Adivasis protest awarding of World Congress of Anthropology 2023 to KISS

Adivasi leaders and Indian anthropologists have appealed for the withdrawal of the hosting rights awarded to the Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) for the World Congress of Anthropology (WCA) 2023. They say KISS is a dubious entity founded by an MP of the ruling party in Odisha and funded by mining companies, writes Goldy M. George

More than two hundred Adivasi leaders, academics, activists, representatives of people’s movements and student organizations and others concerned with Adivasi rights have signed a petition against Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS), Bhubaneswar, Odisha, being chosen to host the World Congress of Anthropology (WCA) 2023. The petition has been submitted to the Junji Koizumi, president of International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences (IUAES), and to the vice-chancellors of Utkal and Sambalpur universities, Soumendra Mohan Patnaik and Deepak Kumar Behera, respectively. The signatories have appealed to the respective institutional heads to sever ties with KISS citing grave concerns.

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