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Newsletter 69

November 2007

  1. A Letter of Invitation from the Leadership of IUAES, Beijing, May 2007
    By Dr. Luis Alberto Vargas, President and Dr. Peter J.M. Nas, Secretary General
  2. Memorandum on the Preparatory Work of the 16th Congress, IUAES2008, Kunming, China, May 23rd, 2007, Beijing, China
    By Mr. Zhou Mingfu, Deputy Chairperson, COCC & CUAES; Professor Luis Alberto Vargas, President IUAES; and Professor Peter J. M. Nas, Secretary General IUAES
  3. Agenda Executive Committee Meeting, Kunming
  4. Agenda first Permanent Council Meeting, Kunming
  5. Agenda second Permanent Council Meeting, Kunming
  6. Agenda General Assembly Meeting, Kunming
  7. Anthropology Now: Essays by the Scientific Commissions of the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences (IUAES) and History of the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences (IUAES)
    By Peter J.M. Nas and Zhang Jijiao

1. A Letter of Invitation from the Leadership of IUAES, Beijing, May 2007

By Dr. Luis Alberto Vargas, President and Dr. Peter J.M. Nas, Secretary General

Dear Members of IUAES, Colleagues and Students of Anthropology & Ethnology Worldwide:

The purpose of this letter is to invite you to join us in the XVI International Congress of our Union, to be held in Kunming, China from the 15th till the 23rd of July, 2008.

We propose to you the main reasons to attend this Congress:


  1. Have your research or teaching results exposed and published in English and Chinese in China, where the anthropological and ethnological community is very large.
  2. Enable you to meet important scholars and potential students working in your field.
  3. Enhance your academic network for the future within the IUAES Commissions and with colleagues from many parts of the World, in an event that only happens every five years.
  4. Experience China, its minorities and its development.
  5. Get to know Kunming City and Yunnan Province, a most interesting part of China, where 40,000,000 people belonging to 56 ethnic groups live within varied and very beautiful landscapes.

We have recently visited Beijing and Kunming and have now the direct knowledge and experience to convey to you on what to expect from this Congress, and complete the information that appeared in our Newsletter 68 of May 2007 which is available in our website (www.leidenuniv.nl/fsw/iuaes/index.htm), with a link to the website of the Congress (www.icaes2008.org), which is being up-dated.

Our meetings in China with the authorities of the China’s Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences, the State Ethnic Affairs Commission, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Ethnic Affairs Commission of Yunnan Province, Central University of the Nationalities, Yunnan University, The Yunnan Nationalities University, Yunnan Nationalities Museum, and Yunnan Ethnic Park, who are members of the National and Local Organizing Committees of the Congress or the major participants, and our personal visit to the sites where the Congress will be held, allow us to share with you the following conclusions:

