Anthropological Perspectives on Contemporary Human Problems

A Biennial AAfH - Anthropology for Humankind Event

Timing of the Event:​

31 May, 2023 - 3 June, 2023

Event Address:

University of Kansas, Kansas Union, 1301 Jayhawk Blvd, Lawrence, KS 66045

‘World Applied Anthropology Congress'(WAAC) is a biennial flagship event of  Anthropological  Association for Humankind(AAfH). It  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.

As such, the organizers of the WAAC 2023 seek proposals for panels, papers, or posters based upon original and unpublished results that address the questions: what are the socially relevant findings from empirical research that address important problems of the contemporary moment, and how can they be, or have they been put to use for social change? The organizers invite submissions that address the conundrums of humans’ lives and offer ways of resolving them. Submissions may relate to any topic within biological anthropology, cultural or social anthropology, linguistic anthropology, archaeology, or cognate disciplines, may draw upon research from anywhere humans are, and may be historical or contemporary in chronological orientation. In addition, this Congress will celebrate the life and work of Prof. Michael H. Crawford. Given this celebration and the pressing issues of the current moment, the organizers are particularly (but not solely) interested in proposals on the following topics:



  • Anthropological Genetics

  • Biocultural Anthropology

  • Health, Disease, and Disparities

  • Anthropology of Migration or Mobility

  • Displacement and Resettlement

  • Anthropology and Education

  • COVID and other pandemics

  • Gender and Sexual Identities and Queerness

  • Religious Pluralism and Secularism

  • Racism, Casteism, and/or Heteronormative Patriarchy

  • Consequences of Environmental or Climate Changes

  • Food insecurity, Malnutrition, and Poverty

  • Unintended Consequences of Development and Public Policy

  • New Technologies and Consequences

  • Issues of Urban Space and Place

  • Universal Rights, Human Rights, and Sovereignty
  • Ethno-nationalist and other forms of Violence

  • Mental Health

  • Cultural Resource Management and Patrimony

  • Language Endangerment, Preservation, and Revitalization

  • Politics of Language

  • Repatriation of Human Remains or Material Culture

  • Contemporary Encounters with Historical Cemeteries

  • Bioarcheology

The organizers are calling for submissions of full panels, individual (or co-authored) papers, posters, and sessions of “rapid-fire talks” focused on a theme. All presentations and papers must be given in English. To increase participation from around the world, presentations may be given virtually or in-person. Questions can be directed to [email protected].

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