Wenner-Gren Symposia are five-day workshops, hosted by the Foundation, which are designed to move anthropology forward by pioneering new conversations within and beyond the field. Symposia are designed to foster unexpected conversations between anthropologists and scholars from disciplines that have not traditionally been conversant with work in our discipline. We support meetings that go beyond parallel play by fostering awareness and appreciation for epistemological approaches taken in other fields among scholars working on urgent issues of shared concern. We work with organizers to develop creative methods for meeting this goal. We also support meetings that cross scholarly borders within anthropology in the interest of addressing urgent topics. Papers based on Symposia appear as open access supplements in the Wenner-Gren Symposium Series with Current Anthropology.
Symposia are partnerships between the Foundation and the academic organizers. The Foundation works closely with the organizers to further develop the objectives of the symposium, identify specific topics, and make final decisions on the participants.
Wenner-Gren Symposia are scheduled through Spring 2021. We are not currently accepting proposals. We will issue a call for the Spring 2022 Wenner-Gren Symposium in Summer 2020. The next deadline for proposals will be October 1, 2020.