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Introducing the *new* AAS website

 | Published on 5/27/2020

On May 27 we were very excited to launch this here *new* AAS website!

On that day, all members should have received an email providing new login details for the website and a detailed introduction to its modules and features. 

Members who didn't receive that email are asked to let Jo know at aas@anu.edu.au as soon as possible. 

The new platform is a website/database package provided by ClubExpress (developed by an Australian but built in the US, which explains the few ‘Americanisms’ that sneak in!)

It comes with a number of new features, all of which will be available to you once you’re logged in (pro tip: if you’re on a private computer or your phone, select “remember me on this computer” at point of login and you won’t have to manually enter your details every time):

Your Profile


The first thing to do is familiarise yourself with your Profile. Once you've logged in to the website, you will see your name appears at the top right of the site. The arrow next to your name will reveal a drop down menu, which includes a link to your Profile.

It is via your Profile that you can view and update your contact details, reset your password, view your transaction history and any payments due, and manage your Directory listings.

It is also via your Profile that you can manage your Forums subscriptions and preferences. You can control, for example, which forums you are subscribed to, which email address posts are sent to, whether you wish to receive private replies from others, and a range of delivery and formatting settings.

AAS Member Directory


This is a public facing, searchable directory of all AAS members. You have complete control over whether or not you are listed and if so what details will show. The default listing has been set to show only your name, city and state (no bio or contact information). You can create your Member Directory Listing and set your listing preferences via your Profile (as detailed above). Follow this link to search the AAS Member Directory.

Anthropology Business Directory


This is a public facing, searchable directory of anthropology consultancies and other services/businesses. You can create a listing in this Directory via your Profile (as detailed above). If the service you provide isn’t in the current (limited) list, simply flick me an email to have it added (this way, the types of services list will grow organically). Follow this link to search the Anthropology Business Directory.

Events Calendar – Member Listings


The Events Calendar has a module that allows members to enter an Independent Event, which will appear on the calendar and for which they will be the contact person. A range of options are available for an event listing, including its visibility (to everyone or to members only), what contact details show and to whom, and registration/RSVP options (including linking to external pages).

To create an event listing, simply navigate to the Events Calendar and then select ‘Add QuickEvent’ (top right of the page).

Once an event has been created, you and I can easily share and promote it on other platforms – Twitter, Facebook - by using the share icon on the very top bar of the website (the share icon is the three dots with lines joining them, next to your name when you’re logged in).

New & Old Pages, including TAJA Online


If you take a moment to look through the new website, you will see that all the old pages and member benefits are still available.

If you are wondering how to access TAJA Online, you will find that via 'Publications' on the main menu (there's also a TAJA Online link on the home page). From Publications on the main menu you will also access The Q Newsletter archive, as well as two new pages: a timeline of Occasional Communiques from the current and past executive committees and an archive of the Monthly e-Bulletin.

From 'Happenings' on the main menu you will find updated information about the AAS annual conference, the archive page for the Distinguished Lecture in Anthropology and the Anthropology Day page, currently showcasing the winners of this year's What is Anthropology video competition. 

From 'Networks & Resources' on the main menu you will find the ANSA page, the Institutional Representatives Forum page, all News & Announcements, and the Native Title Guidance from Robert Blowes SC.

Finally, we do have plans to refresh and update the Anthropology pages (information about what anthropology is, about studying anthropology in Australia, and collections of resources). To do so we are going to call on you for some input, so keep an eye out for that call via the new Australian Anthropology Forums site.

Australian Anthropology Forums – this is the *biggest* news!


We’re very excited to introduce a new and powerful discussion forums website - www.aasforums.asn.au - to facilitate communications about all things anthropology.

The new forums website (www.aasforums.asn.au) is separate from but also linked to the main AAS website (www.aas.asn.au). This configuration was chosen so that, as a separate website, non-members can still participate in forums hosted by the AAS. At the same time, because it is also linked to the main website, AAS members no longer have to manage two separate accounts.

For full details about AAS Forums you can read this background page and have a look at this example forum post. The highlights are:
  • AAS members have automatic and full access to the forums website and your login details for both the forums website and the main AAS website are the same
  • Non-AAS members are welcome to sign up for forums participation (there will be a small annual fee to cover costs of site hosting)
  • It is possible to create multiple forums, which can be set up to function as online and email-based forums (like AASNet has been working only better)
  • Forums participants can submit requests for dedicated forums e.g. for specific topics, purposes or sub-groups
  • All participants are subject to the moderation rules (AAS members and non-members alike)
At the moment, AASNet is the only forum available to members. However, the new forums website has the capacity to host multiple forums, so eventually we expect that AASNet will be one of many forums.

AASNet is moving to a new platform


In related *big* news, the new forums website is going to be the new home for AASNet. 

For detailed information about this move click here.