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Public anthropology: new field, new practices? 
Monica Heintz (University of Paris Nanterre)
Hayal Akarsu (Utrecht University)
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Thursday 25 July, -, -
Time zone: Europe/Madrid
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Short Abstract:

What is public anthropology: applied anthropology, creative anthropology, militant or engaged anthropology, a type of citizen science? This panel proposes to theoretically define this field by addressing the challenges and successes of producing anthropology for and with the 'public'.

Long Abstract:

If the term public anthropology is relatively new (Eriksen, 2016), it is grounded in previous practices that claimed that anthropology ‘matters’ in the world. But the term ‘public’ raises new issues: what are the ‘publics’ for whom anthropologists research or among whom they “disseminate” their research, at home and abroad? How should anthropological research be translated for these various publics? What are the limits and politics of ‘public anthropology’?

If public anthropology necessitates additional competencies beyond those for which we have been trained, what are these, and who can and should practice them? Often the allies for this ‘translation’ of anthropological knowledge to the general public are artists, non-governmental associations and communities, whose competencies, toolboxes, ethics and means of collaboration do not always coincide with anthropologists’ and should be learnt. But who guarantees then the soundness of such anthropological arguments and representations? What ethical, methodological, and epistemological choices must be made and negotiated when producing anthropology for and with the 'public'?

Finally, we would like to discuss how to cope with the risks of getting public. There is always a danger of becoming ‘the anthropologist’ specialist of everything annexed by the media to bring legitimacy to political or problematic positions. Where are the limits of the public relevance an anthropological opinion may reach?

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Session 1 Thursday 25 July, 2024, -
Session 2 Thursday 25 July, 2024, -