Mission and Vision

Insaniyyat is a society of Palestinian anthropologists devoted to promoting anthropological inquiry among Palestinians and about Palestine and the rest of the world. It advocates the development of anthropological knowledge in diverse subfields and related ethnographic research, while always attuned to social and political justice. It aims to promote anthropological scholarship to various audiences in Palestine and beyond.

Insaniyyat seeks to develop a critical anthropological knowledge in which different perspectives and  diverse lifeways are considered in their particular cultural, historical, and political contexts.

Insaniyyat aims to provide professional support for Palestinians working in the discipline of anthropology by promoting their academic research and by promoting ethnographic writing in Arabic language.

Finally, Insaniyyat is committed to spreading knowledge about anthropology among Palestinian university students and to introducing anthropology to wider publics.


  • Bring together Palestinian anthropologists locally, regionally, and internationally under joint activities.
  • Support Palestinian anthropological and ethnographic research.
  • Promote teaching and researching anthropology at Palestinian institutions of higher education.
  • Engage the Palestinian wider public with anthropological knowledge.
  • Disseminate critical anthropological knowledge of the Palestinian experience internationally.
  • Encourage Palestinian anthropologists to develop critical research and study societies and cultures beyond Palestine.
  • Promote Palestinian anthropologists’ participation in international scholarly activities.
  • Welcome international scholars working on Palestine and Palestinians abroad to participate in Insaniyyat activities.


  • Organize conferences, seminars, and workshops.
  • Publish, translate, and distribute anthropological research to various audiences in Arabic and other languages.
  • Introduce anthropology as an independent discipline to various institutions of higher education.
  • Circulate information about funding opportunities, studentships, and fellowships.
  • Create professional development and mentorship program for students.
  • Network with other anthropological associations in the world and especially in the Arab World and The Global South.