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.
The usual WWNA three-day model is as follows:
The first day is dedicated to knowing. Topic-related talks are presented by the Speakers and followed by the Panel discussion.
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.
Starting with Perspectives, a Pecha-Kucha style presentation followed by a Q&A, the participants are warmed up for community-driven Workshopsl.
The day concludes with the Evening session, a plenary meeting that includes a brand new, bi-annual initiative Apply Award Ceremony.
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.
The annual Applied Anthropology Network meeting and other network-related activities take place. In the meantime, the Assembly offers a communal platform for non-anthro colleagues.