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Kunming, China 2009

  1. Minutes of the Meeting of the IUAES Executive Committee (27 July 2009)
    by Peter J. M. Nas
  2. Minutes of the Meetings of the IUAES Permanent Council & General Assembly (28-30 July 2009)
    by Peter J. M. Nas

1. Minutes of the Meeting of the IUAES Executive Committee, Kunming, China (27 July 2009)

by Peter J. M. Nas


Present: Luis Alberto Vargas (President), Peter Nas (Secretary-General), Tomoko Hamada (Treasurer), Deepak Kumar Behera, Faye Harrison, Jing Jun, Keiichi Omoto, Maxwell Owusu, Soheila Shahshahani, Andrew Spiegel.
Also present: Gregory Acciaioli, Marlies de Groot. John Gledhill,

Agenda
1. Opening and welcome (Vargas, Nas).
2. Discussion of the agenda.
3. Report by John Gledhill on the next Congress in Manchester, 2013.
4. Report by Gregory Acciaioli on an Inter-Congress in Perth, 2011.
5. Report by Deepak Kumar Behera on an Inter-Congress in Bhubaneswar, 2012.
6. Report by Peter Nas on an Inter-Congress in Antalya/Istanbul, 2010.
7. Commissions.
8. Honorary Members.
9. Update on the Kunming Congress (Jing Jun).
10. Finances (Hamada).
11. Nomination of Secretary-General, Vice-Presidents and President (Shahshahani, Omoto).
12. Other items.
13. Closure.

John Gledhill put forward his proposal to hold the next ICAES in Manchester, UK, in 2013. The proposed title is 'Evolving Humanity, Emerging Worlds' and is backed by the UK national committee. The proposal was approved by the Executive Committee to be put forward to the Permanent Council.

Gregory Acciaioli put forward his proposal to hold an Inter-Congress in Perth, Australia, in 2011. It would be held at the University of Western Australia as part of their centennial celebrations. It would be a joint venture with the Australian Anthropological Society (AAS) and possibly with the Association of Social Anthropologists of Aotearoa/New Zealand (ASAA/NZ). The proposed theme (under discussion) is 'Boom and Bust: Prosperity and Pain in a Risky World'. The proposal was approved by the Executive Committee to be put forward to the Permanent Council.

Deepak Kumar Behera put forward his proposal to hold an Inter-Congress in Bhubaneswar, Orissa, India in 2012. The proposed theme (under discussion) is 'Childhood in Changing Context'. The proposal was approved by the Executive Committee to be put forward to the Permanent Council.

As no representatives of the proposed Inter-Congress to be held in 2010 in Turkey were present, Peter Nas gave a short synopsis of his communication with these representatives. The Inter-Congress would be held in either Antalya or Istanbul in October 2010. The Executive Committee decided that the new Secretary-General would contact the representatives and a decision would be taken at a later date.

Four new commissions had been proposed; a commission on enterprise anthropology put forward by Zhang Jijiao, a commission on Middle-Eastern anthropology put forward by Soheila Shahshahani, a commission on dental anthropology, and a commission on small islands. The first two were accepted by the Executive Committee to be proposed to the Permanent Council whilst the latter two were postponed on the basis of the need for more information. It was also proposed to develop an evaluation system on the commissions, which will re-examine the current workings of all the commissions as well as evaluate new proposals.

It was agreed that Christian Bromberger and Eric Sunderland would be put forward as Honorary Members at the Permanent Council.

Jing Jun gave an update on the Kunming Congress. By 16:00 on July 27 (the first official day), there were 2772 registrations of which 797 were by international scholars. There were 220 panels planned with additional panels being set up at the last minute. 1182 people received financial assistance, with 560 (of which 260 were international) receiving free lodging and 500 students receiving registration wavers. There were 600 student volunteers and the city offered free transport through the bus system as well as free entrance to parks. The anticipated number of registrations at this point was 4000. Out of 200 films submitted, 23 were chosen to be screened, five of which would win an IUAES film award.

Tomoko Hamada announced that the American Anthropological Association, the Japanese anthropological association, and the British association have not yet paid their dues. The current balance is $1,658.77.

(Peter Nas and Faye Harrison were requested to leave the room during the discussion on the nomination of the new President and Secretary-General)

Soheila Shahshahani and Keiichi Omoto as the Nominating Committee put forward the twelve options for new Vice-Presidents and Members-at-Large, which would be put forward at the Permanent Council. If the Manchester proposal were to be approved, John Gledhill would automatically become the seventh Vice-President.

There were two nominations for President, Peter Nas and Faye Harrison. On the basis of a secret vote held amongst the Executive Committee, it was decided that Peter Nas would be nominated for President. An inconclusive vote on the Secretary-General position led to the decision to put forward two nominees at the Permanent Council meeting, Junji Koizumi and Liza Cerroni-Long. It was also proposed that the method for choosing a new President and Secretary-General should be reviewed in the future.

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2. Minutes of the Meetings of the IUAES Permanent Council & General Assembly, Kunming, China (28-30 July 2009)

by Peter J. M. Nas

Minutes of the IUAES Permanent Council meeting, 28 July 2009

Executive Committee members present: Luis Alberto Vargas (President), Peter Nas (Secretary-General), Tomoko Hamada (Treasurer), Deepak Kumar Behera, Faye Harrison, Jing Jun, Keiichi Omoto, Maxwell Owusu, Soheila Shahshahani, Andrew Spiegel.

