Launching 'Engaging Anthropology in Practice', a project based in Scotland, this panel will showcase anthropological engagements of various publics by European practitioners in order to learn from this work and create links for future cooperation. Presentations have been requested that reflect upon the practicalities of engagement. Discussion in the latter part of the session will consider the development of anthropological training in the light of these experiences.
The conference theme asks whether anthropologists should resist pressure to re-frame the discipline in terms of what 'practical use' it may have. In exploring what 'practical use' entails, we ask how anthropological training might be developed that resists reproducing an opposition between the practical and the theoretical, but nonetheless equips anthropologists to reach publics beyond the academy. This panel explores what is needed to practice anthropology in a way that reflexively engages in the world without reductionism and speaks to professionals in the arts, education and broadcast media. The conveners are currently developing 'Engaging Anthropology in Practice', a workshop programme based in Scotland. The project aims to develop a training agenda for postgraduates and early career anthropologists through exchanges with professionals working with different publics. The panel will showcase anthropological engagements already carried out in order to learn from these projects, identify training issues, and create links for future cooperation.