  1. The city of Kunming and the Province of Yunnan offer exceptional connections to arrive from different parts of the World, without passing by Beijing, which may be difficult a few weeks before the Olympic Games that begin on August 8th. The air routes will be posted soon on the Congress webpage. In addition, the city is of medium size, with excellent internal communications, and is located in the beautiful Yunnan province, where a large number of China’s ethnic minorities live. The normal climate is mild and not hot during the week of the Congress. In addition, the city is safe and assures medical assistance in case of emergency.
  2. The physical spaces offered locally surpassed our expectations, the halls and rooms where the plenary sessions, the conferences, seminars, round tables, meetings of the Commissions, social activities, etc. are to be held are well equipped with very comfortable seating, facilities for video and computer projection, as well as being very attractive.
  3. Kunming has excellent and varied housing, going from luxury hotels to accessible and clean dormitories within the Universities campus. A wide choice can be made, and special prices have been fixed. We urge you to reserve, as soon as the offer is made in the Congress website.
  4. The academic activities of the Congress will be held in one place, the Yunnan University, where there are also housing and dining facilities. This will promote personal interactions between all of us. The inaugural and closing session, plus some social activities will be held respectively in The Kunming International Convention and Exhibition Center and in the Yunnan Ethnic Park, where adequate and attractive facilities and convenient transportation will be offered.
  5. A special effort is being made to facilitate the participation of under and postgraduate students of Anthropology and Ethnology, in order to provide them with the material and economic conditions enabling them to go to China. Further information will appear soon on the Congress website, but we consider that this is a unique opportunity for students to get in touch personally with distinguished scholars of the Anthropological World, who may only be familiar to them as authors of books or articles.
  6. It is almost needless to add that on the short and long term, we expect this Congress to promote academic and personal contacts between scholars from all over the World who have little opportunity to meet elsewhere. The Organizing Committee is making an effort to invite and promote the interaction of colleagues and students from Third Word countries, especially those from South East Asia.
  7. Every possible effort is being made to have very experienced anthropologists and ethnologists as key note or distinguished speakers for the Congress and their names will appear on the website.
  8. Please check the Congress website to see the modalities of academic participation. Some of the sessions that will be posted soon are open for more participants.
  9. An anthropological or ethnological film festival and several exhibitions will be held as part of the Congress, and we encourage those interested in submitting materials for them to get in touch with the Organizing Committee. A prize will be awarded to the best anthropological or ethnological film.
  10. As you can verify in our website, IUAES is organized in Research Commissions. The Congress will provide the opportunity for each one of you to join one or several of them, and assure contact with colleagues from many countries in the field of your interest. Each Commission has set its rules for joining them, but it is a very open and accessible procedure to take part.
  11. We urge all of our colleagues to prepare their participation in the Congress. This not only means bringing your paper and joining or continuing your activities within the Research Commissions. Business meetings of the Union will be held, and by paying your fees for the congress you will become a member of IUAES. We need you to organize the group that will represent your country in our discussions, and you will be able to nominate candidates to become officers or honorary members of the Union.
  12. The rules of IUAES state that the Research Commissions must have a business meeting at least during every Congress. Very comfortable rooms have been assigned for them, but we need the chairpersons of each Commission to request their use by contacting the Organizing Committee.
  13. We also ask members of IUAES, the Research Commissions and national organizations to propose places where the 2013 World Congress and the Inter-congresses between 2008 and 2013 may be held.
  14. We also encourage you to bring two copies of your books and publications to be donated to the libraries of Yunnan University and Yunnan University of the Nationalities.

The results that the Chinese Organizing Committees of the XVI Congress of the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences have achieved so far are excellent. Care has been taken to grant the best possible facilities to make this meeting and exceptional one. We publicly recognize their effort and thank for it in name of all the anthropological community.

We have witnessed the impressive effort that has been made by our Chinese colleagues to make this Congress a success from the academic, institutional and personal points of view. It is now the task of each and all of us, anthropologists and students of Anthropology, to fulfill this goal. Please cooperate very actively with us.

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2. Memorandum on the Preparatory Work of the 16th Congress, IUAES2008, Kunming, China, May 23rd, 2007, Beijing, China

By Mr. Zhou Mingfu, Deputy Chairperson, COCC & CUAES; Professor Luis Alberto Vargas, President IUAES; and Professor Peter J. M. Nas, Secretary General IUAES

President Luis Alberto Vargas and Secretary General Peter J. M. Nas of IUAES (hereinafter the IUAES Leadership) visited Beijing and Kunming from 15-24th of May, 2007, for overviewing the preparatory work of the oncoming 16th IUAES Congress in China. Mr. Zhou, Mingfu, Deputy Chairperson of China’s Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences (hereinafter CUAES) and the Deputy Chairperson of the China Organizing Committee of the IUAES Congress 2008 (hereinafter COCC IUAES), Mr. Rong, Shixing, and Professor Jing Jun, Vice-Chairpersons of CUAES and COCC IUAES, Mr. Gao Feng, Vice-Governor of the Yunnan Provincial People’s Government gave a comprehensive and detailed explanation of the preparatory work and its progress to the IUAES leadership. The IUAES leadership has reached the conclusion that current preparation work in China is now reaching the required tempo, and IUAES does confirm and appreciate the conscientious work by the COCC IUAES. From now on, IUAES is going to intensify its guidance and assistance to COCC IUAES with its whole competence in terms of calling for themes of sessions, specifying keynote speakers and formulating policies for providing financial aid to some of the participants.

