Commisiion on Nomadic People

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 to send a lettre au Pere Noel.

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Contact us

CNP: efratkin(at)
Web: web(at)


Nomadic Peoples 22.1 (2018) is out

This special issue dedicated to ‘Gypsies’, ‘Nomads’, ‘Roma’. Categorisation Processes of Roma and Sinti in Italy, is guest edited by Stefania Pontrandolfo, of the University of Verona, Italy, and Marco Solimene, of the University of Iceland (developed from a CNP-sponsored panel they convened at IUAES2016 in Dubrovnik). While based on the experience of one country, this analysis of processes of categorisation bears valuable lessons also for other contexts and other mobile groups, including pastoralists, where anachronistic and misleading categorisations continue to affect knowledge and practices both in development and research. Read this issue.


The 18th World Congress of the IUAES will be held in Florianópolis, Brazil, from July 16-20, 2018, hosted by the Brazilian Association of Anthropology (ABA). The theme of the congress is “World (of) Encounters: The Past, Present and) Future of Anthropological Knowledge”. See website.

The Commission on Nomadic Peoples will host two panels at this congress. Please consider presenting a paper within one of these two panels. For further details click on the panel titles below:

OP 088: Gendered relationships among nomadic societies (Chaired by Ariell Ahearn and Gaelle Lacaze)

OP 199: Climate Change - Effects on and Responses from Nomadic and semi-nomadic populations (sponsored by the Commission on Nomadic Peoples) (Chaired by Elliot Fratkin and H. Jurgen Schwartz)

CNP 2016-17 report to IUAES

Download the Chair’s statement 2017 [PDF]

CNP at CASCAIUAES2017 in Ottawa, May 2017

The Commission on Nomadic Peoples presented a panel at the Ottawa 2017 Inter-Congress:
LL-NAS07 < order OR stability > Working with pastoral systems in a ‘messy’ world

Convener: Saverio Krätli (IUAES Commission of Nomadic Peoples, Editor Nomadic Peoples). Presentations included Shinya Konaka, Saverio Krätli, Sergio Magnani, Greta Semplici, Nicolas Rasiulis and Shalima Talinbayi. The panel opened with an unscheduled presentation by Emery Roe, who talked about the ‘mess paradox’ and high-reliability pastoralism.

Best Student Paper Prize (2016-17)

This was awarded to Ariell Ahearn, Postdoctoral Fellow, School of Geography and the Environment, Oxford University, for her paper, A Condensed History of the Public Administration of Pastoralism in Mongolia [PDF].

Call for nominations: CNP Lifetime Achievement Award

The CNP Lifetime Achievement award is made at every IUAES Congress. Please send your nomination with a brief summary of the candidate, to Dr. Kathleen Galvin, Chair CNP Awards Committee (kathleen.galvin(at), copying Elliot Fratkin, Chair, CNP ( Deadline: 31 March 2018.

Nomadic Peoples Best Student Essay 2017-18

The Commission on Nomadic Peoples is calling for submissions for the 2018 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. Deadline for submission is 31 March 2018.

Please send submission to: Professor Elliot Fratkin, Department of Anthropology, Smith College, Northampton MA 01063 USA. Digital submissions may be sent as PDFs to efratkin(at)


Current CNP Chair

Elliot Fratkin is the Gwendolen M. Carter Professor of African Studies and Professor of Anthropology at Smith College, Northampton MA USA; he is also a member of the graduate faculty of the University of Massachusetts.

Former CNP Chairs

Dawn Chatty (1999-2013)
Michael Casimir and Aparna Rao (1994-1998)
Philip Carl Salzman (1978-1993)


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Archived announcements

7 Jun 2016
IUAES inter-congress, Dubrovnik May 4-9, 2016
The 2016 Inter-Congress of the IUAES in Dubrovnik was an exciting and productive event. The Commission on Nomadic Peoples sponsored five panels with a total of thirty nine papers presented. The panels were:

P318: Pastoral Nomads: Comparisons between Continents (Chaired by Philip Carl Salzman)
P324: Pastoralists and Nomads Today (Chaired by Elliot Fratkin and Kazunobo Ikeya)
P396: ‘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)
P441: Lands of the future. Pastoralist knowledge in a globalizing world (Chaired by Christina Gabbert)
P718: The Cost of Crossing: Exploring Power through Boundaries (Chaired by Ariell Ahearn and Emilia Sulek.)
The final program from Dubrovnik IUAES inter-congress is downloadable here.

