SIAC HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED
The fusion of AISEA and ANUAC has given rise to SIAC, the Italian Society of Cultural
Anthropology, based in Matera at the Department of European and Mediterranean Cultures,
Architecture, Environment, and Cultural Heritage (DiCEM) at the University of Basilicata, via San
Rocco 3, Matera.
SIAC (the Italian Association of Cultural Anthropology) was established in Rome on 18 September 2017, following the fusion of AISEA (Italian Association for Ethno-anthropological Sciences) and ANUAC (National University Association of Cultural Anthropologists). SIAC was founded with the aim of gathering in a single and cohesive scientific society Italian anthropologists engaged in academic, public and social contexts. SIACís goal is to promote research and foster the development of the scientific community in the field of ethnoanthropological sciences. The association conducts activities in scientific research, university and professional training, and in the various fields in which it is possible to apply the instruments and methods developed within anthropological disciplines. SIACís members include university researchers and instructors, scholars working in cultural heritage administration, PhDs and post-docs, graduates from the Specialization School in Anthropological Cultural Heritage, current students in the aforementioned Schools of Specialization as well as doctoral programs in Italy and abroad characterized by disciplinary contents and objectives that lie squarely within the sector of ethnoanthropological studies. Moreover, SIAC is open to the participation of those organizations, societies and associations which, as sustaining members, want to concretely support its activiites in the public sphere, training and research. SIAC therefore aims to act as the primary reference point for all of the academic, scientific, museum and non-profit sector agencies that constitute the scientific community in the field of ethnoanthropological sciences. It does so in offering its specific contribution in promoting teaching and research and the divulgation of ethnoanthropological knowledge, and through close collaboration with other associations that are active in specific sectors and subdisciplines.
In particular, SIAC:
1) defines and safeguards the principles of professional deontology, defining the responsibilities and social functions of cultural anthropologists and legitimizing the scientific identity of its members;
2) delineates and promotes research competencies, spheres and instruments;
3) delineates scholarsí professional roles and the criteria and means of their training;
4) works towards the accreditation and safeguarding of anthropological competencies in university instruction; promotes the teaching of ethnoanthropological disciplines in all levels of schooling, as well as in teacher training; promotes the presence of specific ethnoanthropological competencies in every public or private structure in which they can be useful;
5) organizes moments of scientific discussion and in-depth analysis among scholars in the ethno- anthropological field;
6) guarantee the exchange of information and documentation among its members as a vital condition for the actual existence of a scientific community and for its authoritative representativeness in every situation;
7) conducts periodic surveys of the state of research, its lines of development and its social utility;
8) represents its members before authorities, scientific, institutional and political organizations and bodies, on a national and international level;
9) supports interuniversity bodies and offers consulting for higher education institutions;
10) promotes publication activities in the sphere of research; organizes debates, conferences and educational activities on themes connected to ethnoanthropological sciences, as well as those related to other scientific disciplines;
11) operates as an organization connecting Italian and foreign scholars in ethnoanthropological disciplines, and among these and scholars of other scientific disciplines;
12) supports an active presence of ethnoanthropological sciences in national and international debates with reference to the great problems and historical responsibilities of our time.