After several rounds of talks and a field inspection to Kunming, the IUAES and the CUAES (hereinafter both parties) have reached the following consensus:

  1. Both parties confirm the form and activities of the Congress, including the opening and closing ceremonies, the key-note speeches, the plenary meeting, academic sessions (regional development and memorial forums included), lectures, organization meetings of IUAES Commissions, film presentations, cultural exhibitions (poster sessions included), academic field trips, etc. The IUAES specifies that at least 2 Art Performances of China’s Ethnic Minorities will be arranged.
  2. Both parties have agreed to arrange 6 key-notes speeches and 15-20 Spectrum Lectures during the Congress and the name list of the speakers and lecturers will be jointly decided by the COCC IUAES and the IUAES Executive Committees.
  3. The IUAES leadership emphasizes that the Congress should have at least 150-200 sessions/panels, each should have participants from more than 2 countries and regions, and each should have a Chinese liaison scholar.
  4. For a better understanding of the development of anthropology and ethnology in China, and China’s policy toward the ethnic minority groups by the international participants, both parties have agreed to entrust China for organizing four special sessions during the Congress 2008 with the titles of ‘The Achievement of China’s Policy toward Ethnic Minority Groups and Ethnic Administration’, ‘Anthropology and Ethnology in China’, ‘Anthropology and Ethnology in Yunnan’, ‘The Development of Kunming City and Anthropology’, respectively.
  5. Both Parties agree to entrust China for organizing four exhibitions including ‘The Academic Exhibition of Anthropology and Ethnology in the World’, ‘The Exhibition of Local Cultures Around the World’, ‘The Exhibition of Colourful China’, and ‘The Exposition of Ethnic Cultures’ during the Congress. Since 2008 is the 60th anniversary of the IUAES, the COCC will organize a special exhibition on the history and current situation of IUAES. IUAES is to provide texts, photos and other objects of the previous Congresses and Inter-Congresses and COCC will carry out the exhibition.
  6. Both parties agree to hold an anthropological and ethnological visual/film presentation during the Congress, with the theme of ‘Plurality and Universality: Culture, Humanity and Development’. The COCC will be responsible for the collection, viewing and selecting the products whilst the IUAES will offer necessary assistance. The IUAES expects the visual/film presentations to open to the public, and the Prize Awarding Ceremony will be held to honour the best products in the name of IUAES.
  7. The IUAES has specified the size and schedule for its working organs as the following: July 16th evening, the working meeting of the IUAES Executive Committee, 20 persons July 17th evening, working meeting of the 14 Research Commissions, 30-50 persons; July 18th evening, working meeting of the rest 14 Research Commissions (a new commissions named Anthropology of Small Islands will be added), 30-50 persons, July 19th evening, plenary meeting of the Permanent Council of the IUAES, 100-150 persons, July 21 evening, the second Permanent Council meeting, 100-150 persons, July 22nd afternoon, General Assembly of the IUAES, 200-250 persons, and it will be followed by a reception in the evening, 100-150 persons. July 23rd morning, IUAES Executive Council. All these will be organized by IUAES.
  8. According to a proposal made in the South Africa Inter-congress of issuing a Kunming Declaration, the IUAES leadership will continue to express their understanding and support this proposal and hope the Kunming Declaration will gain a pass from the Permanent Council of the IUAES.
  9. Both Parties confirm that the Congress will specify the following sites as the targets for academic field trips during the Congress: The Danuohei Village, the Keyi Village, the Nagu Town, the Yuhu Yi Culture and Ecology Village.
  10. The IUAES will try its best to enlist financial support from the following 5 institutions: The International Social Science Council (ISSC), The International Union of Scientific Councils (ICSU), The International Philosophy Council (CIPHS), the Ford Foundation, and the Third World Academy of Sciences.
  11. The IUAES is going to distribute an official letter to the international academic circle to mobilize a more extensive participation of the IUAES 2008 Congress in China by the anthropologists and ethnologists worldwide.
  12. Both parties agree to compile a book jointly entitled Anthropology Today, IUAES will provide the manuscripts and COCC IUAES will be responsible for its translation, editing and publication.
  13. Both parties agree to use the classification of the Third World Scholars according to the standards of the journal Current Anthropology in order to fix the quota and intensity of the financial support on this basis.
  14. The IUAES does hope to encourage more students to participate in the Congress. Both parties agree to provide a lower registration fee and less expensive housing for this purpose. Both parties expect the travel cost of the students for this Congress will be provided by their university and relevant foundations.
  15. The IUAES has expressed its strong concern with the publication of the papers of the Congress. Both parties agree to publish the Congress’s products in the multiple forms of CD, Websites, Printings, etc.
  16. In response to the proposal of the IUAES leadership, COCC will publish the information of the traffic, communication and tourist routes as soon as possible, and it will provide infrastructure for individual scholars to publish their personal information and provide facilities to smooth inter-personal communications during the Congress.
  17. The IUAES leadership expects that the COCC will make a proper arrangement for the services to those accompanying the scholars. It is a necessity to recruit adequate volunteers for this purpose and the volunteers should have their necessary facilities as well. COCC has promised to put these issues into the master plan of the Congress.
  18. IUAES encourages the COCC to facilitate the use of the credit card payment for the Congress registration through the internet. COCC is coordinating actively along this line with the Bank of China and the relevant information will be published on the Websites.
  19. The IUAES leadership encourages the Chinese scholars to take active part in the work of IUAES Research Commissions. It hopes that CUAES will recommend outstanding scholars to the leading posts of the IUAES organs. When conditions become ripe, CUAES may propose new Research Commissions to be established under IUAES.
  20. IUAES proposes that a future Inter-congress could be held in China. CUAES will take this proposal into consideration.

