Minutes and Reports
Perth, Australia 2011
1. Minutes of IUAES Executive Committee meeting, July 6, 2011 (5:30 - 9:20 PM), at Rm 1.30 (Social Sciences) of the University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia
by Junji Koizumi
Soheila Shahshahani (Senior Vice-President), Junji Koizumi (Secretary-General), Andrew 'Mugsy' Spiegel (Treasurer), Petr Skalník, Eisaku Kanazawa, Rajko Muršič, Maxwell Owusu, Thomas Anton Reuter, Liza Cerroni-Long
Also Present: Gregory Acciaioli and Deepak Kumar Behera
President Peter Nas was unable to attend and Soheila Shahshahani, Senior Vice-President, took the role as chair and opened the meeting. Gregory Acciaioli, Convener of Inter-Congress 2011 in Perth, Australia, and Deepak Kumar Behara, Convener of Inter-Congress 2012 in Odisha, India, were invited to attend this meeting of the Executive Committee.
Report by Deepak Kumar Behara on Inter-Congress 2012 in Bhubaneswar, Odisha (Orissa), India
Deepak Kumar Behara, Chair of the Commission on Children, Youth and Childhood of the IUAES, made a progress report on Inter-Congress 2012 in Bhubaneswar, Odisha (Orissa), India (http://www.kiit.ac.in/iuaes2012.html). The Inter-Congress is to be held at Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) of KIIT University in Bhubaneswar from November 26 through 30 of 2012, convened by Deepak Kumar Behera, David F. Lancy (Executive Member of the same Commission) and Motilal Dash (Kalinga Institute of KIIT University). It is jointly organized by the Commission on Children, Youth and Childhood of the IUAES and the Centre for Children Studies, KISS of KIIT University, and the theme of the Inter-Congress is 'Children and Youth in a Changing World'. A detailed report on the theme, panel proposals, expected attendance, schedule and registration was presented together with a flyer (see the attached "Inter-Congress 2012"). Post-congress is also planned in Kolkata and Koraput, India.
Report by Gregory Acciaioli on Inter-Congress 2011 in Perth, Australia
Gregory Acciaioli, the Conference Convener, presented a report on the Inter-Congress in Perth, Australia, being held at the University of Western Australia as a joint conference of Australian Anthropological Society (ASA) and the Association of Social Anthropologists of Aotearoa/New Zealand (ASAANZ). The conference was taking place from July 5 through 8, 2011, and the theme of the conference was 'Knowledge and Value in a Globalising World: Disentangling Dichotomies, Querying Unities'. Acciaioli reported that there were 449 abstract in 58 panels with 513 registrants, and 257 of the participants of the conference were from Australia while remaining 256 were from more than 30 countries. He also outlined concurrent sessions, keynote speeches and overall organization of the conference. Executive Committee thanked Acciaioli and the Organising Committee of IUAES/ASA/ASAANZ Conference 2011.
Report on finance by Treasurer
Mugsy Spiegel, Treasurer, presented a report on IUAES finance. The new IUAES bank account was opened at Cooperative Bank in Manchester, UK, and with this account collection of fees from individual and corporate members started. Another IUAES account was opened in 2010 at SMBC (Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation) in Osaka, Japan, but there are high charges and commissions for international remittance to and from this account. It was approved that Junji Koizumi, Secretary-General, keeps the SMBC account for the expenses that are incurred at the IUAES secretariat.
It was reported that some corporate members of the IUAES, including the American Anthropological Association (AAA), the Japanese Society of Cultural Anthropology (JASCA), the Anthropological Society of Nippon (ASN) and Anthropology Southern Africa (ASnA), have paid their annual dues. There had been no expenditure for the IUAES in past years because all expenses, including the maintenance of the website and secretarial work, have been covered by Osaka University. Donations by Spiegel and Koizumi were acknowledged, and it was agreed that they would, in exchange, be recognised as life members of the IUAES.
