Evolving Humanity, Emerging Worlds
August 5th-August 10th, 2013
Welcome to the website of the 17th World Congress of the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences, which has the overall theme "Evolving Humanity, Emerging Worlds". The congress will be hosted by the University of Manchester with the support of Manchester City Council. This is the first world congress to be held in Britain since the initial meeting of the International Congress of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences in London in 1934. The Congress Agenda is being planned by a UK Organizing Committee which includes anthropologists working in all sub-fields of the discipline. We are proud to be organizing what we hope will be a truly memorable event.
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Online registration is now open. Please click on Register on the menu at the top of the page. Note that rates are higher after June 15 and that the registration fee discount for paid-up members of IUAES is substantial. To join IUAES, visit the About IUAES page and follow the links provided.
The timetable for the parallel sessions has now been worked out. Click here to view a list that shows which panels start on each day of the congress, with times and room information. Start dates, times and room information is also now provided on the individual panel pages, and there is an overall timetable for each day's agenda, including plenaries and major meetings, on the Organization and Timetable page. You will also need to consider the number of sessions a panel runs to, as many panels run over several days. The Organization and Timetable page provides this information (or divide the number of papers in a panel by four to calculate the number of sessions yourself). We have done our best to meet the many requirements that different panels submitted as well as taking note of the paper-giving convenors; however no timetable for an event of this size will be perfect. Please do not request alterations, but do your best to work with the timetable as presented.
More details of motions and speakers for the three plenary debates, three keynote lectures, and plenary round table on World Anthropologies sponsored by the World Council of Anthropological Associations are given on the Plenary Sessions page.
Hotel or student residence accommodation can be booked online. Click Accommodation on the menu at the top of the page and follow the links provided to Visit Manchester's special congress site for hotels, or the University of Manchester's congress site for student accomodation.
Practical information for publishers wishing to exhibit during the congress is available from the For Publishers button on the menu at the top of the page.
IUAES has revised its statutes. The main changes are that a General Assembly, comprising individual and corporate/institutional members, becomes the IUAES governing body, and that changes in procedures for establishimg and maintianing Scientific Commissions will allow them greater importance as the foci of the IUAES’s intellectual work. To read more, click here.
Many delegates from outside the European community still do not need to visas to visit the UK to attend a conference. To see if you need a visa or not, please consult the UK Border Agency's website by clicking this link. The site will open in a new window. If you do need a visa, follow the links on the government site to find out what you need to do to obtain the visa. You apply for a business visitor visa.
The following information from the Border Agency site explains the procedure to be followed.
In most countries, you can apply for your visa online using our Visa4UK system. In some countries, you must complete the form by hand on a printed application form. For more information about using Visa4UK, see the Online applications section. Our visa application forms are available only in English, and must be completed in English. If you do not understand English, you will need to find someone who can speak English to help you complete the form. You can provide your supporting documents in local language, but they must be accompanied by a summary in English. You might need to provide certified translations for some documents. You must apply for and obtain your own visa. Somebody else cannot apply for your visa on your behalf, but they can complete your application form for you. However, you must sign the application form personally to show that the information given is true and accurate.
Visa application centre
You will also need to attend one of our visa application centres in person. Most applicants must enrol their fingerprints and facial image (known as 'biometric information') at the visa application centre. This is a quick and clean process. In some countries, you must also show us that you have been screened for tuberculosis.
The full list of panels and papers accepted is visible here. You can view the entire list or the panels associated with each of the congress tracks. You can also access the same information from the Tracks and Panels page.
Click here for a list of each day's panels, with their start times and rooms. For further information on the number of sessions in panels and plenary sessions and meetings, see the Organization and Timetable page.
The call for papers is closed.
Grants for Students
Thanks to the generosity of ASA, we will be able to allocate some bursaries to UK-based postgraduate students presenting papers at the congress who do not have support from their departments or other funders. Further details will be given shortly.
Breaking news and announcements are also posted on the Congress Blog.
This congress is sponsored by:
Hallsworth Conference Fund
Faculty of Humanities
School of Social Sciences
Department of Social Anthropology