Most people still imagine anthropologists as “bearded, sandals-with-socks obsessives” or “pith-helmet-wearing colonial adventurers living with ‘hidden tribes’ in the jungle”.
Clearly, it is high time to change the public perception of anthropology as an interesting but obsolete endeavour, as well as to dismantle the notion of “applied” as the “evil twin” of “academic” anthropology.
Let’s bridge the unhelpful divide between theory and practice. Let’s move beyond the principle of “Do No Harm” and instead seek to “Do Some Good”.
Careful reflections will remain necessary, but intervention is urgently needed.
Why The World Needs Anthropologists is an annual symposium, which aims to show how practising anthropologists are relevant to the contemporary world and the most pressing issues facing humanity.
Visiting several European countries and attracting 3000+ participants from varying disciplines and sectors, the flagship symposium of EASA’s Applied Anthropology Network has been providing a platform for discussion, collaboration and action since 2013.
The Organising Committee welcomes presentations of various strands and forms of practising anthropology and ethnography-based research in particular programme sections such as Hotspot, Workshops and Perspectives.
One of the primary goals of WWNA and the Applied Anthropology Network is to grow the community beyond exclusive professional boundaries.
The event thus welcomes all individuals, groups and organisations interested in the theme as well as the general values and principles of social anthropology.
The participants can mingle in the Hotspot fair and meet the event partners and sponsors presenting their projects, services or study programs.
During Future Movements, selected participants will present their own case studies.
The second day turns out to be more interactive.
What’s coming next? Acting on new initiatives, collaborations and change-making ideas. The third day is an opportunity to prepare the stage for future steps.
Finally, WWNA relocates into urban public spaces with site-specific activities.
The Advisory Group is a team of high-level experts and local stakeholders that provides guidance on key organisational issues.