Statement on the Corona Virus and related Social consequences
At present there is a global situation of distress, described by the WHO as a Pandemic. This is a situation in which many of the taken for granted facets of modern life are grinding to a slow halt. Airports are losing their hustle and bustle, hotels are spectres of their formal selves, glittering Malls, Cinema houses, streets and even schools and colleges are shut, deserted, desolated. Children are out of school in many places and as we know this is impacting their education and having negative consequences for the families. We, as anthropologists are facing one of the biggest predicaments of recent history. How should we make ourselves relevant when the human species facing such a huge dilemma of existence? There are lessons to be learnt and understood. Read the full statment (March 2020)
Letter in Support of Fariba Adelkhah
The World Anthropological Union (WAU) is highly concerned about the arrest of the French-Iranian anthropologist Fariba Adelkhah this past June. Fariba Adelkhah is a respected anthropologist and prolific author whose works have changed our understanding of Iranian society. Dr. Adelkhah arrived in France as a student in 1977, settled in France as a scholar yet, as all good ethnographers, has demonstrated her commitment to fieldwork by continuing to care about Iran. Read the letter from WAU to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (March 2020).
WAU rainforest statement
Denouncement of the ecocide in Amazonia rainforest - letter to the International Criminal Court and to UN (Aug 2019).
Letter in solidarity to Museu Nacional
WAU supports the efforts to rebuild the Museu Nacional of Rio de Janeiro through various means (June 2019).
Letter to Dr Jarosław Gowin Polish Minister of Science and Higher Education
WAU express concerns about the discipline of anthropology/ethnology in Poland and gives support for our Polish fellow anthropologists and ethnologists (November 2018).