As anthropologists increasingly move beyond the boundaries of the discipline in order to engage in interdisciplinary collaborations and to enter into research partnerships with diverse publics, we ask what challenges and benefits await anthropologists as they move betwixt and between these spaces.
Anthropologists are increasingly called upon to collaborate with interdisciplinary research teams and to partner with community-based groups that wish to engage governments and broader publics. In both cases, the anthropologist may spend much time working outside of their home department, and must become adept at moving back and forth between anthropology and other disciplines as well as between academic spaces and other spaces of work. Anthropologists moving betwixt and between fieldwork sites, academic settings, and public spaces must also be adept at moving knowledge between various stakeholders to facilitate the goals of these interdisciplinary and community-based partnerships. Such collaborative teams hinge upon effective knowledge exchange and knowledge translation in cross-cultural as well as cross-disciplinary settings to ensure the accessibility of knowledge disseminated to broad audiences of knowledge users.
In this panel, we invite papers that reflect on the ways in which anthropological theories, methods, and even anthropologists themselves are increasingly called upon to facilitate the multi-directional movement of ideas, knowledge, and goals within diverse multi-disciplinary teams and community-based research groups. In what ways do anthropological lenses illuminate the flows of ideas and meanings between communities, different academic disciplines, and broader publics? How can these lenses also reveal the sources of barriers and blockages? What obstacles challenge effective movement of knowledge in the multi-disciplinary teams that anthropologists are part of? And finally, what may anthropologists who move largely outside of an anthropology department bring back to our own discipline?