Dear friends and applied anthropology enthusiasts,

We have spent the last few months in an intense discussion about how to adapt WWNA to the new situation caused by the global pandemic of COVID-19.

Considering that many countries are still facing difficulties, restrictions, and fear “second waves” of contagion, we decided to postpone the main physical WWNA: Mobilizing the Planet event to May 28th-30th 2021. What does this mean? 

Firstly, the physical, face-to-face symposium “Why the World Needs Anthropologists: Mobilizing the Planet” in the charming Czech capital of Prague will take place in May 28th-30th 2021. It wasn’t an easy decision, but we want to make sure that the event is safe and accessible for everyone and that no one is left behind because of health concerns, travel or financial restrictions.

Secondly, however! Please do keep the October date booked in your calendars, as well as an eye out on our Social Media Channels, since we will be hosting a Digital Event just for you!

We want this event to be fun, interesting, innovative and welcoming – and that is why we need your opinion. Please help us decide on the best format by giving us a few minutes and filling out the survey below!

The Applied Anthropology Network

Prague skyline

In partnership with Charles University, the University of Pardubice, the Czech Association for Social Anthropology, and Anthropictures, we are proud to announce:

The 8th edition of the annual event WHY THE WORLD NEEDS ANTHROPOLOGISTS, a symposium that explores different applications of anthropology beyond traditional academia!

At this year’s edition, MOBILIZING THE PLANET, we aim to create a collective movement to confront some of the most pressing and challenging global issues of our time. 

We want to discuss and act on current SOCIAL MOVEMENTS: how they emerge, disseminate and create space for different ways of socio-cultural transformation across the globe.

In an era of multilayered global crisis, witnessing amplified racial biases, segregation, inequality, polarisation, and the collapse of our democratic institutions and of our geosphere, we will create space for cooperation, inspiration and mutual learning.

MOBILIZING THE PLANET welcomes people from different backgrounds to share their stories, ideas and experiences. Following the paradigm shift from anthropocentric to life-centric, we want to discuss how to create sustainable and liveable futures for different forms of life across the planet Earth, by quitting the reduction of human and non-human life to mere resources to be exploited at our will.

We want to inform change for the better. We want to be inspired, not only to think more, but also to do more. We want to listen to change-makers who are creating movements across the globe that can inspire us to roll up our sleeves and TAKE ACTION.

Communication language: English

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