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, with the theme “Situations, Times, and Places in Hunter-Gatherer Research.” 


The Call for Session Proposals is open!


CHAGS conferences generate intellectual exchange, advance knowledge of the lives and times of hunter-gatherers in the past, present, and future, and have made significant contributions to anthropological theory. CHAGS X (Liverpool, 2013) and CHAGS XI (Vienna, 2015) attracted unprecedented numbers of first-timers and students interested in hunter-gatherer societies and the dynamics and conditions of their lives, and offered the promise of new disciplinary crossways, concerns, and approaches. The objective of CHAGS XII is to push this momentum forward and to expand the social spaces of knowledge sharing and production. We aim to cultivate not just diversity in concept-building but good practices of working with and relating to ... [read more]


Important dates

Call for Sessions

10 June to 7 September, 2017 

Call for Papers

20 September to 15 November 2017


23–27 July 2018

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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 . . . [read more]