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Newsletter 72

April 2009

  1. Report on the Preparation of the 16th IUAES World Congress
    By Prof. Dr. Zhang Jijiao
  2. Proposals Manchester Congress 2013
    By John Gledhill
  3. Proposal Turkey Inter-Congress 2010
    By Erksin Güleç
  4. Proposal Perth Inter-Congress 2011
    By Gregory L. Acciaioli
  5. Report Commission on Nomadic Peoples, 2003-2008
    By Dawn Chatty
  6. IUAES Membership

1. Report on the preparation of the 16th IUAES World Congress (Oct. 20th, 2008 - Feb. 20th, 2009)

By Prof. Dr. Zhang Jijiao

After the visit of the IUAES leadership Prof. Peter J.M. Nas (Secretary-General), Dr. Soheila Shahshahani (Senior Vice-President) and Prof. Eric Sunderland (Past-President), the preparation and organization of the 16th IUAES World Congress has been restarted in October, 2008.

Because of the global financial crisis, we expect that the scale of the 16th IUAES World Congress will be diminished compared with the scale of last year (over 6000 participants and 230 sessions/panels). We estimate that there will be at least 150 sessions/panels and 3,000 participants from around the world. The situation of the preparation of the coming 16th IUAES World Congress might be better than was expected.

Up to February 19, 2009, 147 sessions/panels have been accepted (including the Eighth Round Sessions/Panels), of which 91 sessions/panels will be solely organized by foreign scholars and jointly organized by Chinese and foreign experts, and 56 sessions/panels will be organized by Chinese scholars.

Up to now, 3,252 participants will engage in the Congress, of which 1,357 are from abroad (about 100 countries and regions) and 1,896 are from China (including Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan).

We will continue to approve new panels/sessions in March. The scale of the Congress will be determined by the end of March. It is anticipated that the 16th IUAES World Congress will have 150-170 panels/sessions and 3,500-4,000 participants from about 100 countries and regions.

Guidelines on Applying for Financial Support have been announced on the official website.

Up to February 20, 2009, there are 1,713 scholars and students from 69 countries applying for financial aid, of which 985 apply for traffic subsidies and 728 apply for free lodging, including 65 applying for full financial aid (both traffic subsidies and free lodging).

Prof. Dr. Zhang Jijiao
Vice-Secretary-General
Organizing Committee for the 16th IUAES World Congress
Email: iuaes2009@yahoo.cn
Website: http://www.icaes2008.org

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2. Proposals Manchester Congress 2013

By John Gledhill

The University of Manchester is the largest in the UK and ranked fortieth in the Shanghai list of the world’s 150 top universities. Its Anthropology Department, founded by Max Gluckman in 1949, enjoys a worldwide reputation and has organized other major international events, such as the RAI Film Festival in 2007 and ASA Decennial Conference in 2003. The City of Manchester is eager to host major international congresses. It will provide cost-free administration of delegate registration and accommodation and in all likelihood a subvention if the bid is approved. The University of Manchester School of Social Sciences and Faculty of Humanities have already agreed to fund a congress administrator. The university campus is within walking distance of the many bars, restaurants, theatres, concert halls and other attractions of Britain’s third largest metropolitan city, the academic events will be accommodated in a newly built central complex that includes a lecture theatre with seating for a thousand and enough other rooms of varying sizes to accommodate the full academic program. Events such as receptions in which numbers could run into several thousands can be accommodated in a nearby city convention centre. Inexpensive but comfortable accommodation is available close to the congress site in student residences as well as in a range of hotels to suit all budgets and requirements, and the city’s international airport offers connections to all regions of the world. Manchester is a lively and cosmopolitan city located in a region that also offers the visitor opportunities to visit places of truly outstanding natural beauty and/or historical interest.

Manchester’s bid to host the 2013 Congress enjoys the support of our two national learned societies, the Royal Anthropological Institute and Association of Social Anthropologists. A national organizing committee will develop the conference program. This will include biological anthropologists and archaeologists as well as socio-cultural anthropologists, and we will also encourage anthropologists applying their skills outside the academy in practitioner roles to contribute to the Congress.