New membership fee rates were reported with a minimum fee of £7 (GBP) for those earning less than £10,000 per annum; a fee of £10 for those earning between £10,000 and £20,000; £16 for those earning between £20,000 and £30,000; and a maximum fee of £23 for those earning more than £30,000 per annum. There will be no major change in corporate membership fee rates with an annual amount of $1.00 (£0.65) per professional member of the association. These fee rates shall be revised at IUAES Congress 2013 in Manchester. The IUAES Newsletter will be sent together with a call for membership and a letter of invitation to the Inter-Congress 2012 in Odisha, India, and the IUAES Congress 2013 in Manchester, UK.
IUAES website and Newsletter
Liza Cerroni-Long made a report on the IUAES website and IUAES Newsletter. She had worked on the IUAES website (http://www.glocol.osaka-u.ac.jp/iuaes/) and she reported that upgrading was almost complete except for the page of honorary members. In revising the webpage and other matters, the work of Prof. Yumiko Tokita-Tanabe and Kaoruko Miyaji, both at Global Collaboration Center (GLOCOL) of Osaka University, were specifically acknowledged. The information on honorary members will be updated by Petr Skalnik.
The "Notices" section was created on the website in order to send notifications to the members of the IUAES. The database of IUAES members is still incomplete and efforts to gather more information is necessary.
IUAES Newsletter No. 73, edited by Liza Cerroni-Long, was put on the website in December 2010. The contents, modes and frequency of publication of the Newsletter were discussed. Some argued that the IUAES Newsletter should carry only historical records and no opinion pieces should be published. Others wanted to make it an open forum for opinions and discussions. Some wished to have the Newsletter published only once per year, and others wanted to see more frequent publications. Some argued for abolishing the paper version of the Newsletter and limiting it to a digital version, thus eliminating publication and mailing costs, but this may reduce the benefits for IUAES members.
Statement on 'Race' and Racism
The IUAES Statement on 'Race' and Racism was drafted by Petr Skalnik and its semi-final version was presented at the Permanent Council in Antalya in 2010. It was circulated thereafter among the members of the IUAES for possible revisions. The Statement was now confirmed as final, and it will be put on the IUAES website and distributed widely to global organizations.
Report on IUAES Scientific Commissions
Soheila Shahshahani, in charge of coordinating communication with IUAES Scientific Commissions, made a progress report. She attempted to communicate with all IUAES Scientific Commissions but only eleven of them responded. The Executive Committee needs to establish closer relations with each Scientific Commission, and two proposals were put forth by Shahshahani: (1) to request all Scientific Commissions to submit annual report of activities to the Secretary-General, and (2) to request all Scientific Commissions to submit end products of their activities. The Executive Committee should contact all the Commissions and attempt to reactivate Commissions by giving them recognition for their successful activities and encouraging them to hold more frequent meetings so that members of younger generations would join.
Revision of the IUAES Statutes
The Committee for Installation of New Statutes, composed of five members of the Executive Committee (Andrew Spiegel, Soheila Shahshahani, Gustavo Lins Ribeiro, Thomas Anton Reuter and Peter Nas), had worked for revision of the IUAES Statutes, and a draft of new Statutes, circulated among the members of the Executive Committee beforehand, was intensively and extensively discussed. Electronic voting for the final decision on the revision of the Statutes was proposed and approved, and the schedule for electronic voting was decided as indicated in the attached document ("Schedule for the revision of the IUAES Statutes"). According to this schedule, the electronic voting for the revision of the Statutes will take place from September 15 through October 15 of 2012.
Several issues were central in the discussion for the revision of the IUAES Statutes. Among the most important were:
- Under the current Statutes, the IUAES Permanent Council composed of national delegates is the governing body of the IUAES. But if national delegates to the Permanent Council are the heads of national anthropological/ethnological associations, the majority of them would necessarily also be the national association representatives on the WCAA (World Council of Anthropological Associations), thus effectively placing the IUAES under the possible control of the WCAA. In order to avoid these difficulties and impracticalities, it is necessary to make the General Assembly, instead of the Permanent Council, the governing body of the IUAES.
