Minutes and Reports
Göttingen, Germany 2001
1. Minutes of the Meeting of the IUAES Executive Committee, 18 July 2001, Göttingen, Germany
by Peter J.M. Nas
Participants: Prof. Eric Sunderland (President), Dr. Peter J.M. Nas (Secretary General), Prof. Tomoko Hamada (Treasurer), Dr. Deepak Kumar Behera, Prof. Keiichi Omoto, Prof. Mike Aranoff, Prof. Brunetto Chiarelli. Apologies: Prof. Luis Vargas.
- The President, Prof. Sunderland, welcomed all members of the Executive Committee present. The minutes of the past meeting in Beijing published in the IUAES Newsletter were accepted.
An E-mail was received from Shen Lin in China that Yang Houdi, former President of the China Urban Anthropology Association passed away. The Secretary General will send an e-mail to express condolences on behalf of the Executive and express the hope that his passing away will not influence on relations and that the Chinese members of the IUAES will continue to consider hosting the IUAES Congress in 2008.
A report on the Göttingen Inter-congress by Prof. Bernd Hermann was presented earlier. Thanks were expressed for the work of the organisers.
- The meeting of the Permanent Council was rescheduled to Thursday 19 July 2001 before the Inter-congress dinner.
- There will be an evaluation of a number of commissions in Göttingen. The rest of the commissions will be evaluated in Tokyo and Florence.
- The Secretary General will write a letter to all commission chairpersons about the evaluation and will also request proposals for panels in Tokyo and Florence.
- Prof. Omoto and Prof. Kanazawa presented information on the Tokyo Inter-congress. A Flyer was distributed. The organisation is well underway. The recession in Japan leads to some trouble in the search for funding. Present-day deflation in Japan may reduce the cost of board and lodging somewhat.
- The Treasurer, Prof. Tomoko Hamada, presented the finance of the IUAES, especially figures for 2000 and until July 2001. Ways of payment were discussed and easier ways will be explored, such as cash payment. The financial state of affairs is now more positive than in the past, although still very limited funds are available.
- The Florence Congress in 2003 was discussed. More than 8000 announcements have been sent out. The number of replies is still limited, but time is available. Prof. Hamada will distribute information at the triple A in the USA. Prof. Omoto will distribute information during the Tokyo Inter-congress. The Secretary General will ask the Commissions to send in proposals for panels.
- Dr. Deepak Kumar Behera made a proposal to raise the financial position of the IUAES. A small group consisting of Aranoff, Behera, Hamada and Nas, will discuss the proposal in more depth.
- A proposal by Prof. Omoto was discussed to change the By Law in the Handbook (page 24). It will be presented in the Permanent Council.
- The Secretary General presented a report on current projects of the IUAES funded by ICSU, ISSC and CIPSH.
- The meeting was closed and the members were wished a pleasant and fruitful Inter-congress.
2. Minutes of the Meeting of the IUAES Permanent Council, 19 July 2001, Göttingen, Germany
by Peter J.M. Nas
Present were delegations from 15 countries: Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, China, Germany, India, Iran, Italy, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, Ukraine, Russia, U.K and USA.
- The President, Prof. Sunderland, welcomed the delegates present. He memorised that three persons that were influential in the IUAES has passed away, Yang Houdi, Peter Gutkind and Lawrence Kräder.
- Three new commissions were presented and ratified by the Permanent Council: the Commission on Bioethics, the Commission on Children and Childhood and the Commission on the Anthropology of Mathematics. The respective chairpersons Charles Susanne, Deepak Kumar Behera and Paul Dixon were congratulated and hope was expressed that these commissions will play a prominent role in future congresses and will prove to be active in general.
- The President and Secretary General spoke with representatives of five commissions in the framework of the planned evaluation, namely Nomadic Peoples (de Bruin), Urban Anthropology (Colombijn), Urgent Anthropology (Wiesbauer), Visual Anthropology (Husmann) and Women (Delacourt). They all proved to be hard working and were evaluated positively.
- A proposal for a new commission on Migration will be discussed in the Executive Committee in Tokyo.
- The President asked the representatives to prepare proposals for congresses in the years 2004 - 2008. They have to be informally explored during the coming year and can be discussed during the Tokyo meeting. In Florence final decisions will be made.
- Prof. Omoto from Japan prepared an amendment of the IUAES statues. The proposal was discussed and accepted. In the IUAES By Law Number 1 (page 24), under
Financial Dues, after line 5, the following sentence was inserted:
'National Councils, Academies or equivalents: an amount equal to US $ 0.50 cent per professional member, as determined by the Council of Academy itself, with a minimum of US$ 50.'
The section on Finances of the Statutes (page 27) will be changed accordingly and so will be the membership application forms.
- The organisers of the coming congresses in Tokyo and Florence, professors Omoto and Chiarelli, presented ample information on both congresses. Flyers were distributed.
- The President thanked all the delegates for their contributions and closed the session.