Association for Social Anthropology in Oceania

The ASSOCIATION FOR SOCIAL ANTHROPOLOGY IN OCEANIA (ASAO) is an international organization dedicated to comparative studies of Pacific topics.

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ASAO holds annual meetings with a special format designed to facilitate discussion and develop topics for publication.

ASAO has a book series and a special publication series. In addition many other publications have emerged from ASAO sessions. For a comprehensive bibliography of publications that have resulted from ASAO sessions, click here (pdf format).

ASAO members participate on ASAONET, an electronic bulletin board (listserv) hosted by the University of Illinois at Chicago.

ASAO supports the full participation of Pacific Islanders through the Pacific Islands Scholars' Fund.

ASAO also encourages members to return information to the island communities from which they obtained it, in forms appropriate to and usable at the village level, through a program called Grant to Return Indigenous Knowledge to Pacific Islands Communities (GRIKPIC).

Newsletter and Membership
Prospective participants must communicate directly with the organizers of particular sessions. Contact information for session organizers, and detailed descriptions of all sessions, are published in the ASAO Newsletter. To submit materials for publication in the Newsletter contact the Editor, Jamon Alex Halvaksz <>

The newsletter (three issues yearly) is a benefit of ASAO membership. Annual dues are US$35 for general members, and US$20 for students, retirees, and unemployed members. Memberships may be renewed for three-year periods for US$100 for general members or US$50 for those eligible for a reduced rate. Pacific Islanders are invited to join without cost on an annually renewable basis.

Anyone who has served as an officer or board member is designated a fellow of the organization, as is everyone who has contributed to a volume that has been accepted by the board as an ASAO volume.

To join ASAO, renew a membership, or update personal information, follow the procedures outlined on the membership page.

Pacific Islands Scholars' Fund

ASAO is committed to providing a forum in which Pacific Islanders can fully participate, and to that end has established a Pacific Islands Scholars' Fund (PISF) to help with the cost of transportation to annual meetings. This is supported by membership dues, royalties, and individual contributions from ASAO members. ASAO is a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation; donations are tax-deductible. For more information about the PISF, contact Dr. Carlos Mondragón, Centro de Estudios de Asia y África, El Colegio de México, Camino al Ajusco 20, México. D.F. 10740, MÉXICO. Email <>

Tips for ASAO Session Organizers and Participants
If you are considering organizing or participating in an ASAO session, please see Guidelines and the Timetable for Session Organizers and Participants.

In addition, see the Tips for Session Organizers and How to Edit an ASAO Volume.

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