ASA Conferences

The ASA organises an Annual Conference on a specific theme, which is usually held during the Easter vacation at a UK university. The conferences have their own section within this website, accessible from links on this page, and panel/paper proposal and registration are all done using online forms. The panel/paper abstracts are made available online, and can be edited by the convenors/authors via the Login link above. Every ten years the ASA holds a Decennial Conference which is international in scope.

If you are considering applying to organise an ASA conference, please see the Conference guidelines.

Forthcoming conferences

ASA2017 in Adelaide: a joint ASA/AAS/ASAANZ conference

Title: to follow
Convened by: Alison Dundon and Richard Vokes
Location: University of Adelaide, 11th-15th December 2017
More details to follow.

ASA2016 in Durham

Title: Footprints and futures: the time of anthropology
Convened by: Elisabeth Kirtsoglou and Bob Simpson
Location: University of Durham, 4-7 July 2016
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This conference will provide a space in which to consider the past impact and future directions of anthropological knowledge. In the shadow of debates on the Anthropocene, the event invites critical reflection on temporality and chronicity as contexts for social action and as organising principles of human narrative. The conference will be structured around five distinct sub-themes. These will consider the temporalities at work in 1) politics and economics; 2) development, energy and the natural world; 3) health and well-being; 4) cultural evolution and 5) the different modalities and experiences of fieldwork.

Past ASA conferences

ASA2015 in Exeter

Title: Symbiotic anthropologies: theoretical commensalities and methodological mutualisms
Convened by: Samantha Hurn, Ann Kelly, Tom Rice, Katharine Tyler
Location: University of Exeter, 13th-16th April 2015
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ASA2014: Decennial Conference in in Edinburgh

Title: Anthropology and Enlightenment
Convened by: The STAR consortium
Location: The Surgeons' Hall, Nicolson Street, Edinburgh, 19th-22nd June 2014
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There was no annual conference in 2013, as the ASA supported the IUAES2013 world congress in Manchester

Title: Evolving Humanity, Emerging Worlds
Convened by: John Gledhill, University of Manchester
Location: University of Manchester, 5th-10th August 2013
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The plenaries/keynotes were filmed and are available online. This includes the Firth Lecture, by Lourdes Arizpe (National Autonomous University of Mexico), "Arbitrating Collective Dreams: Anthropology and the New Worlding".

ASA2012 in Delhi

Title: Arts and aesthetics in a globalising world
Convened by: Susan Visvanathan and Parul Mukherji, JNU
Location: Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India, 3rd-6th April 2012
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ASA2011 in Lampeter

Title: Vital powers and politics: human interactions with living things
Convened by: Penny Dransart, Prifysgol Cymru y Drindod Dewi Sant / University of Wales Trinity Saint David
Location: Prifysgol Cymru y Drindod Dewi Sant / University of Wales Trinity Saint David, 13-16 September 2011
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ASA2010 in Belfast

Title: The Interview – theory, practice, society
Convened by: Dr Jonathan Skinner, and Dr Dominic Bryan, Dept of Anth, Queen’s University Belfast
Location: Queen's University , Belfast, 13th-16th April, 2010
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ASA 2009 in Bristol

Title: Anthropological and archaeological imaginations: past, present and future
Convened by: Dr David Shankland, Dept of Arch and Anth, University of Bristol
Location: University of Bristol, 6th-9th April, 2009
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ASA 2008 in Auckland

Title: Ownership and appropriation
Convened by: Professor Veronica Strang and Dr Mark Busse
Location: University of Auckland, New Zealand, 8th-12th December, 2008
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ASA 2007 in London

Title: Thinking through tourism
Convened by: Professor Tom Selwyn and Dr Julie Scott
Location: London Metropolitan University, England, April, 2007
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ASA 2006 in Keele

Title: Cosmopolitanism and anthropology
Convened by: Professor Pnina Werbner and Dr Sean McCloughlin
Location: Keele, England, 10-13 April, 2006
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ASA 2005 in Aberdeen

Title: Creativity and cultural improvisation
Convened by: Professor Tim Ingold and Dr Elizabeth Hallam
Location: Aberdeen, Scotland, April 4 - 7, 2005
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ASA 2004 in Durham

Title: Locating the Field: Metaphors of Space, Place and Context in Anthropology
Convened by: Dr Simon Coleman and Dr Peter Collins
Location: Durham, England, March 29-April l, 2004
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Future Fields - national conference on fieldwork for graduate students and junior researchers

Location: Oxford, December 17-19, 2003
This was partially funded by the ASA.
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ASA 2003: Decennial Conference in Manchester

Title: Anthropology and Science
Convened by: Profs Penny Harvey, Peter Wade and Dr Jeanette Edwards
Location: Manchester University, 14th - 18th July.
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ASA 2002

Title: Perspectives on Time and Society: Experience, Memory, History
Convened by: Professor Wendy James and Dr David Mills
Location: Arusha, Tanzania, 8 - 10 April.
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The following earlier conferences do not have further information available online.

ASA 2001

Title: Rights and Entitlements
Convened by: Drs. Richard Wilson and Jon Mitchell
Location: University of Sussex Mar 30th - Apr 2nd.

ASA 2000

Title: Participating in Development: Approaches to Indigenous Knowledge
Convened by: Drs. Paul Sillitoe (Durham), Johan Pottier (SOAS) and Alan Bicker (Kent)
Location: SOAS, University of London.

ASA 1999

Title: Elite Cultures: Anthropological Perspectives
Convened by: Drs. Cris Shore and Steve Nugent
Location: Goldsmiths College.

ASA 1998

Title: Indirection, Intention and Diplomacy
Convened by: Prof. Joy Hendry and Dr. Bill Watson
Location: University of Kent.