11th Conference on Hunting Gathering Societies (CHAGS 11)

Event Type: Conferences and Workshops

When: 7 September 2015 to 11 September 2015

Where: Vienna, Austria

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The Eleventh Conference on Hunting and Gathering Societies (CHAGS 11) will be taking place in Vienna from September 7-11, 2015. CHAGS 10 - held at Liverpool in June 2013 - has put hunter-gatherer studies back at the centre of scholarly debates and CHAGS 11 will make sure that the momentum is not being lost. The Vienna conference will be a joint effort by four among the major anthropological institutions in town – the World Museum Vienna (formerly the Museum of Ethnology), the Institute for Social Anthropology of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Vienna, and the Anthropological Society Vienna.

Call for Sessions (deadline October 1, 2014)


With the landmark conference Man the Hunter in 1966 the study of hunter-gatherer societies became a major topic within the social and human sciences. Since then, some of the topics and concerns – egalitarianism, sharing, and mobility – remain central, while others – such as social and technological evolution – have seen better times. Thus, while scholarly trends change over time, the goal of the initial conference, to establish a unified field of hunter-gatherer studies, is still valid. The general question of CHAGS 11 therefore is how the results of the last 50 years and new research agendas can be utilized for the present and future.

While many hunter-gatherers are forced to give up their ways of life and subsistence practices, they figure prominently in public discourses on ecological and ideological alternatives to industrial society. Thus, CHAGS 11 will attempt to attract a variety of stakeholders in these debates – indigenous representatives, NGOs, scholars, etc. Based on fieldwork and research from the full spectrum of hunter-gatherer ways of life and from all perspectives our disciplines have to offer, the goal of CHAGS 11 is to bring hunter-gatherer studies back to the center of the human and social sciences.

Session proposals addressing topics ranging from the classical domains of hunter-gatherer research to new and alternative practices referencing hunter-gatherer lifestyles are welcome. We would like to encourage colleagues to think about NEW FORMS OF SESSION STRUCTURES and PRESENTATION FORMATS. While the old 20-minute lecture style is still valid, sessions in the form of a round table, science-slam, debate session, informal exchange, etc., as well as the inclusion of discussants, are encouraged. Also, we suggest that session organizers strive to balance the composition of their presenters by age, gender, geography, and ethnicity to provide a dialog across divergent experiences in the world of hunter-gatherer scholarship.

Please send your session proposals in a WORD document, including the name of organizer(s), title, description of content and form (maximally 300 words) to chags11 [at] univie.ac.at by OCTOBER 1, 2014. The proposals will be reviewed by the International Organizing Committee of CHAGS 11 shortly thereafter.