7 Jun 2015
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’.

6 May 2014
Nomadic Peoples is now published by the The White Horse Press
We are pleased to announce that our journal Nomadic Peoples is now published by the The White Horse Press.

6 May 2014
Winner of best essay contest announced
The CNP has chosen Maira Seeley as the winner of the 2013 Annual Nomadic Peoples Best Student Essay. A student at the University of Oxford, Seeley’s essay is titled “Orality, Moral Authority, and Bedouin Women’s Poetry in Contemporary Jordan.” It will be published in a future issue of Nomadic Peoples journal.

9 Jun 2013
CNP 2009-2013 Report by the Chair
In July 2009, the Commission on Nomadic Peoples (CNP) took part in the 16th Congress of the IUAES in Kunming, Yunnan, China between 27-31st July. The CNP sponsored three academic panels of 50 papers over three days. John Galaty and Michael Bollig organized a panel on Resilience to Resistance: Pastoralist Strategies in Response to Contemporary Political and Ecological Disruption and Change in Africa with 20 papers; Elliot Fratkin and Anatoly Khasanov organized a session on Pastoral Development: a Global Assessmentwith 15 papers; and Fachun Du and Julia Klein organized a panel on Ecological Resettlement : Local Participation and Policy Improvement with 20 papers. The latter panel was co-sponsored by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and Colorado State University. [Read the Full Report]

05 Feb 2013
2013 Annual Nomadic Peoples Best Student Essay
The Commission on Nomadic Peoples is pleased to announce the establishment of the Best Student Essay Prize on the broad topic of nomadic peoples as defined in the Journal of Nomadic Peoples.

The Best Student Essay prize has been established to: Promote young researchers in the field and to stimulate new research into the interdisciplinary study of nomadic peoples.

It especially encourages submissions from all continents. It is not restricted to the contemporary period but also encourages submissions from the disciplines of archaeology and history

The prize: The inaugural Best Student Essay prize of $250 will be awarded to the winner of the competition at the CNP Board Meeting during the IUAES Congress in Manchester August 5-10, 2013.

The essay will appear in the following 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.

25 Jan 2013
Book Release: The Passion of Max von Oppenheim: Archaeology and Intrigue in the Middle East from Wilhelm II to Hitler by Lionel Gossman
Born into a prominent German Jewish banking family, Baron Max von Oppenheim (1860-1946) was a keen amateur archaeologist and ethnologist. His discovery and excavation of Tell Halaf in Syria marked an important contribution to knowledge of the ancient Middle East, while his massive study of the Bedouins is still consulted by scholars today. He was also an ardent German patriot, eager to support his country’s pursuit of its “place in the sun”.

Excluded by his part-Jewish ancestry from the regular diplomatic service, Oppenheim earned a reputation as “the Kaiser’s spy” because of his intriguing against the British in Cairo, as well as his plan, at the start of the First World War, to incite Muslims under British, French and Russian rule to a jihad against the colonial powers. After 1933, despite being half-Jewish according to the Nuremberg Laws, Oppenheim was not persecuted by the Nazis. To the contrary, he placed his knowledge of the Middle East and his connections with Muslim leaders at the service of the regime.

Ranging widely over many fields — from war studies to archaeology and banking history — The Passion of Max von Oppenheim tells the gripping and at times unsettling story of one part-Jewish man’s passion for his country in the face of persistent and, in his later years, genocidal anti-Semitism. Download a PDF flyer for full details.

25 Jan 2013
Book Release: Modern Pastoralism And Conservation: Old Problems, New Challenges edited by Troy Sternberg And Dawn Chatty
Changing pastoral dynamics make knowledge of pastoralism vital to understanding landscapes, development and governance across dryland regions. Modern Pastoralism and Conservation: Old Problems, New Challenges presents new pastoral research from Africa, the Middle East and Asia. The volume (previously published in China) addresses the nature and viability of pastoralism in practice and examines current pastoral conditions in diverse locations. Pastoralists engage with changing climatic and environmental conditions whilst encountering policy, population and socio-economic challenges. Issues of transformation and sustainability are at the heart of the book, whose chapters highlight the contemporary practice of pastoralism in order to enhance understanding of this unique livelihood and lifestyle. Download a PDF flyer for full details and a table of contents.

