Evolving Humanity, Emerging Worlds

August 5th-August 10th, 2013

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Welcome to the website of the 17th World Congress of the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences, which had the overall theme "Evolving Humanity, Emerging Worlds". The congress was hosted by the University of Manchester with the support of Manchester City Council. This was 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 was prepared by a UK Organizing Committee which includes anthropologists working in all sub-fields of the discipline. We are proud to have organized what we hope was a truly memorable event.

The congress book is still available for download. Click on the tab below

The 17th congress is now over. In addition to the plenaries, 1283 papers were presented in 211 parallel session panels by 1260 delegates representing 65 countries. The Brazilian Anthropology Association (ABA) will host the next world congress in July, 2018, in the beautiful city of Florianópolis, in the southern state of Santa Catarina.

This website is now archived. It will remain online for the time being as a record of the Manchester event and the full congress programme book is still available for download (click on the next tab).

The distinguished lectures and other plenary sessions were recorded on video and are now available on-line via a new Global Anthropology channel on YouTube for the benefit of those who were unable to attend the event or view the live video broadcasts.

Further information on this and other post-congress developments are posted on the congress blog. Click here to access the blog.

All those who attended the congress received a printed congress book. But we also made an electronic version of this book available. We continue to offer the book as a download here in two formats, PDF and epub. Files in epub format, which is an open standard, can be read on mobile phones as well as tablets and laptops through ebook readers such as Apple's iBooks. They reformat themselves to fit the small screen, so you can carry the same information offered by the 432 pages of the printed congress book in your pocket.

Click here to download the PDF version of the congress programme book

Click here to download the congress programme book in epub format

The conference venue is within walking distance of the city centre and student residences.

Click this link to access Google Maps of the venue and city centre. The Map will open in a new window.


Sponsorship and Grants

Thanks to the generosity of ASA, we have been able to offer support to UK-based postgraduate students presenting papers at the congress.

Additional funds received from Manchester University's Department of Social Anthropology, School of Social Sciences and Faculty of Humanities has also enabled us to offer some additional support to delegates on low incomes who have received partial support from other sources.

We are grateful to all these sponsors and to the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, which provided the principal funding to support the attendance of delegates from low-income countries.

The overall cost of the conference has also been reduced by a generous subvention from Manchester City Council and a grant from the University of Manchester's Hallsworth Conference fund, which has sponsored our second plenary debate. We are also grateful to the Royal Anthropological Institute for providing us with the Huxley Lecture, and to ASA again for supporting the congress with the Firth Lecture.



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This congress is sponsored by:

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