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3. Agenda Executive Committee Meeting, Kunming

  1. Opening
  2. Minutes of the meetings of 31 August and 3 September 2005, Pardubice
  3. Kunming World Congress
  4. Report of the Nomination Committee (Omoto and Shahshahani)
  5. Financial report (Hamada)
  6. Review of existing and proposed Research Commissions (Proposed Commission on Small Islands: Ajai Pratap Singh, proposal for Commission on Disaster: David Pitt, evaluation of commissions not in the Commissions book)
  7. Preparation for next Congress and Inter-congresses
  8. Planning of meetings for the Permanent Council and General Assembly
  9. New Honorary Members
  10. Statement on Race (Skalnik)
  11. Kunming Statement (Chinese Organizing Committee)
  12. Closure

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4. Agenda first Permanent Council Meeting, Kunming

  1. Opening
  2. Kunming World Congress
  3. Report of the Nomination Committee (Omoto and Shahshahani)
  4. Research Commissions (Nas)
  5. Preparation for next World Congress 2013
  6. Preparation for next Inter-Congresses
  7. New Honorary Members
  8. Statement on Race (Skalnik)
  9. Closure

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5. Agenda second Permanent Council Meeting, Kunming

  1. Opening
  2. Listing of country delegations present
  3. New IUAES officials
  4. Next World Congress 2013
  5. Next Inter-Congresses
  6. Kunming Statement (Chinese Organizing Committee)
  7. Closure

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6. Agenda General Assembly Meeting, Kunming

  1. Opening
  2. Kunming World Congress
  3. Next World Congress 2013
  4. Next Inter-Congresses
  5. Kunming Statement (Chinese Organizing Committee)
  6. Closure

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7. Anthropology Now: Essays by the Scientific Commissions of the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences (IUAES) and History of the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences (IUAES)

By Peter J.M. Nas and Zhang Jijiao

This book was initiated by the organizers of the 2008 Kunming IUAES World Congress. They proposed to present the work of the IUAES Scientific Commissions as well as a synopsis of the history of the IUAES, in a volume to be published in English and Chinese for the participants of the Congress. Such a publication was deemed valuable in presenting a broad overview of the topics dealt with in current anthropological research. Prof. Peter J.M. Nas, as Secretary General of the IUAES, was honoured to organize this volume by asking the officials of each of the Scientific Commissions to write a contribution. After the editing of the book the essays will be translated in Chinese under the supervision of Professor Dr. Zhang Jijiao. It is with great pleasure that in Part 1, in cooperation with our Chinese colleagues and the Commission officials, the IUAES can offer this overview of important anthropological topics covered by the IUAES Scientific Commissions. The second part and subsequently the last essay of this volume then focuses on the history of the IUAES. This information is partly displayed and expanded on with photographic material and other items at the exposition ‘Sixty Years IUAES’ at the 2008 Kunming Congress.

