Association of Social Anthropologists of Aotearoa / New Zealand (ASAA/NZ)
World Council of Anthropological Associations (WCAA)

The Association of Social Anthropologists of Aotearoa/New Zealand (ASAA/NZ) was established in 1975.  It was first known as The New Zealand Association of Social Anthropologists (NZASA).  The roots of anthropology in Aotearoa/NZ lie firstly in the encounter between Maori intellectuals and a minority of colonial intellectuals who sought to understand and engage with Maori society. The second point of origin is the British tradition of social anthropolgy, which attracted New Zealanders such as Raymond Firth to study in Britain and later a student of Malinowski, Ralph Piddington, to move from Australia to New Zealand.

The first academic department of anthropology was established in Auckland in 1950, although a certificate of proficiency in anthropology had been available from Otago University since the early 20th century. There are now six anthropology programmes offered at the following universities: Auckland, Waikato, Massey, Victoria (Wellington), Canterbury, and Otago.  Anthropologists also work in other programmes, government departments, and private practice. Maori Studies has, since the 1970s, become a separate discipline located outside anthropology programmes. Contemporary social anthropology in Aotearoa/New Zealand is now thoroughly globalised but continues to have significant focus on local and Pacific issues.  The name ASAA/NZ was adopted in 1997. It is a relatively small association, with some 100 members. Its main activity is an annual conference, usually in December, hosted by the university programmes in rotation, and an online discussion board.

Forthcoming Conference:

The combined ASAANZ/AAS Conference "Cosmopolitan Anthropologies" will be held from 10-13 November 2014. You are welcome to download and distribute the call for papers.

Previous Conference:

The 2013 Annual ASAA/NZ Conference: “Ethnoscapes, Culturescapes: Anthropologies for the present” was held in Raglan in December 2013.