The Association


The International Association for Southeast European Anthropology-InASEA (Association internationale d’anthropologie du sudest européen, Internationale Gesellschaft für die Anthropologie Südosteuropas) is the successor of the first international association for the anthropology of Southeast Europe, the Association of Balkan Anthropology (ABA), founded in 1996. InASEA was established at its founding conference in Sofia in 2000. The Association is an interdisciplinary organisation of scholars studying present and past social and cultural processes manifest in the practices and beliefs of the people of south-eastern Europe. Its members deal with Southeast European ethnology, cultural and social anthropology, folklore, ethnography, historical anthropology and cognate fields and disciplines. They come from the region as well as from other parts of the world and share the conviction that anthropologically informed research is an essential element for understanding the current and past problems of Southeast Europe. The Association wants to support the development of anthropology in Southeast Europe and to facilitate communication between scholars from the region and scholars elsewhere. It also aims at increasing the presence of Southeast European anthropology in the international anthropological discourse.
Today, InASEA has about 300 members.

Since 2010, InASEA is member in the World Council of Anthropological Associations (WCAA), which is a network of national and international associations that aims to promote worldwide communication and cooperation in anthropology. InASEA’s representative in WCAA is Vesna Vučinić-Nešković.

Aims and activities of InASEA:

The aims of InASEA are

  • to form a professional body of scholars in the above fields and disciplines engaged in the study of Southeast European societies and cultures,
  • to encourage the understanding and development of this field of scholarship through professional communication and co-operation,
  • to facilitate international and interdisciplinary co-operation as well as the development of common projects.

The activities of the Association include

  • conferences, seminars, workshops and pedagogical activities,
  • publication of a journal and other Association related publications,
  • dissemination of relevant information to the members of the Association,
  • information for non-members about the activities of the Association.

To download the constitution of the Association click here.