National delegations present: Australia, Brazil, Cameroon, China, Czech Republic, France, Ghana, India, Iran, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Russia, Serbia, Spain, South Africa, UK, USA [22 countries]

Agenda

1. Opening (Vargas).
2. Roll call.
3. Matters arising.
4. Congress and Inter-Congress proposals.
5. Report by the Nominating Committee.
6. New commissions.
7. Statement on Human Rights.
8. Closure.

Luis Vargas opens the meeting.

John Gledhill gives a presentation on the proposed 2013 ICAES in Manchester with the theme 'Evolving Humanity, Emerging Worlds'. The proposal is accepted and Prof. Gledhill is hereby welcomed into the Executive Committee as a Vice-President.

Gregory Acciaioli gives a presentation on the proposal for an Inter-Congress in Perth, Australia, in 2011. It is to be a joint venture with the Association of Social Anthropologists of Aotearoa/New Zealand (ASAA/NZ) and the Australian Anthropological Society (AAS) with the possible title being 'Boom and Bust; Prosperity and Pain in a Risky World'. The proposal is accepted.

Deepak Kumar Behera gives a presentation on the proposal for an Inter-Congress in Bhubaneswar, Orissa, India for 2012. The proposed topic is 'Childhood in Changing Context'. The proposal is accepted.


New commissions added are the Commission on Enterprise Anthropology with Zhang Jijao as chair and the Commission on Anthropology of the Middle East with Soheila Shahshahani as chair. A committee will be formed to look into the current state of all of the commissions, and to review the proposal for a Commission on Small Islands.

The Statement on Human Rights developed under the guidance of Mugsy Spiegel is approved (see Statements).

Minutes of IUAES General Assembly meeting, 30 July 2009

Agenda
1.Opening (Vargas).
2. Announcement of new Commissions.
3. Naming of the results of the election concerning the Executive Committee.
4. Announcement of the next Congress and Inter-Congresses.
5. Announcement of Statements.
6. Update on Kunming Congress by Jing Jun.
7. Closure.

It was announced that there are two new commissions, the Commission on Enterprise Anthropology and the Commission on the Anthropology of the Middle- East. Paul Nkwi announced a revision of a previously existing Commission on the Anthropology of Africa. There is currently a journal concerning this topic and Paul Nkwi announced his intention to prepare a full proposal for a re-introduction of the Commission on the Anthropology of Africa.

The members leaving the Executive Committtee were named and thanked: Eric Sunderland, Tomoko Hamada, Brunetto Chiarelli, Keiichi Omoto, Michael Little, Horst Seidler, Anita Sujoldzic, Francisco Salzano. The new President and Secretary-General were introduced and congratulated as were the new Vice-Presidents and Members-at-Large. The remaining members of the Executive Committee were also named. The new Honorary Members were named and congratulated.

The Congress planned for 2013 in Manchester was announced, as were the Inter-Congresses in Perth, 2011, and Bhubaneswar, 2012.

It was announced that the Statement on Human Rights was accepted and that a Statement on Race is still pending. Jing Jun read the Kunming Declaration, which was voted on and accepted. It was the first Chinese anthropological statement and was released to the press the following morning.

Jing Jun also gave an update on the Kunming Congress. At this date there were over 3700 scholars and students registered and it was presumed that the total would reach 4500.

Appendix:
Informal Executive Committee meeting, 31 July 2009

Present: Junji Koizumi (Secretary-General), Faye Harrison, Jing Jun, Paul Nchoji Nkwi, Maxwell Owusu, Thomas Anton Reuter, Gustavo Lins Ribeiro, Soheila Shahshahani, Andrew Spiegel, Luis Alberto Vargas (minutes taken by Marlies de Groot.)

The meeting started with a meet and greet, particularly to welcome the new members.

A committee concerning statutes amendments, including Spiegel, Shahshahani, Harrison, Nkwi and Ribeiro put forward initial deadlines, suggesting a first draft to be amended by the comments of the Executive Committee with a final draft being produced for the Permanent Council meeting to be held in Turkey. The two main points under discussion are the national representations and the structural build-up of the committee, especially the differentiation between Vice-Presidents and Members-at-Large. The idea of a parallel body consisting of commission chairs was suggested as a possible replacement for the national delegations.

It was suggested that there should be the introduction of electronic votes, which can be representational or proportional according to regional devision.

It was suggested that in view of the dire financial circumstances of the IUAES, a financial committee be put together to review fundraising strategies. Notions such as a mission and branding were discussed.

Considering the international constitution of the Executive Committee, an electronic bi-annual meeting was discussed through the medium of skype or other internet-based conference calls. Jing Jun proposed looking into the options.

The website is to be amended. The idea was raised to introduce an email address list and an online payment system allowing convenient membership administration.

Concerning the commissions, the Chinese committee will provide a list of inactive commissions at the Kunming Congress to give some indication of current commission activity. A point was raised on the communication between the Executive Committee and the commissions and the need to improve this.

A compilation of archives for the IUAES was suggested, perhaps to be hosted by the National Museum of Ethnology in Osaka, Japan.

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