W11: Tools for a Propositive Anthropology

27 Oct 2018
13:30 - 16:00
Building 2, Room C501

W11: Tools for a Propositive Anthropology

Time: 13:30 – 16:00

Location: ISCTE, Building 2, Room C501

Instructors

Aim of the workshop

This workshop works towards activating the existing knowledge of participants about the world around them with a view towards using this knowledge in proposing and creating future scenarios. In this way the session plays on the strengths of anthropology in understanding and decoding the present while simultaneously challenging the difficulty in using current anthropological tools and methods in the future-oriented projection of possible future (desired) scenarios. 

As such, we will introduce tools in an attempt to bridge design and anthropology’s relative strengths and to collaboratively generate future scenarios about relevant global themes, with an accompanying discussion about the role of anthropologists and anthropological methods in such schemas, moving forward. Anthropologists will become familiarised with some of the current design techniques and in moving from interpreting the present into projecting future (desired) scenarios. They will be afforded the opportunity to use their existing knowledge and practices in new and ambitious ways alongside designers and to critique and improve as well as learn from their methods. 

What will be going on in the workshop

  • Sharing information about participants´ knowledge of society and global issues to identify key forces that are shaping the world today.
  • Using future scenario techniques to visualize potential (desired) scenarios, and discussing the role and potential role of anthropology in these imagined scenarios.

Gained skills

  • Anthropologists will become familiarised with current design techniques to imagine and propose futures and challenged to move from interpreting the present to projecting the future.
  • They will be afforded the opportunity to use their existing knowledge and practices in new and ambitious ways alongside designers, learning as well as critiquing their ‘propositive’ tools. 

Participants should bring:

  • pens and notepads