In addition to ensuring an inclusive intellectual agenda, the committee will do its utmost to maximize international participation by seeking external funding to subsidize attendance and by adopting an appropriate policy on registration fees. We will work to promote the publication of work presented in the Congress in international journals and hopefully in one of more books that will be explicitly identified with the IUAES. The organizing committee includes colleagues with considerable experience of working at an international level in the global anthropological community as well as strong working relations with anthropology publishers internationally.

It is clear that the economic and geo-political contours of the world in which we live are changing rapidly and that a world anthropological congress to be celebrated in 2013 might well be reflecting on the human impacts of a whole series of crises in which environmental, biological and socio-economic issues converge. Despite its iconic association with the industrial revolution, Manchester has had to reinvent itself as a post-industrial city, just as large parts of the discipline of anthropology have successfully redefined their objects of study to adapt to a changing world. So we propose the theme, ‘Evolving Humanity, Emerging Worlds’ as a way of bringing all the discipline’s subfields into dialogue and presenting a public image of the subject as one that is at the forefront of producing new, and constructive, scientific knowledge about human possibilities.

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3. Proposal Turkey Inter-congress 2010

By Erksin Güleç

As Ankara University, the Department of Anthropology would like to pronounce its candidateship for the organization of the 2010 Inter-Congress of the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences (IUAES). The time and location for the congress is proposed as October 2010, Antalya or Istanbul, Turkey.

The goals and objectives of the organizers will be presented in detail in separate documents.

Ankara University Anthropology Department members are devoted to research and are very well aware of and eager to take on the responsibilities adhered by organizing the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences (IUAES) Inter-Congress. We strongly believe that having an opportunity to host this Inter-congress in Antalya or Istanbul would be a great honour for Turkey, and a great exposure of advances for educational institutions.

From the point of attendees each congress will be an auditorium where the scientific outcomes are shared with peers and seniors. Each presentation will be shaped by questions and comments, and take-home messages will be attained. Then, there will still be time for celebrations once all aspects of science have been fulfilled.

Ankara University Anthropology Department would like to confirm the success of the scientific as well as the social part of the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences (IUAES). Accuracy of location, ease of travel, wonderful accommodation and all the other issues related to success of this Conference have been precisely evaluated.

Besides the Conference, we also wish to invite you to the land of history, culture and humanity. Let us take on the responsibility of taking you to track the traces of Hatties, Romans, Byzantines, Seljuks and Ottomans. Let us all ride the horses of Capadocia, sail with the winds of Homer, swim at the beaches of Cleopatra, fight with Achilles to save Helen at Troy and reach the Godly skies of Nemrut.

Apart from science, we also believe in the importance of the social aspect of the Inter-Congress. From the point of view of the organizers, each congress is a part of a never-ending process that should achieve a higher quality scientific level. In other words, each congress should be better organized than previous ones. For a successful and memorable event, we believe we should keep our heads up the clouds but our feet on the ground. With this Inter-Congress proposal, we hope to have the chance to elaborate a lot of new unforgettable memories at Antalya or Istanbul, Turkey, October 2010.

Prof. Dr. Erksin Güleç, University of Ankara, Department of Anthropology, Turkey
Phone: +90 312 309 37 61 Fax: +903123093761
E-mail: gulec@humanity.ankara.edu.tr

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4. Proposal Perth Inter-Congress 2011

By Gregory L. Acciaioli

The University of Western Australia (UWA) was founded in 1911 as the first university in the state. Currently, it ranks ninth among Asia-Pacific universities (fourth in Australia), listing in the 101-150th range of the Jiao Tong global ranking. Its Anthropology program celebrated its 50th anniversary two years ago with a national symposium whose results have begun to be published. Shortly after their inception both the Department and the Anthropological Society of Western Australia became members of the IUAES under the leadership of their founder Professor Ronald M. Berndt. The Anthropology program, now housed within the Discipline of Anthropology and Sociology, continues an active program of undergraduate teaching and postgraduate training, currently enrolling over 50 postgraduate students.

