Marginalities, Uncertainties and World Anthropologies: Enlivening Past and Envisioning Future

The 19th IUAES-WAU World Anthropology Congress 2023, will be held in New Delhi, India from the 14th to the 20th of October 2023. The congress is organised by the Indian Anthropological Association, in collaboration with the Ethnographic and Folk Culture Society of India, the Department of Anthropology, University of Hyderabad and Discipline of Anthropology, Indira Gandhi National Open University. The congress is hosted by the University of Delhi.

The congress will be held in physical mode however the plenary sessions and some of the special/distinguished lectures will be held in hybrid mode.

The congress has planned a series of social and cultural activities and therefore encourages physical presence.

The Theme of the conference ‘Marginalities, Uncertainties and World Anthropologies: Enlivening Past and Envisioning Future’, intends to critically look at the old hierarchies and marginalities and the way they have been reinforced at the time of the contemporary crises. It is also directed towards initiating new debates, looking for fresh ideas by which we may dismantle the old discrepancies and inequalities, and build a new world out of the ruins.

Panel proposals are welcome on any discourse, debate and reflections that resonate with the theme of the conference. Panels will be open to accepting papers from conference participants and the responsibility of selection of papers and inclusivity will lie with the panel convenors.

Round tables, will follow a closed format. The convenors will propose the name of the round table discussants. At least three names of panelists/discussants should be provided at the time of proposal submission. More names can be included later.

Workshops look forward to non-textual, alternate, innovative, sensory, immersive, learning and research experiences.

Rules for submission of panel/round table/ workshop

  • All proposals have to be submitted online through the conference website.
  • Only one proposal will be accepted per person.
  • A proposal should have at least two (or more) convenors. At least two of the convenors must be from different countries and institutional affiliations. At least one of the convenors must hold a PhD at the time of proposal submission.
  • All proposals must be in English.

Details required for submission of proposal of panel /round table/workshop proposal

  • Details of the convenors along with their institutional affiliation.
  • What is the proposal for? (panel/round table/workshop)
  • Title (maximum 20 words)
  • Short abstract (maximum 75 words)
  • A long abstract stating the subject and objectives of the proposal, highlighting its academic or practical relevance to the anthropological sciences (maximum 300 words).
  • Three to five keywords.
  • Name of supporting commission/s (if applicable)

A person can convene only one of the three ie. a panel, a round table, or a workshop. However, a convenor can have two other roles such as a round table discussant, chair/co-chair of a panel, paper presenter etc.

Sponsorship of Commissions

The proposal (if it is so desired) should seek sponsorship of an IUAES Commission/s according to a topic of common interest. The convenor/s submitting the proposal may contact the chair of any of the IUAES commissions for support. The process of consent and collaboration needs to be completed before the submission of the panel proposal. Convenors, however, retain full intellectual authority and autonomy over their panel/round table/workshop.

Evaluation of the panel proposal

The Scientific Committee will evaluate the relevance and quality of the proposals received and will be responsible for the selection of the panels/round tables/workshops.

Once the selection of the proposals is complete the information will be updated on the website. The convenors will be informed about the decision of the scientific committee by the organisers. This will be followed by the call for papers and other relevant details.

The proposal for ‘ethnographic films’ and ‘book discussion’ will be announced at the time of call for papers.

Online submission deadline : December 30, 2022.