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Who We Are

The Commission on Nomadic Peoples is part of the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences (IUAES). This commission is one of a number of academic working groups of the Union which collaborates with a broad, international range of researchers on nomadic peoples. The Commission has always aspired to be inclusive - drawing in as many interested parties as possible - researchers, practitioners, government and non-government officials, and crossing language and cultural divides.


Its activities are focused on organizing conferences for the IUAES as well as facilitating other meetings and workshops. The journal of Nomadic Peoples is part of its mandate. It maintains an email distribution list for important announcements (to join the list, you may register on-line). Above all it exists to encourage international exchanges and linkages among researchers and practitioners who are interested in nomadic and pastoral populations throughout the world.

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Latest News

CNP calls for papers and panels for the 2015 IUAES Inter Congress in Bangkok

The Commission for Nomadic Peoples is currently seeking panel and paper proposals for the IUAES Inter-congress 2015, Re-Imagining Anthropological and Sociological Boundaries, to be held 15–17 July 2015 at Thammasat University, Bangkok, Thailand.

Deadline: The Call for Panels will close on 30 September 2014.

Please see our dedicated IUAES Inter Congress page for more information

We are pleased to announce that our journal Nomadic Peoples is now published by the The White Horse Press

Nomadic Peoples Journal Cover


Winner of best essay contest announced

The CNP has chosen Maira Seeley as the winner of the 2013 Annual Nomadic Peoples Best Student Essay. A student at the University of Oxford, Seeley’s essay is titled “Orality, Moral Authority, and Bedouin Women’s Poetry in Contemporary Jordan.” It will be published in a future issue of Nomadic Peoples journal.

CNP awards Jeremy Swift

The Commission on Nomadic Peoples is happy to announce that its Lifetime Achievement Award for outstanding contributions to the study of nomadic peoples has been awarded to Jeremy Swift at the 17th Congress of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences in Manchester, UK on 6 August, 2013. Read the full statement by Kathleen Galvin.

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