W042
Engaging anthropology in practice: pedagogical exchanges with media practitioners

Convenors:
Caroline Gatt (University of Aberdeen)
Rachel Harkness (University of Edinburgh)
Thomas Hylland Eriksen (University of Oslo)
Joseph Long (University of Aberdeen)
Stream:
Location:
Arts Classhall E
Start time:
27 August, 2010 at 11:30
Session slots:
1

Short abstract:

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.

Long abstract:

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.