The annual conference of the Australian Anthropological Society will be held online from 23 November to 26 November 2022 at Deakin University.

The Australian Anthropology Society's 2022 conference invites panels and papers that respond to the notion of 'Life Support'. This theme draws our attention to the principles, processes, activities, and ideologies of humans and non-humans who variously foster, care for, legitimise, frustrate, and explicitly reject particular forms of life.

Through this theme, AAS is inviting panels, papers, events, provocations and performances that explore the strengths, gaps and frailties of anthropology as a practice, a discipline, a legacy, a strategy, a tool, a trope, and as a life.

All session lengths will be 105 minutes (that’s 1 hour and 45 minutes!).

ANSA are holding several panels and workshops, and we specifically encourage undergrads, post grads, and emerging researchers to submit their work.

Ethnographic Salon


This salon is an opportunity for emerging and established anthropologists in Australia to creatively reflect on their practice.  At the salon, we will explore the winning entries from the 2022 visual ethnography and (if approved by AAS) anthro-poetry competitions. The participants will be invited to join a poetry writing workshop.The annual ANSA Visual Ethnography and Anthro-poetry Competition is an opportunity for anthropology students in Australia to creatively reflect on their practice as anthropologists.

Becoming Anthropologists (ANSA panels 1 and 2) https://nomadit.co.uk/conference/aas2022/p/11858#

As anthropologists early in their careers, postgraduate students have a unique voice which can be lost. This panel creates a space for presenters to explore their own exciting and enriching research. We especially welcome papers that fall outside specifically themed panels.

Workshop: Outside the Academy https://nomadit.co.uk/conference/aas2022/p/12076#

This workshop provides a space for postgraduates, undergraduates and emerging academics to discuss the variety of ways that anthropology can be used ‘outside the Academy’ in the public realm.

#BuildBackBetter – Lessons from the pandemic https://nomadit.co.uk/conference/aas2022/p/12078#

While the pandemic has presented many challenges, it has also provided an opportunity for us to pause and reflect. As a society, what lessons did we learn about ourselves, our world, and how we think about others? What can we take from what was a difficult time and #BuildBackBetter?


ANSA will also be offering scholarships to help students to cover the cost of getting to the conference.