International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences

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The IUAES is a world organization of scientists and institutions working in the fields of anthropology and ethnology, but also of interest to archaeologists and linguists, among others. Its aim is to enhance exchange and communication among scholars of all regions of the world, in a collective effort to expand human knowledge. In this way it hopes to contribute to a better understanding of human society, and to a sustainable future based on harmony between nature and culture.

The IUAES was established on 23 August 1948, when it was brought into one organization, de facto, with the International Congress of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences (ICAES), which was itself founded in 1934. The latter was the follower of various Congresses of Anthropological Sciences, starting in 1865, the President of the Congress also serving as the President of the Union. The two organizations were united, de jure, in 1968.

IUAES Inter-Congress 2015  "Re-imagining Anthropological and Sociological Boundaries" Thammasat University, Bangkok, Thailand. Photo (c) Thammasat University-IUAES

Through its major Congress (called ICAES until 2008, and subsequently renamed World Congress), held every five years, the IUAES provides a world forum for the discussion and dissemination of research. In the period between world congresses, it also sponsors Inter-Congresses, seminars and symposia, and encourages the participation of anthropologists in other international meetings and projects. Through its Scientific Commissions, the IUAES stimulates the convergence of research interests among anthropologists, and the dissemination of research findings through publications.

Recent events

IUAES Inter-Congress 2015
"Re-imagining Anthropological and Sociological Boundaries" at Thammasat University, Bangkok, Thailand.

The IUAES Inter-Congress 2015 was successfully held on July 15-17, 2015. A total of 73 panels were organized along with three keynote lectures, and 505 scholars and students participated from 27 countries and regions.

Future events

IUAES Inter-Congress 2016
"World anthropologies and privatization of knowledge: engaging anthropology in public"
Dubrovnik, May 2016.

Last publications

(IUAES Commissions)

Anthropology and Environment (CAE): 'Averting a Global Environmental Collapse: The Role of Anthropology and Local Knowledge'.  (Reuter Thomas, ed., Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2015).

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IUAES website