AAS2022: Life support


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 we invite 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.


Win a scholarship up to $500 to attend the 2022 Australian Anthropology Society Conference

Every year, the Australian Network of Student Anthropologists provides scholarships to assist its members to attend the annual Australian Anthropology Society Conference.

The scholarships are intended to help contribute to the cost of travel and accommodation expenses.

This year's conference is being held at Deakin University from the 23rd to the 26th of November 2022.

Who is eligible?

  • All ANSA members, if you are not a member, click here to to join, it's free!

How much does the scholarship cover?

  • The scholarship can be up to $500. The amount you will receive will depend on your distance of travel and how many days you plan on attending.

How to apply?

  • Fill in the form below to apply

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Conference Scholarship Applications

  • In order to submit an entry you must be a current member of ANSA. Membership can be applied for via the join ANSA page in the 'about us' section of our website.
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ansa panels and workshops

ANSA are holding several panels and workshops at the conference this year. ANSA panels and workshops are a supportive environment in which to practice sharing and presenting your academic work, or even just listening in to what other students, post grads and emerging researchers are working on.

Ethnographic Salon http://:// 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)  - 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 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 - 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?

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Visit the conference website for further information.