Those of you who have followed the longest thread in OAC history may have noticed a few messages back an announcement by OAC founder Keith Hart that OAC will not renew its contract with Ning in August and will then cease to exist. For those of us to whom OAC has become an important part of our lives this is a, while perfectly understandable, sad turn of events.

But anthropology lives. I include here the full text of an email message from Junji Koizumi, IUAES Secretary-General, on the recent joint meeting of IUAES (International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences) and JASCA (Japan Association of Cultural Anthropology) in Tokyo.

Dear members of the IUAES,


As Secretary-General of the IUAES, Conference Organizer of IUAES 2014 with JASCA and Past President of the JASCA, I am reporting all members of the IUAES that IUAES 2014 with JASCA ( held in Chiba, Japan on May 15-18, was a major success. I thank you all who participated in the event. We had 937 registered delegates from 59 countries, and there were more than 1,400 participants in total because IUAES 2014 was held together with the annual JASCA conference. 137 panels were held around the general theme of “The Future with/of Anthropologies” ( along with three keynote lectures by Marilyn Strathern, James Ferguson and Claudio Lomnitz ( 16 of IUAES Commissions organized their own panels, and the WCAA and other cooperating associations held their panels, roundtables and symposia ( While I am preparing a full report to be uploaded at, the conference programme is available at those who could not come. Right before the Inter-Congress, video messages were collected and uploaded at and a short film on the foundation of the WCAA was also made available there. Recorded videos of the lectures at IUAES 2014 with JASCA will also be uploaded on this page shortly.  


I know many of you plan to publish the results and developments of the panels at IUAES 2014 with JASCA. If you have any specificinformation on the publication of  collected papers as a book, a special issue of a journal and so forth, please let me know and I would like to share the information with everybody.  


I would also like to let you know that the webpage for IUAES Commissions carries new information ( Please take a look and get in touch with the chairs of the Commissions of your interest to join, because Commissions are the core of intellectual activities of the IUAES. You can also submit an application to set up a Commission of your own. Thank you for your continued support of the IUAES.


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Comment by Neil Turner on August 12, 2014 at 1:04pm

I am truly sorry to hear that OAC will not remain online, at least not in its present form.  I have looked forward to reading the articles, debating, initiating discussions and staying generally informed about the discipline on an international basis for about five years now. Having said that, I would just like to thank Keith, John, Huon, and Francine (and a few others) for their hard work and effort these years. I hope to see you again, perhaps in another social media venue...tchau.

Comment by Keith Hart on July 8, 2014 at 7:30pm

This is a rather apocalyptic version of an informal warning before the formal announcement has been made. This main page will remain online, but as a read-only html archive. OAC Facebook still goes strong. OAC Press and seminars will continue, but maybe in a different format and under a new name.

If you want to jump the gun, John, don't exaggerate.



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