26 Oct 2012
Invitation to Book Launch
A book launch for Pastoralism and Development in Africa: Dynamic Change at the Margins, edited by Andy Catley, Jeremy Lind and Ian Scoones, will be held at London House, Goodenough College, at 6 pm on November 29th, 2012. Seats may be reserved by emailing H. Dudley. For more information on the book and event download a PDF flyeror visit the dedicated webpage.

26 Oct 2012
New Edition of Chatty’s From Camel to Truck: The Bedouin in the Modern World
A new edition of Prof. Dawn Chatty’s 1986 book From Camel to Truck: The Bedouin in the Modern World will be released by White Horse Press January 2013. Download a PDF flyer for full details and a table of contents.

21 June 2012

IUAES 2009 Papers Published in China
Modern Pastoralism and Conservation Book CoverThe Commission is pleased to announce the publication of some of the papers presented at the CNP panel at the IUAES Congress in Kunming, Yunnan, China in 2009. A selection of papers were edited by Dawn Chatty and Troy Sternberg and appear in the book Modern Pastoralism and Conservation: Old Problems New Challenges. It contains chapters by A. Khazanov, S. Kratli, S. Mezhoud and C. Oxby, S. Moiko, A. Kronberg Garcia, D. Chatty, T. Sternberg, E. Yeh, and M. Foggin and G Zhaxi.

21 June 2012

Indigenous pastoralists evicted in Ethiopia, reports Human Rights Watch
(Nairobi) June 18, 2012 – The Ethiopian government is forcibly displacing indigenous pastoral communities in Ethiopia’s Lower Omo valley without adequate consultation or compensation to make way for state-run sugar plantations, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The report contains previously unpublished government maps that show the extensive developments planned for the Omo valley, including irrigation canals, sugar processing factories, and 100,000 hectares of other commercial agriculture. [Read the full announcement]

21 June 2012

China to end nomadic life, reports Radio Free Asia
A U.S.-based rights group has hit out at plans by the Chinese government to force three ethnic minority groups to abandon the last traces of their nomadic lifestyles in the next three years.

“The Chinese Government continues to aggressively pursue and expand its national project for displacing nomadic herders off their traditional lands and resettling them in agricultural and urban areas,” the Southern Mongolia Human Rights Information Center (SMHRIC) said in an e-mailed statement on Tuesday.

Citing a statement posted on the official website of China’s central government, the group said it marked “a major and seemingly final step toward eliminating the remaining population of nomad herders and eradicating the thousands of years-old nomadic way of life in China.” [Read the full announcement]

17 March 2012

Dana +10 Workshop April 10-14
Ten years after the Dana Declaration on Mobile Peoples and Conservation was agreed in Wadi Dana, Jordan, it is time to follow up on the achievements of the past decade and consider the future. Working with the representatives of the World Alliance of Mobile Indigenous Peoples –WAMIP and others similar groups, the Dana + 10 workshop will, among other outputs, develop a statement to be delivered at the Rio+20 meetings in June 2012 to continue to promote the human rights of mobile indigenous people in the context of biodiversity conservation and democratic environmental governance in the face of continuing expansion of protected areas, land grabbing, and further dispossession. The workshop ultimately aims to continue to raise and maintain awareness of the special vulnerabilities and needs of mobile indigenous peoples. [Read the full announcement]

17 March 2012

Tuareg Emergency
According to UNHCR, fighting between Tuareg rebels of MNLA (National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad) and government forces resumed on January 17 in Mali, in violation of an agreement concluded in 2009 that had formally ended the Tuareg rebellion.

UNHCR has deployed emergency teams in countries surrounding Mali to help take care of the needs of more than 20,000 people who were forced to flee fighting in northern Mali.

The majority of the displaced people are in Niger, Burkina Faso and Mauritania. The fighting between Tuareg rebel groups and government forces in the region in northern Mali Azawad began in mid-January. “These past three weeks, at least 10,000 people have crossed the border into Niger. Some 9,000 of them found refuge in Mauritania and 3,000 in Burkina Faso,” said a UNHCR spokesman, Adrian Edwards, during a press conference in Geneva.

Keep Reading…

17 Sept 2011

Israel to forcibly evict Bedouins from West Bank
Amira Hass of the Israeli newspaper Haaretz has reported that “The Civil Administration is expected to begin forcefully moving Bedouin in the West Bank to a permanent location as part of a plan to remove all the Bedouin in Area C (under both Israel’s civilian and military aegis) from lands they have been living on for decades.” Visitors may access her complete report from Haaretz’s website, or from our own archive.