Anthropology and Sociology is keen to host the IUAES 2011 inter-congress in association with the centennial celebrations of the university. The organizing committee has so far obtained $20,000AUD, with an increase currently being deliberated, to aid in management of this conference from the Perth Conference Bureau, which enthusiastically promotes conferences of this scale to promote the city’s international profile. The UWA Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences has also signaled its endorsement of our intention and will facilitate finding further support for the conference. Contact has been made with the head of the Perth Convention Centre, who has confirmed the suitability of that venue for the anticipated size of the conference, and work has begun in preparing a budget with a local conference management organization here in Perth. The major hotels in Perth, ranging from budget accommodation for backpackers to five-star hotels of the major chains, are all within walking distance of the Convention Centre, as are the restaurants and other refreshment venues of both the central city and the entertainment precinct Northbridge. Some events are also planned for the UWA campus (less than 10 minutes away by bus), whose Octagon Theatre can accommodate plenary addresses and other functions addressed to all attendees, while the UWA Club can host large receptions.

UWA’s bid to host the 2011 Congress also enjoys the support of the Australian Anthropological Society (AAS). It is planned to combine the IUAES inter-congress with the annual conference of the AAS for 2011, as already approved by the AAS executive, which will provide at least its usual level of support for an annual meeting, including not only financial support in the case of cost overruns, but also providing the facilities for registration on the internet and payment through Paypal. Holding of this joint conference is seen as part of the push for internationalization by the AAS, whose members endorsed holding joint international conferences at approximately three-year intervals at the last Annual General Meeting on the final day of the successful 2008 joint conference of the Australian (AAS), New Zealand (ASAANZ) and British (ASA) anthropological associations.

In keeping with the composition of the AAS and the participation profile in its annual meetings, the organizing committee will make every effort to design a program that will attract not only international academic anthropologists, but also anthropologists applying their skills as professionals outside the academy. In keeping with past AAS annual conferences, we will also endeavour to keep registration fees low so as to maximize international and student participation in the joint conference. As in the past we will seek to facilitate publication of various panels as special issues in both Australian and international journals, as well as appropriate books that may be identified with IUAES programs and initiatives.

Gregory L. Acciaioli, Organizing Committee Chair

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5. Report Commission on Nomadic Peoples, 2003-2008

By Dawn Chatty

In July 2003, the Commission took part in the 15th Congress of the IUAES in Florence, Italy with a day-long session of papers by fifteen Commission members. This was followed by the Business meeting of the Commission. A second set of papers and presentations was also organized by Emmanuel Marx in a nearby town. Most of these papers have since appeared in special issues of numerous journals including our own journal Nomadic Peoples. The IUAES organizers also published proceedings of that Congress.

The Editors of the journal Nomadic Peoples have changed since 2003 when Carol Kerven agreed to serve as Co-Editor along with William Lancaster. In 2005, William decided to step down as Co-Editor. Since then Steven Dinero and Kenneth Bauer have both agreed to assist Carol as Co-Editors.

At the July 2003 Business Meeting of the Commission, the Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to both I.M. Lewis and Walter Goldschmidt. A new round of nominations and votes are being managed at the present time by Kathleen Galvin. We hope to be able to announce one or perhaps two new Lifetime Achievement Awards at the next Business meeting of the Commission.

In 2006, the edited book Nomadic Societies in the Middle East and North Africa: Entering the 21st Century was published by Brill in their Handbook of Oriental Studies Series (Leiden: E.J. Brill). With over 36 chapters contributed mainly by members of the Commission on Nomadic Peoples it is an important milestone of the Commission.

We were preparing to take part in the 16th IUAES Congress in Kunming, Yunnan, China between July 15th and July 23rd, 2008. The Commission had been granted an Academic Session which was divided into three panels and a Business meeting of the Commission on either July 16th or 17th. Due to circumstances these meetings did not materialize.

The Commission now has over 100 registered members who are part of an email distribution list, making communications among the members much easier than in the past. As a loosely structure organization of individuals interested in nomadic peoples, the website and email distribution are important means of communication among Commission members and other interested individuals.

Dawn Chatty, March 10th, 2008

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