The KAS began hosting annual meetings in May 1957. These meetings have taken many forms over the years: some have included papers representing the spectrum of anthropological interests, others have focused closely on specific topics. Several meetings have been held to honor the scholarship of retiring anthropologists, and one has taken the form of an Ethnographic Film Festival. The most recent KAS conference, "Translocalities: Borders, Boundaries, and the Making of Sites," was held April 2003. In addition to its printed journal, KAS is also now a free, open-access scholarly journal (Fall 2009).
Both the journal and conferences are designed and implemented by graduate students in the Department of Anthropology at UC Berkeley, with support from faculty and campus organizations, such as the Graduate Assembly. While KAS typically has a senior faculty advisor from the UC Berkeley Anthropology Department, we remain an autonomous student institution that is financially independent from the department. All graduate students in the UCB Anthropology Department and the Joint UCB-UCSF Medical Anthropology Program are eligible to become members of the KAS.