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Anthropological Association for Humankind

Spreading Anthropological Applications to Solve Human Problems

A Biennial AAfH Anthropology for Humankind Event

Venue: University of Kansas, (Lawrence, KS, USA

Dates: 31 May - 3 June, 2023

Theme: Anthropological Perspectives on Contemporary Human Problems

The biennial World Applied Anthropology Congress 2023 aims to engage with contemporary issues through academic scholarship, applied practice, and intervention in the public sphere.  The Congress showcases compelling ways of how anthropological knowledge can address a wide range of human problems. The Congress aims to assemble anthropologists (and scholars of cognate disciplines) virtually or physically from throughout the world not only to show a range of anthropological applications in the present context, but also to create a better future.

Anthropology as a discipline has emphasized the elaboration of understandings about humans across space and time, no matter the national or regional context of the scholar’s training. Whether to document people’s biocultural heritage (Anthropological Survey of India), to demonstrate how empirical data disproves ideologies of racial hierarchies (Antenor Firmin), or to make the strange familiar and the familiar strange (sociocultural anthropology), anthropological findings have explicated important elements of humans’ existence.  Yet even within these three examples from different anthropological traditions, implicit in all of them is the transformative nature of such knowledge through its application.

As such, the organizers of the WAAC 2023 seek proposals for panels, papers, or posters based upon original and unpublished results that address the questions: what are the socially relevant findings from empirical research that address important problems of the contemporary moment, and how can they be, or have they been put to use for social change?  The organizers invite submissions that address the conundrums of humans’ lives and offer ways of resolving them.  Submissions may relate to any topic within biological anthropology, cultural or social anthropology, linguistic anthropology, archaeology, or cognate disciplines, may draw upon research from anywhere humans are, and may be historical or contemporary in chronological orientation.  In addition, this Congress will celebrate the life and work of Prof. Michael H. Crawford.  Given this celebration and the pressing issues of the current moment, the organizers are particularly (but not solely) interested in proposals on the following topics: 

Sub-themes of the WAAC – 2023

  • Anthropological Genetics
  • Biocultural Anthropology
  •  Health, Disease, and Disparities
  • Anthropology of Migration or Mobility
  • Displacement and Resettlement
  • Anthropology and Education
  • COVID and other pandemics
  • Gender and Sexual Identities and Queerness
  • Religious Pluralism and Secularism
  • Racism, Casteism, and/or Heteronormative Patriarchy
  • Consequences of Environmental or Climate Changes
  • Food insecurity, Malnutrition, and Poverty
  • New Technologies and Consequences. 
  • Issues of Urban Space and Place
  • Unintended Consequences of Development and Public Policy 
  • Universal Rights, Human Rights, and Sovereignty
  • Ethno-nationalist and other forms of Violence   
  • Mental Health   
  • Cultural Resource Management and Patrimony
  • Language Endangerment, Preservation, and Revitalization     
  • Politics of Language
  • Repatriation of Human Remains or Material Culture
  • Contemporary Encounters with Historical Cemeteries
  •  Bioarcheolog

Prof. Kamal K.Misra

Advisory Member

Professor Kamal K. Misra is a former Vice-Chancellor of Utkal University of Culture, Bhubaneswar, India. He was a Professor of Anthropology, Central University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad, India, and was also the Dean of the School of Social Sciences there. He taught for 41 years, from 1978 to 2019, without any break. He earned his M.Sc. and Ph.D. from Utkal University, Bhubaneswar, India, M.Phil from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and Post-Doc from the University of Kent, UK. He taught at Utkal University, University of Hyderabad (both in India) and at Austin College, Texas, USA. His research and teaching interests lie at the intersection of Anthropology, Environmental Studies and Linguistics. He has written and edited 24 books and about 100 research papers on different sub-disciplines of Anthropology, Human Ecology, Linguistics and Museology. He was the Director of Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya, Bhopal and the Director of Anthropological Survey of India, Kolkata. While the former is the largest ethnographic Museum of Asia, the latter is the largest anthropological research organization under the Ministry of Culture, Government of India. He has a distinguished career as an anthropologist, who was awarded Utkal University Gold Medal, Commonwealth Academic Staff Fellowship, Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence Award, Sarat Chandra Roy Memorial Medal, among others. He was the Member of the High-Level Committee (Xaxa Committee) on the Status of Scheduled Tribes of India and was a Guest Researcher at the Department of Social Anthropology, University of Bergen, Norway. Professor Misra was a consultant for the UNDP, Action Aid and other International Development Agencies at different times. Currently he is an ICSSR Senior Research Fellow affiliated to the NKC Centre for Development Studies, Bhubaneswar, Odisha. Prof. Misra could be contacted by email, [email protected]