International Society of Ethnobiology (ISE) Congress 2024

It gives us immense pride to announce that we will be co-organising the 18th International Society of Ethnobiology (ISE) Congress, taking place in Marrakech, May 2024!

We are gathering academics, activists, practitioners and visionaries from all over the world who are engaged with diverse communities and environments. ISE Congress 2024 will juxtapose biodiversity and cultural landscapes, evoking the intimate relationships of animals, plants and other forms of life that are embedded in environments shaped by people. 

From the selection of diverse keynote speakers to the choice of a liberating un-conference format, our deeper intention is to venture beyond the prosaic to embrace the poetic. Featuring sessions that are innovative and interactive, the congress will delve into biodiversity and cultural landscapes as conceptualised and contested by decolonial, indigenous and local practitioners and scholars.

We have now opened the Call for Sessions for the Congress. You can read more about themes and formats here.

Read more about the themes and formats.

As many of you may be aware, a massive earthquake struck Marrakech and the High Atlas with deadly force on 8th September. The Congress is still slated to go forward in Marrakech. The conference venue has not suffered any damages and organisers plan to continue with the Congress as planned, with a focus on rebuilding and resilience.

Two of the conference organisers, ourselves and the Moroccan Biodiversity and Livelihoods Association are deeply involved in High Atlas relief and rehabilitation efforts. We are committed to providing immediate and long-term support to alleviate the immense suffering of rural communities where we’ve been working for more than a decade. You can read more about our efforts here and donate to our fundraiser to help support those worse hit by this disaster.

We will be opening the early bird registration for the general public and call for abstracts in December. A detailed timeline and other information can be found here.

We look forward to receiving your applications and welcoming you to Marrakech next year!