The contents of the book are:

  1. Introduction, Secretary General IUAES, Peter J.M. Nas
Part 1. Essays of the Scientific Commissions of the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences (IUAES)
  1. Global Bioethics: State of Art and States of Art, IUAES Commission on Bioethics, Charles Susanne, A. Cambron, M. Casado, F. Cascais, B. Chiarelli, E. Rebato, M. Salona, A. Sanchez, K. Simitopoulou, M. Szente, J. Toth and N. Xirotiris
  2. Migration and Diasporic Studies in the 21st Century, IUAES Commission on Migration, Anand Singh
  3. Ethnicity in Anthropology, IUAES Commission on Ethnic Relations, E.L. Cerroni-Long
  4. Culture and Knowing, Neurophysiological Correlates for Mathematical Ability and Performance, IUAES Commission on the Anthropology of Mathematics, Paul W. Dixon
  5. Legal Pluralism, IUAES Commission on Legal Pluralism, Anne Griffiths
  6. Salvaging Cultures, IUAES Commission on Urgent Anthropology, Stephanie Wiesbauer-Hohenwart
  7. The Identity of Cultural Heritage: Can We Discard It and Put It Aside in a Remote Place? The Unforeseen Changing Role of Museum Institutions, IUAES Commission on Museums and Cultural Heritage, M.K. Gautam
  8. Reconciling Perspectives on the World’s Diverse Women and Cultures of Gender: Toward New Syntheses for the 21st Century, IUAES Commission on the Anthropology of Women, Faye V. Harrison
  9. Nutrition and the Anthropology of Food, IUAES Commission on the Anthropology of Food and Nutrition (ICAF), Igor de Garine, Helen Macbeth, Ricardo Avila, Frederic Duhart, Valerie de Garine, Isabel González Turmo, Claude Marcel Hladik, Annie Hubert, F. Xavier Medina, Ellen Messer, Patrick Pasquet, Wulf Schiefenhövel, Carmen Strungaru
  10. From the Local to the Global: The Relevance of Urban Anthropology, IUAES Commission on Urban Anthropology, Giuliana B. Prato
  11. Claiming Grounds: Anthropology’s Share in Studies of Globalization, IUAES Commission on Anthropological Dimensions of Global Change, Soheila Shahshahani
  12. Medical Anthropology of the 21st Century: Between Local/Global Health Myths and Neoliberal Devastation of Global Health, IUAES Commission on Medical Anthropology and Epidemiology, Sanja Špoljar Vržina and Pavao Rudan
  13. Human – Nature – Society, IUAES Commission on Indigenous Knowledge and Sustainable Development, Viatcheslav Rudnev and Dorothy Billings
  14. Midlife for the Anthropology of Aging, IUAES Commission on the Anthropology and Aging and the Aged, Jay Sokolovsky
  15. Rethinking Anthropology and AIDS: Future Scenarios and International Campaigns, IUAES Commission on the Anthropology of AIDS, David Pitt
  16. The Rights of the Child, IUAES Commission on the Anthropology of Children, Youth and Childhood, Deepak Kumar Behera
  17. Physical Anthropology, IUAES Commission on Primatology, Brunetto Chiarelli
  18. Anthropology and Peace Studies, IUAES Commission on Anthropology, Peace and Human Rights, Robert A. Rubinstein and Rik Pinxten
  19. How the Documentation Problem became the Document Problem and How Libraries Can Help, IUAES Commission on Documentation, Paul Nchoji Nkwi and H. Russell Bernard
  20. Human Rights and Development: Security, Democracy and Environment, IUAES Commission on Human Rights, Buddhadeb Chauduri
  21. Applied Anthropology: Connecting Anthropology to Human Life, IUAES Commission on Anthropology in Policy and Practice, Jan J.J.M. Wuisman
  22. Human Ecology, Economy and the Global System, IUAES Commission on Human Ecology, Maciej Henneberg and Napoleon Wolanski
  23. Ethnographic Cinema, IUAES Commission on Visual Anthropology, Rolf Husmann and Metje Postma
  24. About Early States and Global Civilization, IUAES Commission on Theoretical Anthropology (COTA), Petr Slaník

Part 2. History of the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences (IUAES)

  1. From Past to Present: A Short History on the IUAES, Peter J.M. Nas and Marlies de Groot


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