SOAS University of London

Department of Anthropology and Sociology

Anthropology Matters (ASA)

Anthropology Matters began as a student-led research training seminar in 1997, organised by research students in the anthropology department at SOAS. The seminar was called E@TM (ethnography at the millennium), and sought to complement existing research training at SOAS through exploring emerging theoretical and methodological fields. It also fostered the development of a research community, countering the sense of isolation that often results from the process of writing an anthropological thesis. As the community grew a steering group was established with members from a range of universities, and an open email list was set up. The group started publishing a journal in 1999 which was renamed the Anthropology Matters Journal in 2002.

Anthropology Matters is now the official postgraduate arm of the Association of Social Anthropologists in the UK and Commonwealth (the ASA). The email list distributes calls for papers, job announcements and other news that is relevant to anthropology PhD students and early-career anthropologists, and currently has over 1,000 subscribers from across the world. The online, peer-reviewed journal publishes articles that reflect on anthropological methods and disciplinary boundaries. The email list and journal, as well as other resources, can be found at: