follows:

    1. All EC members will actively seek to identify and also materialize new benefits of IUAES membership for individual members; and
    2. One EC member is nominated in Dubrovnik to take on the task of coordinating this effort of creating benefits for individual IUAES members. 

    Rajko Mursic was nominated to take on this responsibility.

  8. On Commission membership and IUAES membership (Junji Koizumi) (May 4)

    Proposal No. 7 (reinstatement of an annual fee of £70 for Commissions) submitted by Mugsy Spiegel was discussed but the Executive Committee did not reach an agreement.

  9. On ISSC membership (Junji Koizumi) (May 6)

    Proposal No. 8 (sharing a seat on the ISSC with the WCAA) and Proposal No. 9 (payment of the ISSC membership fee) submitted by Mugsy Spiegel was discussed. The issue was postponed until a decision is made on formalized collaboration between the IUAES and the WCAA by the vote of the IUAES members.  

  10. On the auditor of the annual IUAES financial report (May 6)

    Proposal No. 10 (auditor of the annual IUAES financial report) submitted by Mugsy Spiegel was discussed and approved as follows:

    1. Dr Helen Macdonald, University of Cape Town based anthropologist with a prior training in accountancy, be asked to audit the annual IUAES financial statement; and
    2. Henceforth the annual IUAES financial statement will be audited by another IUAES member with financial administrative skills.
  11. On the IUAES trustees (May 6)
  12. Proposal No. 11 (Secretary-General and Treasurer as the IUAES trustees) submitted by Mugsy Spiegel was discussed and approved as follows:
    To accommodate the requirements of the Cooperative Bank in the UK that it has confirmed details of all IUAES 'trustees', the EC agrees that the following will, until the next IUAES elections have been completed in 2018 and unless there is a change in those occupying the positions of Secretary-General and Treasurer, be regarded as the IUAES trustees for purposes of banking with the Cooperative Bank, UK.

  13. On IUAES Commissions Seed-Funding Grants (Junji Koizumi) (May 4)

    Secretary-General, Junji Koizumi, reported that five nominations and self-nominations for the Selection Committee for IUAES Commissions Seed-Funding Grants were submitted from among IUAES members. One of them was approved by the Executive Committee to be a member of the Selection Committee. The Executive Committee considered a few more names from among past IUAES President and Vice Presidents as the members of the Selection Committee, and it was decided that the Secretary-General should request two of them to join the Selection Committee. (The names of the members of the Selection Committee will be disclosed after all decisions are made concerning the IUAES Commissions Seed-Funding Grants.)
    The result of the Call for IUAES Commissions Seed-Funding Grants was reported to the Executive Committee. There were five applications for the Grants but the screening committee found three of them disqualified because they did not meet formal requirements of the grants. The main reasons for disqualification were either that the applications were requesting funds to cover travel or subsistence costs or funds needed before the decision date of the grants. The remaining two applications were approved by the Executive Committee to be sent to the Selection Committee.

  14. On IUAES Commissions (Heather O’Leary and Junji Koizumi) (May 4)

    Chair of the Council of Commissions, Heather O’Leary, presented a plan for the Council for Commissions meeting to be held on May 6. Various aspects of Commission activities were discussed, including construction of Commission websites and their hosting, the use of social media, the need to invigorate biological Commissions, affordability of meetings for the Commissions, etc.

  15. On new Commissions (Junji Koizumi and Heather O’Leary) (May 4 and 6)

    The Executive Committee deliberated on two proposals submitted for the establishment of new Commissions and decided to put forth both proposals to the General Assembly to have them approved. Two proposals were:

    1. Commission on Marginalization and Global Apartheid (proposed by Subhadra Channa and Faye Harrison) (http://www.iuaes.org/comm/apartheid.html)
    2. Commission on the Anthropology of Music, Sound and Bodily Performative Practices (proposed by Rajko Mursic) (http://www.iuaes.org/comm/anth_music.html)
  16. On two proposals for IUAES and WCAA relations (Faye Harrison) (May 4, 6, and 8)

    The Executive Committee discussed the difference and meaning the final version of two proposals by the IUAES/WCAA Task Team for the strategic alliance between the two organizations:

    The MoA for a Strategic Alliance between IUAES and WCAA
    The MoU for an Integrated Bicameral Organisation with autonomous IUAES and WCAA Chambers
    (See Appendix below for the two proposals.)

