P002
The mobility of applied anthropologists: in and out of fields and between jobs [Applied Anthropology Network]

Convenors:
Siew-Peng Lee (Brunel University)
Margaret Bullen (University of the Basque Country, Donostia-San Sebastián)
Location:
SO-D289
Start time:
15 August, 2018 at 9:00
Session slots:
2

Short abstract:

This panel seeks to explore spaces where anthropological training is applied outside the university: amongst people on the move over space and time, in design and technology, and personal accounts of moving in and out of such 'applied' jobs while juggling with the resulting precariousness.

Long abstract:

This Applied Anthropology Network panel seeks to explore the widest range of professional spaces where anthropology graduates are found outside academia and their accounts of moving in and out of jobs and juggling with the resulting precariousness. We invite presentations that describe and demonstrate how anthropology is being applied, on the one hand across a broad spectrum of social issues which are themselves a product of instability and movement over space and time: refugee and asylum services, new language and host culture learning, language policies and planning, general and social education, medical/occupational health services, nursing/care homes, senior workers into retirement, teenagers into adulthood; and on the other, how anthropology is practised in the fast-moving sectors of design and technology: software design, product design, user experience, town planning, architecture. We acknowledge the overlapping and "ragged edges" of applied anthropology with anthropologists moving in and out of defined spaces and between "grey areas" where job descriptions are rather blurred, thus requiring a willingness and ability to share skills with colleagues in interdisciplinary teams. Therefore we are also interested in reflective and reflexive accounts of the applied anthropologists' adaptability and malleability, and the costs and challenges of moving out of, and back into, academia. Significantly, how has training in anthropology prepared presenters for these diverse roles? How differently would they structure an anthropology curriculum to prepare its graduates for work outside academia? Innovative/experimental formats of presentation are welcome.