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The Applied Anthropology Network´s motto, "Applying anthropology across disciplinary, professional and territorial borders", expresses our commitment to pushing the advancement of anthropology in other areas such as design, technology and economy, creating new opportunities for our discipline.
Anthropology has traditionally been perceived as a theoretic discipline mainly developed in academic environments and widely unknown to the public outside of scholarly contexts. Yet, an anthropology that remains descriptive and interpretative will lead us to be mere archivists of the many global and local problems surrounding us. Those who starve for real changes cannot afford to understand anthropology as a theoretical discipline but desire to see it actively involved in the decision-making of today´s and tomorrow´s social challenges. The many applications of anthropology match seamlessly with new approaches to different areas such as technology, design or economy to name a few. Our colleagues, professionals dealing with these types of interdisciplinarities need a safe place to share and discuss the limits, discomforts and potentials of their work. A place where applied anthropology is not evaluated on productivity terms ruled by those funding the projects, but where it can be analyzed and brought back to scholarly language to perpetuate the foundation of our work being based on updated and pertinent theoretical knowledge. This panel aims to blur the lines that often distance anthropologists working in academia from those working in non-profit, agencies, consultancies, business and industry, in the hope of generating a fruitful encounter for both sides.