    The Executive Committee also discussed the plan for the meetings with the IUAES members, Commissions and the WCAA Organizing Committee during the Inter-Congress in Dubrovnik.The Executive Committee also decided on the voting procedures to be proposed to the joint meeting of the IUAES Executive Committee and the WCAA Organizing Committee which were scheduled on May 4, 5 and 8.

  17. On the IUAES web page and social media (Junji Koizumi) (May 4)

    Secretary-General Junji Koizumi reported that the IUAES website was transferred from Global Collaboration Center of Osaka University to NomadIT in April 2016. The use of the IUAES website and Facebook was briefly discussed.

  18. On the General Assembly meeting (Junji Koizumi) (May 4 and 6)

    The Executive Committee discussed and prepared the agenda for the General Assembly meeting to be held on May 6.

  19. On the IUAES Membership with ISSC, ICSU and CIPSH (Junji Koizumi) (May 6 and 8)

    Secretary-General Junji Koizumi reported on the present membership of the IUAES with international organizations. The IUAES is a member of ISSC, International Social Science Council, and it maintains an observer status with ICSU, International Council for Science, and also with CIPSH, International Council for Philosophy and Human Sciences. The Executive Committee discussed participation of an executive member in CIPSH World Conference scheduled in August 2017; the proposed merger of ISSC and ICSU; and a letter from ICSU’s Committee on Freedom and Responsibility in the conduct of Science on the AAA’s resolution on the boycott of Israeli academic institutions.

  20. Other Issues (May 8)

    The Executive Committee agreed that “IUAES Futures of Anthropology Plenary” held by young scholars on May 8 was a good success and it should be routinized in Inter-Congresses and World Congresses.

  21. Closing (Faye Harrison) (May 8)

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Minutes of the meeting of the IUAES General Assembly

Saturday May 7, 17:10-18:30 Mare I, Hotel Palace Dubrovnik, Dubrovnik, Croatia

by Junji Koizumi

Members of the Executive Committee: Faye V. Harrison, Junji Koizumi, Thomas Reuter, Rajko Muršič, Noel Salazar, Subhadra Channa, Heather O'Leary, Miriam Pillar Grossi
Apologies: Mugsy Spiegel, Gustavo Lins Ribeiro
Absent: Zhang Jijiao

 

  1. Opening and welcome (Faye Harrison)

    President Faye Harrison opened the meeting with a welcome.

  2. Financial report and IUAES membership (Junji Koizumi on behalf of Mugsy Spiegel)

    IUAES Secretary-General Junji Koizumi, on behalf of IUAES Treasurer Mugsy Spiegel, made a presentation on the IUAES membership and finances. Secretary-General reported that the balance of the IUAES account was £47,556.21 at the end of 2014 and £55,070.50 at the end of 2015, and that net assets excluding liabilities were estimated at £32,899.75 as of the end of 2015 and £42,109.48 as of the end of April 2016. The General Assembly was informed that the 2015 financial report was available at http://www.iuaes.org/minutes/financialreport_2015.pdf.
    Secretary-General also reported that the IUAES income has been unstable due to the fluctuating number of member subscriptions, and such a fluctuation presents a major problem to the IUAES:

    31 Dec 2012:       276
    31 Dec 2013:    1,415
    31 Dec 2014:    1,100
    31 Dec 2015:       695
    30 Apr 2016:     1,298  

    It was pointed out that only 657 (51%) of these 1,298 members were paid up at the end of April 2016 and the membership was expected to drop considerably by the end of the year 2016.

