AAN Satellite Events

What is a Satellite Event?

  • One-off event endorsed by EASA Applied Anthropology Network (AAN)
  • A tool to join the mission of making anthropology accessible in different settings
  • A gathering that benefits from WWNA name and the elements of original format
  • An action that is independently organized by volunteers
  • A happening that targets audiences in different countries and sectors of applied anthropology

How does it work?

The organization of a WWNA branded Satellite Event is based on a successful application submitted to EASA Applied Anthropology Network. If approved, the application will lead to a License and Organization Pack with some useful resources including how-to tips, templates and slides. In return, EASA AAN will use existing communication channels for the successful promotion of the event and pool the resources of its extended network.

Step by step (from the initial EASA website with a few changes)

  1. Learn more in Satellite Event Guide Book
  2. Submit the Application Form
  3. Meet the SE manager and discuss your motivations and topic ideas
  4. Use the Satellite Event Pack to promote it locally
  5. Sign the License Agreement together with the SE manager
  6. Get support and advice from the AAN SE team till D-Day!

What does it involve? 

A talk on a particular topic linked to a general will to promote and make applied anthropology more accessible in your country.

A topic dealing with the way anthropology can be engaged and applied beyond academia, contributing to different fields and structures such as consultancy, business, industry, NGO’s and so on, in order to inform the audience of the discipline’s potential in the private and public sectors.

A format including 3-4 speakers keynotes + a panel discussion + a discussion with the audience.

Satellite Event Manager

The SE Manager is responsible for coordinating and developing Satellite Events around the world. They assist local teams to successfully curate and implement the event.

Bérénice Perroud

2020 – Currently

Contact: wwna.satellite(at)easaonline.org

Past Events

June 2022 – Why Upland Communities needs Anthropology ? Mountains and participation, in Faggeto Lario, Italy)

The environmental and institutional crises we are experiencing require us to develop collective solutions towards a more just and sustainable society. Participation and citizen engagement are more and more crucial, especially in such contexts that are experiencing the withdrawal of public institutions. How can the “ground level” approach practiced by ethnographers contribute to social innovation, and foster the recomposition of the interests and logics of the actors concerned in context-sensitive and inclusive processes ? What are the needs of mountain communities in the 21st century ? What is the role of anthropologists in meeting these needs? How can interdisciplinary collaborations be useful in this context ?

Organized by Gabriele Orlandi (Idemec (French Center for Scientific Research, Aix-Marseille University) and Giulia Mascadri (University of Aosta Valley).


– Ivan Bargna, anthropologist, Università of Milano-Bicocca
– Federica Corrado, urban planner, Politechnic of Turin / Dislivelli Association
– Angela Molinari, mayor of Faggeto Lario municipality (CO) Luca Santilli, mayor of Gagliano Aterno municipality (AQ)
– Raffaele Spadano, anthropologist, GREEN/MIM, Università della Valle d’Aosta
– Roberta Zanini, anthropologist, Università di Torino/Laboratorio Valchiusella
– Ivana Cherchi, anthropologist and social worker, Ideadonna NGO
– Cecilia Iaconelli, anthropologist, collaborator of HomoLogos

Why Uplands Communities Need Anthropologists


November 2021 – Why Journalism Needs Anthropologists (Torino, Italy)

Anthropologists are rarely present in the national media and anthropological knowledge struggles to be heard. Academics are often victims of a time lag: the time needed to research and publish a book or a scientific article does not allow them to keep up with a topical issue. While not giving up this slowness, which is the lifeblood of the discipline as it allows researchers to gain in-depth insights, it would nevertheless be beneficial to use mainstream media to disseminate anthropological knowledge in a timely manner. Anthropologists have two ways of being present in newspapers: by collaborating with journalists as a “source” or by writing articles and letters in their own hands, as happens in Norway where academic anthropologists regularly write for non-scientific magazines and daily newspapers. The work of the journalist and that of the ethnographer certainly have some points of contact that reveal a kinship between the two professions. One of the things that unites them is the extensive use of qualitative interviews. However, despite some similarities in data collection techniques and ethnographic narrative, it is equally important to pay attention to the differences. Ethics, professional goals, and institutional constraints make the two professions quite different. Indeed, it is precisely from the differences that we should start to identify the potential of a collaboration. There is a generative space located on the border between anthropology and journalism, where a fruitful dialogue and an exchange of knowledge tools can be established.

Organized by: Dario Basile (Università di Torino) and Adriano Favole (Università di Torino)


– Marco Aime, professor of Cultural Anthropology at the University of Genoa
– Daria Corrias, radio journalist and documentary filmmaker
– Adriano Favole, professor of Cultural Anthropology at the University of Torino
– Sara Zambotti, host of the Caterpillar broadcast on Radio Due

Video coming soon.

December 2020 – Why Romania Needs Anthropologists: On Teaching Applied Anthropology (Online)

For a long time, anthropology has been a rather academic subject and its findings were mostly discussed between the closed doors of the ivory tower. In the last decades, the scopes of anthropological research have widened, so that applied anthropology and interdisciplinarity became more and more relevant. All these changes brought new challenges to those who teach anthropology and applied anthropology. In this event, our goal was to discuss said challenges, analyze how theory and practice work together, see how people from other fields learn and apply anthropological skills, both in universities and outside academia.

Organised by: Mihai Burlacu (Transilvania University of Brasov) & Anna Berza (Inițiativa pentru Antropologie Utilă), Alex Tudorica (Technical Consultant)


  • Ioannis Manos, x  Mihai & Anna
  • Petruta Templau, x Mihai & Anna
  • Michelle Dolan, Design Anthropologist

June 2019 – Why Romania Needs Anthropologists: On Mental Health (Bucharest, Romania)

This edition aimed to analyze the intersection between applied anthropology and mental health and to debate on the contribution that anthropologists can make in this field by working side by side with psychologists, psychiatrists, social assistants and medical companies.

Organised by: Anna Berza (Asociația IAU), Mihai Burlacu (Universitatea Transilvania Brașov), Adina Ionescu.


  • Corina Enache, Anthropologist at the Sweet Spot and author of the Human Show Podcasts
  • Ioana Pop M.D., Primary psychiatry doctor and psychotherapist at Psychiatry and PsyClass Psychotherapy Center
  • Valentin Veron Toma M.D. Ph.D., Researcher at Francisc Institute of Antropology Rainer.
  • Lavinia Țânculescu Ph. D., Psychologist clinician, supervisor, psychotherapist, and university lecturer at the University of Hyperion’s Faculty of Psychology.

October 2018 – Why Corporate Innovation Needs Anthropologists: Health Edition (Lisbon, Portugal)

Organised by: Laura Korčulanin & Hélène Veiga Gomes (EASA AAN), Alisson Avil (Beta-i)


  • Cristina Ventura, Public policy manager of Roche Pharmaceuticals
  • Isabel Lourinho, Psychologist and project coordinator/researcher
  • Ana Isabel Afonso, Anthropologist and assistant professor 
  • Miguel Crato, Portuguese Hemophilia Association

Images from previous events

Why Uplands Communities Need Anthropologists

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