20 April 2011 Nomadic Peoples articles to be published as a Chinese-language anthology
25 Oct 2010 2010 IUCN and CEESP Briefing Note
17 Dec 2009 IUAES 2010 Turkey
25 Jul 2009 IUAES 2009 CNP Programme
08 Jun 2009 Humboldt Research Award
01 Aug 2009 Chair Report Update
22 Oct 2008 IUCN Dana Announcement
31 Jun 2008 Mursi Update
24 Jun 2008 New Nomad Action Initiative
02 May 2008 Mobile Indigenous Peoples at the UN Permanent Forum
31 May 2005 Indigenous People Want Power to Veto World Bank Plans
31 Mar 2003 Example of good practice in conservation with Bedouin in Syria
Other archived Announcements
Botswana: Joy as Bushmen win landmark legal case
Scenes of jubilation greeted the Botswana High Court’s ruling today in favour of the Kalahari Bushmen.

The court ruled today that the Botswana government’s eviction of the Bushmen was ‘unlawful and unconstitutional’, and that they have the right to live on their ancestral land inside the Central Kalahari Game Reserve.

The court also ruled that the Bushmen applicants have the right to hunt and gather in the reserve, and should not have to apply for permits to enter it.

One of the judges, Justice Phumaphi, said the government’s refusal to allow the Bushmen to hunt ‘was tantamount to condemning the residents of the CKGR to death by starvation.’

However, the judges also said that the government is not obliged to provide services to Bushmen in the reserve.

Bushman spokesman Roy Sesana said outside the court, ‘Today is the happiest day for us Bushmen. We have been crying for so long, but today we are crying with happiness. Finally we have been set free. The evictions have been very, very painful for my people. I hope that now we can go home to our land.’

Survival’s director Stephen Corry said today, ‘The court’s ruling is a victory for the Bushmen and for indigenous peoples everywhere in Africa. It is also a victory for Botswana. If the government quickly enacts the court ruling, then the campaign will end and the country really will have something to be proud of.’

The court case has been the longest and most expensive in Botswana’s history.

An online press file about the court case, including summaries, biographies, legal precedents, photos and video clips, is available at

To read this online:
Julian Steward Award for Best Book 2005
J.Terrence McCabe’s book Cattle Brings Us to Our Enemies: Turkana Ecology, Politics, and Raiding in a Disequilibrium System (University of Michigan Press, 2005) has received the Julian Steward Award for best book in 2005. The award is made by the Anthropology and Environment Section of the American Anthropological Association (AAA) for the best book published during the last year for ecological or environmental anthropology. The award itself will be presented at the AAA meeting in November 2006.

Gittaohan Nomadic Camel Caravan
Gittaohan is a collaboration Project group made up of people from several nations, which promotes Nomadism and the respectful and ecological use of nomadic animals.

We travel the old Silk Road with two Mongolian bactrian camels, following the steps of all the courageous caravans before us. Gittaohan travels to schools, organisations and festivals and recieve hundreds of people in their camp everyday. For twenty years Gittaohan has made two full lengths of the Silk Road from Italy to Mongolia. Collecting and sharing knowledge of traditional nomadic practices.

We currently are in Turkey and are working on a bactrian camel husbandry program.

From every passionate member of this caravan to everyone who wants to advance and build world consciousness. Welcome! Email:

Ecological Migration: Environment, Ethnicity, and Human Rights in Inner Mongolia
Panel held at the Association for Asian Studies (AAS) Annual Meeting on April 3, 2005, Chicago. For more information,and access to the papers presented please visit the Southern Mongolian Human Rights Information Center

Proceedings from the Global Pastoral Programme Formulation Workshop, Nairobi, Kenya 19-23 April 2004. Held to design a partnership and programme to build momentum for greater recognition of the need for sustainable pastoral development. Full report here (pdf 239KB). An official dossier of documents, presentations, videos & photographs which accompany the proceedings, will be made available on CD-ROM. E-mail Camillo Ponziani , UNDP-GEF, New York to request a copy. See the UNDP Drylands " Global Pastoral Programme " web-page for more details.

Fourth International Conference of Pastoralists, Guadalavier, Spain from 16-18 July 2004.
Museo de la Transhumancia. [Encuentro Internacional de Pastores Trashumantes].
Raising awareness of the need to safeguard pastoral livelihoods in Southern Europe and around the world & highlighting the benefits of transhumance within the context of rangeland/mountain ecosystems. Click here for programme.

