The biennial World Applied Anthropology Congress (WAAC) 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.
The WAAC is the flagship global meeting of the AAfH, an organization dedicated to the study of humanity from a humanistic and scientific perspective with the goal of enhancing human welfare. The four subdisciplines of anthropology—archaeology,
biological, sociocultural, and linguistic—as well as related fields are all represented in the World Applied Anthropology Congress. Additionally, it will advance the professional interests of those working in a broad spectrum of
fields, including among others, academia, business, education, law, global health, biomedicine, environmental sciences, cultural resource management, and public policy.
The World Applied Anthropology Congress will take place on the campus of the University of Kansas (Lawrence, KS, USA) from 31 May to 3 June 2023. The first day of the Congress will include the opening convocation and keynote address.
Panel discussions, talks, and poster sessions focusing on current issues from an anthropological viewpoint will take place over the course of three full days on the remaining dates. One of the pioneers of anthropological genetics,
Prof. Michael H. Crawford (Emeritus Professor, Anthropology, KU), will be honored during a special session of this Congress. All sessions will include a virtual simulcast via the internet so that people from around the world can
attend and participate.