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Call for Sessions

Themes, topics, questions


Here are some guiding questions to help with session planning. This is not an exhaustive list, and participants are free to go beyond these concerns.

What are some recent developments in knowledge of the past—recent findings and methodological advancements from (e.g.) paleoanthropology, genetics, archaeology, evolutionary anthropology, human biology, historical linguistics, historical ecology, and early (modern) history—and their implications for hunter-gatherer studies? 

Defining hunter-gatherers: what are the different theoretical narratives over time, their convergences and divergences? What topics need to be brought back to the centre of discussion, and how can hunter-gatherer theories benefit from new developments elsewhere, for example in gender and environmental studies?


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Penan sharing fruits, 2010; Batek on new road, 1996; Batek couple fishing, 2015


Ethnographic research of practices is confronted by multiple institutional, cultural, and economic barriers. Yet ethnography is still desired by many hunter-gatherers and often deployed in legal challenges. How do we reinvigorate ethnographic research (based on long-term participant observation and linguistic competence)? How do we improve methods of data management and sharing?   

Contemporary political, economic, and environmental conditions are rapidly changing through, among others, changes to landscapes and their affordances, the emergence of new state and nonstate actors, shifting alliances, networks, and resource flows, and changing patterns of protest and litigation. What are specific patterns of change in different hunter-gatherer locations? How are such changes affecting (positively and/or negatively) the social spaces of hunter-gatherers and the idealisation, enactment, and distancing of hunter-gatherer practices? 

Practices are often transmitted through processes of embodiment and mimicry within defined sociocultural-environmental settings, which give rise to specific ways of knowing and relating. What are the recurrent (historical) patterns distinctive to ethnographic places (as opposed to individual cultural practices)? Hunter-gatherer practices persist even when those settings no longer exist. Research mimics this phenomenon with (for example) hunting studies being separated from hunter-gatherer studies. How can these separate streams of study be joined up, and what are the prospects for mutual learning across different communities of practice?


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Penan weaving and visiting, 2009; Jahai schoolchildren, 2002; flying doctors arrive at Penan community, 2009


CHAGS XII is the first CHAGS to be held in Southeast Asia, and will afford the opportunity to review and advance regional research as a basis for building general theory. Keeping in mind the potential attendance of hunter-gatherers (local and global) at the conference, we invite sessions that address their interests and concerns, such as cross-cultural and historical similarities and differences among hunter-gatherer societies, relations with animals, perceptual modalities, how things are done, pathways and mobilities, and conflicts with dominant neighbours and states. We invite participants to propose other topics. Cross-continental comparisons are welcome.



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How to submit a session proposal 

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 Photo from CHAGS 11, © Daniel Dick