Dr. Jean-Pierre Biber (European Forum on Nature Conservation and Pastoralism) and Camillo Ponziani (UNDP-GEF) will be attending introducing participants to UNDP Global Pastoralism Project currently under preparation, as well as to the work being done by the European Forum. An opportunity to present their efforts up to date, document any substantive discussion that ensues, and to gain valuable insight on possible North-South linkages for the UNDP Global Pastoralism Project.

IUAES: Opportunities for IUAES research development in collaboration with other research organizations worldwide
Report of the IUAES President of the meeting of Presidents of International Unions belonging to the Council for Science (ICSU). Paris, 9-10th February 2004.

Aspects that ICSU considers important to develop include: capacity building, especially in Africa; human security; linking social sciences with natural sciences; ethics; and traditional knowledge.
This meeting was followed by a sub group meeting on February 11th at the French Academy of Medicine to discuss activities in the areas of science for health and well-being, invited by the International Union of Biological Sciences.

ICSU is beginning to establish collaboration centers in various world regions where needed. Proposals are sought for interdisciplinary short courses for capacity building.
IUAES Commissions are asked for suggestions of concrete aspects in which they may like to collaborate, particularly initiatives that could be part of capacity building with other scientific Unions. Please submit suggestions for collaboration to the Chair, Dawn Chatty.
Click here for full report.

Southern Mongolian Human Rights Information Center (SMHRIC).
SMHRIC report a situation in Inner Mongolia where “Since few years ago, there have been a regional-scale massive forced eviction against ethnic Mongolian nomadic herders in Inner Mongolia by the Chinese government under the slogans of “abolishing the Mongolian backward and primitive nomadic life-style” and “recovering the grassland eco-system”. The entire herders population has become the target of relocations from their pastoral lands, and the entire livestock population has already been banned from herding. See the campaigns section of their website for more – or email: Enhebatu Togochog

Dana Declaration at the World Parks Congress, Durban, South Africa, September 2003
The World Parks Congress (WPC) in Durban was a key platform for the promotion of the Dana Declaration on Mobile Peoples and Conservation . The congress set out future priorities related to protected areas policy in the coming decade. These priorities were linked to a ‘Plan of Action’ suggesting the practical measures that need to be taken to realize this mission. Read the press release by Dawn Chatty, Chair of the Commission on Nomadic Peoples who attended the conference.

Key outcomes of the representations of the Mobile Peoples group at the World Parks congress were The Durban Accord: A Global Commitment for People and the Earth’s Protected Areas and also The Durban Action Plan. Of the Recommendations formally approved at the Congress that most relevant to the aims of the Commission on Nomadic Peoples is: WPC Recommendation 5.27 Mobile Indigenous Peoples and Conservation. Click here for detailed reports provided at the Dana Declaration website page on the World Parks Congress.

Dana Declaration on Mobile Peoples and Conservation
In April 2002, some 30 experts from around the world, with various professional social science, natural science and policy-making backgrounds, attended a conference in the Wadi Dana Nature Reserve, Jordan. This conference was organized by the Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford in collaboration with Durrell Institute of Conservation Ecology, University of Canterbury; World Commission on Protected Areas (IUCN); World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and Oxfam (UK).

The Dana Declaration, a Statement of Principles, is an important product of that meeting, where the group discussed how environmental protection and wildlife conservation projects affect the lives and livelihoods of nomadic and other mobile peoples.

The aim of the Dana Declaration is to ensure that future conservation policies and programmes respect the rights of indigenous and traditional communities, and to highlight the many areas of common interest between mobile peoples and conservationists. It is hoped that it will lay the
groundwork for participative and multi-disciplinary approaches to conservation that will address the specific interests of mobile people, to the benefit of all parties.

The Dana Declaration is being widely disseminated to indigenous peoples’ organizations, NGOs, academics, professional bodies and practitioners.

Please review our web site at: and consider joining our e-mail list serve.

Report of the International Workshop
“The Changing Face of Pastoralism in the Hindu Kush-Himalaya-Tibetan Plateau Highlands” Lhasa, TAR, May 12-19, 2002

A strategy workshop jointly organized by The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development(ICIMOD) and The Tibetan Academy of Agriculture and Animal Sciences (TAAAS).

Proceedings and case studies will be published in 2003. For further information contact Camille Richard, Rangeland Specialist.