    Secretary-General also reported to the General Assembly that the Executive Committee approved the following proposals:

    1. A proposal by the Treasurer for a business plan for the IUAES until the year 2018.
    2. A proposal to have the annual IUAES financial statement audited by an IUAES member with financial administrative skills.
    3. A proposal to regard Secretary-General and Treasurer as the IUAES trustees for purposes of banking with the Cooperative Bank in the UK.
    4. A proposal to run publishers’ advertisement of books on the IUAES website and IUAES News.
    5. A proposal that specifically delegated members of the Executive Committee recruit journals as corporate members of the IUAES; that the editor-in-chief of those member journals is offered the right to register for any IUAES Congresses or Inter-Congresses without that person having to be an individual IUAES member; and that journal members are encouraged to offer opportunities for the publication of work emanating from panels at IUAES Congresses and Inter-Congresses in their journals.
    6. A proposal that all EC members actively seek to identify and also materialize new benefits of IUAES membership for individual members, and that one EC member is nominated to take on the task of coordinating this effort.

    Secretary-General requested the General Assembly to cooperate for the creation of further benefits for IUAES members.

  3. Report on IUAES Commissions (Heather O’Leary and Junji Koizumi)

    Chair of the Council of Commissions, Heather O’Leary, made a presentation on the Council of Commissions meeting held on Friday May 6. (See the Council of Commissions Meeting Minutes by O’Leary below.)
    Secretary-General gave a report on the status of IUAES Commissions Seed-Funding Grants. Five applications for the Grants were submitted but three of them were disqualified for not meeting formal requirements for the grant application. The remaining two applications were being sent to the Selection Committee for evaluation.

  4. On new Commissions (Heather O’Leary and Junji Koizumi)

    It was reported that the applications for the following two Commissions were approved by the Executive Committee:

    1. Commission on Marginalization and Global Apartheid, proposed by Subhadra Channa and Faye Harrison (http://www.iuaes.org/comm/apartheid.html)
    2. Commission on the Anthropology of Music, Sound and Bodily Performative Practices, proposed by Rajko Mursic (http://www.iuaes.org/comm/anth_music.html)

    The two proposals were also approved by the General Assembly by acclamation.

  5. Report on the IUAES 2015 Bangkok (Junji Koizumi)

    Secretary-General Junji Koizumi gave a brief report on IUAES 2015 Inter-Congress in Bangkok, “Re-imagining Anthropological and Sociological Boundaries,” which was organized by Anusorn Unno of the Faculty of Sociology and Anthropology of Thammasat University, at Thammasat University, Bangkok, Thailand, on 15-17 July 2015. The Inter-Congress was completed with a great success with 505 participants from 27 countries. 117 panels were proposed of which 73 were accepted, and 609 papers were submitted of which 503 were accepted. Keynotes were given by Goh Beng Lan of the National University of Singapore, Engseng Ho of Duke University, and Saskia Sassen of Columbia University (http://iuaes2016.com/).

  6. Report on IUAES 2016 Dubrovnik (Saša Missoni)

    Saša Missoni, Director of the Institute for Anthropological Research, Zagreb, and the organizer of IUAES 2016 Inter-Congress in Dubrovnik, made a brief report on the 2016 Inter-Congress which was currently underway. Over 800 colleagues were participating from 64 countries all over the world, and 695 papers were being presented in 146 panels along with 39 posters and 11 movies. 3 plenary lectures and 2 invited lectures were given during this Inter-Congress (http://iuaes2016.com/).

  7. Presentation of IUAES 2017 in Ottawa to be held jointly with CASCA (Michel Bouchard and Scott Simon)

    The organizers of IUAES2017, Michel Bouchard and Scott Simon of CASCA (Canadian Anthropology Society/La Société Canadienne D’Anthropologie), made a presentation on joint CASCA Conference/IUAES Inter-Congress to be held in Ottawa, Canada, on May 2-7, 2017. Its general theme is “Movement” sub-themes of which are “Worlds in motion,” “Living landscapes,” “Moving bodies,” and “Relational movements. The conference/
    Inter-Congress will be hosted at the University of Ottawa, on the unceded, traditional territory of the Algonquins of the Ottawa River Watershed, in the year when Canada celebrates its 150 birthday (http://nomadit.co.uk/cascaiuaes2017/).

