Associations and Societies Directory

Canadian Organizations

The Canadian Anthropology Society/La Société canadienne d'anthropologie (CASCA)
The Canadian Anthropology Society is a bilingual organization operating at a national level. It has for its mandate to: promote anthropology in Canada, support anthropological research and disseminate anthropological knowledge in the academic milieu and to the wider public.

Association des Anthropologues du Québec (AANTHQ)
L'Association des anthropologues du Québec est un organisme sans but lucratif. Elle existe depuis quelques années, ayant été fondée en 1994 par un groupe d'anthropologues œuvrant majoritairement dans l'enseignement collégial. Depuis ce temps, elle s'est enrichie d'universitaires, d'étudiants, de professionnels.

The Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia is world-renowned for its collections, research, teaching, public programs, and community connections. It is also acclaimed for its spectacular architecture and unique setting on the cliffs of Point Grey.

American Organizations

The American Anthropological Association (AAA), the primary professional society of anthropologists in the United States since its founding in 1902, is the world's largest professional organization of individuals interested in anthropology.

The American Ethnological Society is the oldest professional anthropological organization in the United States. Founded in 1842 to encourage research in the emerging field of ethnology, its stated goal was to foster "inquiries generally connected with the human race." Today the AES, a section of the American Anthropological Association (AAA).

Other International Organizations

The Australian Anthropological Society (AAS) brings together professional anthropologists from Australia, and aims to promote the practice and teaching of the discipline.

The Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland (RAI) is the world's longest-established scholarly association dedicated to the furtherance of anthropology (the study of humankind) in its broadest and most inclusive sense.

The Association of Social Anthropologists of the UK & the Commonwealth (ASA) was founded in 1946 to promote the study and teaching of social anthropology, to present the interests of social anthropology and to maintain its professional status. Its aim is to assist in any way possible in planning research, to collate and publish information on social anthropology and to function as a register of social anthropologists.

The European Association of Social Anthropologists was founded in 1989 and is open to all anthropologists who study or work in Europe.

Special Purpose Organizations

The Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, Incorporated, is a private operating foundation whose sphere of interest is the support of research in all branches of anthropology, including cultural/social anthropology, ethnology, biological/physical anthropology, archaeology, and anthropological linguistics, and closely related disciplines concerned with human origins, development, and variation.

Anthropology in Action brings together anthropologists concerned with health social and community work, education, organisational change, development and other fields of policy and practice.

The Society for Applied Anthropology aspires to promote the integration of anthropological perspectives and methods in solving human problems throughout the world; to advocate for fair and just public policy based upon sound research; to promote public recognition of anthropology as a profession; and to support the continuing professionalization of the field.

The Society of Urban National and Transnational/Global Anthropology (SUNTA) is an association of anthropologists engaged in research on the cultural formations of urban areas, nation-states, and transnational and global processes.

Centre for Social Anthropology and Computing (CSAC) aims to advance anthropology by developing new methods and means for investigating anthropological problems, to promote the use of computers in 'ordinary' anthropology, and to provide advise and information resources for the anthropology community worldwide.

The Human Relations Area Files, Inc. (HRAF) is an internationally recognized organization in the field of cultural anthropology. The mission of HRAF is to encourage and facilitate worldwide comparative studies of human behavior, society, and culture. Founded in 1949 at Yale University, HRAF is a financially autonomous research agency of Yale. HRAF produces two major full-text databases (eHRAF World Cultures and eHRAF Archaeology), encyclopedias, and other resources for teaching and research. Click on one of the links at left for more information.

The Society for Medical Anthropology serves the needs of medical anthropology graduate students, practicing anthropologists, scholars, and scholar activists who address issues of local, national and international health importance. It is the hub of an active research community and a storehouse for information supporting the endeavors of medical anthropologists and their colleagues in allied social science fields. The site further intends to inform the general public and policy-makers of the scope and breadth of medical anthropology. The site, like the field of medical anthropology, draws upon and benefits from a wide range of theories and methods. It also serves as a space to promote and foster collaboration and coalition-building.