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Pardubice, Czech Republic 2005

  1. Minutes of the first IUAES Executive Committee meeting in Florence, 6 July 2003
  2. Minutes of the first IUAES Permanent Council meetings in Florence, 7 July 2003
  3. Minutes of the IUAES General Assembly meeting in Florence, 8 July 2003
  4. Minutes of the second IUAES Permanent Council meetings in Florence, 10 July 2003
  5. Minutes of the second IUAES Executive Committee meeting 11 July 2003, Florence

1. Minutes of the first IUAES Executive Committee meeting in Florence, 6 July 2003

Present: Behera, Chiarelli, Hamada (Treasurer), Little, Nas (Secretary General), Nkwi, Omoto, Sunderland (President), Sujoldzic, Trawick, Varga

  1. The President opened the meeting and all present were warmly welcomed.
  2. The minutes of the Executive Committee in Tokyo were correct and accepted.
  3. Professor Chiarelli presented a report on the Florence World Congress. The congress was not postponed for reasons of the Iraqi war or SARS. However, the number of participants has been reduced by these unfortunate conditions. About 600 to 700 participants were registered.
  4. The proposals of the Nomination Committee were discussed and accepted.
  5. Four new commissions were accepted: Primatology, Human Rights, Migration and Linguistic Anthropology.
  6. The future inter-congresses were discussed and accepted: 2004 Calcutta, 2005 Pardubice, 2006 Cape Town, 2007 China or Australia.
  7. The following persons are proposed and accepted as IUAES honorary members: Lourdes Arizpe (Mexico), Russ Bernard (USA), Paul Nkwi (Cameroon), Hisashi Suzuki (Japan).
  8. The treasurer Tomoko Hamada presented an overview of the IUAES finances. The financial means are very limited. The National Science Foundation in the USA only wants to finance specific projects. The AAA wishes to change this situation. The Science Council of Japan is considering membership. The statutes have to be slightly changed for that. A proposal will be made for the next Permanent Council meeting.
  9. The membership for the IUAES is two or five years. The possibilities of life membership are to be considered.
  10. Several other points were discussed such as the email directory, the evaluation of the Commissions, and the LIT publication series.
  11. The President closed the meeting.

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2. Minutes of the first IUAES Permanent Council meetings in Florence, 7 July 2003

  1. The President, Prof. Sunderland, opened the meeting. There was no roll call as in this first meeting no voting was intended.
  2. Prof. Chiarelli, the organizer of the Florence World Congress, reported about the situation. He listed several problems such as the Iraqi war, SARS and a general lack of financial support because of deteriorating economic conditions. The pre-congress sessions take place in different places and their chairpersons will report during three days in Florence. The papers will be considered for publication depending on quality. The papers of the keynote speakers are already published and all participants have received a copy.
  3. The President reported on the Inter-Congresses in Göttingen, Beijing and Tokyo.
  4. Four new commissions were accepted on Primatology, Human Rights, Migration and Linguistic Anthropology.
  5. The future Inter-Congresses were discussed and accepted: 2004 Calcutta, 2005, Pardubice, 2006 Cape Town, 2007 China or Australia.
  6. The voting procedure for the World Congress in 2008 was discussed. The voting will take place in the next Permanent Council meeting.
  7. The Treasurer, Prof. Tomoko Hamada, presented a report on the IUAES finances. She stressed that the IUAES is a member of several international scientific organizations, such as ISSC, ICSU and CIPSH.
  8. The meeting was closed.

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3. Minutes of the IUAES General Assembly meeting in Florence, 8 July 2003

The General Assembly meeting was opened by Prof. Sunderland who pointed to a number of general IUAES activities such as the statement on race that was adopted in Williamsburg, 1998 and is published on the IUAES website, and the membership to the IUAES of several international scientific organizations. After acceptance of the minutes he recalled the past Inter-Congresses that were very successful. Our colleagues who organized these Inter-Congresses deserve our sincere thanks. Prof. Chiarelli reported about the Florence World Congress. He described several organizational difficulties resulting from the Iraqi war, SARS and the economic recession. The combination of the great number of proposed sessions was also difficult. The President continued, mentioning the importance of the Commissions within the IUAES structure. A lot of activities are taking place in the context of these groups, at but also in between Congresses. The Executive Committee evaluated some of the Commissions in Florence. The Treasurer Tomoko Hamada stressed the importance of becoming a IUAES member. The suggestion that Franz Boas and Emile Durkheim the work of both should play an important role in the 2008 Congress was generally welcomed. After 150 years the history of anthropology should pay attention to these founding fathers.

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4. Minutes of the second IUAES Permanent Council meetings in Florence, 10 July 2003

  1. This Permanent Council meeting was important because of the voting taking place for the next IUAES World Congress to be held in 2008 in Brisbane, Australia or Kunming, China, as well as for the new IUAES officials proposed by the Nomination Committee.
  2. After the roll was taken and 38 countries were listed both candidates for the next World Congress presented their bid in a convincing way and a competitive but friendly atmosphere.
  3. Two persons were asked to count the votes and the President presented the results. The next IUAES World Congress will be held in Kunming, China. The President thanked both parties, Australia and China, who presented their proposal for the efforts made and the work done.
  4. As the new President Prof. Luis Vargas was accepted.
  5. Several new Vice-Presidents and members-at-large were nominated. Jing Jun, Petr Skalnik, Soheila Shahshahani, Andrew Spiegel, Faye Harrison and Maxwell Owusu were elected as new members of the Executive Committee.

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5. Minutes of the second IUAES Executive Committee meeting 11 July 2003, Florence

Present: Behera, Chiarelli, Harrison, Little, Nas (Secretary General), Omoto, Skalnik, Sunderland (Past President), Trawick, Vargas (President).

  1. Prof. Sunderland opened the meeting congratulating the newly elected members and the new President Prof. Luis Alberto Vargas.
  2. The organizational structure of the Union with the role of the Executive Committee, the Permanent Council and the General Assembly was fully discussed.
  3. The future Congresses were discussed.
  4. The Presidents thanked Prof. Brunetto Chiarelli, the organizer of the Florence World Congress, for the all his efforts and the hard work he had done under difficult global conditions for the realization of this important scholarly event.
  5. The Presidents recalled his long involvement with the IUAES and before closing the meeting he wished the new President and members a successful and joyful term.