  8. Presentation of the 18th World Congress in Florianópolis, Brazil, in 2018 (Miriam Pillar Grossi and Carmen Silvia Rial)

    The organizer of the 18th World Congress, Miriam Pillar Grossi together with Carmen Silvia Rial, made a presentation on the preparation of the World Congress to be organized by the ABA (the Brazilian Anthropological Association) in Florianópolis, Brazil, on July 30-August 3, 2018. It will be held on the campus of the Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC), and the general theme of the congress is "World (of) Encounters: The Past, Present and Future of Anthropological Knowledge.” It was reported that Secretary-General Junji Koizumi visited Florianópolis in November 2015 for the preparation of the congress and met President Roselane Neckel and Dean Joana Maria Pedro of the Federal University of Santa Catarina.

  9. On the IUAES web page and social media (Junji Koizumi and Noel Salazar)

    Secretary-General Junji Koizumi made a report on recent changes of the IUAES webpage and informed that the website was transferred to a domain of NomadIT. He requested submission of news from IUAES Commissions.
    Vice President Noel Salazar made a presentation on the use of IUAES webpage, Facebook and social media and emphasized the importance of communication. He invited IUAES members to contact him if they were interested in feeding information in any language to communication channels.

  10. On IUAES News (Subhadra Channa)

    Vice President Subhadra Channa gave a report on the publication of two issues of IUAES News in September 2015 (http://www.iuaes.org/nl/1_sep2015.pdf) and March 2016 (http://www.iuaes.org/nl/2_mar2016.pdf). She announced that the next issue will be published in September 2016 and requested news and articles from IUAES members and Commissions.

  11. On two proposals for IUAES and WCAA relations (Faye Harrison)

    President Faye Harrison explained the issue as follows:
    Over the past three years since the 17th World Congress in Manchester in 2013, the IUAES and the WCAA have been discussing how to consolidate the relationship between the two organizations in order to best serve the global anthropological community. A Joint Task Team was formed after the 2014 Inter-Congress in Chiba, and it developed into a team of ten members, comprising five members each from the IUAES Executive Committee and the WCAA Organizing Committee. After two years of intense discussions, the Joint Task Team drew up two proposals to be considered by all IUAES and WCAA members.
    The two proposals along with a letter that IUAES President Faye V. Harrison and WCAA Chair Vesna Vucinic Neskovic co-authored were sent to all IUAES members by IUAES Secretary-General Junji Koizumi on April 19, 2016. One of the proposals is “A Strategic Alliance between IUAES and WCAA” which is described in the MoA, Memorandum of Agreement for Consolidating the Strategic Alliance between the WCAA and the IUAES (see Appendix 1 below). The other of the proposals is “An Integrated Bicameral Organisation with IUAES and WCAA Chambers” which is detailed in the proposal for the MoU, Memorandum of Understanding for a Bicameral Organisation with IUAES and WCAA Chambers (see Appendix 2 below).
    The MoA provides for a permanent IUAES/WCAA joint liaison committee, a single website but with separate sections for each organization, joint meetings, and other cooperative activities such as have been organised so far. This proposal basically is for acknowledging the present state of collaboration between IUAES and WCAA and consolidating it into a formal memorandum.
    The MoU provides for the creation of an integrated, bicameral umbrella organization with a new constitution, comprising distinct IUAES and WCAA chambers which are coordinated by a joint Steering Committee. The MoU is for taking an initial step to have a single global organization called World Anthropological Union [WAU].
    The floor was then opened for questions, comments and discussions.

  12. Other Issues

    Rajko Mursic made a motion for issuing an IUAES Statement on the present refugee crisis: “Statement of the International Association of Social Anthropologists on European ‘Refugee Crisis’ and Especially on the Closure of the Balkan Refugee Corridor.” The draft of the statement was read by proposing students and discussion followed. The General Assembly supported the spirit of the statement by a majority vote. It was also agreed, however, that the text needed to be revised and refined particularly in regards to the global political causes of the crisis and that the Executive Committee would draft a revised statement and feed it back to the IUAES members. It was not decided on the way in which the statement should be announced.    

