We are proud to announce

the 9th annual hybrid (onsite+online) event

Why the World Needs Anthropologists

a symposium that explores the different applications of anthropology beyond traditional academia.


At the next edition – Mobilising the Planet

we aim to create a collective movement to confront some of the most pressing and challenging global issues of our time.



In an era of multilayered global crisis, witnessing amplified racial biases, segregation, inequality, polarisation, and the collapse of our democratic institutions and of our geosphere, we will create space for cooperation, inspiration and mutual learning.

We want to discuss and act on current social movements: how they emerge, disseminate and create space for different ways of socio-cultural transformation across the globe.

The goal is to mobilize our discipline in connection with those who act as civic activists in the domains of housing and migration justice, feminist and environmental movements. The goal is to give something back – our expertise and energy, to learn from each other and embark on new collaborative projects.

Mobilising the Planet welcomes people from different backgrounds to share their stories, ideas and experiences. Following the paradigm shift from anthropocentric to life-centric, we want to discuss how to create sustainable and liveable futures for different forms of life across the planet Earth, by quitting the reduction of human and non-human life to mere resources to be exploited at our will.


Communication language: English

The final programme will be released the last week of August, 2021.

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Speakers - onsite participation

Angelina Kussy

Angelina Kussy

Activist and Economic Anthropologist, Barcelona en Comú

Cristina Flesher Fominaya

Editor-in-Chief of Social Movement Studies Journal

Muhammad Al-Kashef

Migration researcher and Human rights lawyer, Refugees’ Solidarity Movement

Mariya Ivancheva

President of the European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA) 
Julienne Weegels

Julienne Weegels

Assistant Professor of Latin American Studies, University of Amsterdam

Ondřej Boháč

Director of the Prague Institute of Planning and Development

Barak Kalir

Associate Professor at the Department of Anthropology, University of Amsterdam

Alex Khasnabish

Professor of Sociology & Anthropology, Mount Saint Vincent University

The event is supported by a conference grant from Wenner Gren Foundation.

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