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The Anthropological Society of Manipur (ASM) is the creation of some keen anthropologists in the state who felt the need of a platform where anthropologists can come together for a cause. The Society took birth at D.M. College of Science, Imphal, Manipur in 1982 and became a registered body in 1984 under the Manipur Co-operative Societies Act with Registration No. 4514 of 1983. The head office was then shifted to the Department of Anthropology, Manipur University, Canchipur where a room was allotted to set up a permanent office.

The primary aim of the Society is to foster inter-disciplinary co-ordination between anthropology and other cognate branches of knowledge and to explore ways and means for application of anthropology for the society at large. One of the major achievements of the ASM is the publication of the first issue of the Journal of Anthropological Society of Manipur in 1994. Publication of the journal continued under an efficient editorial board. In 2012, the name of the journal was changed to “Frontier Anthropology” which aims at imparting knowledge which may help in understanding man in a larger academic context.  “Frontier Anthropology” has been publishing original and significant articles on empirical, analytical and theoretical frontier areas in different fields of anthropology on an annual basis. The Society also organises memorial lectures, annual conferences, seminars, and symposia from time to time.