  13. Closing (Faye Harrison)

    President Faye Harrison thanked and closed the General Assembly meeting.


Appendix 1

Memorandum of Agreement for Consolidating the Strategic Alliance
between the IUAES and the WCAA

 

Preamble

The International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences [IUAES] and the World Council of Anthropological Associations [WCAA], taking into account the many complementarities and synergies which potentially exist between their two bodies, and wishing to see the global anthropological community served through both organisations working at full potential, resolve the following memorandum of agreement.

  1. The IUAES and the WCAA will continue to meet regularly in order to discuss projects and other matters of mutual benefit through the creation of a joint liaison committee which will have three representatives from both bodies. Each body will nominate their representative through their management or executive committee as they see fit. The committee will meet virtually or actually at least twice a year. An agenda will be circulated, and minutes will be kept of each formal meeting.
  2. The IUAES/WCAA will move toward the creation of a single web-site, with separate sections for each body, but with a single landing page with both bodies’ logos. The costs respecting this web-site will be shared proportionally.
  3.  Where appropriate, and where it may benefit anthropology globally, the IUAES/WCAA shall make collective representations to other national, regional or international bodies such as the United Nations, UNESCO, ISSC, ICSU and so on. However when appropriate they may make separate but related representations to add weight to the representation as coming from two rather than one organisation.
  4. The two bodies will endeavour to assist each other in practical ways where possible. The WCAA will continue to offer panels at the IUAES conferences, and the IUAES will endeavour where practicable to facilitate the holding of WCAA biennial meetings to coincide with their conferences. This will include the IUAES lending support to the WCAA association delegates from developing countries to attend joint congresses.
  5. In turn the WCAA will urge its members to encourage their own individual members to join the IUAES and will publicise IUAES events, upon request. Similarly, the IUAES will encourage anthropological associations to become members of the WCAA.
  6. This agreement is not intended to compromise the independence of either body, and none of the articles in this memorandum are to be interpreted as being dominant over the decisions of the assembly of either.
  7. The finances of the two bodies will be separately managed.
  8. This agreement may be amended upon agreement of both sides. The agreement may be terminated by either side at its request if it is felt that it is no longer working to their benefit. However, before such a separation is undertaken, it must be discussed during at least one joint liaison committee meeting to see if resolution can be achieved, and the disagreement (or resolution) minuted in sufficient detail to provide clarity to which future discussions can refer back.

 


Appendix 2

Memorandum of Understanding for a Bicameral Organisation
with IUAES and WCAA Chambers

Preamble

The International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences [IUAES] and the World Council of Anthropological Associations [WCAA], taking into account the many complementarities and synergies which exist between their two bodies and building on a strong track record of successful and ever expanding cooperation on many issues concerning international anthropologies over recent years, propose to form a single organisation with the following structure:

  1. The IUAES and WCAA will nominate an equal number of representatives from their respective executives to form a joint steering committee (SC). This committee will be charged with coordinating a new joint organisation, to be known as the World Anthropological Union (WAU).
  2. The organisational structures and electoral procedures of the IUAES and WCAA will remain unchanged within two largely autonomous constituent chambers under a WAU umbrella. The two chambers will retain the names ‘IUAES’ and ‘WCAA,’ and the internal affairs of each chamber will be governed, as they presently are, by their respective executive/organising committees.
  3. The role of the SC will be to coordinate the activities of the two chambers, as well as any decisions about matters of common interest and responsibility.
  4. WAU will be a global voice of international anthropologies and ethnologies. International anthropologists’ and ethnologists’ views on matters of concern to the discipline will be articulated through a robust dual process of democratic representation: individual members voting within IUAES, and associations voting (through their elected delegates) within the WCAA council.
  5. As two chambers of a single organisation, WCAA and IUAES will be fully committed to mutual support:
    1. The WCAA will launch a worldwide membership drive, urging all individual members of its more than 50 member associations across the world to become individual members of the IUAES, and will facilitate this by setting up systems to make the process as easy and attractive as possible. WCAA will also globally publicize and promote IUAES events.
    2. IUAES will in turn work with organisers of all its Congresses to provide a meeting space for the delegates of the member associations of the WCAA council to hold their biennial elective meetings, and will work with external funders to contribute toward travel costs for such WCAA association delegates from developing countries as would otherwise be excluded from democratic participation in these meetings due to a genuine lack of access to other funding. The IUAES will also assist in recruiting member associations to become WCAA members.
  6. WAU will create a single website with a single landing page that includes both the IUAES and the WCAA logos and readily enables one to enter each of two clearly distinct and separate but interlinked sections, one for each chamber. The costs for this website will be shared proportionally.
  7.  WAU will, when appropriate, make representations to other national or international bodies such as the United Nations, the European Union, MERCOSUL, the African Union, ASEAN, the OECD and so on. When otherwise appropriate, however, each chamber will make its own representations.
  8. Under the WAU umbrella, the IUAES and WCAA will have a single joint membership in ISSC, ICSU and possibly (in future) CIPSH rather than both paying costly membership fees.
  9. The proposal to establish WAU is not intended to compromise the independence of either the IUAES or WCAA, and none of the articles in the proposed draft constitution (attached) is to be interpreted as permitting dominance by WAU or its SC over decisions by either the IUAES or the WCAA assembly.
  10. The finances of the two bodies will be separately managed by IUAES and WCAA treasurers within a coordinated financial framework that incrementally enables ever closer integration. Coordination will be performed by a WAU Financial Coordinator appointed by and answering to the SC.
  11. WAU’s proposed constitution provides for WAU’s dissolution if there is seventy-five percent majority support for such dissolution in the supreme decision making body of the IUAES or WCAA chamber.

The DRAFT constitution of WAU, the proposed bicameral joint organization, may be found at the following links: http://www.iuaes.org/downloads/WAO_draft_constitution.pdf and
www.wcaanet.org/downloads/WAO_draft_constitution.pdf.

 

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Council of Commissions Meeting Minutes

Friday, May 6, 2016, 20:00-21:30
Mare I, Hotel Dubrovnik Palace, Dubrovnik, Croatia

