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Beyond the ivory tower: rethinking anthropological pedagogy for applied engagement and a wide(er) impact [Applied Anthropology Network (AAN)] 
Maria Rădan-Papasima (Antropedia)
Corina Enache (Namla)
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Rosalie Post (Namla)
Friday 26 July, -, -
Time zone: Europe/Madrid
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Short Abstract:

We call for anthropologists who have deconstructed traditional methods of teaching the discipline designing new ways of preparing students to take the tools and insights of anthropology beyond the academic bubble into a rapidly changing world confronted with pressing and complex challenges.

Long Abstract:

Critical reflection and questioning of established social institutions is one of the distinguishing features of anthropological practice. However, in their role as teachers, anthropologists tend to be less self-reflexive and critical and they seem to take for granted their institutional environment as much as people from other disciplines do. Although the central method of gaining knowledge in anthropology is first-hand participant observation, in learning about anthropology and its application, students are expected to rely mostly on second-hand data, gaining knowledge by reading about other people’s research. Applied practice in non-academic environments is rarely encouraged, embedded, or rewarded in this framework. Assessing students only based on their interpretation of secondary data leaves out important skills needed by anthropologists which only emerge in their interaction with real people during fieldwork. And even when they do engage in fieldwork, they are rarely invited to think from an applied angle and to develop tools for interventions – something that is going to be asked of them when pursuing work outside of academia. Reflexivity has helped anthropologists enrich their discipline, improving research and leading to nuanced and refined theories. This panel invites anthropologists that use the same approach in their pedagogical work, who have deconstructed traditional ways of teaching the discipline and – with a greater awareness of its vocational aspects – have designed new ways of preparing students to become full, active, and fulfilled members of society who are able to take the tools and insights of Anthropology beyond its academic bubble.

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Session 1 Friday 26 July, 2024, -
Session 2 Friday 26 July, 2024, -