Summary of Report
Full Report

Report of Double Conference IUAES in Moscow
“Urban encounters between nomadic and sedentary people (Moscow I)” and “The city as counterpoint of civilization: European Asiatic and Russian Dimensions (The Experience of the Millennium) (Moscow II)”

Sukhanovo, Moscow, Russia, 7-12 June 2002

Hosted by the Russian Academy of Arts and organized by the IUAES Commission on Urban Anthropology and the IUAES Commission on Nomadic Peoples. Supported by the International Social Science Council (ISSC, Paris) and UNESCO.

Research has continued on pastoral nomads, however marginalized they have become. But the populations who have faced urbanization have rarely been the focus of attention. Sometimes nomads are forced to adopt a sedentary lifestyle although their worldview continues to be based on a nomadic life. The relationship between nomads and urbanites is characterized by a mixture of adaptation, co-operation, suspicion, trust and conflict. This symposium sought papers that address the cultural, political, or economic aspects of the encounter. The relation was approached from the perspective of nomadic or of sedentary peoples, or the perspectives of both groups may be juxtaposed. Click here for a shorter summary or here for a more detailed report .

Nomadic Peoples Journal

The Editor, Saverio Krätli.

Nomadic Peoples is the official journal of the Commission on Nomadic Peoples, part of the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences (IUAES).

Nomadic Peoples is a peer-refereed international academic journal, published by The White Horse Press, Isle of Harris, UK.

Full articles can be downloaded through the library subscription service INGENTAConnect.

Aims and Scope
Founded in the 1970s, the Journal Nomadic Peoples has a long and respected position in the scholarship devoted to peoples who maintain a mobile way of life. The journal’s aim is to deal with all types of nomadic peoples, such as pastoral nomads, foragers, peripatetics (gypsies), and so-called sea nomads. Its aim is to provide the scientific community and the general public with new research on past and current aspects of the societies of mobile peoples, including their interactions with nation states and the wider society, development interventions and the global economy.

The journal crosses disciplinary and functional specializations, from academics to administrators and practitioners, and is international in geographical spread, as nomadic or recently-mobile peoples are found on all the continents. Since its establishment, the Journal has expanded its scope to encompass natural science perspectives on nomadic peoples along side anthropological and ethnological ones. Contributors and consulting editors include anthropologists as well as ecologists, economists, range and livestock scientists, policy-makers, and development operators.

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Lifetime achievement awards

The Commission on Nomadic Peoples presents its Lifetime Achievement Award for outstanding contributions to the study of nomadic peoples at the International Congress of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences.

Previous awardees are: Professor Jeremy Swift (2013), Professor Anatoly Khazanov (2009), Professor Walter Goldschmidt (2003), Professor I.M. Lewis (2003), Professor William Irons (2000), and Professor Fredrik Barth (1998). Click on their names for full details.

For more information and new nominations, please contact:
Dr. Kathleen Galvin
Chair CNP Awards Committee
Department of Anthropology
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO 80523

Dr. Jeremy Swift 2013Dr. Anatoly Khazanov 2009Prof. Walter Goldschmidt 2003Prof. I.M. Lewis 2003Prof. William Irons 2000Prof. Fredrik Barth 1998


Asia - Onlus
Central Eurasian Studies World Wide
Dana Declaration on Mobile Peoples and Conservation
Gittaohan Nomadic Camel Caravan
The Association for Nepal and Himalayan Studies
IIED International Institute of Environment and Development . IIED is a leading research institute that publishes Haramata, a bulletin of the drylands, as well as a series of issue papers, frequently relating to pastoralists
Insitute of Development Studies
International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD)
International Crisis Group
International Crisis Group’s Central Asia Project
International Institute for the Study of Nomadic Civilizations (IISNC)
Inventory of Caravanserais in Central Asia database
League for Pastoral Peoples
Mongolia Society
Nomadic Peoples - The Journal of the Commission on Nomadic Peoples The publisher Berghahn’s web page for the journal with online contents listings and journal abstracts.
Pastoral Development Network Page, Overseas Development Institute. Provides online versions of Pastoral Development Network papers published over the past 20 years and recent related FAO documents.
RECONCILE. IIED Programme on Reinforcement of Pastoral Civil Society in East Africa.
Refugee Studies Centre
Southern Mongolian Human Rights Information Center (SMHRIC)
The World Initiative for Sustainable Pastoralism (WISP)