By Heather O'Leary

  1. CALL TO ORDER AND WELCOME (Faye Harrison and Heather O’Leary) 
    1. Introduction activity begins: Leaders pair up and discuss biggest “win” and best practices since last IUAES Inter-Congress.
    2. Introduction of partners. Representatives present: Heather O’Leary (Environment), WuGa (COTAW), Olga Orilc (COLA), Cristina Amescua (ICH), Kenji Yahsida (COMACH), Ethel Vesper (Indigenous Knowledge), Elliot Fratkin (Nomadic), Rajko Murjic (Music (future)), Petr Skalnik (COTA), Dorothy Billings (IK and Sustainable Development), James Phillips (IK and Sustainable Development),  Sumita Chaudhuri (Urban), Buddhadeb Chaudhuri (Human Rights), Rudnev Viacheslav (IK and Sustainable Development), Maric V (COTAW), Victoria Chenaut (Human Rights), Satya Narayan Murda (COMACH), Orroham K. Gautam (COMACH), Noel Salazar (Tourism), Soumendra Mohan Patnaik (APPDP), Thomas Reuter (Environment), Subhadra Channa (Global Apartheid (future)), Faye Harrison (Global Apartheid (future)), David Shankland (Education), Junji Koizumi (EC – Secretary-General)
    3. Paired Discussion Outcomes – Best Practices of 2015-16 Commission Leaders:
      1. Get your institution on board to leverage support, including funding and staff help
      2. Build a mission statement that includes both short and long-term outcomes, such as a 20 year goal
      3. Develop an online presence, especially with Facebook
      4. Take advantage of the free publicity on the IUAES website and IUAES news
      5. Develop leadership within the commission, such as regional representatives
      6. Be enthusiastic, it spreads!
      7. Organize many panels to increase membership and productivity
      8. Reach out to other organizations and to other commissions
      9. Always attend an IUAES meeting, or designate a commission representative if you can’t
      10. Have creative ideas
      11. Be tireless—leadership can be hard sometimes, but remember to persevere
      12. Be in contact with other commission leaders and the EC year-round
  2. IUAES COMMISSIONS REPORT (Heather O’Leary)
    1. Thanks; confirmation of Publication Date: June 2016
    2. Discussion of Report Format
    3. Resolution: As of 2016 Reports, a category will be added for describing Election and Democratic Procedures. If proper democratic procedures are not practiced, the commission will be ineligible for seed funding.
  3. FUNDING REPORT (Junji Koizumi for Mugsy Spiegel)
    1. Commission Seed Grant Update and Discussion: 5 applications were received. 3 were ineligible because they (1) requesting funding for personal travel or (2) requested access to funds before the review process was over. These directly contradicted eligibility rules in the Call for Applications. A reminder email about eligibility was circulated to the CoC before the final deadline. 2 applications met the basic criteria and are now being considered.
    2. Seeking Input on Commission Funding Initiative: Feedback since the deadline has indicated that the call was confusing, and we will work to simplify it. The EC and Heather O’Leary remain enthusiastically open to even more suggestions about future Seed Funding.  Please contact us with your ideas to make the Seed Funding as of much use as possible to the Commissions. Concerted effort will be made!
  4. INVITED PANELS REPORT (Heather O’Leary)
    1. Report of IUAES 2016 (invited panels by Commissions, IUAES/WCAA joint panels, Special Sessions)
    2. Seeking Input on Future
    3. Challenge to Commissions: Commission to organize the most panels at IUAES 2017 will receive a small Canadian treat from Heather O’Leary
    4. Challenge to Commissions: Commission leaders should seek to submit at least 1 joint-commission panel at IUAES 2017.  If a Chair writes the Commission’s call, the Deputy Chair can collaborate and write a joint-panel, for example.
  5. WEBSITE REPORT (Junji Koizumi and Heather O’Leary )
    1. Website Revision
    2. Reminder to Submit Commission News for Online Display
    3. Sub-sites for Commissions (needs, future maintenance)
      1. NomadIT will host sites for free
      2. No cost to migrate to IUAES site
  6. IUAES NEWS REPORT (Subhadra Channa) SOCIAL MEDIA (Noel Salazar)
    1. Reminder to email Subhadra with exciting Commission (or individual Commission-member!) news.  Take advantage of free publicity!
    2. Noel reminds us of the triage techniques of online presence.  Facebook and Twitter are best for news blasts, discussions, calls to action.  Websites can include these, but also should be a repository for some of the slower-changing information.
  7. MEMBERSHIP and RECRUTMENT (Heather O’Leary)
    1. Discussion of membership lists result in call for EC to forward lists of active members
  8. CALL FOR NEW COMMISSIONS (Junji Koizumi)
    1. Presentation of New Commissions
    2. Discussion of Future Commission Proposals
      1. Two new commissions are under consideration [and post-CoC meeting were approved by EC]: Commission on Marginalization and Global Apartheid (proposed by Subhadra Channa and Faye Harrison); Commission on the Anthropology of Music, Sound and Bodily Performative Practices (proposed by Rajko Mursic)
  9. IUAES/WCAA Task Force Report (Faye Harrison)
    1. Update given describing the two proposed choices for increased collaboration. 
    2. Discussion begins around the benefits of each for the CoC.
    3. [Conversation took us well past the duration and scope of the meeting, so discussion proposed to continue at following 2 meetings: 7 May 10:30am and 8 May 17:10pm.]
  10. NEW BUSINESS:
    1. Affordability of Congresses
    2. Increasing Productivity of Congresses
    3. IUAES Support of Commission Activities
    4. All three of these were discussed at length and resulted in a document “Council of Commissions (Inter)Congress Improvements” to be brought to the EC by Heather O’Leary
  11. OTHER NEW BUSINESS
  12. ANNOUNCEMENTS
  13. THANKS and ADJOURNMENT (Heather O’Leary)