WENNER-GREN FOUNDATION FOR ANTHROPOLOGICAL RESEARCH
Since the 1950ís the Foundation has convened more than 130 symposia on topics of broad interest to anthropology.
These symposia involve a small group of invited scholars who meet for intensive discussion and debate. The Symposia
are based on a format that was developed and refined at Burg Wartenstein, the Foundationís European conference
center from 1958 to 1980. Todayís meetings continue the Burg Wartenstein model and are held at a variety of sites in
the U.S. and abroad. Symposia topics are either initiated by the Foundation or selected from submitted proposals on
the basis of the importance and timeliness of the topic, the promise of meaningful exchange among scholars representing
diverse perspectives and fields, and the potential for opening up new approaches to significant problems.
Symposia are administered and fully supported (both financially and logistically) by the Foundation. Wenner-Gren
International Symposia have resulted in a number of landmark volumes, including Manís Role in Changing the Face
of the Earth (1956); Background to Evolution in Africa (1967); Cloth and Human Experience (1989); and Tools, Language,
and Cognition in Human Evolution (1993). Between 2002 and 2010, twelve symposia were published in The
Wenner-Gren International Symposium Series (Berg Publishers). From 2010 onward, symposia publications will appear
as supplementary issues of Current Anthropology. Academic publication is changing rapidly and the Foundation
believes that Wenner-Gren symposia publications will reach a wider audience and have a greater impact in journal