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Anthropology and Conservation

Virtual Conference

25-29 October 2021

We are very pleased to announce a major interdisciplinary conference on Anthropology and Conservation.  The aim of the conference is simple: it is increasingly recognised that conservation can only be properly achieved with Indigenous Peoples, in full recognition of their rights. It is therefore urgent that we develop cross-disciplinary understanding not just of conservation, but also of the way that conservation and people go together. The conference will be held virtually. The conference was originally proposed by the University of East Anglia’s School of International Development, and we are pleased to welcome as co-organisers alongside UEA: Forest Peoples Programme, the Linnean Society, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, the University of Kent’s School of Anthropology and Conservation, the Anthropology and Environment Society (a section of the AAA), Botanic Garden Conservation International and the Society of Ethnobiology.

Please see the conference website for further details.

Fellows and members of co-organising institutions will be eligible to join the conference at the RAI Fellows rate.

Informal enquiries may be made to admin@therai.org.uk


Call for Panels opens 18 January 2021 and closes on 12 March 2021

Call for Papers opens 19 April 2021 and closes on 9 July 2021

Registration opens 2 August 2021


Conference Fees:

Fellows & Members: £60
Non-Fellows: £120
Concessions (students, unemployed and retired persons): £30
Delegates with low income from Low Income Countries (https://g2lm-lic.iza.org/call-phase-iv/list-of-lic/): £15


About the co-organisers:

The Anthropology and Environment Society is a section of the American Anthropological Association.

Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI) is a global botanic garden membership organisation and, with its members, forms the world’s largest plant conservation network. BGCI’s mission is to mobilise botanic gardens and engage partners in securing plant diversity for the well-being of people and the planet.

Forest Peoples Programme is a human rights organisation working with forest peoples across the globe to secure their rights to their lands and their livelihoods. We work alongside more than 60 partner organisations representing indigenous peoples and forest communities from across the globe.

The Linnean Society of London is the world’s oldest active society devoted to natural history.

The Royal Anthropological Institute (RAI) is a renowned learned society devoted to anthropology. It has dedicated premises in Fitzroy Street in London, and is devoted to all the respective sub-fields of the discipline.

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, is an internationally important botanical research and education institution.

The Society of Ethnobiology is a nonprofit professional organization dedicated to the interdisciplinary study of the relationships of plants and animals with human cultures worldwide, including past and present relationships between peoples and the environment.

UEA’s School of International Development is committed to tackling global issues of poverty and inequality through our research, teaching and engagement.

The University of Kent School of Anthropology and Conservation is a multinational research community striving for real-world impact.