Call For Panels, Round tables and Workshops

The 19th IUAES-WAU World Anthropology Congress 2023, will be held in New Delhi, India from the 14th to the 20th of October 2023. The congress is organised by the Indian Anthropological Association, in collaboration with the Ethnographic and Folk Culture Society of India, the Department of Anthropology, University of Hyderabad and Discipline of Anthropology, Indira Gandhi National Open University. The congress is hosted by the University of Delhi.

The congress will be held in physical mode however the plenary sessions and some of the special/distinguished lectures maybe held in hybrid mode.

The congress has planned a series of social and cultural activities and therefore encourages physical presence in a face-to-face setup.

The Theme of the conference ‘Marginalities, Uncertainties and World Anthropologies: Enlivening Past and Envisioning Future’, intends to critically look at the old hierarchies and marginalities and the way they have been reinforced at the time of the contemporary crises. It is also directed towards initiating new debates, looking for fresh ideas by which we may dismantle the old discrepancies and inequalities, and build a new world out of the ruins.

Panel proposals are welcome on any discourse, debate and reflections that resonate with the theme of the conference. Panels will be open to accepting papers from conference participants and the responsibility of selection of papers and inclusivity will lie with the panel convenors.

Round tables, will follow a closed format. The convenors will propose the name of the round table discussants. At least three names of panelists/discussants should be provided at the time of proposal submission. More names can be included later.

Workshops look forward to non-textual, alternate, innovative, sensory, immersive, learning and research experiences.

Rules for submission of panel/round table/ workshop

  • All proposals have to be submitted online through the conference website.
  • Only one proposal will be accepted per person.
  • A proposal should have at least two (or more) convenors. At least two of the convenors must be from different countries and institutional affiliations. At least one of the convenors must hold a PhD at the time of proposal submission.
  • All proposals must be in English.

Details required for submission of proposal of panel /round table/workshop proposal

  • Details of the convenors along with their institutional affiliation.
  • What is the proposal for? (panel/round table/workshop)
  • Title (maximum 20 words)
  • Short abstract (maximum 75 words)
  • A long abstract stating the subject and objectives of the proposal, highlighting its academic or practical relevance to the anthropological sciences (maximum 300 words).
  • Three to five keywords.
  • Name of supporting commission/s (if applicable)

A person can convene only one of the three ie. a panel, a round table, or a workshop. However, a convenor can have two other roles such as a round table discussant, chair/co-chair of a panel, paper presenter etc.

Sponsorship of Commissions

The proposal (if it is so desired) can seek sponsorship of an IUAES Commission/s according to a topic of common interest. The convenor/s submitting the proposal may contact the chair of any of the IUAES commissions for support. The process of consent and collaboration needs to be completed before the submission of the panel proposal. Convenors, however, retain full intellectual authority and autonomy over their panel/round table/workshop.

Evaluation of the panel proposal

The Scientific Committee will evaluate the relevance and quality of the proposals received and will be responsible for the selection of the panels/round tables/workshops.

Once the selection of the proposal is complete the information will be updated on the website. The convenors will be informed about the decision of the scientific committee by the organisers. This will be followed by the call for papers and other relevant details.

Call for panels now closed.

Call for Papers

  • All proposals have to be submitted online through the conference website.
  • Abstracts must be written in English.
  • Please double check whether you are submitting your paper for an ‘online-only’ panel or an ‘onsite-only’. The details of these are provided separately on the webpage in two different colours.
  • You can have a maximum of two papers in the conference. If two of your papers get selected then, you can be a presenting author on one paper, and a co-author on a second paper. If you are a co-author for a second paper, you will not be the presenter for this paper, however you are welcome to participate in the Q&A for the paper.
  • If you are a co-author in just one paper and want to be a part of a combined presentation, you will be welcome to do so.
  • If a paper has multiple authors all the authors need to register for the conference. All the authors for a paper will hold equal weightage.
  • It is advisable to give your best paper for presentation at the conference, if two papers (with you as single/presenting author) get selected, you will have to retract one.
  • In case you don’t find a panel which is a best fit for your paper, you can submit your paper at the open panel.

Details required for submission of paper proposal

  • The panel for which the paper is being submitted. (The category of ‘online-only’ or ‘on-site only’ will auto fill according to the chosen format of the panel. Please doublecheck this.)
  • Details of the authors along with their institutional affiliation.
  • Title (maximum 20 words)
  • Short abstract (maximum 75 words)
  • A long abstract stating the subject and objectives of the proposal, highlighting its academic or practical relevance to the anthropological sciences (maximum 300 words).
  • Three to five keywords.

Call for Papers closed

Guidelines for Convener

  • Ordinarily each panel has a maximum of three sessions and each session is for 1 hour 30 mins comprising of four papers.
  • Thus, you will need at least 4 papers for your panel to float.
  • Each speaker should be allowed an official time of 15 mins for their presentation.
  • A panel convenor can accept a maximum of 12 papers (4 papers for each of the three session).
  • You will be responsible for evaluating the papers to be presented, strictly on the basis of their academic quality. Panel convenors should be inclusive to ensure greater participation from different geographical locations, nationalities, gender, ethnicity and scholars from the margins.
  • The convenors are responsible for sharing the details of the papers received with their co-convenors, involving them in the evaluation of the abstract.
  • The language of the paper should respect cultural, religious and ethnic diversities and their sentiments.
  • You will have an option to accept, decline or transfer a paper.
  • In case you find that the paper is of good academic quality but cannot find space in your panel. Please transfer it, instead of declining it.
  • In case there are more than 12 papers of relevant academic import, a sister panel can be created with the recommendation of the convenors to ensure inclusivity. This Panel will be created strictly on the basis of the guidelines for setting up a panel (refer to the original guidelines on the basis of which call for panels was floated)
  • In the comment box, please mention i) the reason for decline (if you deline a paper) or ii) transfer to any other panel or sister panel.
  • All authors and co-authors whose name figure on the paper must be registered before the finalization of book of abstracts ( two clear months before the date of the commencement of the world congress).
  • Please do not be in a hurry to communicate the decision of acceptance or objection to individual panelists since they will be officially announced on the conference website.
  • The entire review process is subject to the overall academic supervision of the scientific committee.

  • Please direct your queries, if any, to