Anthropology, AI and the Future of Human Society

June 6-10, 2022
Online event

Anthropology, AI and the Future of Human Society. AI has come to represent multiple causal drivers of change: amongst them artificial intelligence itself, space exploration, bio-tech and other emerging technologies. The implications for human society could hardly be more significant, and feed into a host of already contemporary concerns, such as sovereignty, economics, politics, reproduction and kinships, ethics and law, conflict and many more.

We wish to explore these issues from the broadest range of perspectives. From its foundation, anthropology has studied the complexity and variety of human society, and now we may turn to developing a sustained body of disciplinary understanding envisaging what may come in near, and more distant eras. There has been systematic consideration already in many other fields, whether within or outside academia. We would therefore invite interested proposals from anthropologists of any background, and also those who would like to think about their work in conjunction with anthropology, or hold a dialogue with anthropologists. The arts as well as the sciences are invited, for this is an area of human speculation where both have made very great contributions, and we see the different approaches as being mutually stimulating.

Without in any way wishing to limit the possibilities, we suggest below a few of the potential areas of interest:

Visions of the future: scientific and artistic imaginations
Ethics, law and governance
Biotechnology: DNA and reproduction
Consciousness and the machine/biological interface
Future conflicts and the military
Economics, the digital future and the creation of value
Inequality, sovereignty and demography
Climate change and the environment
Science fiction and its place in futures studies
Agronomics and ecology
Information, democracy and politics
Robots and sociality, and human/machine interaction
AI and human Identities
Space exploration and extra-terrestrial migration
Disciplinary reflections: anthropological attempts to anticipate the future

Informal enquiries may be made to

Call for Panels opens 13 July 2021 and closes on 21 November 2021

Call for Papers opens 13 December 2021 and closes on 25 February 2022

Registration opens 11 April 2022

Conference Fees:

Fellows & Members: £90
Non-Fellows: £150
Concessions (students, unemployed and retired persons): £45
Delegates with low income from Low Income Countries ( £30


The British Science Fiction Association was established in 1958, with its first chair being science fiction writer, Brian Aldiss. It soon became a national association of readers, authors, critics, editors, booksellers and publishers with the aim of appreciating and encouraging science fiction in every form. Today, the BSFA is a vibrant and growing national organisation of science fiction writers, readers and scholars.

Future Anthropologies Network (FAN) was established as an outcome of the work of the Anthropology at the Edge of the Future Lab held at the 2014 EASA conference. The intention of the group is to continue our shared work in conceptualizing, debating, theorizing and practicing an engaged anthropology that puts futures at the centre of its agenda.


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