- At present, some national delegates to the Permanent Council are elected for the country through quite formalized procedures, while others are not, or are simply self-appointed at the time of a meeting of the Permanent Council. This makes "national delegation" ill-defined and ambiguous. There is also a serious problem of absenteeism of national delegates.
- IUAES Scientific Commissions must become central to the IUAES and its administration, and should therefore become more active as the primary driver of the union, and they should be brought closer to the executive body.
- IUAES Congresses and Inter-Congresses are independent of the IUAES in financial terms, thus creating serious financial difficulties for the IUAES. We need to change this situation and create a proper relationship between IUAES Congresses and Inter-Congresses and the management of the IUAES.
- Under the current Statutes, paid-up corporate members, despite their contribution to the IUAES, are not given the right to vote in making decisions concerning the IUAES. Transparency in governance is required.
- At present, benefits for individual and corporate members of the IUAES are not clearly defined. Particularly the relation with the UNESCO and other global organizations should be more beneficial to the IUAES members.
A general agreement was reached that a fundamental revision of the Statutes is necessary. It was approved that Thomas Reuter will revise the new Statutes by September 1, 2011, then incorporate the opinions of the members of the Executive Committee sent by October 1, and finalize the draft of the new Statutes by November 1 before it will be sent for revision from the legal point of view (See the attached "Schedule for the Revision of the IUAES Statutes").
Report on the General Assembly of ISSC
Junji Koizumi, Secretary-General, attended the General Assembly of the ISSC held in Nagoya, Japan, in December 2010, representing the IUAES. He distributed materials from the General Assembly and reported on its agenda and the decisions made.
It was decided that meetings of Permanent Council and General Assembly in the current Inter-Congress are to be held combined as one meeting on Friday July 8, 2011.
2. Minutes of the combined meeting of IUAES Permanent Council and General Assembly, July 8, 2011 (9:00 – 10:15 AM), at Rm G28 (Social Sciences) of the University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia
by Junji Koizumi
Executive Committee members present:
Soheila Shahshahani (Senior Vice-President), Junji Koizumi (Secretary-General), Andrew 'Mugsy' Spiegel (Treasurer), Petr Skalník, Eisaku Kanazawa, Rajko Muršič, Thomas Anton Reuter, Liza Cerroni-Long
National delegations present:
Australia, Brazil, China, Czech Rep., Germany, India, Indonesia, Iran, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Poland, Serbia, Slovenia, South Africa, UK, U.S.A. [18 countries]
President of Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research
President Peter Nas was unable to attend and Soheila Shahshahani, Senior Vice-President, took the role as chair and opened the meeting.
The country roll was called and it was confirmed that delegations of the above listed countries were present at this meeting of the Permanent Council.
Introduction of Executive Committee members
Executive Committee members present, as listed above, were introduced to the Permanent Council.
Report by Gregory Acciaioli on Inter-Congress 2011 in Perth
Gregory Acciaioli, the Conference Convener, made a report on the current Inter-Congress 2011 in Perth, Australia, being held at the University of Western Australia as a joint congress of Australian Anthropological Society (ASA) and the Association of Social Anthropologists of Aotearoa/New Zealand (ASAANZ). Acciaioli reported the number of abstracts (449), panels (58), registrants (513) and international participants (256 from more than 30 countries), and he outlined concurrent sessions, keynote speeches, budget and grants and overall organization of the conference. It was reported that the conference received a grant in the amount of $15,000 from the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research. The Executive Committee and the Permanent Council thanked Greg Acciaioli and the Organising Committee of IUAES/ASA/ASAANZ Conference 2011.
Report on Inter-Congress 2012
It was reported that Deepak Kumar Behara, the convener of IUAES Inter-Congress 2012, made a detailed presentation on Inter-Congress 2012 in Bhubaneswar, Odisha (Orissa), India, at the plenary of IUAES/ASA/ASAANZ Conference 2011 held in the morning of July 7, 2011. Inter-Congress 2012 will take place at Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) of KIIT University in Bhubaneswar from November 26 through 30, 2012.
