A victory for Adivasis: KISS won’t host World Anthropology Congress 2023, says IUAES

Deferring to the mounting national and international pressure by indigenous leaders and Indian anthropologists, IUAES has withdrawn the co-hosting rights of Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences to the World Anthropology Congress 2023. However, the larger issue of KISS as a factory school funded by mining corporates remains, writes Goldy M. George

The International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Studies (IUAES) has announced that the Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, will no longer have any part in hosting the World Anthropology Congress (WAC) 2023. This was communicated in a letter addressed to the vice-chancellor of Sambalpur University, Prof Deepak Kumar Behera, on 16 August 2020. Earlier, four Indian institutions were named as organizers and hosts of the WAC 2023: the Indian Anthropological Association, Utkal University, Sambalpur University and the Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS). The event was to be held on the KISS campus. FORWARD Press had published a detailed analysis on KISS and factory-schooling.

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