GAA membership



Social and cultural anthropologists can become full members of the GAA, regardless of their nationality. You need the endorsement of two ordinary non-student members or honorary members for your admission to the GAA.

Students can also become full members after the 4th semester and after presenting a certificate of enrolment. (see also § 5 in GAA constitution).

PhD students are not automatically considered student members. Please contact the office for details.

An application for membership can be made informally or on our application form to the office.

Please download your application, fill it out (ideally also the direct debit authorisation please) and send it to the DGSKA office.

Please contact the office for further queries.

Please note that in any case two full members must endorse your membership via signature – regardless of whether you wish to become a full, student or unemployed member. Otherwise your application cannot be processed.

Membership fee

The annual fee for ordinary members has been € 70 since 2010 if a direct debit mandate is granted. Students and the temporarily unemployed pay a reduced membership fee of 30€. (If a direct debit mandate is not granted, the contribution increases by € 5).
The membership entails:

  • the Journal of Social and Cultural Anthropology
  • the members’ journal “DGSKA-Mitteilungen”
  • Access to electronic ressources online (Berghahn E-Books and -Journals, Ethnographic Video Online, Anthropology Plus), see herefor more information
  • the possibility to participate in the GAA conference, which takes place every two years, and to organise or propose workshops.
  • the right to vote and participate in the general members’ meeting

Furthermore, members can join or found working or regional groups.


SEPA Direct Debit Mandate Form

This is attached as the second page of the above application or can be downloaded here as a stand-alone file.

Payment options

The easiest way for everyone involved to pay the membership fee is to give us a direct debit mandate. We will then automatically collect the contribution from your account once a year on 1 July.

Please understand that we can only debit from German accounts.

Of course you can also pay the membership fee by bank transfer, Paypal (see below) and also by credit card.

Bank details: (for security reasons we have written out the numbers)
Account holder: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Sozial- und Kulturanthropologie
Postbank Frankfurt am Main
IBAN DE09 5001 0060 000 four three one three six zero nine

Payment via credit card or direct debit per PayPal

By popular demand, the DGSKA also offers the option of paying the membership fee by credit card or direct debit via the service provider PayPal. The membership fees are slightly higher as they include fees incurred. You must also have a PayPal account or create one during the payment process.

Full membership fee

Germany, EU, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein

76,78 EUR

Reduced membership fee

Germany, EU, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein

36,02 EUR

Full membership fee

other countries

78,28 EUR

Reduced membership fee

other countries

36,72 EUR

Honorary members

Over the years, many deserving individuals have been awarded honorary membership. At the moment these are the following:

Ursula Far-Hollender, Hans Fischer, Ulla Johansen, Mark Münzel, Helga Rammow, Erhard Schlesier, Gerd Spittler, Josef Franz Thiel