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 research on nomadic peoples. This includes a focus on all mobile peoples, encompassing pastoralists, nomadic hunters and gatherers, and other peripatetic peoples (e.g. travellers).
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.
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Its activities are focused on organizing conferences for the IUAES as well as facilitating other meetings and workshops. The journal of Nomadic Peoples, a leading peer-reviewed academic journal focusing on scholarship on mobile peoples, is part of its mandate. It maintains an email distribution list for important announcements.
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.
Events and Activities
The CNP organizes panels at the annual IUAES conference. An archive of past panels and paper titles is available here.
Additionally, we organize workshops focused on key themes relevant to research and advocacy with and for mobile peoples.
The CNP aims to become a hub of knowledge exchange, academic collaboration and advocacy on issues pertinent to mobile peoples.