Teaching and learning anthropology and ethnography in transforming contexts: objectives, practices, pedagogies and challenges [TAN] 
Ioannis Manos (University of Macedonia)
Robert Gibb (Glasgow University)
Alex Strating (University of Amsterdam)
Annika Strauss (Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster)
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Wednesday 15 August, 9:00-10:45, 11:15-13:00 (UTC+0)

Short Abstract:

In an era of increasing student mobility, diversification and blurred disciplinary boundaries, this panel explores aspects of teaching and learning anthropology and/or ethnography in both academic and non-academic contexts and disciplinary and interdisciplinary programmes.

Long Abstract

If sociocultural anthropology is to be seen as a useful tool for understanding the contemporary world, it arguably has not only to adjust its research strategies (e.g. Marcus 1998) and analytical concepts to current sociopolitical conditions (e.g Collier and Ong 2005), but also to reconsider its practices of teaching and learning facing up to the fact of increasing student mobility and diversification and blurred disciplinary boundaries. This panel invites papers that explore different aspects of teaching and learning anthropology and/or ethnography today in both academic and non-academic contexts, and as part of disciplinary and interdisciplinary programmes or projects. It is particularly interested in exploring the possibilities, challenges and threats that e-teaching poses in the context of increasing student mobility and diversity and neoliberal pressures to organize teaching more cost effectively.

Among the questions contributions might address are:

1) How do we teach anthropological theory and methods as well as ethnographic writing today?

2) What are the potentials, advantages and challenges of different peer review tools, workshop formats, quizzes and questionnaires offered as modules on many e-learning platforms in social anthropology?

3) How are e-learning platforms being used to supervise students carrying out fieldwork?

4) How do we teach and make anthropological knowledge relevant to diverse audiences of non-anthropologists?

5) How can our experiences of multidisciplinary and joint research help us improve our teaching and learning methods? What perspectives can we adopt from teachers and students in other disciplines?

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