Report on IUAES Congress 2013 in Manchester, UK
It was reported that the 17th World Congress of the IUAES, convened by John Gledhill of the University of Manchester, is to be held in Manchester, UK, from August 5 through August 10, 2013. The conference theme is "Evolving Humanity, Emerging Worlds," and detailed information is available at its webpage (http://www.iuaes2013.org/) linked to the IUAES website. The Permanent Council was asked to plan ahead for the IUAES Congress 2013.
Report on the IUAES Scientific Commissions
Soheila Shahshahani, in charge of coordinating communication with IUAES Scientific Commissions, made a report and emphasized the needs for establishing closer relations with them.
Report on finance
Mugsy Spiegel, Treasurer, presented a report on IUAES finance. The previous IUAES bank account in U.S.A. was closed and a new account was opened in the UK. The IUAES membership fees are now collected in British pounds (GBP) through PayPal, bank transfer and other means. Another account was opened in Japan but frequent transfer of foreign currencies to and from this account turned out to be difficult. This bank account will be used for the Secretary-General's expenses that are incurred for the IUAES.
New fee rates for individual members were explained, with a minimum fee of £7 (GBP) for students and members from developing countries earning less than £10,000 per annum; a fee of £10 for those earning between £10,000 and £20,000; £16 for those earning between £20,000 and £30,000; and a maximum fee of £23 for those earning more than 30,000 per annum. There will be no major change in corporate membership fee rates with an annual amount of $1.00 (£0.65) per professional member of the association.
Benefits for individual and corporate members of the IUAES were discussed. The Treasurer asked cooperation of Scientific Commissions for updating the information on the addresses of members.
Report on IUAES website and Newsletter
Liza Cerroni-Long made a report on the IUAES website and IUAES Newsletter. She reported that upgrading of the website was almost done and electronic version of IUAES Newsletter No. 73, December 2010 Issue, was on the website. She asked for cooperation in updating obsolete or incomplete information on the webpage.
Revision of IUAES Statutes
The needs for the revision of IUAES Statutes were explained to the Permanent Council by the Executive Committee, particularly by the members of the Committee for Installation of New Statutes. According to Article 19 of the present Statutes, notice of amendment must be given nine months prior to the meeting of the Permanent Council at which the amendment is to be debated, and must be circulated at least six months before that meeting. A resolution (attached below) was put forward by the Executive Committee to permit an electronic vote on the amendment of the Statutes according to the proposed schedule. The resolution was unanimously adopted by eighteen national delegations present at the Permanent Council.
Membership in ICSU and ISSC
Withdrawing IUAES membership from ICSU and ISSC had been discussed among the members of the Executive Committee, but the importance of ICSU and ISSC for the IUAES was pointed out by national delegations to the Permanent Council. Membership in UNESCO related organizations is significant particularly for corporate members of the IUAES, and the Permanent Council reached an agreement that the IUAES should not terminate its membership of ICSU or ISSC but temporarily suspend it as necessary due to financial difficulties.
Report on the General Assembly of ISSC
Junji Koizumi, Secretary-General, who attended the General Assembly of the ISSC representing the IUAES, made a report on the Assembly held in Nagoya, Japan, in December 2010. He specifically reported on the discussion at the Assembly on the problem of Classification of Sciences by OECD, in which anthropology is placed as a subcategory of sociology.
Statement on 'Race' and Racism
It was reported that IUAES Statement on 'Race' and Racism became final. The approved Statement will be put on the IUAES webpage and widely circulated.
Resolution put forward to the Permanent Council
⋅the need for the IUAES Statutes to be amended in order to be effective by the 17th Congress in Manchester in August 2013; and
⋅that is impractical to hold another Permanent Council meeting before that Congress
The Permanent Council resolves:
⋅To permit an electronic vote on a change of Statutes to be arranged by the Executive Committee according to the attached schedule.