We live times of unprecedented challenges, in which humanity faces devastating pandemics, climate changes and tensions between political blocs. The technological revolution has led us to an extraordinary period of interconnection, and at the same time an exceptional manipulation. What was labeled as the era of Globalization at the end of the 20th century is today a disturbing panorama for the future of our cultures.
At the same time, we are being watched and judged with an unrepentant eye. Somebody does it right now, through the memory. They are the generations to come, who will suffer or enjoy the consequences of what we do now.
What is the legacy we leave behind? What do we know about our history and inheritances? What mistakes and solutions can we learn from it? What will be left behind us, culturally, environmentally, technologically and biologically?
These are some of the questions that frame the 8th AIBR International Congress of Anthropology. The time of humanity will be our common denominator, and the meeting place - virtual or real - will take us to one of the most emblematic and beautiful cities in Spain.
Salamanca needs no introduction. It is a charismatic place in Iberoamerican culture, and for centuries it has served as scenario of the most famous Hispanic narrative. Great works of universal literature that have persisted in our memory for centuries took place in this city. From "La Celestina" to the "Lazarillo de Tormes", this Castilian land has inspired countless stories, written by Miguel de Cervantes, Lope de Vega, Calderón de la Barca, Víctor Hugo, Miguel de Unamuno or Carmen Martín Gaite, to name only a few.
That is why it is a privilege to hold the AIBR Congress in 2022 in Salamanca. The Conference will also be held in one of the oldest Universities in the world. With more than eight centuries of history, the University of Salamanca is the perfect place to hold this event. Because of that, our next Congress is not only an invitation to Anthropology, but also to all the areas of knowledge that walk alongside it, such as History, Philosophy or Literature. We look forward to seeing each other again and feeling the charm, the effervescence and the intense intellectual exchange that has always characterized AIBR Conferences.