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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

Call for Papers

The 2014 World Indigenous Health Conference and the World Indigenous Domestic Violence Conference will be held in Cairns, Queensland this December. The second call for papers ends April 31st. [Read the full announcement]

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.

Volume 17 Issue 1 of Nomadic Peoples released

The latest issue of Nomadic Peoples is now available online on the Berghahn Journals Website. For complete details on the issue, including abstracts for each of the articles, please see the current issue page of this website.

CNP 2009-2013 Report by the Chair

In July 2009, the Commission on Nomadic Peoples (CNP) took part in the 16th  Congress of the IUAES in Kunming, Yunnan, China  between 27-31st July. The CNP sponsored three academic panels of 50 papers over three days. John Galaty and Michael Bollig organized a panel on Resilience to Resistance: Pastoralist Strategies in Response to Contemporary Political and Ecological Disruption and Change in Africa with 20 papers; Elliot Fratkin and Anatoly Khasanov  organized a session on Pastoral Development: a Global Assessment with 15 papers; and Fachun Du and Julia Klein  organized a panel on  Ecological Resettlement : Local Participation and Policy Improvement with 20 papers.  The latter panel was co-sponsored by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and Colorado State University. [Read the Full Report]

2013 Annual Nomadic Peoples Best Student Essay

The Commission on Nomadic Peoples is pleased to announce the establishment of the Best Student Essay Prize on the broad topic of nomadic peoples as defined in the Journal of Nomadic Peoples.

The Best Student Essay prize has been established to: Promote young researchers in the field and to stimulate new research into the interdisciplinary study of nomadic peoples.

It especially encourages submissions from all continents. It is not restricted to the contemporary period but also encourages submissions from the disciplines of archaeology and history

The prize: The inaugural Best Student Essay prize of $250 will be awarded to the winner of the competition at the CNP Board Meeting during the IUAES Congress in Manchester August 5-10, 2013.

The essay will appear in the following issue of Nomadic Peoples. Essays should have been written during the period of graduate study and should not exceed 7,500 words. Entrants would normally be graduate students, but undergraduate students may also apply. Entrants should be paid student members of the Commission on Nomadic Peoples.




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