Plenary Sessions


Our plenary speakers reflect the global range of anthropology and the contributions of its different subfields of what has been called "the most humanistic of the sciences and the most scientific of the humanities". The congress will begin with an opening keynote lecture by Leslie Aiello, President of the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, entitled "The Wenner-Gren Foundation and the Past, Present and Future of Anthropology". This and the remainder of the first day's events, including the welcome reception, will be in Manchester's Bridgewater Hall on Monday, August 5th.

On Tuesday August 6th we will have an Association of Social Anthropologists' Firth Lecture. Lourdes Arizpe, of the National Autonomous University of Mexico, will speak on "Arbitrating Collective Dreams: Anthropology and the New Worlding". On Thursday August 8th, the Royal Anthropological Institute's Huxley Lecture will be delivered by Howard Morphy, from the Australian National University, on the topic "Extended Lives in Global Spaces: the Anthropology of Yolngu Pre-burial Ceremonies". These two distinguished lectures will be given in the Main Lecture Theatre in University Place, which has capacity for a thousand delegates. In the event of numbers exceeding capacity, the lecture can be heard in another room as a videocast.

There will be three plenary debates, a major innovation at this IUAES congress. A final plenary on the Saturday morning on World Anthropologies is sponsored by the World Council of Anthropological Associations.

Plenary Debates

Monday August 5th. Tim Ingold (Aberdeen University), Veena Das (Johns Hopkins University), Ruth Mace (University College London) and Juichi Yamagiwa (Kyoto University) will debate the motion: "Humans have no nature, what they have is history". Venue: Bridgewater Hall. Chair: Marilyn Strathern (Cambridge University).

Wednesday August 7th. The Hallsworth Debate. Amita Baviskar (Delhi University), Don Nonini (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), Helen Kopnina (The Hague University of Applied Science) and Veronica Strang (Durham University) will debate the motion: "Justice for people must come before justice for the environment". Venue: University Place, Main Theatre. This debate has been funded by the University of Manchester's Hallsworth Conference Fund. Chair: John Gledhill (Manchester University).

Friday August 9th. Bela Feldman-Bianco (State University of Campinas), Noel Salazar (University of Leuven), Shahram Khosravi (Stockholm University) and Nicholas de Genova (Goldsmiths' College) will debate the motion: "The free movement of people around the world would be utopian". Venue: University Place, Main Theatre. Chair: Simone Abram (Durham University).


World Anthropologies Today: Experiences and Prospects

Organised by Gustavo Lins Ribeiro and Susana Narotzky and sponsored by WCAA

Saturday August 10th. Speakers: Michal Buchowski (University of Poznan), Gordon Mathews (Chinese University of Hong Kong), Susana Narotzky (University of Barcelona), Francine Saillant (Quebec University), Sanjay Seth (Goldsmiths' College) and Gustavo Lins Ribeiro (University of Brasilia). Venue: University Place, Main Theatre. Chair: Junji Koizumi (Osaka University).


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This congress is sponsored by:

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