Plenary B
Migrants, refugees and public anthropology

Convenors:
Ulf Hannerz (Stockholm University)
Format:
Panels
Location:
Aula Magna-Auditorium
Start time:
16 August, 2018 at 14:30
Session slots:
1

Short abstract:

The conference theme “Staying, Moving, Settling” is clearly not only of scholarly interest – we encounter aspects of it in politics, law, the media, and public responses. Consequently, anthropological work on the issues involved can be a central field of public anthropology.

Long abstract:

The 2018 EASA conference theme “Staying, Moving, Settling” is clearly not only of scholarly interest – we encounter aspects of it in politics, law, the media, and short-term and long-term public responses. Consequently, anthropological work on the issues involved should be a central field of public anthropology. This session draws on experience and expertise from different parts of Europe on the complex uses of anthropological knowledge in institutional arenas and in media, with an emphasis on the period since 2015. What are the other kinds of professional expertise we will come to interact with, and how do we communicate effectively with them? What are the practical and ethical constraints on field research in ethnographic grey zones between legal and illegal conditions, and on reporting on such research? What are the communicative skills we must identify and acquire in order to reach out persuasively beyond our academic audiences? There are important challenges here to the further development of an anthropology which is effective in the public arena.