Accepted paper:

The AAA and the WCAA: globalizing anthropologies


Monica Heller (University of Toronto)

Paper short abstract:

The AAA is becoming increasingly international just as supranational frameworks help recalibrate relations of power and facilitate global circulations of knowledge from multiple sources. But most institutions remain within the nation-state model. How to chart our future in this context?

Paper long abstract:

I speak on this panel as current president of the American Anthropological Association -- and the second to be neither a US citizen nor based in the US. The world's largest such group, the AAA risks intellectual hegemony even as it globalizes from within and without. As is the case with all WCAA member associations, it also operates within a nation-state framework. Given the complexity of these conditions, how might the WCAA chart a future which enables recalibration of relations of power and global circulations of knowledge from multiple sources, while maintaining attention to local and regional conditions and realities of nation-states with differing positions with respect to global circulations of capital?

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The past and future of the World Council of Anthropological Associations (WCAA Tenth Anniversary Symposium) CLOSED