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About the venue

Welcome to the homepage of the Twelfth International Conference on Hunting and Gathering Societies (CHAGS XII)! CHAGS XII is the conference of the International Society for Hunter Gatherer Research and is locally hosted by the School of Social Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia. 

The conference will take place 23–27 July 2018 on the premises of the School of Social Sciences, with the theme “Situations, Times, and Places in Hunter-Gatherer Research.” The keynote speakers will be P. Bion Griffin, Nurit Bird-David, and Peter Schweitzer. The Call for Sessions is closed. The Call for Papers will run from 1 November 2017 to 15 January 2018. Conference registration will start in January 2018.


The Call for Sessions is closed. Many thanks to everyone who submitted session proposals. We had a good response and regret that we could not accept every proposal.

We're pleased to announce that the Call for Papers will open on 1 November 2017 and close on 15 January 2018. Please join the conference mailing list to receive updates.



In progress: List of accepted sessions. . .




How does my research fit the conference scope?

We take an empirical approach and do not a priori exclude anyone based on "fit" with a founding definition of the field. There may not be a definition of "hunter-gatherer" that fits all groups for all time. Research on Southeast Asian groups has shown that hunter-gatherers do an amazing diversity of things, sustained by a production base that variously combines hunting, gathering, and trading practices, on land and water (yes, we include maritime groups too). Not just in Southeast Asia, everywhere we find examples of groups that don't fit normative definitions. [read more]


HGR coverConference papers can be submitted to Hunter Gatherer Research for publication consideration ... [read more]


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Important dates

Call for Sessions   10 June – 7 September, 2017
Call for Papers   1 November 2017 – 15 January 2018
CHAGS   23–27 July 2018

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Conference convenor: Lye Tuck-Po. List of organisers here.

To receive conference news and updates, email us at chags2018@gmail.comTo receive news via WhatsApp, email your mobile phone number to the same address.


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