Welcome to the Anthropology Association of Ireland
The Anthropological Association of Ireland exists to promote social and cultural anthropology within Ireland. Our activities involve the organisation of, usually, two conferences or workshops per year, and the publication of the Irish Journal of Anthropology. We also provide professional anthropological support in Ireland for those conducting anthropological work, in the form of our ethical guidelines. Members can log in below to access the members menu which will provide links to the Irish Journal of Anthropology, the AAI blog and form for submission of articles and papers for the blog, journal or upcoming conferences. If you have any difficulty logging in please ensure that you are fully registered with us by contacting our membership secretary Dr. Siún Carden. Contact details for AAI committee members are available here.
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AAI Annual Postgraduate Essay Prize:
The AAI established an annual Postgraduate Essay Prize in 2010. The winner will receive a cash prize of â‚¬100 and publication of their winning essay in the IJA. The Prize is open to postgraduate students studying anthropology or related disciplines, whose research that strengthens the anthropological tradition in Ireland.
AAI Annual Postgraduate Prize 2012
The AAI is delighted to announce that the winner of the AAI Postgraduate Essay Prize 2012 as Carol Wrenn for her essay “Rights based approaches and Santali systems of governance: contradictory or complementary?” This paper examines the relationship between rights and cultural identity through analysing the practical implementation of policies which aim to promote gender equality. As India increases its reservation for women in local level politics to 50%, the relationship between state level policies and indigenous governance becomes more complex, as is demonstrated through examples of a Santali community in northern Orissa, India. The Santali Majhi system and the decentralised system of state governance work in parallel to each other, yet the power vested in the locally elected women representatives interlinks and overlaps with the Santali system. This paper uses ethnographic material to analyse state policies at the local level from a gender and rights based perspective.
Carol Wrenn - winner 2012 AAI Postgraduate Essay Prize
AAI Annual Postgraduate Prize 2011
The AAI is pleased to announce the winner of the AAI Postgraduate Essay Prize 2011 as Bryanna Hocking for her essay “Transforming the Stone: Re-imagining Derry’s Diamond War Memorial in the new ‘post-conflict’ Northern Ireland“. This essay examines ‘post conflict’ efforts to re-think Derry’s Diamond War Memorial as a shared and relevant civic space for both the Protestant unionist and Catholic Nationalist communities. Drawing in part on Nora’s (1989) notion of lieux de memoire, the memorial’s past, present and future is explored as a series of conceptual shifts reflective of broader social and political trends toward accommodation in the construction of civic, communal and post-national Northern Irish identities. Particular attention is paid to two separate efforts which have aimed to recast the sculpture, first unveiled in 1927, in more inclusive terms.
AAI Annual Postgraduate Prize 2010
The 2010 prize went toNUI Maynooth student Svenja Gosen, for her essay “Spoken, Not Written: Story-telling, Lament and Gossip as Performance Events” (published in this number of IJA).
Svenja Gosen: Winner of the 2010 AAI Postgraduate Essay Prize