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Who We Are

The Commission on Nomadic Peoples is part of the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences (IUAES). This commission is one of a number of academic working groups of the Union which collaborates with a broad, international range of researchers on nomadic peoples. The Commission has always aspired to be inclusive - drawing in as many interested parties as possible - researchers, practitioners, government and non-government officials, and crossing language and cultural divides.


Its activities are focused on organizing conferences for the IUAES as well as facilitating other meetings and workshops. The journal of Nomadic Peoples is part of its mandate. It maintains an email distribution list for important announcements (to join the list, you may register on-line). Above all it exists to encourage international exchanges and linkages among researchers and practitioners who are interested in nomadic and pastoral populations throughout the world.

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Latest News

IUAES Call for Papers

The Call for Papers is now open for the IUAES Inter-Congress in Dubrovnik May 4-9, 2016. The deadline for submission of abstracts is January 31, 2016.

The Commission on Nomadic Peoples is sponsoring four panels:

  • Panel 318 “Pastoral Nomads: Comparisons between Continents.” (Chaired by Philip Carl Salzman)
  • Panel 324 “Pastoralists and Nomads Today” (Chaired by Elliot Fratkin and Kazunobo Ikeya)
  • Panel 396 “‘Gypsies’, ‘Nomads’, ‘Roma’: Transformations and strategic uses of political and cultural categorisations concerning Roma and Sinti populations in Italy over the last fifty years” (Chaired by Stefania Pontrandolfo and Marco Solimene)
  • Panel 441 “Lands of the future. Pastoralist knowledge in a globalizing world” (Chaired by Christina Gabbert)
  • Panel 718. “The Cost of Crossing: Exploring Power through Boundaries” (Chaired by Ariell Ahearn and Troy Sternberg).

We hope you can participate in this Inter-Congress. Registration has also started and early bird registration is possible until February 5, 2016.

For more information, please contact Elliot Fratkin, Chair Commission on Nomadic Peoples, at

Volume 19 Issue 1 of Nomadic Peoples out now

We are delighted to announce the publication of Volume 19 Issue 1 of Nomadic Peoples. Our last issue Volume 18 Issue 2 of Nomadic Peoples focuses on the Reshaping Tribal Identities in the Contemporary Arab World. A full table of context with abstracts can be found on our current issue page, and full PDFs are available from the White Horse Press.

Al-Uqbi decision by Israeli Supreme Court

The Israeli Supreme Court decided during the last days of May to reject the appeal by the al-Uqbi Bedouins for access to their native lands. Read a short letter by Oren Yiftachel, Professor of Geography at Ben-Gurion University, regarding the decision, as well as access a critique and overview of the decision and an opinion piece by Yiftachel and his colleagues debunking the ‘dead Negev doctrine’.

Nomadic Peoples Best Student Essay 2015

The Commission on Nomadic Peoples is calling for submissions for the 2015 Best Student Essay Prize on the broad topic of nomadic peoples as defined in our journal Nomadic Peoples. The Best Student Essay prize is $250 and the essay will appear in the coming issue of Nomadic Peoples. Essays should have been written during the period of graduate study and should not exceed 7,500 words. Entrants would normally be graduate students, but undergraduate students may also apply. Entrants should be paid student members of the Commission on Nomadic Peoples (www.nomadicpeoples. info). Submissions should be sent to the Chair of the Commission on Nomadic Peoples. Deadline for submission is December 31st, 2015.

Please send submission to:

Professor Elliot Fratkin

Department of Anthropology, Smith College, Northampton MA 01063 USA.

Digital submissions may be sent as PDFs to


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