[Call for Papers!] The 13th Annual CUHK Anthropology Postgraduate Student Forum: “Happiness and Wellbeing in Times of Crises “

This year’s Postgraduate Student Forum invites a collective conversation between these novel imaginations and experiments for better futures. The forum accepts theoretical reflections, methodological deliberations, and personal contemplations from a wide variety of fields. We welcome anthropological—and related works, on the varied and provocative ways people act in “pursuits of happiness” (Mathews and Izquierdo 2009).

Encouraged topics and themes include but are not limited to:

  • Values, meanings, and measures of happiness and wellbeing
  • Improving happiness and wellbeing through public policy
  • Consuming happiness and the happiness industry
  • Languages and expressions of happiness and wellbeing
  • Disembodied intimacies and social connections
  • Community festivals, collective rituals, and social celebrations
  • Happiness and wellbeing across diverse socio-cultural categories, i.e., children, aged, sick, disabled, displaced, etc.
  • Happiness and wellbeing during fieldwork 
  • Wellbeing and material conditions of ancient societies
  • Biocultural and evolutionary perspectives on happiness and wellbeing
  • Cross-border mobility and immobility
  • States of desires and aspirations  
  • Marginality, oppression, and finding satisfaction in political expressions
  • Equity and social justice movements
  • Human rights, justice, and freedom
  • Ecological sustainability and resilience

Abstract Submission

  • Proposal Submission Type: Individual Paper Proposal
  • Language for Submission and Presentation: English only
  • Submission Method: Please submit your application and abstract (300 words max) through the online form
  • Proposal Submission Deadline: 12 Nov (Fri)
  • Announcement of Acceptance: 3 Dec (Fri)
  • Full Paper Submission Deadline: 31 Dec (Fri) (Word limit for the full papers: 2750-3000 words)
  • Conference Date: 11-12 February 2022

Forum Webpage: https://www.arts.cuhk.edu.hk/~ant/pgforum/

Forum Committee: 

  • Angelini, Gabriella 
  • Chen, Yutong
  • Chow, Kootyin
  • Del Rosario-Rondilla, Aileen
  • Zhang, Jingwen


  • Faculty of Arts, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Department of Anthropology, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

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